Arie and I are back home visiting my family in the land of the South. My parents live in a rural area on a fair amount of acreage that used to be my grandfather’s dairy farm; it’s perfect for Arie, as the White German Shepherd in her desperately needs a good free range run, and there is nothing like an open field to let her go. She loves running her heart out, playing catch and fetch, and sniffing all of the nature-smells that she gets here and not-so-much when we’re home in our much more urban setting of Atlanta.
After running out some of that pent up energy from the car ride, she was kind enough to pose for a few photos. Here she is getting in touch with her inner famous German Shepherd, and giving me her best Rin-Tin-Tin:
Coming home is always a great experience for me. If you’ve spent any of your childhood on a farm, dairy, ranch, etc, you may be having a few of the same sentiments that I do: You can build a new life wherever you move to, but if you’re from an agricultural family, you’ll probably always feel a little tug at your heartstrings when you revisit the family land or just the country in general. My love of animals and nature started at my parents home, and when I go back there I can’t help but feel like I’m back in touch with my roots. I love how happy Arie gets as well–Once again: New smells + lots of space = ecstatic white shepherd.
As much as she would like to be, however, our beloved Arie is not the star of the holidays. This little diva, Vanna, is my grandparents’ Pomeranian. She is spoiled rotten, and an epic attention hog when family visits:
These are the dogs of my Thanksgiving break, minus my parent’s little dachsund, who happens to be quite camera shy. It’s great to have the family together, from those on two legs to those on four. Today, I’m thankful for every single one of them, as without them, I wouldn’t be the person I am today, and vice versa. After a day full of turkey, family, memories, and fun, I know this is a bit more of a personal post, without much pet-loving-information for you, but it just seems right.
How was your Thanksgiving? What are you thankful for this year?