Sunday, October 24, 2010

Indian Summer in New Jersey

We've been enjoying a few days of Indian Summer here in New Jersey with beautiful sunny days in the mid-70's. It looks like the clouds will roll in tomorrow and showers starting on Tuesday but temperatures will still be balmy until Friday.

Yesterday, my daughter, Becky, and my son-in-law, Ray, went down to the dog beach with my cocker spaniel, Jeremy, and their Shiba Inus, Aspen and Bella. What a glorious day it was - sunny but not real hot. The water was very low and the dogs had to run almost up to the boats to get to the waves. So they didn't do a lot of swimming. But so many dogs came out to the beach to enjoy the beautiful day and they had such a blast.

It's hard taking photos down there because the dogs seldom stand still. But Becky was able to get a few and I wanted to share them with you.

The dog beach is the one place where I feel comfortable letting Jeremy run free. And boy, does he love it! He raced from one end of that beach to the other. It absolutely thrills me to see him running so fast and free. What a shame it is when I have to leash him again after that. The way we live with cars zooming all around us is just not natural to dogs. But it is what it is.

But yesterday he was free and he had a ball. There was a seagull that was teasing him. As soon as Jeremy would take off after him, the gull would lift off and fly the other way along the shoreline and would then land. Jeremy would take off again, only to have the gull fly off in the opposite direction. Back and forth they went!

Ray had brought along homemade dog treats that Becky had made the night before. Jeremy loved them. Here he is with Bella begging for more. Aspen had enough of the treats the night before so he buried his in the sand. Every once in while, he'd go over to the spot and dig it back up with his nose and then cover it again. Once he didn't cover it enough and Jeremy found it. Aspen's face looked so baffled when he went back and the treat wasn't there!

Aspen, Bella and Jeremy all enjoyed digging a huge hole and here's Jeremy with his head in it. What's in there, Jeremy?!

What a sandy mess Jeremy was by the end of the day. And his long hair was full of burrs from running in the sand dunes. But it was all worth it.

I doubt if we'll have many more of these beach days now that November is almost here. But I know that Jeremy has made enough good beach memories to keep his dreams happy throughout the winter. A great day spent with my family and dogs. But my little grandson Joshua slept through it all! :)


elizabeth said...

Jeremy is a lil cutie pie :D

Marjorie said...

Thanks, Elizabeth - he's a good little guy. :)

Catwalk Creative Vintage said...

Eeek! They are just adorable! You write so well Marjorie, I could have been there. Your daughter has taken some beautiful photographs too. Gorgeous! L x

Marjorie said...

Thanks, Louise! :)