Friday, June 24, 2011

Summer Is Here, and Brutus Is FINE

There is nothing that Brutus loves more than summer, because summer means going to the lake. He's gotten to know Don's work schedule well enough that he starts begging to get out in the garage after lunch on Fridays, knowing that Don comes home early to go to the lake. Dogs are so incredibly smart. I don't even have to put him on his leash. I am completely sure that he will stay right where he is. As soon as he sees Don pull around the corner and in to our cul-de-sac, he starts jumping about four feet in the air. Don gets out of his truck, Brutus does the happy dance and gives him a hug, and in the back seat he goes. He's a perfect passenger, and as soon as we get to the lake it's free flyin time!

This is when he has a slight brain fart, to put it bluntly. We all get out of the car, and one of us, or sometimes both of us at the same time tell Brutus to "stay close". Brutus on the other hand is running down the hill to the lake so fast that his ears are flying off to the side of his head, and splash, he is swimming. He is a lab after all, and apparently this is what they are born to do! He's such a goof. The whole swimming thing is fine, but for some reason, this spring there has been a large number of dead fish around the edge of the lake, and Brutus likes to take them on shore and roll in them. That is NOT cool!! We normally have about six resident eagles, and they seem to have disappeared, and maybe that is why we are seeing more dead fish. Typically they are eaten up. It's troubling that our eagles are gone, but no one has been able to figure out why. Until they come back, Brutus will continue to get MANY bubble baths! Thankfully, our good friend Bob installed a wonderful hot water faucet outside at the lake for us, and it has been so great. I was thrilled enough to not have to drag a dirty dog through the house to the bathtub, but to not have to take a dog covered in dead fish guts through the house is more amazing than I can even say!!

So, Brutus spends every weekend swimming, and begging to go on boat rides. He will literally stand and stare at the boat. He likes to try to use his E.S.P. to get us to cooperate with him. It's amazing how often it works. :)  Sometimes if Don doesn't have time to take him out in the boat, he'll just open the door to the boat, and Brutus will crawl in under the tarp and hang out for a while. He's such a goof.

I hope all of you are enjoying your summer too.

1 comment:

  1. what a sweet boy! his face staring at that boat is precious. so awesome that you guys get the time to get away and relax.