Welcome to the Historical Fiction Online forums: a friendly place to discuss, review and discover historical fiction.
If this is your first visit, please be sure to check out the FAQ by clicking the link above.
You will have to register before you can post: click the register link above to proceed.
To start viewing posts, select the forum that you want to visit from the selection below.

My dog Summer

Post your pet pictures here!
Post Reply
User avatar
Posts: 99
Joined: October 2014
Location: Seattle, WA, USA

My dog Summer

Post by blueemerald » Mon August 24th, 2015, 1:47 pm

2014 pose-crop (Small).JPG
2014 Feb sunny Summer 010 (Small).JPG
2013 new toy (Small).JPG
Summer is my pal. She is a 7 year old, 70 pound English Lab. I adopted her 4 years ago. I think there was some Providence involved with our coming together. Here is our story if you care to read:

My first brief meeting with Summer was when she was with her young "parents" (my nephew and his girlfriend). "Wanna meet Summer?" "What, it's Summertime now." "No, our dog". "Oh." "Okay!" Immediately I felt a connection with Summer and blurted "Can I have her?" Huh? Those around thought my comment was very inappropriate. Really, I don't know why I said that. Thought I was being silly. I kinda meant it, but not really. I had a much loved dog 2 years prior and I could hardly endure seeing her through old age and death. I wasn't really interested in another dog. They want for alot of attention. I already had 2 cats. I preferred cats. I think I was a cat in some previous life. That was that.

Two years later I received an email from Summer's "mom" inquiring if I wanted to adopt Summer. They had new baby, a 1 bedroom dark apartment, 2 "parents" gone all day and 2 cats-made for little attention and activity for Summer. Did I want her? (See, if I earlier hadn't blurted out that "inappropriate" question of having Summer I might not have gotten this opportunity...just sayin'.) Hmmm. This is a big deal. Accepting another pet, a dog, a big young dog. And I already have 2 cats. Was I going to be The Animal Lady on the block? Did I have the time, energy, finances and love for another pet?

Summer and I met again. She looked at me with her big, brown, longing eyes. Her tail crazily wagging circles. And I swear she was smiling. She came to my side and was never more than 3 feet away from me the rest of the visit. There you have it. The answer had been made for us. We already belonged together. So, I took her home. Prepared the house and yard for a dog. Introduced her to the cats (who remained "top dogs" even with a real dog now in residence!).

I have never regretted adopting Summer. She adapted well over time with routines, consistency, attention and activity. She seems happy, confident and secure. She is mellow, fun and good-looking! She is a good watchdog and a good companion. Summer makes for a lot of laughter and moments of thoughtful pause.
And best of all, she is getting grey(white) hair at the same accelerated pace as me! Thanks for that, Summer! I love you more :)
You do not have the required permissions to view the files attached to this post.
Last edited by blueemerald on Mon August 24th, 2015, 10:40 pm, edited 3 times in total.

User avatar
Posts: 5697
Joined: August 2008
Currently reading: "The Twisted Sword" by Winston Graham
Preferred HF: Plantagenets, Victorian, crime
Location: Essex/London

Re: My dog Summer

Post by Madeleine » Mon August 24th, 2015, 2:54 pm

She's gorgeous Emerald - hope you have many happy years together. And make sure she lets those cats know who's the boss! ;)
Currently reading: "The Twisted Sword" by Winston Graham

User avatar
Posts: 9581
Joined: August 2008
Location: Seattle, WA

Re: My dog Summer

Post by Misfit » Mon August 24th, 2015, 2:54 pm

What a sweetheart. Labs make the best dogs.
At home with a good book and the cat...
...is the only place I want to be

User avatar
MLE (Emily Cotton)
Posts: 3562
Joined: August 2008
Interest in HF: started in childhood with the classics, which, IMHO are HF even if they were contemporary when written.
Favourite HF book: Prince of Foxes, by Samuel Shellabarger
Preferred HF: Currently prefer 1600 and earlier, but I'll read anything that keeps me turning the page.
Location: California Bay Area

Re: My dog Summer

Post by MLE (Emily Cotton) » Mon August 24th, 2015, 3:28 pm

A dog is a gift. I firmly hold to the opinion that animals are on loan from God, to give us practice in being responsible, caring, and learning to deal, because of their much shorter lives, with loss and death.

But the payback from a loving pet is beyond price. It sounds like you have found that in Summer. Congratulations!

My current pack members are Niffler, a 12-year old standard poodle, her daughter Penelope (Penny) a 4-year-old Goldendoodle. No cats since Onyx died 4 years ago, but out at my friend's ranch I have my packing pets, Pachacuti (Patch), Bandit, and Old Josh, (AKA 'Methusallama'). Plus Henessy, the chicken that flew into our yard two years ago and has been running around dropping a blue egg here and there. When she's in the mood, she lets me pick her up and stroke her feathers.

User avatar
Posts: 4218
Joined: August 2008
Currently reading: The Farm at the Edge of the World by Sarah Vaughan
Interest in HF: The first historical novel I read was Katherine by Anya Seton and this sparked off my interest in this genre.
Favourite HF book: Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell!
Preferred HF: Any
Location: North Yorkshire, UK

Re: My dog Summer

Post by Vanessa » Mon August 24th, 2015, 3:41 pm

She's gorgeous!
currently reading: My Books on Goodreads

Books are mirrors, you only see in them what you already have inside you ~ The Shadow of the Wind

Post Reply

Return to “Pet Pix”