Good things happen when you walk. On the first trek, along the bike path through open fields, there were so many flowering weeds and wildflowers (is there a difference?). I could only identify the chicory, like wild blue daisies sprinkled in patches. I need to research the others. Better than that, I need to draw them!
The other good thing was that, less than a block from home, my friend Karen called me in to see the new puppies. Karen cares for a female breeder for Canine Companions for Independence and the most recent litter was born about 2-1/2 weeks ago. Their eyes haven't been open very long and they are mostly a squeaky mass of tumbling fur with flat muzzles, at least that's what they seemed like to me. But picked up individually, they snuggle and nuzzle and shape themselves to the holder - in my case the beholder because I was in awe just seeing this beginning of life. Karen will be exceptionally busy in another week or so when they start roaming the house, or trying to.
You can't tell it from my cell phone photo, but two years from now some of those puppies will be certified Service Dogs walking beside wheelchairs or picking up dropped items (as Demi does for me when I'm feeling lazy). Or they may be alerting doorbells or other sounds for the hearing disabled. Or maybe they'll be Skilled Companions for an adult or child who could use some help (tugging open doors, perhaps) and a comfortable presence. Some may become Facility Dogs - in special education classrooms perhaps, or in District Attorneys' offices consoling victims of domestic violence.
Today it's all about potential; we'll watch and wait. First they need names. They are a B litter so Karen submitted a list of B names - lots of surnames from the Olympics - and is waiting for final approval. When Youngest Grandson returns next week I'll take him to see the puppies, something he's never seen before.