Morning with George and Gracie

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George and Gracie

Summer mornings with the dogs has settled into a routine.

Wake the woman.

I stumble around to the door to let them out before I do ANYTHING else. That, of course, means no glasses. They are lucky I can find the door. Or maybe I am lucky that I can find the door fast enough for them. Then it is feed them and get them outside to take care of business.

That is all routine.

The time in the dog run is NOT routine.

This piece of our property now has a fence around it just so the dog’s can run. They can chase lizards and dig at old rabbit holes. They can play.

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It is the result of years of run off from the hill behind it. Parts are sandy. Parts are hard packed. Parts are granite rock. It has been home to quail, rabbits, squirrels and chipmunks. Now it is a play yard for Cocker Spaniels.

It is here that the tennis ball rules. And hunting must be done with a tennis ball. You know what I mean?

While they hunt, I practice with my camera. During their hunts I have found some amazing things. And I have tried to capture them.

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There is coyote brush, California sage and black sage.

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There is black oak.

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And fallen pine.

It is a place where I can read and toss tennis balls. Or wander and take photographs. But mostly it is a place of quiet peace.

Punctuated by lizards running for their lives.

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So far the lizards are winning.


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  1. What a life. Beauty shots!

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  2. Thank you! I had a photo lesson on my camera a couple of days ago and these are the best of my test results. Some were stupendously bad!

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  3. How great that your dogs have a place to run! Some great photos too.


  4. What a fabulous place you have.

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  5. Hi there Gizzylaw, Thank you so much for leaving your link at the SeniorSalon. Please share and invite your Fellow Bloggers to also participate and if you have a moment, please check out some of the other posts left and share as well. Thanks and I look forward to seeing you again.

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  6. I was lured from Esme’s salon and enjoyed my walk with you and your dogs. Some super shots you have … especially of that lizard. Nicely done šŸ™„

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  7. Thank you! My dogs are my children. That sounds trite but they require massive amounts of attention and lots of tennis balls! šŸ˜‰


  8. A bit like the husband heeehe! We had a liver spaniel growing up, such nice tempered dogs. X

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