Dogs! On the Beach! Another picture diary

by: janicket

Sun Nov 25, 2012 at 19:11:08 PM EST



Oh, joy!  Oh, bliss!  Oh, happy happy day, when a dog may romp and run free, unfettered by leash or law!  Poor dogs; they were made to run - well, most of them; I daresay a bulldog would beg to disagree; but for most canines in modern times, time off the leash, unfenced, unfettered, is hard to come by.  A free-roaming dog can be a nuisance, occasionally a menace, sometimes, sadly, a pathetic heap in the road.  We confine and circumscribe them for their good and our own, and mostly they adapt and cope.  But do they not, now and then, pine for freedom to run?

 In my town of Ipswich, there is a time and a place for such glorious liberty.  The vast sandflat sweep of Crane Beach is thrown open to Canine Americans and their attendant humans every year, from October 1 through March 31, and while part of the beach still requires the four-legs to be leashed (though there are always owners who ignore such strictures), one end of the beach is officially a leash-free zone.

The day after Thanksgiving, brilliantly blue-skyed, tolerably warm, light-breezy pleasant, I went for a walk there, and had a ball watching the dogs have a ball.
janicket :: Dogs! On the Beach! Another picture diary
The first reaction once the dog realizes the leash has been unclipped is usually a gleeful bolt, flat-out, all the pent-up RUN! exploding across the vast inviting sand.


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It's true some of the more sedate fellows will take off in a stroll rather than a cavalry charge, especially with a newfound buddy along.


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 And some dogs, well, they're just not built for ballistics.


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But running running running - well, that's the whole point of a no-leash zone, isn't it?  The dogs certainly think so.


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They make new friends, too.


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And so the solitary dog, packless at home save for its human, gets to play with a packmate, to romp and run with a temporary soulmate.


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 Some dogs find the beach itself fascinating - the strange new textures underfoot, the strange new smells assailing the nose.


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And then there's The Tennis Ball of Bliss.


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 The Object of Desire hurled by their human - Chase it!


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Don't let it escape!


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 Capture it!


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 Bring it back and do it again!

 

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There was a boxer on the beach who was passionate about the fetch game, utterly obsessed with the ratty old frisbee his human flung for him.


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And I do mean ratty.


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 He locked onto each toss like an outfielder running down a high fly ball.


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He timed his leaps perfectly.


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Even another dog racing to intercept couldn't throw him off his laser-precise aim.


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 No way he was letting an intruder have his toy, nossirree.


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 No, that ratty old thing was HIS ratty old thing, and the boxer was proud of it.


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 Matter of fact, every dog playing fetch was joyfully into the game, from the pursuit...

 

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 ...to the capture...


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 ...to the triumphant return.


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Yep, it's a dog's life on the beach, and it's a damn fine life for a dog.
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I'm more of a cat person...but nice photos. (2.00 / 3)
n/t.

"No disrespect intended, please accept my apology and disregard my previous comments."~GTP

I'm a cat person also (2.00 / 2)
But I speak fluent dog.

If it were done when 'tis done, then 'twere well it were done subjunctively.

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I'm Bispecious. (2.00 / 2)
Tri, if you add a fondness for bunnies.

We shed the small dog that found a temporary home here after being rescued by a friend. Sweet thing, but small dogs have a flinch response that cats and larger dogs lack. She has a nice home where she can lapdog all day long now.

But Benny the Chocolate Lab embodies the Dogthusiasm that we think is their strongest trait. Literally boundless enthusiasm that is as fresh each time as it was the first. Being a lab Benny's joy at the concept of running pell-mell after a stick and bringing it back for more is something he discovers every day:

Hmm.. A stick...

Wait!! I know!!! You throw the stick as far as you can and I will chase it as fast as I can and bring it back!

Oh my god, oh my god! I can't believe nobody has ever thought of this before! This is going to be awesome!!!

Teddie the cat exemplifies precisely the opposite appreciation for the world. Nothing is surprising, rather each pleasure is calmly removed from the cellar and decanted to be savored in optimal conditions with a connoisseur's informed indulgence.

They bound the range of joy. The fresh sparkling joy of discovery on the one (slobbery) hand, the quiet revelry of intimate familiarity on the velvety other.

John Askren - "Never get into a pissing match with a skunk."


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Awesome (2.00 / 2)
How perfectly you capture the essence of Dog and Cat.  "Awesome" as an adjective is overworked (to say the awesomely least), but truly, I stand (okay, sit before my computer screen) in awe at your way with words, sir.

Actually, I'm a bit pissed, too, because I slave over every passage I write, am never entirely satisfied with it, finally surrender to creative exhaustion, time and other obligations and post it -- then I read comments like the above, or the brilliantly phrased, acutely observed, thought-inciting stuff my fellow Moose contribute and feel (1) appreciative of the chance to enjoy the fruits of their fecund minds; (2) humbled at the prospect of even trying to play on the same grounds; with (3) a dash of sheer self-absorbed envy that I never can create, however I crank away at it, the felicities that flow so seemingly effortlessly from you guys.

Heh.  Maybe I should try writing less clause-choked, pithier pieces.

If it were done when 'tis done, then 'twere well it were done subjunctively.


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The only advice I could give on writing (2.00 / 2)
would probably consist of mostly bad ideas.

When writing feels right to me I'm not paying it much attention. The sounds of words in my head slosh about as I'm thinking of typing them and if I fail to pay the right type of attention they tend to forecast themselves.

Writing should be basically talking.

Perhaps it is just talking as we would if we had just a split second longer to think about the exact words, and the magic ability to go back a line or two and swap out a couple miscast items.

Think less, read more, write more, don't focus too much and  brush your teeth.

John Askren - "Never get into a pissing match with a skunk."


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You make it sound so easy (2.00 / 2)
And it's true, the best stuff I've written tends to just come gushing out of itself.  Oh, I'll go back and tweak a bit here, polish a rough edge there, but the vast bulk of the good stuff leaps forth of its own accord.  But even then, it requires thought and a critical eye to be sure I've said what I wanted to say.  Not to mention catching typos.

Oh, and I do tend to speak in multi-clause long, often bookishly phrased sentences, so there's only so much concision available to my blatherings.

By the way, may I share your thoughts on Dog and Cat?  They're too good not to be broadcast among my circle of acquaintance.

If it were done when 'tis done, then 'twere well it were done subjunctively.


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You see, (2.00 / 2)
I love the way you write.

You balance points with pauses in your multi-clausual bookendosities, because sometimes you just hafta string a couple balls together to make a picture.

Right there witcha, sister.

I'm honored to be repeated, please do so. As we said, decent writing just comes out. Sometimes you look at the words you just said and it looks better than you'd like to admit.

That last line I'm particularly pleasantly surprised by. It stands alone fairly well:

They bound the range of joy. The fresh sparkling joy of discovery on the one (slobbery) hand, the quiet revelry of intimate familiarity on the velvety other.

I don't know about you but Word Reduction Operations are a big part of available energy around this keyboard. When I was writing that last line I slammed a couple phrases into it a few times and cut them back out all in just a few seconds, pared a few leaves, moved a few rocks around and was surprised what a nice little form it popped into at the end.

Verbosity is a wonderful thing but it is often the tidy little quip of text that is most satisfying to find.

John Askren - "Never get into a pissing match with a skunk."


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Duly shared (2.00 / 1)
And much appreciated by those who received it, including the friend who has delightedly adopted "Dogthusiasm" as her new fave word.

If it were done when 'tis done, then 'twere well it were done subjunctively.

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ha..!!..well stated. (2.00 / 3)
and I must admit to having had many types of animal companions...bunnies, birds, dogs...even had a chicken visiting us this summer...she was a real sweetie...but there is something about cats...if you can earn the love of a cat...you feel like you've really accomplished something.

p.s...I lurk here mostly and saw the diary the other day...I thought I better sign in so you all knew you were not alone. this is a nice place with thoughtful discussion. I think post-election...holidays...blogs are going to be a little slow. twitter has it's place...but real discussion does not happen there. I will continue to keep an eye on you all...even may write a diary in a couple weeks...about 350.org...and will try to crosspost it here.

peace.

"No disrespect intended, please accept my apology and disregard my previous comments."~GTP


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Welcome! (2.00 / 3)
Glad you unlurked, and do go on.

If it were done when 'tis done, then 'twere well it were done subjunctively.

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Those are some HAPPY puppies!! (2.00 / 2)


"When Fascism comes to America, it will come wrapped in teh stupid and waving a gun" ~ Esteev on Wonkette

*grin* (2.00 / 1)
You noticed.

If it were done when 'tis done, then 'twere well it were done subjunctively.

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