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!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Our Weekend Job...

(As if we didn't do enough last week to help Mom, she decided to put us to work over the weekend. Maybe that's why, again, we couldn't get her to come and visit as many of you as we would have liked.)

Ma, get me a crayon! These need to have names on them!

Our tongues came in handy for this job heheh!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Apres Thanksgiving Food Coma... Pet Hop Edition!

And no matter what Mom does to try to paw the Linky list for Pet Hop Blogging, it won't copy/paste - sigh. But by clicking on the purple picture below, you can get back to Life With Dogs, who have an intact Linky List! Happy Weekend!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Avalon's Turn: My First Victim

About a week ago, Mom put out this piggy. I took to it right away, even though it was my sister's toy. She got it about a month ago in a goody bag for being in a "rescue parade." Then... last night, Mom caught me with the flashbox... exploring Piggy's innards.

I was having so much fun that I didn't even realize Mom was watching me.

Yuppy... I started it all on the floor, where Sammie's investigating my handiwork. Then I heard Mom's voice.

Don't you all think I give a pretty good "hairy eyeball?"

Exhausting work that de-stuffing...

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Steps for George; Rain Spells Snow and Field Play!

It's been cold and rainy here yesterday and today, so we haven't gotten to do much. The good thing is...

It's doing the "above" up in Tahoe - arroooooooooooooooooooh!!!

We still have fond thoughts of running through the Mt. Burdell fields last Sunday!

Avalon was just plain goofy after a while! That's my sis, alright!

Before it started raining, Mom took an equally goofy picture of us on some steps in a nearby town called Larkspur. Since we kept wanting to explore and investigate things off to the side of the stairs, Mom tied us up. We were not happy as you can probably tell, though we feigned some interest in a treat she threw us, except it landed in the bushes that we're looking at. I'm sure hoping you'll understand George! Happy Birthday to you! If you want to send George a picture of you on steps, you can go here to join him on his barkday! Have a good Sunday!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Sunday, November 14, 2010

A Very Special Day...

Helen Keller said: "Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much." Our day started with a trip up to Mom's alma mater, Sonoma State University, where grandpeep, H, was competing in a Cheer competition. Here she is on top - woo hoo!

Since we were close to Crane Park, where Mama used to play frisbee golf (yeah... funny!) with some pals, Ma and Pa thought it would be a great parkie for some fun!

Unfortunately, the rules said that we had to be on leash - yuck! So we soldiered on, even though we caught these guys below with a pupper offleash!

If you haven't ever played frisbee golf, it is really cool! You have to have special disks and do they ever fly!

Some pix of the scenery on the way to Crane Park. The vineyards are in their fall majesty! Momzers and Dad decided that we would spend our special MOMENT at the Mt. Burdell Open Space Preserve, where we could go offleash and see precious views of the San Francisco Bay and beyond.

Pretty soon, it was approaching 4pm... for us, 11:00 pm GMT. Mom gathered us to her as best she could and we all thought about those we loved and missed as well as those we love and are in pain. We couldn't light a candle here, cause we didn't want to start a grass fire or anything. but we felt the power of thinking... with so many of you across the planet. It was very powerful.

Then, we had to go and play in the grasses, before it got dark.

And before we had to go home.

And before we died of thirst... We spent today extremely grateful for what we have... life itself.

Helen Keller got it right.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Super Duper Doggeh Organizations Near Our House!

TGIF! We just pawed Ma to tell about all the people-to-dog and dog-to-people organizations within two miles of where we live! Just down Highway 101 is the Marin County Humane Society
which has a lot of amazing programs, including one of which you'll find by clicking on the "society." Our pal, Sierra Rose just mentioned its director, Trish King, in her last post, who was also at the K-9 Carnival, courtesy of the Rangers at McInnis Park. And... even closer to us is the California campus of...

Guide Dogs for the Blind (this is the Facebook address.) It is a gorgeous setting and anyone coming to this area to visit should schedule a tour - amazing! Above is one of GDB's biggest supporters - the golden girl herself with... who else? Another lovely golden girl!

And this picture is not about a furpal organization, but rather, about a TV program we caught the other night. We don't watch a lot of boob tube, but stumbled on this NOVA program by accident: Dogs Decoded. It was quite scientific and we were a bit horrified by so many dogs kept in what seemed like a zillion cages for research in part of the program. If you get a chance to see it, we'd like to know what you think. You can click on the program site to learn more about the premise, which is actually very interesting. Also, I was looking for a wintery template and want to give this blog designer a big thanks for letting me use this one that we chose! Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Families and Dogs and the World Wide Moment

Hi Again! We have had a week of visiting with Mama's mother and sister, who came all the way from NYC! We had a ton of fun with them and will explain the above photo in a bit. Suffice it to say, that the only way you can drive from San Francisco to the county we live in is to go through the tunnel pictured below. Maybe you can see that the archway above the openings are painted with rainbows!

Well, we had a wonderful time with the visiting duo, as well as Mama's and Dad's little family out here in the wild west. We acted as touring agents, showing them Miller Creek park, McInnis Park, where Sammie and Shanti gave an obedience demonstration and finally, showed them some football fields where Mom's granddaughter, Hannah was cheering. We pointed at some terrific restaurants... but dang! The managements wouldn't let us in! Can you imagine? We took them up to the top of Mount Tamalpais, driving through tule fog and rain. Mom vowed that we'd see some holes in the fog/clouds/rain and get views. It actually happened. The visit was magical and we miss the NYC duo very much. The day after they left, we went to see our pals in the park - McInnis again. Here are some of us all smiling!

And below, we're waiting for somebuddy to throw a stick at Miller Creek!

Sue and Mom and me, Sammie at the McInnis Park Rangers' Carnival for Doggehs. Shanti and I demonstrated our obedience routines. There were lots of puppers there and a bunch of cool things to do, like swim, run through an agility course, and hear tips from our local Humane Society Director, Trish King.

There are two blogging doggehs you may know in the above picture! Can you find them??? (In next post, will tell you who they are!)

I sure love my parents' grandpeep, Cam, a LOT!!! (Thank you Kristin - Sierra's Mom - for providing this lovely photo!)
Here's a collage of the Hu-Family with us, BEGGING to be set free!!! There wasn't a soul up there, even though the wind was blowing the clouds away, allowing us to see how high up we were!

I know the Hu-Family must have missed us at this place in the top picture. Life just couldn't be the same without us, eh?!!! In the bottom picture, you can see that the clouds are going away!

Robert Brault said, "In a houseful of toddlers and pets, you can start out having a bad day, but you keep getting detoured."

So here's another photo of that amazing rainbow we saw as the clouds parted and the sun shone through - it really was totally magical. And speaking of magical... many of you know about the Second Annual World Wide Moment, coming up at exactly 11:00 pm (23:00) GMT on Sunday, November 14, 2010. We will all be turning towards the skies together for one silent moment, wishing and sending any and every fur, feathered, fuzzy creature (with us on Earth or across the Rainbow Bridge) whatever is in our hearts that will help them feel the love and support they need right now. Please visit Fergi and Jake for a ton more information on this AMAZING MOMENT. And please do spread the news or make a post about this event. Thank you!