Saturday, March 21, 2009

A spring warm-up

Happy spring to everyone in the northern hemisphere.
Right on cue, here in the hills around Jerusalem the sun is warmer today and the wildflowers are everywhere.
I couldn't resist going for a walk. On one uphill I suddenly heard panting. I turned to see a pre-army age young man, overweight, jogging with effort up the hill, probably trying to get in shape for what is ahead of him. He was puffing but not panting.
Soon the source of the panting came closer--an older dog, also quite plump, trying unsuccessfully to keep up with his jogging human. He spotted this container that had been used to mix concrete, jumped in, and lapped up the murky water while cooling his hot feet.
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23 comments:

Kate said...

Lapped up the water? Poor thing! And his panting master??

Dina said...

Kate, yes. I almost ended my post with "poor thing" too. The young man who I assume is his master was in the homestretch, about to enter our village and (I assume) his house.

Cath said...

He looks very happy sat there!
I love your header pic too.

I joined in this week! Come see!

Kendris said...

Now that looks like a dog-tired dog!

Dina said...

Cath, yes, the dog sat quite a few minutes. I moved on before he could shake the muddy water on me. It was nice visiting your blog.

Kendris, ha, that's funny! I loved your turtle breeding post.

Adrienne in Ohio said...

Poor dog. Maybe he'll get into shape along with his master. :) Happy spring!

Arlene said...

Am glad the dog found water or else he would be dead tired once he arrived at their home.

I played too!

Kelly said...

Funny story! I feel his pain! Love the shot!

i beati said...

the harbinger of spring .

Reader Wil said...

Dogs always like to follow their masters. Our cats liked to accompany us to the end of the street where they kept waiting for our return. I hope that this doggie found his master soon enough.

kayleen said...

Smart and opportunistic dawg! He looks quite pleased with himself.

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Bryan said...

I look at that dog, and I see happiness in relief.

Grammy said...

He is adorable. And the photo is great.

Mimi said...

What a wonderful shot. You can just see the relief on his face!

Cloudia said...

How sweet,
with a bittersweet subtext!
Aloha-

fishing guy said...

Dina: What a nice capture of the resting dog.

Eki Akhwan said...

what a lovely moment you captured here, Dina! that dog's really cute and the story that you wrote about it makes me giggle a bit ... ;D

Kay said...

Oh yikes! He lapped up that water. I hope he was OK after that.

Catherine said...

How can he resists to this ? I wonder.
You're right, Dina. He misses exercices.

Misty Dawn said...

Hehehe - he says "I'm not overweight, there's just more of me to love this way" ;-)

Gretchen said...

What a sweet dog!

Carolina said...

Poor dog! Still, it's good to know that they are working on their fitness ;-)

Rhea said...

What a hilarious photo. Poor doggy, trying to get in shape with his owner. Great CC share!