Summer descended upon New England with all the sweet and graceful subtlety of the driver of a yellow Hummer SUV, cutting off traffic and laying on the horn.
Our summer weather so far has alternated between 100 degree heat and humidity and drenching thunder storms.
But sweet little puppy Calvin has already fully embraced his first summer, and he intends to make the most of it.
He’s already got a long list of summer favorites:
Summer Favorite #1: Collecting tennis balls.
I say “collecting” because he’s not so much into Fetching.
Once he retrieves a tennis ball, he likes to keep it.
He’s most often seen running after tennis ball #2 while still carrying tennis ball #1 in his mouth.
Smart Cal feels he earned those tennis balls, and he’s not giving them back.
Summer Favorite #2: Finding a comfortable spot in the sun to lie down and chew on a stick or a wood chip.
True, Cal’s only been alive a few months, but he already knows “it’s all about the little things in life.”
Summer Favorite #3: Chewing on grass.
This is one hobby Calvin tried to embrace, but it just wasn’t meant to be.
One day he just started eating our lawn like it was his new favorite treat.
Despite our best efforts to stop him, every time we turned around, there was Calvin, smacking his jaws lazily like an MLB coach sitting in the dugout, grass hanging out of the corners of his mouth.
He tried to hide the grass chewing from us. (See that little bit of green evidence dangling from the side of his mouth.)
But this face gave him away.
That sour look spells out exactly how his tummy reacted to a day of grass chewing.
And he hasn’t gone back to the ‘chewing on grass’ hobby ever since.
Summer Favorite #4: Training for Puppy Summer Olympics.
Calvin keeps Chris and I cracking up by suddenly breaking into all-out Sprinting Drills, tearing back and forth across the yard.
He’s impressive. So impressive, I can never capture a good, clear oncoming photo.
We literally can’t keep up with him when he makes up his mind to run.
And he loves to do flying leaps and sometimes somersault to retrieve his tennis ball or frisbee.
He knows he’s good.
He panted for the first time after a good run on the first really hot day.
And I couldn’t get enough of this face with that adorable tiny pink tongue.
Summer Favorite # 5: Sniffing.
Cal’s a beagle.
Summer Favorite #6: Sitting and looking irresistible, thus earning heaps of praise, kisses, and treats.
Calvin has perfected the I’m-So-Cute-You-Can’t-Resist Look to such a degree, a complete stranger at the vet just scooped him up and kissed him on top of his head.
Summer Favorite #7: Taking summer road trips.
This is a hobby-in-training at the moment.
Calvin wasn’t big enough to see out the window on his first weekend road trip.
So he mostly slept.
I know I’ll eventually get that snapshot of him with his head out the window, ears flapping in the wind.
Summer Favorite #8: Snacking on his very own frozen summer treat.
I noticed Cal looking longingly at my healthy Triple Berries and Cream Swirl Pops and wondered if he would like a healthy frozen treat of his own.
So I made him some yogurt and berry mini treats, and I was surprised to see how much he loved a snack so healthy and good for him!
Cal’s such a fan of these healthy treats, he couldn’t wait for the photo shoot to be over already.
The best thing about these treats: they’re extemely quick and easy to make, with just three ingredients.
Because this energetic little guy’s antics keep me too busy to have time for much more.
(I’m still wondering what this super mischevous look says about what Cal just did or is about to do…)
Here is the complete recipe: