By June Greenlaw
Hello, everyone! I know it’s been a long time since my last blog. I apologize. My husband and I have been on the hunt for a new house and just got moved in a few weeks ago to what we hope will be our forever home on Lake Wateree. I have to mention that I’ve never lived in the country or on a lake, so there are lots of things that I have to learn out here such as – there is no city trash service! We have to separate all our trash in preparation for the dump. Very new for this city girl!
I want to share with you a funny story about another lesson I’m learning about living by the lake. First, let me say, I am truly blessed to be able to work from home and to live on the lake! Second, glory day, I never would have guessed that THIS would be a new challenge in my life. Keep reading.
So, during my lunch break today, I placed my leftover spaghetti in the microwave to warm up and put the leash on my baby dog to go out for a quick walk in the yard. The yard has three levels because of our retaining walls, and we usually walk back and forth on each level. The baby dog is slower than the big puppy, and she is on a leash (rethinking the big puppy not being on one as I type this). We walk the first level. It’s a beautiful day, uneventful. Bentley, our big golden retriever puppy that’s nine months old, trotting a short distance ahead of us on the second level.
Baby dog decides to do some “business” while we are on the second level, so I patiently wait for her to finish and look up to see where Bentley is headed. He’s on the third level having a great time running in the grass. He looks a bit intense though – like there might be a squirrel he’s chasing. I look just ahead of him, and I see what he is after!!! I promptly start yelling “NO BENTLEY! STOP BENTLEY! SIT BENTLEY!” and probably a few words that made me thankful I don’t have neighbors during the week!
In the distance is a large, dead fish with only the head left on its body. Of course, I’m afraid he’s going to eat it because this is a dog that will eat anything! But no, instead, while I’m screaming for him to “leave it,” a command learned from my friend Pam recently, he promptly goes up to the head of the fish, lowers his head down, and begins to rub his face against the face of this dead fish! As if that wasn’t gross enough, while I’m running as fast as a girl can run downhill without falling on her face, he proceeds to snuggle up his entire body and roll back and forth over the bones and head of this fish.
So, for those of you that have me as a friend on Facebook, you may have seen my comment yesterday on my friend Dawn’s post. It has a picture of us riding in her boat on a beautiful, sunny day with my comment reading, “lake life doesn’t suck.” I’ll amend that now to say, “until your dog rolls around on the dead fish that some disrespectful bird dropped in your yard!”.
Oh, and did I mention my husband is away on a hunting trip, so I now have to go pick up this dead fish AND wash the dog that reeks of dead fish. I just need to take a deep breath and remember I still feel thankful and blessed for the opportunity to experience lake life.