It was 25 degrees this morning. That may seem like nothing to people in other parts of the world, but here in Northern California, that's darn cold. On Thursdays, we go to the park early, around 7am, because Cabana's best friend, Maggie, the English Springer Spaniel, comes early. The sun is barely coming up, and there's a layer of frost on the grass.
Cabana sees Maggie's car pull up. While Maggie's owner may be the one actually driving the car, Maggie's owner will tell you herself--the car belongs to Maggie.
Some people may not believe that dogs are capable of having best friends. But they'd change their minds after watching Cabana and Maggie play.
The way Cabana races over to greet Maggie every morning is different from the way she greets other dogs. It's a combination of joy and familiarity, mixed with mischievous pounce and sometimes surprise attack.
They are so in sync, mimicking each others' moves and play styles, but also very respectful, checking in and making sure the other one is having fun.
Sure, it's cold and it's early, but it's worth it.
We raised Cabana for Guide Dogs for the Blind, but she decided she'd rather be a playing dog than a working dog. Cabana was the first (and only) puppy we raised for Guide Dogs (so far) and is our first (and only) pet dog (so far). We're learning it all together!