Last night I took Oscar for a walk to the Tidal Basin to see the cherry blossoms. I’ve done this every year since we moved to DC. This is our 4th time!
I’m grateful to be able to go for a five mile walk in my own body, much less with my little 14-year old buddy by my side. Walking with him, seeing him healthy and soaking in all the beauty around me reminds me of how lucky I am. I have a good life.
We were stopped along the way by some Japanese tourists. They wanted to photograph Oscar. This will happen time to time and I’m always happy to oblige. I love how he brings joy and memories to other people too!
Oscar being adored and photographed by cherry blossom tourists.
It’s officially “hot dog” season in DC. Last Friday we took Oscar to Concerts in the Park and he was sure eyeing my ice cold beer.
The Nationals recently hosted “Pups in the Park.” This is one of the best days of the year, not because I like baseball or sports, but because you can bring your dog and everything is better when you can bring your dog.
The Nationals played the Minnesota Twins, which is where we’re from, so we put Oscar in his Twins jersey. After all, you can take the dog out of Minnesota, but you can’t take the Minnesota out of the dog!
Here’s some pictures from our big day out, including a couple of Oscar trying to get at the hot dogs!
Yesterday was National Pet Day according to my Facebook feed. We were also blessed with an absolutely beautiful spring evening. Oscar and I walked about six miles… not bad for a 12 year old dog, I’d say.
Here’s a picture from our walk.
To mark the end of the 2016 DC cherry blossoms season, here’s a picture of Oscar on one of our cherry blossom walks around the tidal basin this year. Oscar constantly reminds me to get out of my head, smile and stop and smell the flowers.
Last week was “Pups in the Park” night at the National’s Baseball Stadium. We were able to buy Oscar a ticket and he got to come with us to the game. All dogs and their people sat within three sections and I bought Oscar a Nats jersey to wear to the big night.
Maybe it was all the excitement and commotion in the air, but I really think Oscar knew it was a special occasion. He even appears to be smiling in some of the photos!
No, not this kind of hot dog. The kind of hot dog that comes with summers in Washington DC.
I took little Oscar on a walk the other day. It was hot so we took a break in some shade. Oscar will tell me when he’s getting too hot and walk to the shade and just stay there. That’s my cue that we’ve gone too far and need a little break. I sat down in the shade next to him and scratched him. He rolled over and had me scratch his little tummy. Then he got up and gave me some kisses. We just stayed there sitting next to each other and people watched, he would nudge my hand when he wanted more scratches and then give me a few kisses when I was done, as if to say thank you. It was honestly one of the simplest, yet quality filled moments of my life and I hope that I 1.) never forget it, and 2.) get many more moments like this.