Today was another fun and busy day. I was barely recovered from the party last night when our friend Willow came down the hill to visit us again. Laura and I were swimming, and Willow jumped in the pool with us.
Willow cried when her mom Luty had to leave to go to work. She climbed under the fence of the pool enclosure and ran to the gate after Luty. When Laura let me out of the pool enclosure, I ran after Willow. I told her it would be okay. Luty would come back soon and, in the meantime, Willow could play with me and Kendal. Willow decided that would be okay, and we ran around in the valley. Then Laura took us swimming again.
That Willow sure is a good swimmer. We swam and swam until we were both so tired we couldn't swim one more stroke. I didn't let Laura help me out of the pool either. Willow gets out all by herself, so I had to show her I could do that too. Laura says I am getting strong from all of this swimming.
After swimming, we ran around and we played in the maze. Willow stole my bone again, but I got it back. Then our friends Mano and Rowan came to visit us.
Willow went swimming with Rowan, but I was still too tired to go back in. (Willow is a lot younger than me.) Then Luty came back to take Willow home. They rode up the hill in a big fancy car, and Rowan went with them. I stayed back to help Mano clean the pool. Luty said maybe she and Willow would come and visit us again. I hope so.
After everyone else left, Mano found a garter snake slithering down the stairs into the basement. Laura had to pick it up and take it back outside for him, because Mano was afraid to touch it. I wasn't afraid, but Laura wouldn't let me touch it. It was a pretty small snake, and I guess she didn't trust me to be careful enough with it. I just wanted to sniff it and maybe lick it and see what flavour a snake has.
When Laura was making her dinner, there was a nasty screaming noise in the dining room. It went on and on for a long time and it was very scary, so I hid on Laura's pillow. I don't know what made that noise, but I hope it won't happen again, because it hurt my ears.
This morning we went down to the campfire circle to make sure we had cleared everything up from the party. There wasn't anything left there though. We all did a good job of cleaning up last night.
After we checked the campfire pit, we went to check the pool. Laura turned on the solar heater, and Laura and Ashton went swimming. Then our friends Luty and Willow came to visit us. Luty couldn't stay because she had to go to work, but Willow stayed to play with us.
Willow and Ashton did lots of swimming. I stayed on the deck to help Laura lifeguard, 'cause Willow and Ashton are pretty crazy in the pool. They do naughty things like running on the deck, so I thought I'd better help Laura watch them.
That Willow tired Ashton right out, then she wanted to play in the maze. Ashton was so tired from swimming, he couldn't run fast enough to keep up with Willow, but I showed her how to get around in the maze. Then we were all tired and we went in the house to have a rest. That cheeky Willow wanted to lie down on our bed, but I told her no. I let her drink from Ashton's and my water bowl, and I let her play with my toys and go in my kennel, I even let her sit in Laura's lap, but I had to draw the line somewhere. The bed is only for me and Laura and Ashton. No other dogs are allowed there.
Later in the afternoon, Mano and Rowan came to visit us. Willow went swimming with Rowan, but Ashton was too tired, and I wanted to keep Laura company. Then Luty came back to take Willow home.
I mostly like Willow. I like her to visit us and I like to play with her, but she stole my bone today and she hid it and wouldn't bring it back. I don't think that was very nice.
We spent so much time playing outside today that we didn't get to listen to very much music. We listened to Kiva while Laura was making dinner though. Then the smoke alarm went off. Laura says it is too sensitive. Nothing was burning, it was just starting to smell good, but that stupid alarm started ringing. It was very loud and we couldn't turn it off 'cause it's hard-wired into the house electricity. Ashton was so scared, he curled up on Laura's pillow. I don't know why he thinks the pillow will save him from a smoke alarm, but that's Ashton for you.