I’m pretty god damn in love with this fucking floral dress. Like, in love enough to use some fairly crass words on the internet. Yeah. That much. I picked it up on a whim at F21 (side note: I’m such a hypocrite, I badmouth that store so much but man it’s good for a quick fix) and it’s just perfect. The fit is perfect and, before I washed it, the length was perrrrrfect. It shrunk a bit in the wash, but next time it goes in I’ll skip the dryer and let it hang to stretch it back out. Should do the trick, according to David’s mom. These photos are from my favorite outfit spot, the dog park we take Lyra. It’s a little tucked away ledge spot that works really well, especially since it’s a fairly deserted area in the park. Lots of privacy for those awkwardly public & narcissistic photos. Oh also? I’ll say it a million more times but black tights + brown boots = YUM. Really, though, black tights + ANYTHING = perfection.
As some of you noticed from Instagram (@likeasmallfire), our household canine population doubled. We’re watching Syd, who is Lyra’s birthmommy, for a bit. It’s hilarious how two dogs could not possibly be more different from each other, yet share genetics. Sydney has some pretty intense herding instincts in her and as a result her inner monologue is a constant process of counting her people.
One… One… One two… One.. Onetwothree…. Two? Two Three? ONE?!? ONE?!?!?!!
And so it continues. Endlessly.
This picture sums the two of them up really well–Syd fearlessly retrieving the ball at all costs* while Lyra watches. She watches because 1–she doesn’t fetch. She might run alongside the ball if you throw it, but the concept of retrieving the ball, or even acknowledging the ball, is entirely lost on her and 2–Lyra doesn’t do water. Once, when she was a puppy, my sister and I were in a canoe and talking to her as she stood at the edge of the dock. In her excitement, she walked over to us and belly flopped right into the lake, and that was the last time she willingly entered a body of water.
Syd is the classic dog you can do dog things with. You can get her to catch a ball-in fact, she begs you for it constantly-and she gets really into faux-agility training things like jumping over hurdles and climbing onto logs. Lyra patiently stands glued to your thigh and watches Syd, cheering her on politely.
All of this to say–she is a really great dog. We adopted her after our German Shepherd was killed in a pretty tragic car accident, and she filled our house with happiness we didn’t expect from another dog. Well, she filled it along with her brood of eight puppies, that is–we adopted her when she was almost full term. Talk about exciting life experiences! We don’t know everything about Syd’s background, but what we do know makes us surprised and grateful that she’s such a good dog. She’s loving, she’s trusting, and she’s even gotten over her fear of men, thanks to my very patient brother-in-law.
*The hilarious addendum is that, as much as she loves the water, she is not a water dog. If you throw the ball into a lake, you better not throw it further than she can walk because this dog does not swim. In fact, a couple times we had to politely ask some of the real water dogs to retrieve the ball when Syd refused to get within two feet of the floating tennis ball.
I really hope you guys aren’t tired of hearing about the dog park yet, because it’s definitely becoming my favorite Happy Place. I love meeting all the cute little dogs and being that close to the Puget Sound and hanging out with my favorite doggies and my mom. Also, that being said, I don’t know if I’ve actually even talked about the dog park a lot, or if I’ve just thought about it a lot. So maybe you guys don’t even get the chance to be tired of the dog park. At least, not yet. Be ready for a photo-
exclusive -heavy post. And a big thanks to mom who took all the photos that have me in them!
I seriously can’t think of places that consistently make me as giddy as the dog park. I love making new canine friends, and I love giving Lyra (and her doggie mom Sydney) the chance to run around and have fun new adventures. And since the past few weeks have been too full of posts that are heavy and blah, let’s just enjoy a nice, calm Friday with some cute doggie photos. Sounds nice to me!