Jan 19th was a bright unseasonably warm day, the 'ol lady & I were arguing over petty issues so I deciced "Hell w/ it", & took my dog Patch to the ocean four hrs away. I was excited to see what his reaction would be to the open space, crashing surf & wildlife he'd see. After he ate a dog treat, he soon acquired motion sickness & threw up on the passenger side. After a quick "power clean up", we were back on our way. He was gettin frustrated due to the length of the trip, & I needed to stop frequently to do nature's calling & allow him to run some of his pent up energy off. Upon arriving, letting out tire pressure for the sand, we went on to the beach. Patch'es eye's were as big as plates riding along the surf, standing on his hind legs tail wagging profusly. Upon stopping, I unleashed him & the dog went ballistic. He made a bee line for the surf but I called him back, despite it being mild tempurtures, I didnt want him to ingest any salt water. I took some pictures of him runnin like some crazed fool up & down the beach. I only had six exposure's left in my one time use camera, but they were all good ones I took of him. With 2012 being a very trying year as I had both hips replaced, I was both blessed & fortunate to be able to spend time w/ my buddy down the ocean. While watching Patch having the time of his life, I reflected back & came to the realization of how much all of us take even the most simple things in our lives for granted, not really realizing it can be taken away with no warning. It is then, upon it being taken away that one comes to the conclusion at just how vunerable we truly are in this cold tourmented world. Take care everyone!