One thing that is fun about having multiple dogs is seeing how different their personalities can be. Yesterday I wrote about the crew’s different reactions to thunderstorms, and today I’m sharing about their different ways of enjoying the outdoors while playing ball in their yard.
Our beagle Cricket is a sun lover through and through, and she’s also the boss of everyone including ruling the games of fetch. She does most of the running and chasing, and though Luke and Sheba both love to catch the ball, they leave the hard running to Cricket (she is always the one to return the ball to me). They also leave the sun worshiping to her, and when it’s warm and sunny out they definitely prefer to just hang out in the shade and wait for the ball to come to them.
Cricket enjoys the pool to cool off in, and the other two prefer to lie under their favorite bushes and wait for the ball to come to them.
We’ve been having a typical New England spring – lots of hot weather in May, and then a cool off in early June. It looks like the hotter weather is finally returning. Sheba and I are headed out today to scope out some new places for swimming. We had found a nice pond last year but as the summer went on more and more fisherman were showing up there, and they don’t appreciate a dog splashing around and scaring off the fish! We are far closer to another bigger pond now anyway, but we’re still not sure where we can access the water. I have two or three ideas, and hopefully we’ll find at least one place we can to start with, and have some photos to share tomorrow!
Callie, Shadow, and Ducky's Mom says
Ducky is my little sun worshipper. She will lay out in the sun – with her Kong Bounzer at her side – and stay there no matter what. Shadow will – like Callie used to – stay in the sun for about 5 minutes and then move to the shade. Of course, if it’s cool and sunny, we all stay in the sun longer to keep warm; but summers in our neck of the woods are rarely cool except in the wee hours of the morning.
It’s surprising that Ducky loves the sun…you would think that black fur would make her hot. I can touch Luke on his black spots and he’s hot as ever, but then where he’s white – totally cool! I can understand why the long haired girls get hot so quickly though.
Callie, Shadow, and Ducky's Mom says
Ducky is a stubborn girl! Once she’s comfortable, she won’t get up, even for water, until she’s good and ready. That’s why I have to occasionally pretend I’m going to steal her Bounzer. ????
Dolly the Doxie says
It’s way too hot here guess mom will be getting out the pool soon! I love to lay in the sun first and when I get too hot move to the shade (under mom’s chair). Taffy, talk about different, is non-stop trouble, drives mom nuts. She did a blog post about it, Love Dolly
Sand spring chesapeakes says
Nellie is my sun dog she loves to lay out in it. Your gang is looking like they are having fun!
Tenacious Little Terrier says
Mr. N would be like Sheba and Luke. He doesn’t like getting more than his feet wet.
They do have their quirks, don’t they? Yet Sheba and Luke love to swim, and Luke loves to bite at the hose and get his face all wet. Sheba doesn’t like being splashed though! But Cricket doesn’t like to swim, she uses the water for cooling off purposes only.
2 Brown Dawgs says
That Cricket sure knows how to have a good time!
I love seeing dog’s individual personalities. Daisy is a shade-lover, she absolutely hates the heat (just like me!).
The Island Cats says
It’s fun to see their different playing styles.
Mia loves the sun!
Two French Bulldogs says
Oh my goodness we love those sun puddles
Lily & Edward
Bailie and I love to bake in the sun until we are so hot we can barely breathe and then move to shade. Swimming is always a plus too. Katie prefers the shade and will only dip her paws in the water. She really dislikes being all wet.
Luv & Emma says
Dogs definitely have their own distinct personalities. Emma loves being outside, but is disliking the heat the older she gets. It’s funny watching how she knows what shade is and goes right to it if she needs a break on her walks. 🙂
It is pretty cool how they understand the whole concept of shade, isn’t it?
Sharon Seltzer says
I find it fascinating how every dog has their different likes and dislikes, but I think Cricket has the right attitude for a fun day in the sun.
I’m with Cricket too…I like to get in the sun as much as I can (within reason of course)!
I’m always intrigued by the totally different personalities of dogs. Misty the alpha Poodle is a total water dog like her hunting ancestors. If she sees water she is swimming in it. The other dog avoid anything wet. Timmy growls at his water bowl if it splashes him.
Too funny! Around here they make a project out of drinking water, and the floor is flooded afterwards!
Good luck on your water search! Hot weather just arrived here, too, so Barley will be seeking out the shady spots outside, too. She was quite bossy when we were in Alabama and she wanted to be in the shady spots along the road on walks and somebody else was blocking her way 😉
M. K. Clinton says
It must be a Hound thing because Bentley will go lay down in the direct sun and just bask! His fur is so hot when he comes back inside that we say he makes our air conditioner run longer. BOL!
I’m sure like Cricket he’s panting away by the time he comes back in the house too!
Jodi Stone says
Sampson has always been the one to lie out in the sun, but as of late Delilah has taken to it as soon as I get home. They get so darn hot and come in panting. I don’t understand why they find it so enjoyable. 🙂
I’m glad your dogs have found their own ways to enjoy the new yard.
Well, I don’t know….I like to sit out in the sun until I can’t stand it anymore either. 🙂
easy rider says
Cricket is a beach girl she knows how to enjoy summer :o) we sadly have still a june-vember…