Enjoying life as we countdown to 2018 departure

We have had a lovely time here in Mount Pleasant – enjoying great weather and time in our home before going on the road again.

Lenny and Lola have enjoyed their fenced in backyard again and the doggie door gave them control over their ins and outs. Even Lola has mastered using the door! It’s such fun to see her learn new things and be so proud of herself. She has really matured and has probably reached her adult weight of five pounds. Her metabolism is very high so that works to keep her slim and trim. She can play catch until your arm falls off and is a precise in the air or on the bounce retriever – we think she’s part Labrador . Both of our Yorkshire Terriers have had their rabies shots and we updated other inoculations so they are all set for our big trip. Great to have them get a clean bill of health!

All kinds of birds and water fowl love our small lake and in addition to our Carolina (formerly Canadian) Geese, mallards and anhinga visitors, we also have a great blue heron who frequently feeds and naps here. We have also spotted an osprey pair using the lake as a quick stop fish store. Our bluebirds, cardinals, and smaller birds are back singing their songs much to our delight. Lola attempts to scare the smaller birds off with her barking but they ignore her – she’s just not that scary. Also our turtle population has exploded – Rick saw about thirty of them sunbathing on the opposite bank one day. We have not seen any alligators but we expect they are out there – locally large gators continue to be spotted.

Just window shopping here…

Our new tall neighbor pretending to sleep…

Osprey circling and spotting prey……

Osprey fish grab…….

Mallards checking the water temps….

Fisher birds extraordinaire – these are Anhinga – related to cormorants but with light colored feathers on their bellies and necks – they frequently pose this way to dry their oily wings in the sun.

This fellow is wing drying and just chilling with two members of our large turtle family along the bank next to our backyard

A day at the beach on Isle of Palms with the dogs was wonderful and they enjoyed discovering new spots in the sand and ocean waves again.

Lenny smelled ocean right away and felt right at home and Lola, although shocked at first by the little waves – got in the swing – jumping in and out of the water. A moderate breeze brought some cooling – Lola start to shiver so hard her ears might fall off but Rick warmed her in his jacket as we walked to a cute boardwalk lunch place. There we all enjoyed a lunch of yummy cheeseburgers and delicious fries as a reward.

Lenny & Rick just water strolling….

Lola surprised by her first wave – holy catfish – that was a shock! But back at it right away.

When not out in the backyard or beaching – Lola is on constant surveillance duty – always protecting our castle.

We can’t imagine life without these two wonderful dogs! They enhance our lives and complete our family.

Hug your dog today – everyday is Love a Doggie Day!

Author: kateamirault

Retired well traveled and Experienced woman

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