15 minute posts,  the dogs

Cody Swims


It’s been a wham bam week. I thought once Art Camp was over I’d get back to normal and things would smooth out a little but it hasn’t.

Bug got a sunburn during the Watercolor Pool Party and then went off to Sailing Camp on Monday. For some reason between swimmer’s ear (we’ve been at the pool constantly) and jumping in the bacteria-filled bay she developed a pretty painful ear infection. She’s been at her Dad’s but bouncing back and forth to my house while he is working so I can take her to Urgent Care while he can’t.

It has not been fun for any of us. She has a pretty low pain tolerance to begin with so that has meant a couple nights of crying and trying to fall asleep with her ears not touching the pillow. Poor thing. At one point we were both sleeping on the couches in the living room and she fell asleep sitting backwards with her forehead propped up against the back of the couch. She’s on antibiotics and some drops but it’s slow going. I really hope she takes a turn for the better over the weekend. Also, we do not have insurance right now. So good times!

So I thought I’d cheer myself up with some pictures of Cody swimming! Cody loves the water. I think he is part polar bear and would live in the water if he could. We took him swimming in Payam’s mom’s pool and that was a lot of fun. Except the part where he tried to swim to me and climb up my body as a step stool. I’ve got Cody claw bruises all over my body that make me look like I’ve been abused, which is not so good for sundress weather.


This is a picture from our walk around the neighborhood fake-lake.  Payam really doesn’t like it when I let Cody swim in the lake (it’s kind of dirty and gross)  but I have a hard time resisting Cody’s charm on a hot day. I mean, could you say no to that face? How about that 120 pound body that is pulling you into the lake. If I didn’t let go of this leash he would pull me in with him!

The bad part of the lake-swimming is that Cody needs to dry off before he comes in the house and spreads his muddy lake fur all over Payam’s expensive Persian rugs.  This can take a while and that means he has to stay outside a little longer in the summer heat. You just can’t win.

But he is a happy dog!

One Comment

  • Lynne

    Hi Brenda, I am so sorry to read Bug has earache, I can sympathize as I get them too from frequent swimming, diving etc, uch! Nothing else is like the prick, prick prick painfulness of ear ache. Poor love, I hope by now she is feeling better.

    I’ve sent you a wee parcel, is very late for your birthday (apologies), this month everything has been “igamogan” (Welsh word for topsy turvy) as Matt and I are fitting a new kitchen into our studio flat including renewing the electrics , so there are flat packs and tool boxes stacked everywhere. I’ve haven’t had a kitchen in weeks so we are cooking with camping gear and using the bathroom sink to wash up Aye di mi! I can’t find that cat card I painted for you, it must have slipped inside a pile of papers, book or sketchbook, but I’ve sent you some thing else until it turns up.

    I’ve also had RSI in my hand this month, uch! Which means I can’t work up to speed at the moment and I have just need to be patient, which is hard.

    I worry when I hear about the California Wild fires, but I know your safe in Irvine.

    Much love

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