My beautiful red dog enjoying the trails of another autumn before the winter slumber.
I have always found that Zephyr suits the fall colours best. I love photographing him this time of year. He is coming onto 13 years of age. I officially retired him at the end of this summer. His back end is starting to weaken so no more agility. He pushes himself far too hard and I never want him to overdo it. So now it is our daily hikes and walking with the kids to school.
How summer does fly....of course I guess life does generally. Zephyr is 12 1/2 now.....oh boy. Sometimes I have these moments where I go in to a momentary panic when I realize that he won't be here forever. Breathe.....We have been so blessed to share his life, such an amazing dog. I have known right from go that this was one special dog.
He is slowing down some now, of course. On the hilly hikes he walks the last hill with me instead of the usual running ahead. Sigh. I just enjoy every sunbeam with him and feel blessed.
Some dogs touch the hearts of everyone who knows them. That was the case with Shiner, Zephyr's half-sister. My heart goes out to my friend who had to say good-bye to her last week. Shiner was 16 years old...I still remember when I first met her when she was a puppy. She was a very special dog.
Summer is here is all it's beauty. After this past winter which was so very long and cold, it is welcomed so much. We are enjoying the trails almost daily, being back to outdoor agility, and on this morning a few weeks ago we enjoyed the lake at sunrise.
Finally after a long harsh winter for Southern Ontario, spring is here. The snow is gone, the days are slowly getting warmer and things are soon going to be green again. It has already started. Nothing feels so good as the warm sun on your face, the soft earth under your feet and the smell of it.
These are the days to wander when you can. To see the light change as the leaves unfurl in the woods and to watch the forest wake up. What could be better? Having the dogs wander with me, wordlessly but so perfect in understanding of it all.
My mind often wanders on such walks. Sometimes just to the moment and my surroundings but often to the other parts of life. To my children, to friends, to people in my life. To ideas to photograph, to music to anything. But I try to just enjoy the moment, time for reality when we get finished our walk.
Then we can deal with a positive Lyme test, and to Zephyr's upcoming dental surgery and my fear or how he will deal with the anesthetic this time. Such a journey life is.