Remembering winter snow dog days in the Columbia River Gorge and snow surfing basset hounds.Read More
Dear Dog Diary:
'Tis the season. Doxie Doodle, my 4th generation surf dog, rode his first big Christmas parade without the basset brothers, his mentors, who retired last year.
Doodle was born a little Dennis the Menace. Just take a look at that face. And then, last night, in the Christmas parade - the Grinch came along....
Needless to say, without the solid, reliable, slow motion basset brothers on board, things went a little haywire.
We love our small town community of Hood River, Oregon.
Here thousands and thousands of people don't live - but somehow they all show up for our annual Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting on the first Friday of December.
Can you believe another year whizzed by?
Hug the one you're with.
P.S. Thank heavens every moment isn't absolutely perfect.
Wow, somehow life steps in when you need it most.
I've been sick since the parade, wondering if the pain was worth it. And dog people reached out. Thank you!
I've been home in bed, sick as a (excuse me) dog. Wondering if all I am doing is writing to myself here (dogs don't write back.) But then Christmas came early - with an email this morning and fun Facebook comments - you saved me. The only good thing about being sick is - your fur kids are so very glad they can paste you down in bed. They save me, too.
From dog mom Brenda Neill and her rein-dog Chloe:
“The greatest pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him and not only will he not scold you, but he will make a fool of himself, too.” - Samuel Butler
Proud to call you and your fur child Family! 🐶🐾 - Sue Ayers Hampton
(My cousin on the east coast who I haven't see in years - it was so great to hear from her.)
Sandy Camillucci - We saw that! Lol! So much fun ~ thank you for the smiles Barb ~ you are awesome!
Patrick William Quigley - Putting the stoke in Christmas! Great to see you Barb Ayers with surf dog float (which is usually floating on water). It’s All Good in the Hood!!
Erica Gerald - It was fun to see your puppy take off! Good recovery. :) As always, nice float.
Robin Panzer - Escapee, lol
Mel Harrah - Doodle, Cuz, don't scare me like that!·
Bill Zimmerman - Go Hood Riverites and the Gorge folk!
SEE? The power of dog.....
Dog People are the best kind of people there are.
Merry Christmas! Barb, Doodle and Tia
‘Tis the season to take stock of all that we have - all that we are.
‘Tis the season of gratitude.
For the simple joys of life.
Sleeping in. Snuggling up.
No politics. No agenda.
Slo mo Sunday mornings.
Be fragile. Be human. Say “I love you.”
Better yet, show it. That’s what dogs do.
Curl up. Burrow under the covers.
Breath the same air.
Are we lucky to have each other, or what?
In Oregon, we are thankful for the majesty of nature around us. Grounding us.
Sharing forest secrets.
River currents. The journey.
Mountain hikes to panoramic views.
Elk, bear, eagle and quail commuting through the yard.
Though it's a big, busy, loud world out there, life begins and ends in moments like these -- quiet moments. Moments between moments.
If we slow down and stop rushing from A to B. If we listen to the quiet.
The call of the quail in the yard.
We don't all speak the same language - or live in the same neighborhood. Some of us eat meat – some of us, seed.
But wherever in the world we are, we are neighbors. Maybe even relatives - whatever our species.
We are all on this planet together.
We are here to blaze a trail – to help – to give what we can. To share. To help each other find our way. To find the meaning of life.
Sometimes we get lost - and in being lost, we find a whole new journey.
Give thanks. Give back. It's that time of year.
Whatever causes are important to you, help them. Whatever lives you can touch – please do so.
Here are a few of the causes we give to - believe in.
Snow will be closing in soon. There’s a turkey, giving his all for us.
There’s a moment- in the quiet- when we feel completely alone – and that’s when we know how much we need each other.
It will be a long time before the renewal of spring.
There’s a guy in a red suit coming to town at some point – I think he has a list...