Wednesday, September 19, 2007


Were my desktop PC working, I'd have edited this pic in PhotoShop to crop out Luka's *girdle* and focus your attention instead on his sweet face. Yet, maybe showing you the whole scene helps to account for the goofy look on his face, I don't know. I'm not sure why I didn't think to take off his *no-pull harness* before we started swimming lessons, but once it did occur to me we were both already good and wet. Cedar Creek in the Pine Barrens proved to be a great place to practice, with a gentle current, water that's shallow and clean, but cold!

gir·dle noun, verb, -dled, -dling.
–noun 1. a lightweight undergarment, worn esp. by women, often partly or entirely of elastic or boned, for supporting and giving a slimmer appearance to the abdomen, hips, and buttocks.
2. a belt, cord, sash, or the like, worn about the waist.
3. anything that encircles, confines, or limits.
4. Jewelry. the edge or narrow band between the upper and lower facets of a gem.
5. Anatomy. the bony framework that unites the upper or lower extremities to the axial skeleton.
6. Architecture. an ornamental band, esp. one surrounding the shaft of a column.
7. a ring made about a tree trunk, branch, etc., by removing a band of bark.

–verb (used with object)
8. to encircle with a belt; gird.
9. to encompass; enclose; encircle.
10. to move around (something or someone) in a circle.
11. to cut away the bark and cambium in a ring around (a tree, branch, etc.).
12. Jewelry. round


Calling the harness a *girdle* is something of an inside joke with my husband and I, as well as a sweet reminder of our Buddy who passed away this summer. I used to make him wear a sheepskin-covered seatbelt harness when we rode together in the car, and we always referred to it as a *girdle*. Buddy mostly hated it, but it helped to calm him in the car while doing nothing for his figure!


RuthieJ said...

Aw Laura, that picture is so darn made me LOL! The look on Luka's face is so comical.

Anonymous said...

Your puppy is soo cute! Love this!

Lynne at Hasty Brook said...

What a face!! He looks like a real character- totally innocent! Those feet look like he's wearing swimming flippers. Can't wait to see how big he is when he grows into those.

KGMom said...

You know, Laura, the only response that one can possibly make to that face of Luka's is AWWWW.
He really is just about the cutest puppy I have ever seen. And, I just bet, he is a little devil!

Susan Gets Native said...

Cuteness, Thy name is Luka.

Mary said...

Laura, I enlarged that photo and let out a belly laugh! He is SO CUTE in his girdle. I can see you are having a great time with him. His ears and face are completely kissable!!!!!!!

Ann (bunnygirl) said...

Who wouldn't love a face like that?

z-silverlight said...

whoa! Swimming in September!
Now that's daring.
When we had our pool. It was too cold by the end of August.

Jayne said...

How sweeeeet! He looks like he wants to say, "Aw, come on mom!"

dguzman said...

Oh my gosh, what a sweet pup!

Carolyn H said...

I am so glad you didn't photoshop that girdle out of existance. It makes the photo hysterical. That sweet little face, and all trussed up in a torturous harness. What a hoot! Thanks for my laugh today.

Carolyn H.

Mary said...

I just looked at his photo again. The size of his feet might require him to wear a saddle instead of a girdle!