Saturday, March 04, 2006

We Love the Outdoors, for Good or Bad

The kids (canine variety) just love the outdoors.

It doesn't matter what time of year, what type of weather, or how cold it is. If they can be outside, that's where they want to be.

The only exception is summer heat, but that's another story for another day.

They especially love to be outside when it's messy: muddy, rainy, icy. Go figure.

Well, Don took Baxter, Elsie, and Ridge for their usual lengthy Saturday morning romp out along the dirty roads and streams near our house. And, you guessed it: they loved splashing in anything they could get their paws into: mud, ice cold water, drainage ditches.

Silly, muddy, muddy kids.

Thankfully we have a somewhat mess-free backyard. And the kids love to hang out there.
They stay pretty clean, all things considered (not that they care; I care, though, especially when they come inside!).

They stay mud-free just about everywhere in the back yard, except when they visit the lower corner beyond the crabapple tree. That's a mud pit. And, of course, it's right next to where the neighbors come and go, so the dogs loiter there so they can bark and race back and forth when the neighbors walk by.

It figures. Their one guard post happens to be the only mud pit in the yard.

So, we decided to throw some straw in the mud pit to at least tone down the splash factor.

Elsie, Baxter, and Ridge had to help, of course.

And they did.

But even two bales later, we still have a mud pit.

And muddy dogs.

I guess that's just part of living with Labs. :o)

I'll take muddy paws and underbellies with Lab kisses and faithfulness any day. To experience the good, we accept the bad (or at least learn to live with it).

Sounds a lot like life to me.

'Til next time,
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HanktheDog said...

Ah Joan, but mud is the very stuff of life. In some tales of origin, all of us emerged from mud. And mud and straw? Some of humankind's very first building materials. So Labs simply recognize the fine history and sanctity of mud. And, besides, it's squishy and sticks to stuff. Hard to think of anything more fun.

lostinscotland said...

I think that is the reason they created mud rooms...

Joan said...

HanktheDog, you're absolutely right: mud represents the very fabric of life. And what could be more fun!

Lest you think I don't value mud, I love the outdoors: backpacking, whitewater sports; used to be technical rock climbing instructor. And I didn't mind mud in the least.

Cleaning it off my canine kids serveral times a day, however, gets old. :o)

Hence the recent straw adventure. ;o)

Yet, in philosophy, I couldn't agree more!

J. :o)

Joan said...


Mud room? Wish I had one. The brick floor in the family room, however, serves quite well for the kids to track in and out on. In the absence of a mud room, a brick floor does just fine.

Besides, weren't bricks once made of mud and straw (hehe)?


Dan (Eldest Son) said...

In general her human kids love the outdoors in any weather too. I miss camping! :-P

Joan said...

Hey, Bud! :o) Nice of you to chime in. :o)

Yup, I know you human kids love the outdoors, too, just like your dad and I do. We thoroughly enjoyed our outdoors adventures together.

But then you guys grew up (how dare you!), life got busy, and we couldn't do the family camping trips like we used to.

Ahhh...maybe again someday, once you human kiddos are all through college and have real jobs and can actually take vacations. :o)

I'm looking forward to it.

Love you, Bud,