An Afternoon with Lucky

On the Friday of our vacation to Upper Michigan, Bill and I made the decision that we were going to pack up that night and leave by 2:00 a.m. Check-out time was 10:00 a.m. the next day anyway (which gave us no extra time to do anything in the area) and after spending hour after hour with the kids in a vehicle driving around that week…we thought it would be much better to make the long drive home while they were sleeping, rather than when they were awake and fighting.

So, the kids and I took off to visit a new beach we had found the day before while Dad stayed home to take a much-needed nap before we took off for home.

This beach was perfect…it had a playground; a small stone building they could climb on top of; private spots on the beach for us to call our own for the day; rocks behind our beach to climb all over; small stones that they could throw over, and over, and over again into the water; and…it had a dog named Lucky.


After taking photos of the kids for awhile, I got distracted and didn’t notice the two little boys slipping away (my same two boys who have no sense that other people might have personal boundaries and might not want to be best friends with you…)

They snuck away to meet “The Cute Doggie!!” and began peppering the family with all of the requisite questions that the Arthur kids always have about dogs.


“Is this your doggie? Is it a boy or a girl doggie? Are we allowed to pet him? Will he bite me? Can we play with him? Where does he live? Does he like the beach? How old is he?…”


I headed over to rescue the family (which included a dad, a mom and a teenage daughter) but they had already – very happily I might add – given the kids permission to play ball with Lucky.


Apparently, Lucky likes to have the ball thrown into the water for him to play fetch again…and again…and again…and again..and again.. You get the idea.

Mom, Dad and Teenage Daughter were tired of throwing that ball!


My kids were more than happy to oblige and take over that “job.”


Pretty soon all four were having the time of their lives playing fetch with Lucky.

And Lucky’s owners couldn’t have been any happier. 🙂




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How can you not fall in love with a dog like this?!


The kids were very d
isappointed when Lucky’s family said that it was time for them to leave.

Thankfully, something else came along right at that moment to capture their attention…


{To be continued…}