The temperatures dropped to the 60s this weekend, after a long, hot summer! Brinkley and I spent hours outside this afternoon, enjoying the sunshine and cool breezes. He got hot after 30 minutes of running, so I even put some water in his pool. As soon as I turned on the hose, he began flopping this way and that in the pool, trying to find enough water to get him wet!
It's Brinkley's one year anniversary! He has now been mine for an entire year. It seems hard to believe it has been that long already, but it also seems like he has always been mine. I am so thankful for him and I know he made this first year without my Bailey Asher a little easier. He can't take Bailey's place, but he has certainly distracted me from the loss with his goofy puppy antics!
In just a year, he has gone from a 45-pound wild puppy to a 71-pound wild dog! He has definitely matured in that time, learning lots of commands and the all-important house manners, but he still acts like a puppy often! He has boundless energy and loves nothing more than an afternoon outside running as hard and for as long as possible.
He is also a very loving little guy. If I am sitting at my desk using the computer, you can probably find him sitting next to me, leaning against my leg with his head in my lap. When I wake up in the morning, he wants to snuggle before going outside to play, even though he is obsessed with his Chuck-it ball launcher. This morning as I was leaving to go out of town for the day, he ran out of the house ahead of me and headed straight for my car. He did not want to be left behind!
I am so blessed to be his mommy. God knew exactly what (or who) I needed, and he sent me Brinkley. I wasn't looking for a dog. He found me. And I am so glad he did.
Happy Anniversary, Brinkley!
There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under heaven: a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance. Ecclesiastes 3:1, 4
What can I say? I haven't updated the blog in 7 months! I can say that Brinkley keeps me busy, because he has tons of energy to expend. I thought I would list a few things I have learned about him in the last few months.
1. He is a morning person. How God saw fit to bless me with a dog who is a morning person, I will never understand. But I'm pretty sure it has something to do with personal growth and getting me out of my comfort zone because I am a night owl! Brinkley wakes up bright-eyed and READY TO RUN AND RUN AND RUN. We get up around 6:30 and head to the door, where he stares intently at the kitchen counter where I keep his Chuck-It ball launcher (which he cannot even see) to make sure I won't forget it. I take him out and throw the tennis ball over and over and over and over and over and over again until he finally tires out. And on the rare occasion when I do not wake up to an alarm clock, I instead wake up to a very cute puppy standing over me staring me down, watching for any signs of life, ready to pounce!
2. He talks. He talks a lot. He's not a barker, but he has much to say. I have never heard a dog whine in so many different ways before! There's the "I just woke up and this stretch feels really good!" whine, the "Why aren't we running?" whine, the "I'm bored." whine. I wish I could capture his talkative nature on video! I keep trying...
3. He spends half of his time outside trying to figure out exactly how many toys his mouth can hold. He almost always has at least a Frisbee and a small ball or two Frisbees. Sometimes he likes to challenge himself though and he does this:
His greatest feat, so far, was carrying the two toys pictured above along with his tire toy!
Here are a few more pictures of my handsome little guy:
It has been fun getting to know Brinkley's personality over the last four months. He is playful, goofy, loving, and wild! And he is also quite the creature of habit.
In the last week or so, I have noticed that he has a routine for going outside. He will usually come to me and pace and whine when he needs to go out. As soon as I say, "Let's go outside!" he runs to find a toy. Then he carries to toy to the door, makes a big show of throwing it down, usually across the room, and he sits. He waits for me to put his leash on, and then we go out. As soon as he gets back inside, he finds the toy again, picks it up, and holds it in his mouth while he sits and I remove his leash. Then, as soon as I release him from his sit, he begins playing with the toy. It doesn't matter if he was asleep, already playing, or just sitting still, he HAS to find a toy as soon as I say the word outside! It is a very cute ritual to watch.
He has another habit also. He sleeps on the floor on his bed at night, but once my alarm starts going off in the morning he thinks he needs to be on my bed. He hears the alarm, jumps up on my bed, and snuggles close. As soon as the alarm goes off again, he jumps down, waits for me to push snooze and roll back over, and then he jumps back up on the bed and snuggles close. He repeats this process as many times as I push the snooze button!
I may be rubbing off on him though. He picked up on a routine of mine weeks ago! I always take him in the bathroom with me when I take a shower, because I don't trust him yet to be alone in the house yet. So now, if I go into my room and get clothes and then go to the linen closet for towels, he runs to the bathroom because he knows it's shower time!
Brinkley had his first experience with snow on January 7, 2010! I was able to leave work early because it was beginning to stick on the roads, and as soon as I got home I took Brinkley out armed with a video camera, ready to capture his reaction. Except he didn't react, because he did not even notice the snow falling around him! It wasn't until the snow began to accumulate on the ground that he began to notice it. His favorite thing was for me to throw snowballs that he could chase.
Walking on the snow took a little practice, as you can see by his skid mark!