Clementine, my blond cocker, hates the rain. I drag her outdoors when I feel that she can’t hold her bladder any longer. This cocker tinkles as fast as doggly possible and then literally drags me back to the safety of a dry house. She also dislikes walking through wet grass, puddles, and other Mother Nature watering. Then there is the ocean or a lake; somehow, that water is different. My sweet-natured girl reappears and skips, frolics, and plays in the lapping waves. Maybe the smell is different? Perhaps it is the sand that is so much fun to dig into, rub her face in, and people laughing and coming over to pet her. Molly, my black cocker, could care less about rain. She joyously splashes in puddles, muck in the mud, and even enjoys barking at the thundering noise on my patio cover when it rains especially hard. Lakes and the ocean are a wonderful excuse to get even wetter.
Last May, I took them for an overnight stay at The Beach Hotel and Lodge at Tahoe. It is right on Lake Tahoe, but this was before Memorial Day and there was still snow on the ground. It was rainy-off and on, it was very cold, but we hit the sand anyway. Both dogs went straight for that icy water and would have tried to swim across if I hadn’t pulled them back. They were wet, sandy, and happy. There is just something mysterious about a body of water that takes away our cares and worries, and makes each of us feel unencumbered. Normally I would need to sled-pull Clementine along, but she was sad when we started back.
The next morning it was snowing. Snow; turns into ice, or heavy frozen rain, or snow that becomes lake water. Clementine was having none of it. Then I realized what it was missing; the magic. Water is just wet, but a lake or the ocean? It has cared for fish, supported boats, allowed children to play, washed away the problems of thousands or millions. Magic water that transforms us and imbibes us with a better, more honest spirit. Pulled and pushed by the power of the moon, this water refreshes and embraces our souls, to allow us to see the beauty in the world. The lapping waves seductively invite us to gather up all of our cares and toss them aside. Water, the most powerful element in the world.