Hope everyone had a great holiday! A special someone had a birthday this weekend and wanted to celebrate with a stick and a swim. Senior ladies of a certain age aren't always up for the rocky streams of youth, though. The spirit may be racing towards the whitewater, but the body just wants to plop on a tube in a lazy river.
So, we needed a soft, sandy beach. In Colorado. With calm water. That was also dog-friendly.
Kiva turned 13 years old on July 3rd, and her daddy found a great sandy dog beach that was easy on her old bones. The minute her paws hit the sand, she remembered "the beach" from her east coast dog days, and gleefully swam out for the stick over and over. It was the best birthday present for all of us.
The old girl's still got it going on at 13—all the young boy dogs wanted to play with her. And she must have really been feeling her oats, because she tried to chase them all back! Good girl, such a flirt.
The icing on the day was an email letting me know that Kiva's mother, Zoe, was happily celebrating her own 15th year with a steak and homemade carrot cake cupcakes! The cherry on top was just being able to spend a beautiful day with my Kiva; diagnosed with cancer when she was 6 years old, each day since has been a precious gift.