Summertime is a wonderful time to spend with friends and family. Do you remember all those summer days where you would be running through the sprinklers in your neighborhood? I bet it was fun. If you had a bicycle, then you would spend the day and afternoon cruising on your bike as if you didn’t have a care in the world (and you probably didn’t).
Maybe you saw summertime as a time to make some money with a cold lemonade stand. This is a great business idea for everyone with a little entrepreneurial spirit. I never tried this when I was a kid but had a neighbor who did. He would set up a little stall with an umbrella outside his home and wait for customers to walk or drive by.
One other sound of summer you probably remember is the sound of the ice cream truck making its way through your neighborhood. I remember what I was doing the first time I heard it. I was probably 5 years old and coloring one of my books. I heard the sound and asked my mother what it was. When she said it was the ice cream truck, I was already on my way to get that first ice-cream cone.
It was an awesome way to cool off back then. As a matter of fact, it still is. But children are not the only ones looking to cool off in the summer. Our pets have the same needs too. Maybe even more so because of their fur. I had a black Labrador back then and I remember filling the ‘kiddie pool’ we had at home with cold water. I would wait for it to be the hottest outside.
The first time that my black Lab “Blackie” saw me, he didn’t have a clue what I was doing but he knew one thing, he wanted a whole lot of that water. I finished filling the pool with water and invited him in. He could not have enough of that water. First, he lied down for a while with only his head sticking out. He stayed like that for a few minutes and he would dip his head in as well for a few times. The pool, plus the fact that I had set it up in the shade and the mild breeze made my dog feel in heaven.
Well, my dog was not the only one apparently. Reggie, the dog is a cute Staffordshire that loves cooling down in summer. But he’s not a ‘pool dog’ as much as he is an ice cream dog. For him, ice cream seems to have the best of both worlds. He gets to cool down and eat at the same time. Those have got to be the two favorite things for a dog in the summer!
So, sit back and click on this video to watch the heart-melting reaction that this dog has when his pal the ice-cream man pays him a visit with his favorite summer treat!
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.