Recently I enjoyed a fun camping trip at Mountain Lake Campground in Lancaster, New Hampshire, about 40 minutes from my home. One of my inspiring highlights was what I witnessed at the beach, an amusing display of doggy family fun.
Relaxing people sat here and there on the beach and on the bordering grass. A proud Golden Retriever pranced along the perimeter of the beach, like a royal prince entering his castle. Suddenly a little brown dog yipped at his heels, disheveling his cool demeanor. A chaotic chorus of dogs’ barks rang throughout the beach, igniting the owners’ chuckles and amusement. This spectacle was much better than my slow book, capturing my attention throughout.
The doggy dock is sandwiched between the campground’s fishing dock and the swimming rope barrier. It’s just big enough for three or four owners and their pets. This day a content owner and a few other campers stood with their dogs intent on play and leisure. Upon releasing his dog’s leash, the camper snapped his wrist and energetically thrust the stick several feet in the water. There was a simultaneous splash of the Golden and little dog, jumping in the lake amid laughing families. It was amusing to see the prince like Golden keep swimming into the lake. I guess he felt free and just wanted to keep going, much to his owner’s chagrin.
Laughter and pure fun lived on that beach that day. Families that were strangers became fast friends, all orchestrated by their dogs. I notice that the commonality of dogs brings people together, something I am not familiar with. You see, I’m a cat person….dog lovers ,don’t judge me by this, but it’s true. I’ve had a few cats over the years and have grown quite fond of how they are. Despite this, I wish they would be able to play fetch. That’s unheard of, especially in pools of water. Cats just don’t do that and the only object they may fetch is a catnip mouse but it would have to be on their terms.
The special moments passed, as swiftly as they began and I decided to pack up. As I folded up my metal beach chair and packed away my book, I briefly reflected on this scene. Through all the barking and laughing, I saw complete love. Dogs and all pets bring a deep joy to their owners, a happiness that is an entity all itself. I’m blessed that I witnessed this and genuinely happy for the content campers and their dogs!
I hope you all are enjoying the summer or whatever season you are immersed in now. Let me know if you have a dog or cat and what your favorite moments are.
All My Best,
Heart and Soul ❤