Hey Mom! Let's go visit that crazy labradork, Buddy! I swear he and Dexter are brothers by a different mother. Do you like my fancy backseat sling? Mom says it helps prevent me from jumping into the co-pilot seat and keeps all the beach sand from getting into the upholstery. I think it makes it look like I'm riding in my own limo.
What are these crazy things on Buddy's tree? Could he be growing TENNIS BALLS!?!?!
Nah, they're little kumquats. (Mom says that they are excellent in mojitos.)
Ahhh, and here's a pretty camillia that's made it through the cold snap. I think I'll send it to my long-lost wifey Rosie. Not only has she and the Dughallmor pretty much abandoned their blog, they've become Facebook addicts and they've been having internet problems again. I miss them, don't you?
Buddy weighs about 65 pounds to my 20. But he's such a goofball, he doesn't realize it and comes thundering down on me. So I've figured out a little trick! He has to wear a special electric collar outside so he won't cross the invisible fence. And I've figured out where he can—and more importantly—can't go without getting a little shock. Like this dock. I'm just past the fence! "C'mon out here, Buddy, it'll be fun!" ZAP!
This is what Buddy's backyard usually looks like at high tide. Isn't it just beautiful?
But the channel gets full of sledge every few years so they have to dredge. The floating docks are pulled up and a little barge sucks out the sludge. I have to be careful that I don't forget the dock is gone and fall into the mud!
This is the channel at low tide. You can see why it needs to be dredged! All the boats would be stuck in the mud. And if you remember my post from this fall, that is the delicious pluff mud I was telling you about. Doesn't it just look divine?
We get a big tide down here, especially during full moons and the spring and fall equinox.
Yummy, does anyone want some fresh oysters? They're in season right now and Mom swears they are delicious - raw, steamed or roasted!
Anyhow, if you biggify this photo, you can see Buddy waiting for me at the end of the dock. It may sound like I'm being mean, but it's my only chance to get the ball.
Okay - I'll get a little bit closer.
Mom's gotta give me a little advantage because Buddy wants to play with all the balls at the same time, no matter how many we start off with. He can now get 3 balls in his mouth at once! He's got two in there in this photo.
I have to admit, for a goofball, he is awfully sweet and kinda cute. He likes to lean on Mom when she gives him a good scritching.
Oooh, here are some more flowers that made it through the cold snap.
C'mon Mom, throw me the ball before Buddy tackles me, okay?
Because once he gets all the balls, he's just not going to share at all. I just have to hope one will pop out!
Still, he's my good pal and good fun to romp around with on a nice sunny afternoon.
Mom's not entirely convinced that Buddy knows his name. Take a look at this obedience video!
We went over to let Buddy out the other day in the rain. The dredging is almost all done and just look how much water is now in the tidal creek at high tide! It's like a river. If you biggify this photo, you can see a pelican that just flew in.
Ahhh, even a little bit of playtime with Buddy is just exhausting!