January Plans: a guest post by Lola

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.

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24 responses to “January Plans: a guest post by Lola

  1. I expect the park would be ideal for you. I have to say, you looked nice on that beach too, so make sure your Person integrates that into her plans. Nothing like having a free bath. 🙂

    • lolapup

      I do love to run and I don’t really care where. The only thing wrong with that free bath at the beach is the second bath I always get when we get home. It’s worth it in the end, though.

  2. It looks like you had a wonderful day! The Dog Beach (our collies love going to the dog beach!), trails, other dogs and humans… what a delightful day of fun for you! We hope the New Year brings you a lot of love and happiness!

    Big Collie Hugs to you Lola and your human!

    The Collies and Chuck 🙂

  3. You are a lucky pup — a dog beach sounds wonderful! Looks like some great fun in wonderful weather. We sure are lucky all over the country to be having such mild weather in January. Glad your person is feeling better! Happy New Year.

    • lolapup

      We have had some great weather lately. It’s been warm enough to play outdoors a lot but we also had snow in the mountains a couple of weeks ago and that’s fun, too. I’m definitely a lucky dog. Happy New Year, Caryn!

  4. I’ve been wanting to take Henry to Balboa Park, but didn’t know about Nate’s Point Dog Park. Do you know where abouts it is?

  5. Lola, you are so lucky to have such a great person. Sounds like you get to do some fun things, even when she’s sick. Happy new year to you and your person!

    • lolapup

      I am a lucky dog and my person says she’s lucky, too. We spoil each other. Happy New Year, Susan!

  6. i love dogs, thanks for the post 🙂 One thing about dogs which we all can learn from is that dogs are some of the creatures that love unconditionally. Love them and they will love you till death no matter what kind of a person you are

    • lolapup

      Dogs are good at loving people. It’s one of our best things. We especially like people who like us. Thanks for stopping by.

  7. I love Lola’s POV! And I’ll look forward to your notebook scribblings and more outings with Lola! Happy New Year, Shary!

  8. Lola pup, you sure look like you’re having fun! It’s been too cold where I live to go on anything more than short walks. I’m afraid my person doesn’t like walking too far when it’s freezing. I don’t mind since I have a new coat! I also saw a Great Dane–just this morning! I love the running shots of you! I hope your person gets better soon! 🙂

  9. Lola, it sounds like your year is off to a fun start! I hope your person is feeling better soon and not spending too much time on that planning stuff! 🙂

  10. Anitra

    Thanks Lola for keeping me in the dog loop. Fifi is looking like she has something on her mind: “Oooh, Lola, you will be zo zorry to hear what happened to me. I know my person didn’t mean any harm, and I do admit to loving my new look..very fluffy and white. But Lola my friend, can you believe it? My person actually washed me with…ugh..Liquid laundry soap. Does she forget I am vewy fwench? Somesing with perfume next time, please. Mon dieu! … Love, Fifi

  11. Oh Dog! That looks like an awesome park Lola! You should go every day, and then eat cookies afterward!

    • lolapup

      I’d love to go every day. If only we didn’t have to drive to get there. But at least I get cookies every day. 🙂

  12. I love my trails, but I wish I had a dog beach I could go to. That sounds like so much fun. Glad your person let you post again Lola.

  13. Wow, dolphins! Sounds like you had a wonderful time. I’m pleased to hear that your person is feeling better!