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"I tried once to open too many doors at a time, it was unproductive and confusing.
I just learned the last lesson, Dad. I'm supposed to open just one at a time, and only when I reach them along the path, this 'hike' we are taking. That's when the key fits, and opens the lock perfectly, every time. Thank you, Dad. I love you, and miss you. I am blessed with an amazing husband now, he holds my hand as we walk along paths too. We are climbing a little steeper now, with more effort, and thinner air. But I'm not worried. I am looking up. I am living in the moment, being now. Because when we get to the next door, along our path, I know, Dad, . . . that key is going to fit, perfectly!"

excerpt from Pony, 6/6/2013 post
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Last wonderful weekday Wednesday, inspired us to take Ms. Isabelle, spoiled dog extraordinaire, to the Bonita Dog Beach! What fun! We headed out around dinner time, to miss the traffic. Everyone was leaving the beach as we were heading in. The tide was low so what pups and people dotted the sand had plenty of room to romp and walk.

We were greeted by dozens of little hermit crabs scuttling along before us as we walked towards the beach. Izzie immediately made new friends running and chasing fellow canines, as well as, swimming/running up to every person she could find wading in the bath warm waters or walking along the beach. She would patiently wait for a 'little love' and then run back to us to make sure we were ok. Then off she would go again to visit everyone, canine or otherwise on the beach!

It was so much fun to watch the different breeds interact and hear the stories from each owner as to how their dog gives more meaning to life. We couldn't agree more! We met a very nice gentleman, explaining how crowded the dog beach is at high tide and on weekends, when I spied Izzie swimming out to sea! She was headed towards an incoming boat with two poodles bravely stationed on the bow of the boat. Apparently, Iz had designs to meet them as well. We called her back. She turned only after repeated calls and then reluctantly. The boat dropped anchor across a narrow but deep channel to an island within a rock's throw distance from ourselves. It was clear then why these fearless poodles were at the bow. The boaters set these little muppets on the beach and boy did they enjoy a run!

We continued our walk, surveying the beach, to be further intrigued by the elevated sand formations that dotted the entire surface. We promptly named these formations: 'sand squiggles' (ok, i did). Mr. Ken dug down to see what creature might be the cause of these little mounds that appeared as if they were made by left over cake icing, pilled happenstance with sand. He discovered no creature, but we recorded a close up for future research.

Izzie loved swimming in the inlet. A fish jumped near her and she took off in pursuit of that critter too! She had a fantastic time, as did we! When we walked to the platform to spray the salt water off her, I looked up to see nearly a dozen giant spiders who had built webs between two closely run power lines. We found these spiders exibited this 'condo' behavior up and down the power lines that bordered the highway. The mangroves had started spilling out mosquitoes, so the spiders knew exactly what they were doing. Each spider, about the width of a plum, held firmly to the hammock web they had constructed, as it softly was pushed and pulled with tension in sync with the shoreline breeze.

We treated Isabelle to a drive thru plain hamburger once we arrived home. She ate the burger, as she always does, in one piece!

We hope to return to the dog beach, off season and low tide again, for another meet and greet of friends and fur, as Izzie shares her water dish and us great conversations.

Hoping your weekend is as lovely as our outing was~ peace to you and yours

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