It was her special private time. She wasn't particularly fond of other dogs, and just after dawn there was rarely another dog to be seen. Once she knew we were getting in the car to go, she could hardly contain herself...she'd start making that noise, the one you'd have to hear to believe. Once there, she'd dance through the woods to the marsh, only stopping every now and then to look back at us and smile that big, beautiful smile.
Some of you reading this knew Aretha...but for those of you who don't, all you really need to know is she was a dog with an amazing voice...and some extra toes, just for fun.