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A River Runs Through It

As important as the here and now may be, a walk in the past is every bit as vital to our health.  This morning, I am remembering the last visit I had with my Aunt Judy, a naturalist living in Alaska.  Judy arranged for a 24 hour layover in Seattle on her way to Alaska from visiting in Virginia.  I picked her up at baggage claim so she could join us for lunch and a walk along the Nisqually River before returning to the airport for the short flight to Ancourage.

The day holds the record for being the most beautiful during my stay in Washington.  The sun finally appeared, the rains stopped, and the grass hadn’t died.  Josh and I couldn’t stand to stay indoors for a single moment and Judy shared our perspective.

Such a great day.  Grace, one of our Goldens, came along and happily nosed around the plants, rocks, and water.  One particular spot really appealed to her.  She rolled about in it making noises that confirmed just how wonderful it felt.  She then galloped excited circles around us with tail up like a flag: pure unadulterated bliss.  And then the odor… Grace had discovered a pile of poo — complete with toilet tissue — and decided to wear it home.

Josh grabbed our darling little girl and hauled her into the freezing waters of the glacier-fed Nisqually.

Poor Grace.  She’d made such a delightful riverside discovery.  So fragrant.  So fresh.

I confess to standing on the shore with Judy — cracking up.

And finally… Josh joined in the laughter.

You shouldn’t even think about living in the country if you can’t laugh at poo.

  • Meadowlark - I know they say dogs don’t know guilt, but look at that face!!!! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Christina - Sugar is especially fond of bear poo….. aren’t we lucky the bear has left before she finds it?!ReplyCancel

  • Marlene - Hi Lacy,
    Oh the beautiful scenery!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That is my kind of country. Brings back many memories. Thank God we have memories. Thank God we have animals that can make us laugh, smile and sometimes protect us and are so loyal. Thank you Lacy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • tipper - Amazing views! The poo-gross.ReplyCancel

  • Kath - Poor Josh!!! Dogs are funny that way. Ours just did that for the first time we have ever known. Seth stuck his hand in it and was NOT impressed!!! lol

    Beautiful memories! And pics.ReplyCancel

  • Ann - Why do I love poo stories SO much? I could discuss poo, well dog poo mostly, all the day long! Why? Well, partly because I’m obsessed with canine nutrition – I truly am and study it relentlessly and the horrible marketing that goes with it and what it’s done to our dog’s health. And partly because POO is just dang funny.

    Except when you step in it. Then, not. Unless it’s your hubby. Then, yes.ReplyCancel

  • Paulette - Lacy, beautiful pictures!

    And funny story. Dogs are so funny, and there are always such funny poo stories. We call our little Boston ‘potty mouth’. I’m sure you can guess why. Let’s just say he does NOT lick mommy with that tongue :-). I know, gross.ReplyCancel

  • Happy Mommy - Oh Lacy I have two boys so for some reason Poo is very funny!ReplyCancel

  • Valarie Lea - That first picture is awesome!

    Ooooo Stinky Pooooo!ReplyCancel

  • Rosa - Such a marvelous place to relax! Dogs are cute and funny…



  • Barb - Oh I had to laugh….with you ~of course! Thank goodness Josh was a good sport and climbed in that frigid water! He and Grace had to be freezing! (when I saw the first pix, I was wondering if it were here…looks sooooo famiiar! Don’t you miss it up here…speaking of memories….?)ReplyCancel

  • Fishing Guy - Lacy: Remembrance of happy times are wonderful. I do love your river ohotos.

    Your title is one of my favorite movies. ‘Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs throuh it, over rocks from the basement of time.’ReplyCancel

  • Jana - Maybe country living is not for me…. not a fan of poo. Animal poo, not so bad, I guess. But human poo, no way!
    Okay, enough with the poo! :o)ReplyCancel

  • Leah - lol Yeah, sometimes Jenna comes back in from her adventures in the woods and she just reeks and makes the whole house stink! She loves to roll in stuff, and if it’s smelly stuff she enjoys it even more. :pReplyCancel

  • CrossView - We’ve had more fun laughing at poo since we’ve been in the country. Probably because there’s such an abundance of um, material, to laugh at. =P

    We’ve become quite the scatologists. =DReplyCancel

  • TheCottonWife - Good golly! You and Judy could be twins! And I hope you don’t get mad at me but Josh is like 1,000 cuter than Marlboro Man – and I’m even an “older man” gal.ReplyCancel

  • marky - We laugh at poo alot in my house..much more than I want to admit too!
    Would love to hear more about Alaska and this naturalist auntie..
    Funny story and glad to hear the Josh could finally laugh too!ReplyCancel

  • gingela5 - So pretty! It’s amazing what dogs can find ANYWHERE!ReplyCancel

  • Applie - ROTFL

    That’s disgusting!ReplyCancel

  • Dianne - Hi, Lacy! I just found this post and have to confess I laughed at the pup’s expression and Josh’s! On the farm here, we find piles of BEAR scat…big poo…with lots of blackberries! Cougars too…SO FAR, I haven’t come face to face with any of them and hope I don’t any time soon…I’d like to SEE them, just not up TOO close and personal…Hugs!ReplyCancel

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