Friday, April 02, 2010
Anticipation Straight Up
We went to the dog park today. Kirby is still on the leash for each visit. It's our version of post-winter training wheels for him because he forgets his dog manners over the winter months and we're trying to ease him back into society. But there's one thing he can't hide his excitement about: WATER. Today it was 80 degrees. That's an amazing feat considering a month ago we had three feet of snow. Kirby loved playing in that snow. But now, he wants water in all its liquid glory. He wants to run with the big dogs. Nevermind that most of them are the "wash and wear" variety where Kirby and Lexi are decidedly not. At the dog park Kirby clung to the fence overlooking the creek where the dogs play. He hovered at the gates hoping a careless dog owner would leave one open and he could escape into his aquatic nirvana. We felt plenty mean for not letting him dive in with the other dogs. He will get to swim with the big dogs soon, but we have to prep the car with the Dog Park Bag which holds enough towels to keep the dogs foul post-swim wetness relatively contained for the car ride home. Then we'll have to give him the first bath he's had in oh, maybe nine months. Even if we half-ass it and hose him down in the back yard it's still quite a commitment.
But oh boy, is it worth it to Kirby.