Lake Dogs – It’s All About Play

Lake dogs are pretty darn smart.   They know that life is all about play.   Doesn’t have to be too fancy. An orange rubber ball to chase into the water is just fine.

If there’s no orange ball handy,  there are lots of rocks laying on the sand that make excellent substitutes.

It’s a simple success  formula requiring one human, one orange ball and one very eager-to-please dog.

This is Kuya.  She’s just over a year old and she’s a purebred Labrador Retriever.   Kuya  lives to play in the water.

During the week my family stayed up in the Adirondacks – right next door to Kuya’s family – we got to play with Kuya every day of our vacation.

Labs have a “water gene” built into their DNA right next to their “play gene.”   They do not take no for an answer when it comes to play.

Especially Kuya.   She is very serious about making time to play.

As we should be.

Some of my best ideas come to me when I’m playing.   Or when I’m taking a shower.  Isn’t that a form of play?  Really.

Or when I’m on the tread mill at the gym or in childs pose on my yoga mat.  Or when I’m out walking by myself, without my dogs so that my mind is free to wander.

Or when I’m playing with my dogs,  at home, in my yard.

Sometimes, my play is just like Kuya’s play.  The only purpose is to have fun.  There’s no ulterior agenda with my inner self-talk.  I’m not working through an idea for an article I’m working on or wrestling with a chapter in the children’s book I just started to write.

Just like yesterday.  I decided it would be fun to call up a friend of mine – someone that I want to get to know a little bit better – just because – and see if she wanted to go to a movie with me next week.   And, so I did.  And she does.

All work and no play makes us grumpy and short-sighted.   And, that’s not fun.  [gplus count=”true” size=”Medium” ]




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