I’ve noticed that a new year means a lot to people. They take stock, set goals, make plans. Dogs don’t need to do those things. A nap in a sunny spot feels great. When I feel good, I have no worries and planning doesn’t make much sense.
I imagine my person probably wanted to make some new year plans, but she caught a cold. So instead of evaluating and organizing, she’s been coughing and sneezing. She’s taken some long naps on the couch and I was happy to keep her feet warm. I know I made her feel better.
In spite of her cold, my person did take me to a couple of my favorite places. She says fresh air is good for clearing your head. Last weekend, we went to dog beach. You know how much I love that place. The water was cold, but the air was warm and I had the most fun chasing my ball up and down the shore. My other person got distracted by dolphins a couple of times so I had to remind him to throw the ball. If I get a running start, I can tag him pretty hard. I never knocked him over, but I did get his attention back on me where it belonged.
Today, we went to one of my other favorite places, Balboa Park. It’s a huge park with museums and gardens, hiking trails and open spaces. First we went to Nate’s Point Dog Park. It’s second only to the beach for chasing tennis balls. I always meet a lot of fun dogs there. Today, I watched a husky puppy and a border collie puppy play together. They were cute, but they sure don’t know much yet. I think there was a Great Dane convention there today, too. I was nervous about that crowd at first, but I worked up the nerve to approach a couple of them. I had to crane my neck to sniff them, but they seemed like friendly fellows.
I ran a few tennis ball sprints and then we wandered through the rest of park. There’s a lot to see on a sunny weekend morning. There were tons of joggers and cyclists, more that usual, but I bet that has to do with the January goal setting thing that people do. We also saw some brightly colored birds sitting on perches in the sun. There were musicians and artists and plenty of children. It’s a lively place.
Now that my person is feeling better and not sniffling quite so much, she might decide to do some of that January planning. I’m sure she’ll have a few writing resolutions. As much as she’s been scribbling in her notebook lately, maybe she’s already set some goals and is on her way to meeting them. But I do hope that she doesn’t forget about me when she makes those new year plans. An outing to one of my favorite places every weekend sounds just right to me.
I hope the new year is everything you want it to be.