No Ulterior Motives

“The dog’s agenda is simple, fathomable, overt: I want. “I want to go out, come in, eat something, lie here, play with that, kiss you. There are no ulterior motives with a dog, no mind games, no second-guessing, no complicated negotiations or bargains, and no guilt trips or grudges if a request is denied.”
― Caroline Knapp

It has become a tradition that on Mother’s Day afternoon, we take our four dogs to the lake near our home. We appreciate the neighbors allowing us to be in their yard and it’s not something we do all that often. But when we do, it is big fun.

Here is how we came to have four dogs.

A few of the 209 photos I took this afternoon . . . I got the “real” camera with the long lense, out of the closet.

Snickers (foreground) and Maggie.

Snickers (foreground) and Maggie. Both of them are 13 years old.

 

Mackenzie (L) and Big Red. He is swimming so hard that he is up out of the water!

Mackenzie (L) and Big Red. He is swimming so hard that he is up out of the water!

 

And then they saw the goose. . . 200 yds away.

And then they saw the goose. . . 200 yds away.  Big Red (L) and McKenzie. Soon to be six and siblings from the same litter.

Swimming back after realizing that the goose was not interested in playing with them.

Swimming back after realizing that the goose was not interested in playing with them.

It's a good day when you get to go for a swim. . . Maggie

It’s a good day when you get to go for a swim. . . Maggie

 

Snickers shaking it off.

Snickers shaking it off.

Mackenzie heard the word "treat".  Everyone out of the water.

Mackenzie heard the word “treat”. Everyone out of the water.

 

Maggie was not all that excited about going home.  That's Elissa (Jelly) coaching Maggie on and Alicia up by the house.

Maggie was not all that excited about going home. That’s Elissa (Jelly) coaching Maggie on and Alicia up by the house.

 

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About Ray V.

Living in Aiken, South Carolina, USA, I like to share what I am looking at, thinking about or listening to. I refer to this as the view out my window. Thanks for stopping by.
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7 Responses to No Ulterior Motives

  1. Ann Koplow says:

    Wonderful!!!!

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  2. I love the way you have written. It’s like I’m actually seeing your cute dogs in action 😊

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  3. Mike says:

    Ray, as a true dog lover, I deeply share that delight of your dogs loving life. Their unconditional love for us is as pure as we have for our children, don’t you think?

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    • Maybe even purer. In as much as I have always told my girls, “There is nothing you can ever do that would make me love you any less”, there have been times they tested my resolve (and what child hasn’t?) . So while the love was still there, the human side of me was mad, hurt, disapointed, etc. Dogs are all in, all the time. They never waiver, never hesitate.

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  4. Great shots and post. Could feel all of it.

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  5. misifusa says:

    Adorable photos! We had a black lab when I was growing up. There’s nothing like them. Precious!

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