I have been away for the past week, which is why things have been pretty silent. I have worked in health care for a long time. Because it's Canada, I don't make a ton of money but I do get a ton of vacation. This year, for the first time ever, I decided to take 3 weeks off in a row this summer.
Our first week Ed, Amanda and I got in the car and drove to Ontario to visit my son and my sister's family. My son moved last year (he's in the military) and I hadn't seen his house. I haven't seen my sister and her family since 2019.
There was a heat wave right as we were leaving and I decided it was a perfect time to introduce Quaid to the hose. I had sprinkled his feet a week or so ago but that was all. As I turned it on his feet he moved a bit but settled. I slowly moved it up his body. His reaction? He walked a slow circle around me and then stuck his face in the stream.
|Quaid: this feels kinda nice
Right after he found the dirtiest spot in the paddock and rolled until he was coated in mud. He looked quite pleased with himself.
We spent a few days at the beginning and end in Kingston at my son's. His house is really nice and we spent a couple days relaxing and playing games. Ripley (my son's dog who's lived with us when he's away) was very happy to see us and she and I went on many walks. I enjoyed the walks, except for our last day there. I was walking through a path when all hell broke loose in the yard beside a house. A very large, very angry dog was doing her best to get through the fence. I am not afraid of dogs and am used to dogs barking when we walk but this was different. This dog was only interested in ripping Ripley to shreds while her owner was calling her back. She looked like a pitbull/cane corso mix (possibly a Press Canario) and was easily over 100 pounds. She jumped and almost cleared the fence. I screamed and she fell back.
Get your dog please I called.
Ma'am she's fine, she's behind the fence.
I watched the dog and the fence move when she went against it.
she almost jumped out.
Ma'am she's fine, he actually sounded annoyed at me. I walked off saying 'she is definitely NOT FINE'.
I was totally shaken. She even gave me nightmares that night thinking of what could have happened. But other than that the vacation was just what we needed. Visiting family, eating and drinking too much and laughing a ton.
|Ripley is the black dog, the golden is my sister's puppy
It was quite the crowd and my sisters but we all managed quite well. I love my nieces and nephews and it was great to catch up.
|Amanda having a serious conversation with Juno
(probably about snacks)
|Quaid: this is new
|Irish: don't worry little one, you just look like us now
|scratching each other
|all nice and fluffy