Lens-Artists Challenge #61 – Precious Pets (09/1/2019)

“Everyone thinks they have the best dog. And none of them are wrong.” –W.R. Purche

Lady Bird Lake trail (Austin, Texas) is a great park for jogging and walking.

The park (350 acres) serves as a hub for many recreational activities and the hike/bike trails around Lady Bird Lake, both run next to the park.

It also is a fun place for dogs to play with other dogs.

Some dogs get to play football at the park during the weekend.

Others get to enjoy paddle boarding.

You’re never friendless ever, if you have a dog. ― Douglas Malloch

A true friend leave paw prints on your heart.  —Atomic Market

Over the years, we’ve had two dogs.  Evan was our first and Mackenzie (nicknamed Macken) was our second dog. When Mackenzie came, she was told to sleep in the kitchen.  A few days later she slept on the sofa in the living room, and then she moved herself to our bedroom. Before we knew it, she was sleeping on our bed. 🙂 I used to take a business trip every so often. Macken would sit inside of my luggage and wouldn’t let me pack for my trip.

Like Evan, Macken would be standing by the door to greet me every evening. As soon as I walked in, she demanded a kiss on each  cheek, her head, and her nose. After she died, I was in tears when I was driving home after work every single day for as long as a year.

Two nights before she died, Macken stared at me for a long, long time, and she looked exhausted (she had been sick for a while). I held her on my lap and said to her, “Sweetie, if it’s time for you to go…, I understand…” I cried as she closed her eyes slowly and went to sleep.

My sweet Macken…

This bench and the nice water fountain were placed by one of the trails in Vail, Colorado.

“Louis Marquez carries his dog Chocolate through floodwaters after rescuing the dog from his flooded apartment Tuesday, April 19, 2016, in Houston. Storms have dumped more than a foot of rain in the Houston area, flooding dozens of neighborhoods.” — David J. Phillip

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