Hubby, Fanny, Oscar and I just got back from a beautiful exploration journey. The weather is gorgeous today in Wisconsin. I mean, c'mon, it's March 10th and it's 60 degrees outside? Yes, I'll take it, thank you very much.
I was pleasantly surprised when I told my hubby that I was going to take off with Oscar for a little car ride and romp around that he wanted to tag along with Fanny (insert a click and reward for him here!). So, off we went. We all packed into my little black station wagon and headed off to a nearby college that has a great, large open area for romping and exploring.
Everything was perfect. All humans were 100% present in the moment and thoroughly enjoying themselves. And the dogs, with complete and utter appreciation, joined us on our hour-long adventure. The sun was shining brightly, the wind was nice and brisk -- to which the dogs' noses went up in peak interest countless times -- there were a scattering of other people and dogs, but not too much that we all had to be concerned about running up on each other.
Oscar behaved perfectly to which I caught myself on numerous occasions smiling from ear-to-ear. I watched as he eagerly and effortlessly bounded around, directing small invitations of play to Fanny (of course ignored!). We brought his most favorite frisbee along and he gladly ran after it...sometimes he ran right by because of more interesting things, but then would come back and find it, then lop it up and gallop around oh-so-happily.
Fanny was a pure joy to watch. She is fascinating to watch at her age, as I've blogged about in the past. She plowed up and down the hills and had her "I'm outside and lovin' it" face on. She walked slowly and with intention and for the first time in a very long time, did not lose her footing at any time. After our venture came to an end and it was time to jump up into the car - she cleared it with ease. I pure sign to my hubby and I that the refreshment of our journey was exactly what she needed.
Moments like this are ones to be cherished. They are extremely special to me. Our entire family was out together. There were times where I wanted to bring out my camera and capture this time, but I consciously stopped myself, wanting to soak in the pure beauty of just being there. We were with each other with mutual, genuine interest and intent. We were truly connected. It was absolutely lovely.