The Five Stages of Gracie


We went for a paddle today…lovely weather. Took Gracie along, because who doesn’t love having a water dog along for the ride? Besides, I have to write a story for Sierra Magazine for the May 2010 issue on dog paddling…i.e., paddling with your dog. This was, therefore, a tax deductible event.
Gracie is a nine year-old Black Lab who still, despite her “geriatric” label refuses, much like her owner, to act her age. She is the most athletic dog I’ve ever owned or even known. As a pup she often put Border Collies to shame when she kicked on the afterburners. Amazing. That’s why her real name is Amazing Grace.
When we take her on the River there are usually Five Stages she goes through. It’s as predictable as any circadian rhythm. So here they are. A picture, in this case, is worth a thousand words.
Stage One: Enthusiasm.
Stage Two: Observation.
Stage Three: Hydration.
Stage Four: Contemplation.
Stage Five: Exhaustion.

Paddling with the pup. Doesn’t get any better.

Respectfully submitted,


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Wonderful post. And, tax deductible.


The third photo is my favorite. Absolutely love the composition. They're all great, but that one is the best. πŸ™‚


Thanks. It was, like most of my good shots, a happy accident. πŸ™‚

Captn O Dark 30 and Super Boo
June 25th, 2009 at 4:50 am

oh oh… Koa has a paddling partner!!


this is so sweet. Maybe when the boys get older I'll let Wilson back in the canoe. πŸ™‚


She looks so happy! I am looking forward to your article.

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