Fred (our spoiled rotten female golden doodle) has had an action packed summer. She spends her mornings strutting her stuff on the beach, meeting and greeting everyone along the way. She is the self-appointed bird eradicator, diligently chasing off any bird within a 10 yard radius. She has perfected playing ball in the surf rinsing the sand off before she puts it in her mouth. She has survived a bite on the mouth received while attempting to give kisses to a pigmy rattle snake that was taking a nap by our pump house and miraculously lived through a serious case of bloat that had us making an emergency run two and a half hours north to the nearest emergency dog surgery center. During her recuperation she realized that Grandma and Grandpa go to bed earlier than David and I, so she slowly softened their little hearts to the point they let her snuggle up on the end of their bed until we go to bed hours later. Fred has made so many friends on her walks on the beach that she has been called by name and swarmed by a group of teenaged girls while getting ice cream at the Trading Post. But her greatest and most adventurous accomplishment of the summer is learning how to kayak. It took a few false starts to get the 50 pound four-legged land lubber into the small plastic kayak but once she got the hang of it she was totally all in.
Now on days when the waves are gently lapping the shoreline you will see a man in a bright red kayak with a giant golden-doodle wearing a sporty black and red life vest slowly paddling by.
A random lady sitting on the beach one day got up from her chaise and walked to the water’s edge just as Dave and Fred were passing by. She summed up the experience for Fred in one simple statement that she yelled out to Dave. “Hey, that dog is smiling!”