Thursday, June 4, 2009

Heat Happiness

The weather has been oppressively hot. Today in Orting it topped out at 96 degrees. We north westerners melt when it gets this hot. I walked outside this morning, took a nice deep breath and suddenly was transported back to the years I spent in Fayetteville, NC. I called that particular phenomenon "Sauna Lungs". You know, when you inhale and suddenly it feels like you are drowning in hot wet air. Ugh. I hate it.

The dogs are less than thrilled either. Poor Beth has been going through sheep withdrawal. It is too hot to herd. So we did the next best thing.


Beth loves the sprinkler

Or hates it...we haven't figured it out yet.

Is she trying to kill the water?

Or just catch the water?

This is the dog who takes it as a personal insult if you throw the ball in the river and would rather let it float to Puget Sound rather than get wet past her knees.

At first Brynn was perplexed by the sprinkler

She watched and studied it. Oblivious to Beth...or so it seemed

Then she started to stalk it

Then WHAMMO! Another Sprinkler Freak is born.

Beth was sharing her tips and tactics for sprinkler herding success

Showed her all the moves

Sneak attacks

Bold in your face jumps

Heaven in the back yard

Happy wet Border Collies

Eventually Brynn grew weary of chasing water. Possibly showing she is the smarter one in the bunch.

She was content to sit back and let Beth and Bonnie corral the pesky stream.

Round and round they go...where they stop nobody knows!

Uhhhnn...Mom? I think Bonnie is mad at Beth... are you seeing this?

Bonnie is making bitey faces at Beth!

"That's okay Punkin" I told her "Bonnie is just trying to herd Beth"

Hiya Ranger! Whatcha doin' with your Jolly Ball?

Staying dry & hanging out with Mom and my favorite toy

I am not sharing my Jolly Ball

Mom, please make her go away

Beat it! It is MY ball!

Gawd Ranger is NO FUN. Mom make him go back to the planet he came from.

I am surrounded by grumpy idiots.

Mom....I think I am tired.

Ahhhh naptime!

PS Mom has lost 14.5 pounds at her weigh in this morning. WOOHOO!


Diana said...

Great story with lovely pictures. WhooHoo about the weight loss. Diana

Paws on the Run said...

LOVED all the pictures. And congrats on the weight loss!

Life With Dogs said...

Perfect photo essay - and we have never had a sprinkler stalker. What a blast to see another convert being trained!!

Emma Rose said...

Great story and pictures. I can't believe how big Brynn is getting. She's a beauty!
Congrats on the weight loss!!! That is fantastic!

PoochesForPeace said...

First of all, CONGRATS!!!
Second of all, I Love love love that picture of ranger through his ball. How creative- that and the first sprinkler pics are amazing. Loved the nice long post. And Brynn is so big!

Ann said...

Great photos!! Love them.

And, congrats on the weight loss!!!

StellaStar said...

Sprinkler time looks like a BLAST! I need to try that with Rufus. Great action photos!

DeltaBluez Tess said...

Congrats on the weight loss. I love the eye peering out of the green triangle shot!!

Sarah said...

wow congrats on the wieght loss AWESOME

and looks like Brynn is learnin' all the tricks already!

Pat A said...

What can I say, love the pix. All of the dogs look like they like the hot day as long as it brings mom out to cool them down.

Congrats on your weight loss.

We have 7 more of those super high drive extra smart pups to place now.

Kay and Bill said...

Great pix, reminds me of the fun we had as kids in the sprinkler. Good job with the weight loss!!!

Sam said...

Love the photos! We feel the heat, too, when it rolls in. It's supposed to be in the 80's tomorrow, which is nowhere near as bad as 96.. but it still robs us of our fun outside. My dog HATES the heat.

Cute crew you've got.. I especially like Ranger.

An English Shepherd said...

Great pictures in the sun having fun

Wizz :-)

♥Mimi♥ said...

Sheer, unadulterated JOY!

Versailles Rose said...

Pepper ignores our sprinkler, but when I use the hose to water the plants, she goes all protective! LOL!

Darci said...

Great pics! OMG is Bryn getting to be a beautiful dog! So glad she is doing so well after being so sick. Glad Im not back in NC to have to endure those sauna lungs you speak of, been there done that, yuck!
Congrats on the weight loss, Im working on that myself, and keeping busy sure has made it easier for me. Keep up the good work! Diet and pics!