Solar Powered Dog

This post isn’t educational at all, I just needed to share these photos with you.

I live in a little nest above a garage, and a gravel parking lot separates my place from the place north of me. When I’m working in my garage-turned-studio, this is what I see if I step outside on a warm day:

No, it’s not a dead dog, it’s my dog looking like a dead dog in the gravel. You’ll notice he doesn’t really bother lying on the towel I put out there for him, which I was sure was more comfortable than gravel and dust. I must have forgotten that he’s a dog.

He lays in the sun until he’s hot to the touch, panting, and needs to seek refuge inside for a few minutes. Then he does it again. I don’t get it, but apparently he’s not the only dog that enjoys baking in the summer heat.

He better get it in while he can – the temps in Central Oregon are dropping quickly! The leaves are changing (fortunately, we haven’t yet had a big ugly frost that drops all the leaves before they have the chance to turn), the birds are singing again now that they’ve kicked all the young out of the nest, and the clouds bring us rare rain. How is autumn looking where you are?

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Posted on October 29, 2011, in Naturalist Notebook and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Your dog looks very content! Mine enjoys sunbeams as well. Loved the title of your post!

  2. The autumn here in the Pacific Northwest is looking like it usually does: rainy. Rainy. Rainy. And likely to stay that way until June!

    • Patricia, I STILL debate with myself if I would like a rainy winter better than a snowy one. One year I am going to move to the valley and check it out. Everyone swears I’ll hate it, but rain makes me dreamy and creative. Then again, nine months of rain might make me crazy.

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