Our beagle Cricket seems to live by the mantra “You’re only as old as you feel”. If it wasn’t for her white face, you might never guess she was 12 years old if you saw her in action. I often said that our golden retriever Sheba never grew up, but I forget sometimes that Cricket can be just the same.
Monday morning we woke up to a foot of snow. Dadz gets up before I do with the dogs. I had already decided I wasn’t going to go into work, since I hate driving in the snow and am lucky enough to have a flexible schedule. I woke up to a beagle on the bed with a toy and full of energy.
Bringing a toy to bed is something she normally only does on weekends, but apparently she had somehow figured out it was going to be a snow day, and she was as excited as a puppy about the fresh snow on the ground! Dadz said she had already been outside running around a couple of times.
When I got up and headed out for coffee, this is what I saw:
She did not care that it was 6:00 in the morning and still dark out; she was ready to go out and play! I like to indulge my dogs, but I do have my limits and playing ball in the dark in a foot of snow is not something I’m willing to give into!
She persisted for a bit but finally gave up and took a nap while we waited for it to get light out. We’ll share some more of those fun snow photos soon.
Cricket makes me smile every day that she doesn’t act her age. Something else she’s been doing lately is playing with Luke some. Sheba was Luke’s biggest playmate, so we worried about whether Cricket would play with him once Sheba was gone. She may not do it as much as Sheba did, but she’s filling in at least some of the time! That’s pretty good considering their size difference. Cricket is not one to back down though, and she let Luke drag her all over the house without giving in and letting go of that toy! To his credit, Luke can be fairly gentle with her, and he is often the one that lets go of the toy first.
There is something to be said for being young at heart, even if you’re a dog. Cricket is setting a good example for all of us that are aging!