Our Journey...

Think we forgot to tell you a lil bit about what sort of vacay we're on! Last September of 2011, Dad retired. He and momzers got an RV and decided to plan a trip across the country, visiting national parks on the way to Maine (where's that?) for a family reunion. That's a long trip from northern California! Anyway, this blog is now a record of our travels across the good ole U.S. of A. and even Canada - plus all the things we get to do and see! We started our journey mid-March and hope to be back in NoCal by mid-October - yeah!

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Raffles and Rangers and Rations, Oh My!

We doggies got a super invitation!!!
Friday, July 17
5pm to 7pm
Dog Day at the Park *
Bring your dogs for an evening of fun and education. We’ll discuss park regulations and sensitive wildlife
issues that all pet owners should know. Enjoy a free BBQ and raffle prizes. Meet at McInnis Park (350 Smith
Ranch Rd, San Rafael). Bring a leash.
And so many of us came to hear about the fate of our beloved McInnis Park. We'd heard rumors that a remote part of the field would be fenced off - and that this area would be the only place left here where we would be able to run leashless. And... it turned out to be just that! A Rumour - nasty thing! But some of our owners apparently don't follow the rules and could ruin the good thing we have here!

The rangers put on a rully nice shew! Doggie cookies for us and hot doggers and a great spread for our pawrents (which we all tried to get to and snarf... Most of us were unsuccessful!

But some of us were, like my lucky pal below, licking his choppers!

The picnic table pup crew - to be able to take in the view over the big doggers.

Below is my pal, Olivia - famous for her kissing scenes with Finnegan woohoo!

Squiggly one desperate to grab a potato chippie or two!

Guarding the babe here - good job!

So there was lots of meeting and greeting, reading pee mails and plenty of butt sniffing too. I had to get my secretary to add this cute poem by someone named Anonymous. Here goes.
The Dogs' Party
The dogs all had a party
They came from far and near
Some dogs came by taxi
And others came by car
Each dog signed his name
upon a special book
And each dog hung his backside
Upon a special hook
One dog was not invited
And this aroused his ire
He stormed into the party
And loudly shouted "Fire!"
And in the chaos that followed
The dogs forgot to look
And grabbed just any backside
From off of any hook
So that is the real reason
Whenever they meet or roam
They sniff each others' backside
To try and find their own!

You can see that we were provided a big pool for the likes of me and my big pals, then also a small pool, which you can't see. Very popular! Middle right is Finnegan, famous as Olivia's kissing beau. You can also catch pix of doggies hoping for food and also listening politely to what the rangers had to tell us.

After a nice swim and treat. We're all waiting to see if we won anything in the raffle!

Pacing around before said raffle, hoping to find bits and pieces of people dogs. There were some pawsome raffle prizes!

Hangin' out after the super picnic! We all get along really well together - our pawrents love that about this place - we pups feel very content and safe here.

During the raffle, Rangerdude pointed out the winners - like this!

Well, well, well! One of the first raffle winners was Sierra Rose! Here's her mom picking up her prize of a collar and leash! NICE!
While Sierra didn't get to actually join the party revelers, she was close-by in her vanmobile, surrounded by fans (both the blowing kind and the doggie and people kind too!). She was very happy to hear that she's won such an uber nice prize. Is she not the cutest thing you've ever seen?
Sierra being congratulated by a bevy of goldens, from top: Sierra, Olivia, Aspen and me! My number was called too - I won a fabu chicken squeaky that says it's practically indestructible. We're keeping tabs on that. Aspen also got a collar and leash, and Olivia won one of the grand prizes. Those rangers are very generous indeed and a great time was had by everypup and human! We thank the Marin County Parks and Open Space District for putting on such a great pawty for us all!

Thanks also for our own personal "Bark Ranger" tags! Woof!


Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...

What a khool night woo had!

Oh yes...the Sierra Rose is a real heart melter!

I just KNOW Honey is soooo happy to have sent her to kharry on the Golden LEGacy!

Khongrats to all!

PeeEssWoo: Bark Ranger! HaRoooo!

Maggie and Mitch said...

What a great time you all had, Sammie! And what a cutie Sierra Rose is!
What a cool chicken squeaky!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Gennasus said...

What a great day! Hats off to the Rangers.

Loved seeing all the different dogs and nice to see everyone getting on so well.

Sierra Rose said...

Ahhhhhhh! Great post.
Sammie, how's the stuffy doing? How's that Sherpa wool stuffing? I can help with the snaggle-toothing if ya like....after my nap (note from mom: NAP!!! Yipee!)

HUGS! and snaggle-tooth kisses,
Sierra Rose

The OP Pack said...

Sure looks like a lot of fun for all. Hope cute little Sierra Rose gets to play soon. She will have so much fun with you.

Woos, the OP Pack

Elizabeth said...

Wow, look at all them dogs! Looks like you had a nice time!

Tracey and Huffle said...

WOW what a great day!

Huffle Mawson


Hi Sammie
What a great time! I love it. Mom has a cousin in San Rafael She owned an Akita- Taki for 14 years and she died last year from bloat. I wish she could've gone..

But what a nice idea.. and free BBQ. Who could resist!

Lexi said...

Oh...it sounds like you had a fun time.......seeing all your friends and being at the park....and snacks too.

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(¸.•´ (¸.•´♥ Lexi ♥

Farley said...

Wow, what a great event - so many cool dogs :)

Rocky Creek Scotties and Java said...

What a great event!! Rangers are usually such nice folks. It looked like everyone was having so much fun. We loved seeing all of the goldens, especially Sierra Rose.

Lilly, Piper, Carrleigh and Java

Gus, Louie and Callie said...

What a great party. Lots of good food and sniffing going on.. hehe

Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus, Louie and Callie

Sam said...

Ohh that looks like FUN! It is very unfortunate that some owners break the rules and threaten the park, but it seems like everything is going to be okay for now.

Samantha ~ Holly and Zac ~ said...

That looked like a very fun day for everyone, both pups and humans.

We are glad your park is staying, it looks a very cool place to go.

Holly & Zac...XX

Lorenza said...

Hi, Sammie!
Sure you had a pawesome time there with all your friends!
Sierra Rose is so cute!
Your Rangers there sure are pawesome.
Kisses and hugs

Nibbles Treats said...

What a great event! Looked like fun!

Lots of treats,
Tinkerbell, Oscar and Tucker