Nothing’s better than the wind to your back, the sun in front of you, and your friends beside you. ~ Aaron Douglas Trimble

The dogs days of summer have arrived.

View from reservoir

The usual gorgeous summer weather in my part of the world has been replaced by miserable, sweltering heat that shows no sign of letting up. Luka has been monopolizing the AC unit.

Luka stays cool

To beat the heat we have to take our walks in the very late evening and go hiking in the very early morning. I’m not a morning person and have to force myself to get out of the bed. Luka is always ready to go.

Luka loves the car

I always start our weekend adventures with a long hike.

Leading the way

I love how the dogs always take off together.


The beginning of each hike always includes a lot of running.


Luka loves to run

Luka loves to wander and explore. He often wanders down the wrong trail and then when he realizes it he runs to catch up.

Luka runs to catch up

The highlight of each hike, especially when it’s so hot, is the water.


Sadie and Luka

Happy dogs

Sadie and Luka

To encourage the dogs to swim, I toss treats in the water.

Sadie swims


Here’s a video of Sadie swimming for treats.

Luka has started swimming more often (he used to just wade in the water).

Luka swims

Luka swims for treats

This leads to his drowned rat look.

Luka's drowned rat look

When we arrive home after our weekend adventure the order of the day is always napping.


Tired boy

Milo likes to join them.


Finally, I walked out the door for work the other morning and saw this: the moon setting at sunrise.

Moonset at sunrise


6 responses

  1. Beuatiful photos, once again. Luka looks more like a wolf when he’s wet. Could you clip Luka’s coat during summer time? Milo looks so very cute lying like that.
    Great photo of the moon.

  2. Beautiful pictures! The moon shot is really nice. Spent a week in CO – didn’t do any yarn shopping. What a wonderful state. Will be forcing my son to return to go back to school! 🙂

  3. OMG i cannot believe that is LUKA!!! he looks SO DIFFERENT!! very wolf-like.
    Milo always impresses me with his ability to nap no matter where when or why.
    and as always, Sadie is a cutie pie!!! xoxo.

  4. Luka draped over the couch for some AC action is such a sad and funny picture. Mr. Mingus can totally relate.

  5. Luka has the right idea by hanging out by the AC! Wonderful pictures as always!

  6. They always look like they’re having the *best* time! And naps are always good 🙂

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