Sunday, August 22, 2010

Fall's In The Air

For man, autumn is a time of harvest, of gathering together. For nature, it is a time of sowing, of scattering abroad. ~Edwin Way Teale

The past week or so, the nights have been downright chilly. That fall snap is starting to show up in the weather.

This time of year I feel a little lost ... the butterflies are done, the garden is nearly done (all that's left is to pick the last of everything, then pull up the plants and turn the garden). I didn't have enough "anything" that I grew myself to preserve (I had BIG plans for my green beans, but the year was just too hot and the plants struggled and produced very little). Preserving foodwise, all I have left are the butternut squash and apples.

Then it's fall and winter. No more outdoor time really. Walking the dog, sure, but ... nothing else. In one way it's a bit of a relief -- I don't have to feel guilty spending time inside on the computer. But it's also such a loss. There are days I just like to walk around my yard and smile at the flowers.

I know I'm borrowing trouble. It's only August. But, we'll most likely have our first hard freeze in less than a month. I miss long growing seasons.


I ran into our first dog trainer yesterday at PetsMart. It was great to see her and we gabbed for a while. She was so pleased with Dakota's behavior. Even though Dakota was SO excited to see her (it's been well over a year, but I swear Dakota remembered her), she DID sit for her greeting (whined the whole time, but kept her butt on the ground).

We talked about agility and about Dakota being a therapy dog. I asked her if she honestly thought Dakota had it in her to be one. I absolutely know Dakota has a sweet temperament -- she'd never nip or bite anyone under any circumstances. But she's also a scaredy-dog and I worry about new situations (and wheelchairs and walkers). She'll put up with any kind of human treatment. She's had kids slap her in the face (they mean to pet, but toddlers don't always control their movements well), poke her eyes, step on her paws, etc. And she doesn't even flinch. But new OBJECTS can freak her out.

Take yesterday.

After playing at the dog park and bathed her. And once all her fluffiness was wet, I noticed she'd torn out all the fur on her cheekbone and it was red and raw from all her scratching. Uh oh. Only one thing to do: the cone of shame.

When I held it, she was fine. When I put it (flat) under her face, she was fine. When I curled it around her head? She absolutely flipped out, terrified. Crying, jumping, shaking ... she ended up destroying the e-collar (apparently even fairly pliable plastic WILL shatter if you hit it against the wall, the table, the banister, etc. enough times) and then just lay there, wearing the remnants, shivering.

So... therapy dog? Or not?


You Are Sweet and Sensitive

You're the type of person who's always taking others into consideration. You are very empathetic.

You like to think everything through carefully. You tend to regret rash decisions.

You are tentatively playful. It takes you a while to open up to new friends.

You prefer calm waters where you can drift along peacefully. You don't like waves.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.... NO. Is there a stronger word for no? If so, insert here.



Diane Craver said...

We had green and yellow beans to freeze and a little broccoli. We had plenty of tomatoes to eat but not enough to can. I love having my own canned tomatoes,salsa and juice in the winter.

Sounds like Dakota has some potential to be a therapy dog.

Anonymous said...

Oh poor Dakota, Have you maybe thought of using a soft e-coller instead? might want to see if that would be less traumatic for her :)

Liz Fichera said...

I'm envious that your Fall is starting! I won't be able to say that till the end of October. At least football season is starting and we're going in the right direction. In theory.

Tori Lennox said...

I think Dakota would make an awesome therapy dog. Is there somewhere you could expose her wheelchairs and/or walkers?

Brandy said...

Dakota's temperament sounds like she'd make a good therapy dog, but you may want to test out the wheelchair/walker thing first.
I wish Fall would start here soon, it's my favorite time of the year.

You Are Cheerful and Bright
You are total optimist. In your view, there is no other way to live!
You seek happiness... and not the temporary kind either. You're looking for a permanent high.
You are often playful. You believe play is an important part of a full life.
You prefer waters that have small waves. You want to have fun, but you don't want to be swept away.

Some is true, some is not.

Have a delightful day!

Maria Zannini said...

I'm looking forward to fall. So far we've had 28 days of triple digits and expect at least one more week of those temps before we fall into the upper 90s. (I hope.)

Poor Dakota. It seems she does not have fond memories of the cone.

I hope the cooler weather will help her skin.

Ceri Hebert said...

I love the chilly nights! And I adore fall, so I'm eagerly awaiting it. Maybe because the summer was so long hot and dry and fall is always too short. Our peas were pretty sad this year, our tomatoes look good, despite the hornworms (only could find two of the nasty things) and we have about 13 pumpkins from our 5 pumpkin plants. I need some jars for the tomatoes so I can get them canned. Yum!

Love the "Up" clip. I heart Doug.