Many, many thanks to John and Trevor Walkington of FenceCo for providing us peace of mind about our pups (and, yes, kitties).
Their talents, knowledge and hard work resulted in this beautiful facility where little Foster can run free as his big sisters babysit him.
And, of course, Jonas, the cat, helps too.
Last night we tried out the dog run for the first time, going to The Loading Dock for dinner, and enjoying a walk out on the jetty at the city dock.
We counted noses on our return, and all five (the Border Collie Nation plus One) were there and happy.
Debbie suggested that we get the camera, give it to one of the dogs and put the humans inside the enclosure for a picture. I'm sure any one of the dogs would have happily snapped our portrait.
Anyway, life should be good, knowing that while I'm focused on my yard work, the dogs can be safe and have plenty of room to play.
Plus, I see future puppy parties at the Lovestead----moms sitting around in chairs gabbing while pups play to their hearts' content.
We'll add a shelter to the run as well as more recreational items.
If anyone local ever needs a fence or a facility such as ours, I highly recommend the FenceCo folks. It was kinda sad to say good bye to them, cuz in addition to their fine work, we swapped a few funny stories.
Seems like this is the "everyone has left town" weekend here. We did see some folks downtown last night waiting to attend an event at the Panida, but comparatively speaking, things were pretty quiet.
The wind blew us out to the end of the jetty where we briefly viewed the beautiful monument constructed in memory of one of my former students and her husband.
Amber and Darby, known by so many in this community, died a few years ago in a boating accident.
I still have such nice memories of Amber Coffman with her beautiful smile and zest for life. She was a student in my sophomore honors English class back in the 1990s.
And, the memories are what we all revive on this weekend while decorating the resting places of our loved ones.
In my case, I'll make a trip to Pack River Cemetery for my dad and will drive to Pinecrest Cemetery where our sister, Jean Marie who lived for just a couple of months in 1950, rests.
In so doing, the awareness of all the other hundreds of cemetery visitors bringing their flowers will certainly inspire moments of silent reverence.
I'm happy that this year the flowers are in bloom/still in bloom. Seems like the timing for cut flowers from home gardens hasn't been so good the last several years.
Happiness associated with beautiful flowers and with the wonderful moments of life we who remain behind enjoy certainly marks this weekend every year.
Not one moment should be wasted.
As we place our bouquets at the cemeteries and remember our loved ones, we are reminded that a time will come when someone decorates our final resting place.
Enjoy your day. Happy Saturday.