What do you get when you mix dogs + water + a contest to see how far you can jump?  A diving dog competition, of course!!!

I give this labrador retriever a 10 for form and concentration.  The landing is another story, but extra points should be given for never taking your eye off the toy!

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This cattle dog(?) was The Boss!  Just look at that determination!  That drive!  The ‘I don’t care if the water is a chilly 58deg because it’s all about grabbing that toy before it hits the water’ attitude.

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There were even little dogs taking part in the wet festivities!  This little guy needed a little encouragement from his human before taking the plunge.  The second his diminutive body hit the water, the audience was on their feet cheering him on.

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Last but not least, we have a golden retriever.  The token party animal who would rather not retrieve his toy if it means jumping in the chilly water.  He even made sure to voice his displeasure at what was expected of him!

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Please click here to discover what my talented and funny friend Jessica has in store for us this month!

 

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Super moons have become so common place, that their importance has taken a back seat to more important activities…like staying home and eating dinner in front of the TV.  However, this month I made an exception.  The super moon on November 13 held the distinction of being the biggest, brightest, and closest to earth than all the full moons since 1948.   And it won’t happen again until November 2034.  Getting this shot was certainly worth climbing over fences, gingerly avoiding rocky hazards along a lake shore, and listening to coyote packs howl.  Thank you J for schlepping my camera and tripod to make the trek easier and safer for your mom.

Please follow me to Chicago to see what Jessica has prepared for our viewing pleasure.  Something with mouse ears perhaps?

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Peanut Butter.  A magical potion used in minute quantities to transform a wiggly, biting, playful 13 week old puppy into a puppy with rapt attention, and a willingness to do just about anything for another bite of the creamy goodness.

Please follow me around the circle to see what eye candy Kim has ready for us this month.

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My favorite photo from the month of September.  My newly married niece walking her 90 year old grandma to the car after a very fun wedding weekend.

I love road trips.  They bring me back to when I was little and all 5 of us kids would cram into the Rambler with mom and dad, and drive straight through to Minnesota (16 hours).  Mom would pack sandwiches and fruit so we didn’t have to buy expensive gas station snacks.  Dad would only let us use the bathroom during gas stops.  I can remember the backs of my legs sticking to the seat in the summer heat, and watching rows of corn in Iowa flying by so fast I felt I could be hypnotized by them.

When my niece announced she was getting married in Montana, I was ecstatic to plan a road trip to attend the festivities.  My 90 year old mom rode shotgun, while my son had the entire back seat to himself.  The dogs got to come along, of course, and they each had a bed in the way back.  At each gas stop we stocked up on junk food, as well as Starbucks lattes and macchiatos.  We used copious amounts of air conditioning, and stayed in hotels.  Times may change, but the fun and memories remain the same.

Please continue around the circle to see what my sweet and talented friend Krista has in store for us this month.

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The most fun I’ve had in quite a long time happened when J and I decided to load the car with our camera equipment and dogs, drive through rush hour traffic, and wander around the boonies north of Denver International Airport in search of fields of sunflowers.  Narrow two lane country roads wind up and over gentle hills.  Cresting one of those hills we discovered sunflowers as far as the eyes could see.  Each plant chest high with flowers as large as dinner plates.  Who knew Colorado had more to feast the eyes on than just mountains!

Please follow me to Texas where Adele is kicking up her heels now that summer is over and her kids are back in school.