Rolling Along

Beagle Riding Bicycle Ears Flapping Watercolor Illustration

For our prompt of “Bicycle” today, I made a sketch of a beagle out for a little ride through the neighborhood. I’m rather sure my own pup Elliott would love the freedom of rolling through the city on a bicycle, though I’m equally certain he would be rubbish at it. He’s very athletic, but tends to get overly excited causing his overall coordination to become a bit scattershot at times. He’ll be 10 months old later this month, proving that time really does fly by quickly. It seems like just yesterday when we were bringing home a puppy from the shelter, excitedly guessing at what raising a puppy would be like. We’ve no idea how much larger he’ll get, but his growth spurt seems to have slowed considerably, so he likely won’t get too much bigger. His ears are still valiantly fighting off any semblance of symmetry, with one ear up and one down, each moving independently from one another. It’s quite cute, so I’m secretly hoping that they stay that way. I’m sure the lack of symmetry would look perfectly odd on humans, but on a dog it’s thoroughly adorable and endearing.

We went to the “country house” again this weekend. This is a little place belonging to friends just 40 minutes outside of town that makes us feel like we’ve escaped to a completely different world. Luckily on this particular trip, our friends joined us with their dog Chief. Elliott and Chief are besties. Elliott loves all dogs and every single human being that he meets in a way that often seems to bring any sense of real loyalty into question, but his relationship with Chief appears to be at an elevated level. We stay in the guest house on these trips and will find Chief waiting at the door wanting Elliott to come outside and play. Chief is several pounds heavier and when the two of them start chasing one another it’s best to get out of their way unless you’re wearing knee pads and other protective gear. But, it’s super fun to watch from a safe distance.

Philippe and I enjoyed our long weekend and were not particularly ready to go back to work today. I really would have loved to stay in the country all week long. I was able to catch up on reading and relax more than I have in quite a long time. It was refreshing indeed! I have a tendency to jump from one project directly to the next and rarely take any sort of break. While it’s fun to always have a project going, this trip was a good reminder that creativity blossoms even more when I’m able to step away from things and enjoy doing something that doesn’t require quite as much thought. And, since we’re heading into autumn and a season of holidays, my inner child just loves to play during this time of year anyway. I was actually already looking up advent treat calendars for the holidays for Elliott, so please don’t mention it to him. Actually, I probably won’t mention it to Philippe as it’s wildly early to consider such things. This time of year seems to zoom past faster than I’d like, so I take every chance I can get to enjoy each lovely day. All of those grand plans and projects will get gently placed aside more often as the year comes a close so I can enjoy each glittering moment as I’m happily rolling along.

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23 Comments
  1. Zoie McIntyre 3 weeks ago

    Wow Charlie – it really does seem like yesterday that Charlie came home. 🙂 I bet he would love getting a ride in a basket on the bike – that would sure make it heavy for you. You would have to be alot steadier on a bike than I am – lol. I love the fall – I don’t know why, but it always feels like a new beginning coming. Have a wonderful day Charlie 🙂 Thanks for the smile!

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 weeks ago

      Aww I’d glad this made you smile, Zoie! 😃💕 hehe… I am not that great on a bike, so I don’t think I could basket carry a 55 pound puppy! lol I hope you have a fabulous day, my friend!

      • Zoie McIntyre 2 weeks ago

        Oh you make me smile all the time 🙂 I am not that great on a bike either (tee hee)!! They didn’t call me “Crash” for nothing at the gym I used to attend – lol. Wandered in with scratches all over my face after quarrelling with a tree branch – I swear that tree wasn’t there yesterday, I said. lol I hope you have a fabulous weekend my friend. 🙂

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          Charlie O'Shields 2 weeks ago

          lol… “Crash”, huh? I love that! Yeah, I just found an abrasion on my arm this week and still have no idea how it happened! Oh well… Hope you have a fabulous weekend as well! 💕

  2. Zoie McIntyre 3 weeks ago

    ooops – lolol – I mean of course that it seems like yesterday that Elliott came home. oh my gosh!!! couldn’t find anything to “edit” – lol

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 weeks ago

      hehe! No worries! Actually… some days it does feel like I was born yesterday! lol 😉

  3. Mary Roff 3 weeks ago

    Sweet Beagle, Charlie!!! So glad to hear that you had a restful, enjoyable weekend. It is good to get away once in awhile!!!

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 weeks ago

      Thanks so much, Mary! 😃💕 It was SO nice to get away! Now, I’m hoping to plan another little trip soon!

  4. scrittoralinda 3 weeks ago

    I am happy that you enjoy yourself so much Charlie. Let’s keep doing just that!!

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 weeks ago

      Thanks so much, Linda! 😃💕 Indeed! Let’s go right on enjoying ourselves!!

  5. Sandra Strait 3 weeks ago

    When I had a doberman, I refused to have his ears cropped and one of them corkscrewed, sticking out from his head. Complete strangers used to stop to scold me when I took him for walks, because he was such a stately looking dog, except for that ear. I thought it was adorable. I just wish I’d been able to get him before his tail was cropped.

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 weeks ago

      Aww…. I’m sure it was adorable! And perfectly natural as opposed to the alternative. 😃💕 Yeah, it’s possible to have ears like that “fixed” but it’s just cosmetic and unnecessary so I say, let them be cute!

  6. Gary Middleton 3 weeks ago

    What a fun doodle. I’m glad you had a restful weekend.

  7. Cathy France 3 weeks ago

    Bonjour, un jour pourriez-vous nous mettre une photo de ce nouveau petit chien – ici – ou sur Facebook ? çà serait bien sympathique – à vous suivre –

  8. Mugdha 3 weeks ago

    Hello Charlie,

    I wonder if the Beagle has a song playing in his head as he enjoys his ride. And, which song it would be? 🙂 It’s great to know that you caught up on much-deserved rest, relaxation and reading. What kind of books do you like? Kidlit, thrillers, animal stories, food memoirs… ? I’ve always wondered… Much love to you,

    Love,
    Mugdha

    • Marisela Delgado 3 weeks ago

      Hola, Mugdha! How are you??

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 weeks ago

      Thanks so much, Mugdha! 😃💕 I do wonder what the song would be! hehe Now you make me wish I had added headphones to the sketch. That would be cute! As for books… my taste tends to jump around. I love mystery stories (Agatha Christie and contemporary), young adult fiction, and some romance. I don’t tend to care for books meant for little kids as I grew out of those before starting pre-school, so they seem too “thin” on content and purpose. Also… they don’t really bring back any nostalgia. I really love funny writing a lot. There’s so much real drama in the world that anything written with a bit of humor, even intelligent dark humor, is currently my favorite. What books do you enjoy most?

  9. Marisela Delgado 3 weeks ago

    Charlie, mi amigo! You know how I feel about Beagles. There’s a special place there for all of them, but one reigns over all. My love…. I’ve missed him these past couple of days. The house is too quiet at night sometimes. Every night as I come in from my backyard and my prayer time, I wish him good night and remind him that I still love him. 💜💜💜
    I think I want a country house now. Or, at least, friends who have one that I can use. 😂😂😂 Your weekend sounds so lovely! I’m glad that you got to enjoy it and got some rest.
    Somebody’s birthday is fast approaching. Guess who’s turning 35??? LIES! I’m turning 53. 😭😭😭😭😭

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 weeks ago

      Hola, mi amiga! 😃💕 Aww… this one is dedicated to Monster then! You really need to get another dog… there’s another one just waiting for all the love you have to give it! And yeah… a country house is the best. I always hate to leave and return to the city. I think I could definitely retire to the country, as long as it was fairly close to the city like this place. And, early Happy Birthday and much love! ❤️ (I can’t remember the actual date, but then again, I nearly forgot mine this year! lol)

      • Marisela Delgado 3 weeks ago

        We were hopeful that some of the 4,000 rescue beagles shown on the national news would make it here so we could get one, but still nothing.
        It’s the 15th. Thursday. 💜 Hugs, mi amigo, Charlie!

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          Charlie O'Shields 2 weeks ago

          HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! 💕🎉🎊🥳 hehe… I’m a bit late on replying to comments, but perfectly on time to celebrate with you. Much love, mi amiga, and I hope you have a fabulous birthday today! ❤️

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