Vacation!

Rico beyond a fire pit with lake in background

November is our annual family vacation.

In years past, I’ve come home with some bigger insight, courtesy of the dogs, of course. Things like being brave enough to let my mutts run free, getting out of my comfort zone, and how to enjoy life to the fullest.

Not so much this year. This time around, I was struck by the realization that Rico is old. Really old. Like, this might be our last vacation together. It would have been an emotional struggle had Rico not spent his whole life teaching me the importance of living in the moment.

I’d hoped to make this vacation the best one yet. We took him and Whiskey to see the ocean at Assateague Island National Seashore. Both of them love to splash around and wade through water.

Both dogs standing in the calm Chesapeake Bay

Ah, the Chesapeake Bay … the calm side of Assateague Island

I thought the few inches after a broken wave would be perfect for them.

Whiskey running from the waves

“It’s coming at me! That sh*t’s not natural!”

Turns out water is kinda freaky if it chases after you.

Rico in the sand, a safe distance from the water

“I’ll watch from here, thanks.”

But we also rented an RV, their first. (And ours.) Now THAT was a real hit.

WHiskey peering out of the RV's windshield

Backseat driver

Rico watching the passing scenery from the RV window

Window watching

It wasn’t how I envisioned it, but hey, few things ever do turn out how I plan, but, thanks to Whiskey, that’s OK. I don’t care as long as they had fun. And I think they did.

Whiskey using a sleeping Rico as a pillow

Tuckered out babies

Thanks for stopping by today.

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About Christie Green

I'm a certified health coach, intuitive healer, writer, animal-lover, and peace artist (formerly martial artist) helping clients create lives with more balance, less bark.
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2 Responses to Vacation!

  1. Pete Voll says:

    Great pics 😁 we only let Charlie off the leash when no one is around but since he has gotten older we stopped because we are afraid of him hurting himself while chasing a wild animal. When we had Otis we rarely used the leash because he didn’t chase in his older years. Not sure if he could see well enough and he was clingy. I think you made the right decision. I believe older puppies feel secure when they are connected to their parents via leash.

    • Wise choice, Pete. Few things break your heart more than watching your senior dog struggle with an injury, as we’ve been reminded of these last several weeks. You make another good point in that you have to know your dog. Whiskey, for example, we definitely aren’t letting off leash anytime soon. At least, not intentionally. 🙂

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