Many of us view Labor Day weekend as the time we say goodbye to the sounds of Summer. We are conditioned to bid summer adieu and go out with a bang on Labor Day. Some families steal one last three day weekend getaway…


…while others opt for a quiet stay-cation…


On Labor Day Monday in most of the country, public pools will drain and then shut down, and children will organize their back packs with supplies in preparation of a new school term.

For years, I’ve watched people use this day to stack up their lawn furniture, give the barbecue grill its last good scrub, and pretreat the front lawn with that autumn fertilizer application because before you blink twice – tree leaves will start to brown, dry and cascade to the ground.

While adults transition to the next season remorseful at the thoughts of what was never experienced, most children don’t seem to harbor many regrets because they’ve lived out their Summer to the fullest…


They’ve spent their days doing whatever they wanted to do…


Regardless to whether or not other people approved OR understood their obsessions…


They celebrated each and every “sunny” moment giving it everything they had. They gave their best, no matter how strange it seemed to others…

Summer is the time of year when all living creatures wish to “hang out” more. It seems to be the number one season for spontaneous group activities….


Water balloon toss in 90 degree weather is the best!

You feel empowered to walk right over and invite yourself into the fold…


Even if you’re the odd man Doodle out…


Because all you really want to have is that lasting memory. All you really want to be – is part of the fun…


Ahhh, the sounds of Summer, there’s nothing like it – whether your a child or a Doodle. Somewhere between the laughter, the barking and even the lawnmower, I find myself remembering my past, and for a brief second I can taste my childhood as I close my eyes and listen…

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  • Caren Gittleman
    September 1, 2014

    you captured it ALL sooo perfectly! Happy Labor Day!

    • Cathy Bennett
      September 1, 2014

      Awhhhh Thanks Caren, wanted to take you back, get you to think about Summer fun when you were a kid…What little I could remember BOL made me smile. Enjoy your holiday!

  • DashLilly
    September 1, 2014

    What a great post! Yep, we are bidding farewell to another summer. The doodle and I aren’t quite ready, but alas. This post reminds me of the movie Because of Winn Dixie. Nothing like kids, summer and great adventures!!

    • Cathy Bennett
      September 1, 2014

      HA! Dash & Lilly I remember that movie! Kids and Summer are like Peanut Butter and Jelly 🙂

  • Flea
    September 1, 2014

    Oh what fun! We’re not wont to say goodbye to summer until the first frost. Hunny will be in the backyard, working hard, up until then. My boys will continue to fight with weapons at the park long after Labor Day. Summer doesn’t end as long as the weather holds. 🙂

    • Cathy Bennett
      September 1, 2014

      That is so true Flea, and all indications today tells me Summer is making a comeback – it’s 98 degrees today 🙂 I’m not complaining, just enjoying it!

  • Bichonpawz
    September 1, 2014

    What a beautiful post! Love all the pics! I am looking forward to the autumn season… is my favorite.

    • Cathy Bennett
      September 1, 2014

      Bichon Pawz, we truly enjoy all the seasons. I like the distinction between them and I look forward to the one that follows.

  • Ann Staub
    September 1, 2014

    Why is it that Summer seemed so much more fun as a kid? lol! It still feels like Summer here long after Labor Day. It’ll be hot until November probably!

    • Cathy Bennett
      September 1, 2014

      I don’t know Ann, I just know that my childhood memories is a lot like eating your favorite dessert – it just always makes me happy 🙂 Talk about crazy weather, would you believe it’s 98 degrees today – crazy…

  • Tenacious Little Terrier
    September 1, 2014

    I’m clinging to summer as long as I can! I wouldn’t mind the cooler weather but I love having sunny days.

    • Cathy Bennett
      September 2, 2014

      We’re hanging on too Tenacious Little Terrier, this week we’re in the 90’s so the cushions on the lawn furniture stay on 🙂 Whoo-Hoo….

  • Emma
    September 1, 2014

    We are looking forward to cooler weather, but we don’t close down stuff until at least October and most of us nuts in MN even grill in the winter. Enjoy the holiday.

    • Cathy Bennett
      September 2, 2014

      Hey Emma, I’ve seen your winters – they are serious business, so I imagine October is still feeling pretty good to you. We’ve grilled out in the winter also, it always seems to taste extra special when we do.

  • slimdoggy
    September 2, 2014

    Water balloon fights – wow, there’s a blast from the past. Thanks for the memory.

    • Cathy Bennett
      September 4, 2014

      Took you back huh Slim? It’s always nice to stroll down memory lane from time to time.

  • snoopy@snoopysdogblog
    September 7, 2014

    Looks like you had a great summer! Summer here is still going as it’s still really hot!

    But you did just remind me to check when our local pool is draining as they let us doggies go and have fun just before they do it! 🙂

    I hope you’re having a fun day,

    Your pal Snoopy 🙂

    • Cathy Bennett
      September 8, 2014

      Snoopy, seems as soon as I wrote this post, the weather climbed back up to steamy temperatures with hot sticky days. Our pools have closed already, so once again we missed the pups in the pool events. Hurry and jump in and splash around a bit for Harley too!

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