For the moment, I'm truly learning to take it day-by-day. K had a somewhat down day yesterday, and I was worried. I wouldn't call it a "bad" day by any means. However, I could definitely see that her ability to romp was hindered by her lungs. Being a dog, she simply enjoyed things at a slower pace. She rolled in the grass, nibbled on berries, and occasionally leaped over a log. I moved more slowly too and just rejoiced that my girl is still here. K is still a very happy dog.
Her brother doesn't need to be reminded to live with abandon.
At this moment, I am surrounded by dogs, reminding me that it's time to go have fun. It's time for our sunset hike! We'll keep on living, with the joy of dogs, for as long as we can.
Oh, I almost forgot, our friend (and bird expert) Luisa was absolutely right about the raptor in my post yesterday. It was a red-tailed hawk. When the light was just right, we saw a hawk with a brilliant red tail visit the hole in the cliff, and we thought that he was trying to eat a nestling. In retrospect, he was undoubtedly a parent to those nestlings. Thank you, Luisa!