My day began at 5:30 a.m. with a dog's wet nose next to mine. I had slept soundly since 7:30 the night before exhausted by teaching and the humidity. I like moderation ... especially now that I am older. I dislike intense heat and sopping wet humidity, but I am not a great fan of frigid temperatures or winter-dry air either. I like having something to keep me alive intellectually but I become stressed by too many demands on my time. I hate crowds but like people in small doses; value privacy but like to have the silences broken occasionally. This morning at 5:30 I realized that we were being granted a reprieve from the rain forest climate we have been enduring this summer. I headed off with the dogs for the first walk I have actually enjoyed for ages. Kenya bounced for the first time in a while, and the two dogs, Kenya and Tango, dashed ahead in typical doggy fashion zigzagging from woods to lake all along the road. I chatted with a friend I had hardly seen all summer while the dogs rooted about in his garden for mice and feinted with one another.
Roger arrived a little late to class yesterday. He had slowed down to accommodate Kiwi who was exhausted by her very long run in the humid air.
On a much sadder note: This afternoon we will be burying Teddy in a lovely spot near the gravel pit owned by friends. He always loved this lake so it is fitting that he will rest here forever. I will post photos of Teddy and the spot later.
Teddy was always one of those special dogs ... the sweet natured ones who wanted nothing more than love and the occasional cookie. He walked with a spine twisted by a car accident when he was a puppy, and lived with pain from all kinds of probably related health conditions for nine years.
All of us who loved him will miss his smile. Yes, Teddy smiled, and wagged his whole body even when he was suffering. And he loved blonde female dogs right up till the end.
My father's grave marker says simply, " At rest in the mountains he loved" ... I am glad that Teddy too will be at rest in the hills that he loved.