Thursday, April 26, 2012

Recipe for Sunshine on a Rainy Day

Slip on your raincoat

Pull on your galoshes.
Wading in puddles

Makes splishes and sploshes. 
~ Anon.

Recipe for Sunshine 



Take one post-rain puddle.


water pal Benny Add a crazy, little Jack Russell Terrier.




girl Pour in a cute little girl with colourful rubber boots. Mix well.




water pals5 Sprinkle with giggles.




water pals4 Add generous measures of smiles.




water pals3 Mix with a few splashes.




water pal Benny2 Taste as you go.




  water pals Fold in a couple of playful barks.




  water pals6 And some tail wags.




water pals2 Sample often and season to taste.




splash me 
Cut into bite-sized servings.



cuties Enjoy! 

Makes enough sunshine to serve all who stop by.

I have no idea who this little girl is. She was out walking with her grandfather, who spoke very limited English. The child never uttered one word the full time that she engaged in this little water dance with Benny. There was the occasional giggle, splash or questioning bark from Benny, but no words. They connected and played together for about five minutes and then each moved on with their day.

67 comments:

Andy said...

A simple puddle sure put some happiness into the little girls life.

Kerri said...

Such sweetness in this post :) I LOVE it!

Pauline said...

Priceless - kids, even quiet ones, and dogs make connections we often overlook. What a wonderful slice of a day to share with us!

Bob Bushell said...

Good old Benny, he knew who would play with him. Good story Hilary.

Diane Cayton-Hakey said...

Wonderful post and photos. Made me smile all the way through to the end. :-))))

Hilary said...

Just lovely. I hereby give you the POTW award........no matter what you say.
:)

Susan in the Boonies said...

How COOL that you were there, camera in hand, to capture those sweet moments! Love that!

Daryl Edelstein said...

that's a recipe even I could make ... lovely photo story, Hilary

DJan said...

I just LOVE any pictures of Benny, but these are particularly sweet, with the added little pink playmate. And the reflections.

SueAnn Lommler said...

Oh what fun...thanks for the smiles
Hugs
SueAnn

Kamana said...

what an adorable set of pictures! nothing like a little splashing in the puddles.

Rita said...

This was great! Glad you caught their brief time together. *smiles*

ellen abbott said...

magic!

Suldog said...

I love that about being a kid. You didn't need words, and another species was just another kid. Great fun shots.

Barbara said...

Absolutely precious! Love those boots of hers!

louciao said...

Inspired reflections.

Leah J. Utas said...

Some of the best communication is wordless. Play doesn't need talk. Great pics.

JillsyGirl Studio said...

just love the reflections and of course your recipe!

Red said...

This is a masterpiece to get that many shots from the same little puddle that keeps on reflecting. Great eye and story.

TSannie said...

Just wonderful!

Daniel LaFrance said...

Is Benny the "Whispering Dog"? He found a connection with this beautiful child and shared some love.

Anvilcloud said...

Super series of reflections. Just super.

Gillian Olson said...

Wonderful, colourful series of reflections, and you are right a perfect recipe for a rainy day.

Stephen Hayes said...

Proof that words aren't always necessary.

TexWisGirl said...

oh, this was a precious recipe! loved it. so gleeful and fun!

Out on the prairie said...

Amazing series, I smiled the entire viewing, a real charmer

Frank Baron said...

Very cute. :)

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Spectacular photos.The story told in these images needs no words from the participants.

Mage said...

Just a marvelous few moments.

Pauline said...

Thank you for the lovely comments on my blog. Yes I do think our Scout is very similar to your Benny, he is gorgeous, I just love Jacks. You have some beautiful photo's on your blog.

Maggie May said...

What gorgeous pictures. Lovely.... the little girl & Benny seemed to compliment each other.
Maggie X

Nuts in May

Karen (formerly kcinnova) said...

I wonder how many smiles are born today with just those simple things?

yaya said...

You've captured the simple pleasures of life. What a cutie and Benny is so good to let her play too. Dogs just love to drink out of puddles!

messymimi said...

Such joy! Beautiful to behold.

Shammickite said...

Lovely photos of a little girl having fun with a dog.... I bet she told her mother all about it when she got home!

Country Girl said...

The story makes it even better. Adorable.

Cloudia said...

happy happy-making post!!!


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Friko said...

Gorgeous!

Barb said...

Those boots are made for splashing! Looks like Benny made a friend.

ladyfi said...

What a ray of sunshine these shots are! Marvellous reflections too.

s.m. said...

Such sweetness in this post!Thank you. Best regards!

ZielonaMila said...

Beautiful and natural photographs. I am greeting

Dave said...

Awww, these reflective photos are brilliant Hilary! At first I thought the top photo of Benny was a photoshop one, but you disproved that with the rest of them. Truly excellent photos. That little girl completes the scene - Dave

Dianne said...

delightful from top to bottom

I especially love the shot of the two of them looking as if they're about to walk away, it's touching

sweet girl and wonderful pup
delicious together

Shrinky said...

This series is utterly precious. I love how Benny appears to follow her every move - what a beautiful pairing, no, words are completely redundant, aren't they? They have their special language all of their own.

Elizabeth Grimes said...

Aw! Just too sweet for words. :)

Betty Manousos said...

oh my gosh, what breathtakingly precious photos!

oh, hilary, you always have a way of making my day start great!
thank you so much for sharing those adorable photos!

happy weekend!

xoxo

Mage said...

Thank you so much for your kind words about my flowers. :) You leave me smiling.

Reb said...

Kids and dogs, both can find fun pretty much anywhere. Great shots.

Kat said...

Haha! How cute! :)

cheshire wife said...

What a lovely sequence of photos. The reflections in the puddles are just amazing.

Linda said...

A puddle shared is a puddle enjoyed. :)

SandyCarlson said...

I love Benny! He has a culte little friend, too.

If you ever make a Benny calendar, I'll be your best customer!

Cheryl Kohan said...

Oh my...how sweet! I wondered who that adorable child was until I reached the end of the post. (Benny, of course, is always adorable.) Isn't that just like a child and a dog? A natural connection. Love it.

Ruby said...

very cute shots Hilary!

Christine said...

so sweet ... my favorite is the one with both of them gazing into the puddle 'sprinkle with giggles' :)))

thanks for linking the dog days video in the comment section, it's adorable <3

Indrani said...

Each shot, so well composed. Lovely pictures.

holdingmoments said...

Moments that will be remembered forever. Pure magic.

photowannabe said...

A priceless story in photos Hilary.
I love the interaction and all the vivid colors.

Anita said...

You didn't know her! I was thinking how cute she is and how fashionably dressed, and that you were fortunate to have such an adorable person in your life.

Actually, she 'was' in your life, if only long enough to produce these lovely images.

I like the reflections in the water.

Michael Manning said...

Ah, yes. But make no doubt, Hilary. A connection was made.

Spelndid photos as always. Have a nice weekend, my friend! :)

Glo said...

What a perfect vignette! I'm just surprised to see Bennie with all of his feet grounded. Usually he's airborne ;) Your photos prove that words are often unnecessary when sharing a wondrous moment.

Lisa RedWillow said...

So very sweet and tender . Amazing moments captured to keep and share.
I love them. Beautiful. I love the reflections that keep on going.
So well done.

Unknown Mami said...

What a couple of cuties! Excellent photographs.

Hilary said...

Thanks for the very kind words, everyone. Your visits are so appreciated.

missing moments said...

It is these moments that make life so sweet! Wonderful captures!

Wendy said...

Wonderful selection of photos. I found you through Travis Erwin's blog. Nice to meet you! :)