Summer time bucket list

Trina Bauer photography | Summer time bucket list

By now, you may have heard about the passing of Bretagne, the last search and rescue dog from 9/11. I had been following her story in part because she was a golden retriever but also because of the therapy work she has done. Not only did she serve in New York city, but also in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita as well as locally in her hometown of Cypress Texas. A friend of mine told me I needed to watch the video of her being honored after she was euthanized. In my google search I came across a video of her birthday celebration when she turned 16, “Bretagne’s best day ever”. That got me thinking about my own pups and how I hope one day to celebrate Izzy’s 16th birthday. Golden retrievers are so prone to cancer, I think the average age is about 9 or 10 these days. Izzy turns 6 this summer, 16 seems a long way off, but 10, not so much.

It may sound silly, but I know a lot of people put together bucket lists of what they’d like to do with their dogs before they pass away after being diagnosed with a terminal illness. I’ve given it a thought only in passing, but while in tears watching Bretagne’s awesome birthday party, I decided I was going to do it. Now. But with a twist. I’m going to do a bucket list for the summer. I don’t know about you, but all winter long I can. Not. Wait.  For.  Summer. And before I know it, it’s dark just after dinner and I’m bundled up in sweaters and turtlenecks wondering where did the last 3 months go! So now that summer is just around the corner, I’m going to make my list and book time in my calendar. After all, she’s worth it!

  • Drive through the Dairy Queen and order an ice cream cone
  • Have dinner on a Monday night at Home D for their pooches on the patio event
  • Attend Wiscoy’s ice cream social on a Friday night in August
  • Go to a Bark in the Park game at the State College spikes
  • Head over to spring creek park and wade in the water – she loves to swim here
  • Hike Mount Nittany - we only live at the bottom of the mountain and have never taken her!
  • Celebrate her 6th birthday (Huh, where did the time go?) with a party fit for the dogs (and her puppy friends)
  • Find a new pond to explore and swim in – there are lots of water holes in the area that allow dogs
  • Take a picnic lunch to one of the many wonderful local parks. Pack some watermelon and frozen yogurt treats to snack on after a long walk.

Project 52: Week 28 - Through the Window

It's been another fun filled week of rain, thunderstorms and overcast days. It's starting to feel more like I'm living in Seattle than in the middle of Pennsylvania! Fortunately, there's been enough breaks in between all of Mother Nature's tears I was able to sneak in a quick photo shoot with Izzy for this week's project 52. The theme was "through the window", something I've always wanted to photograph but never do. When the skies cleared one night after being holed up inside all day and going stir crazy, I grabbed the girls and took a quick walk around a nearby local park. But before I let Izzy out of the car, I photographed her watching me as she patiently waited to be let her out of the car. Here's a few of my favorite images that I captured. 

Be sure to follow the links at the end of each blog until you get back here to see what everyone else came up with. Start with Cincinnati Pet Photographer, Suzi Pix Photography. Have a great weekend!

Project 52: Week 21 - Solitude

Solitude is the theme for this week's Project 52. I decided to take Izzy & Kita to a park that I haven't visited in a long time. In fact, the last time I was here, Izzy was a puppy. It's a great place for a hike as it's never crowded. If you're lucky, most of the time you'll be the only one here. We ran into a couple of people and their dogs on our 2 hour hike, but most of the time it was just me and the girls. There's just something refreshing about a walk in nature with nothing to do but enjoy the world around me. I had only intended to stay for an hour, but obviously I was having too much fun and wasn't ready to head back to the world of work, to do lists, cell phones and computers. If it weren't for all the insects flying around and the ticks I'd probably go here more often. But as it was, when I got home I had to comb through the dogs and pick off several ticks. Sigh!

The nice thing about having the trails to ourselves is that I can take the leash off Izzy and let her run. She won't go too far as she doesn't want to be alone. So she's really good about stopping and waiting for me to catch up to her. This is the look she gives me while she patiently waits for my 2 legs to catch up to her 4! I love this trait about her, though I'm not sure if she saw a bunny or a squirrel she would be as good!


The woods are a great place for Izzy to find some of her favorite things! If you know golden retrievers, then you know there's nothing like a good stick to chew on! Looks like I caught her trying to decide which one (or perhaps all of them!) she wants to work on!


Everyone once in a while she stopped and posed for me! I just love how happy she is! And why I love photographing her!


Not only does Izzy like to chew on sticks, she loves to retrieve them too. Here I'm holding one for her to chase. Look at the concentration on her face! She's not about to lose sight of that stick!


These are typical scenes from Pennsylvania's forests! It's too bad I didn't go a week sooner when all of the rhododendrons were at full peak with their purple flowers! But there's no shortage of plant and wildlife to explore! Shortly after we got home, Izzy was sound asleep resting from her adventure. 

Be sure to follow the blog ring around until you get back here. Next up is Denver Pet Photographer, StinkDog Photos. Happy Friday! 

Project 52: Week 18 - Morning has broken

It has been a super busy crazy week so I wasn’t sure I was going to get this week's project 52 done. Our theme was "Morning has Broken". You’ve heard the saying, the early bird gets the worm. The same is true in photography, those who head out early in the morning, get the best light to work in. While I’m up early most days, it’s because of my job and the animals I need to take care of first thing in the morning. I love this time of day, watching the sun rise as the promise of a new day begins. But with my schedule this week, I only had one morning to make this happen, and wouldn't you know it, on that day the forecast was for rain!


When I got up, the radar showed rain just a couple of miles away! I dressed quickly, grabbed Izzy, hoping to beat the storm. I’m fortunate that there are a couple of really nice parks within a short distance from my house. More often than not, I photograph in the late hours of the day, so I wasn’t sure what I would find as the sun rose over Mount Nittany. I got lucky, it didn’t rain, and for a brief moment, the sun popped out from behind the clouds. Izzy posed for me in this great field and I discovered this park gets awesome morning light! Definitely worth getting up early for!

Next up, go check out Suzi Pix Photography, Cincinnati pet photographer, and see her take on "Morning has Broken." Keep clicking on all the links until you get back here.