On Sunday night the Santa Ana winds roared through the canyon where I live.
They were loud.
For those of you who have never experienced nights in a Southern California canyon during the Santa Anas …
Well, my east coast and southern friends (who have) tell me “it’s worse than tornado winds.”
I’ve never been in tornado winds so I can’t say.
In any case, the sounds of the house groaning, debris flying outdoors, etc. must have kept Fred awake all night.
I say this, because Fred kept me awake all night.
By 6:05 a.m. (before the sun had risen), I collapsed on my couch in exhaustion.
At exactly 6:10 a.m. Fred, who apparently didn’t want to be ignored, brought me a box of kleenex and dropped it on my face.
“No, Fred,” I said weakly.
Fred barked at me and wagged his tail.
Fred was over his fear of the wind noises and was ready to play.
I left my family room back door open, for Fred to go in and out as he pleased, while I went to make coffee.
In the meantime, Fred discovered the wind had somehow unlatched the pool gate.
Fred went in the pool for a swim via the pool beach/ramp.
I discovered this minutes later … my freshly made coffee forgotten.
I made Fred get out of the pool and re-latched the pool fence shut.
Fred was dismayed with me.
What’s wrong with a morning swim after an all nighter?
Clearly, I am the least fun Newfie mom in the world.
“Oh, Fred!” I said for about the millionth time in a 24 hour period.
Fred promptly got over his dismay and snuggled into me, as close as possible, for love and cuddles.
Um … Fred was soaking wet.
“I LOVE you!” Fred seemed to say (his tail thumping wildly) in his eagerness to snuggle closer.
Obviously, I love Fred too.
I mean, I wouldn’t snuggle ANY wet dog, right?
Then Fred decided he’d show me his new trick.
He’s been listening, very carefully, to the coyotes each night.
They roam the hill right behind my house.
His ears perk up when they howl.
He decided to show me his best coyote imitation.
And, okay, maybe it was wrong of me to laugh.
Seeing twelve week old Fred try to do a coyote howl is a pretty funny sight.