4th of July Staycation

Every year since we’ve had Tucker, the semi crazy dog dad has gone on a 4th of July vacation back to Indiana. I’ve never joined and it’s mainly because his parents can’t stand me for too long- probably because I am a Democrat and a lapsed Catholic. I kid, I kid. Not about the Democrat or lapsed Catholic part, that’s all true, but about his parents not being able to stand me. I know they like me. He mainly goes and plays about 100 rounds of golf with his dad and I’m much happier being back here taking care of Tucker without having to find a sitter for him. Plus, I don’t have to have my mother in-law’s judgy eyes on me when I finish a bottle of wine in a day (er, one sitting).

Again, kidding-not about the wine consumption, but about the judgy eyes. Actually, maybe I’m not….

This is an important staycation for Tucker and I because we are not left alone together very often for a long period of time. The semi crazy dog dad rarely travels for work and it’s important that Tucker knows he has to listen to me.

Frequently if the semi crazy dog dad is out, Tucker thinks he is the boss. He doesn’t like to settle, he grabs the blankets and runs around, he wants to play and play and play and yes, he even tries to assert some dominance over me (I’ll let you figure out what that means). However, during this vacation, we are usually able to establish the rules fairly quickly that I am in charge. This year it helped that the weather wasn’t been too hot and humid and we had great walks. I always say a tired dog is a good dog! I’m not going to say that Tucker doesn’t try to get away with stuff. The last night of our staycation, I took him out and he came back, jumped on the couch and grabbed the blanket and started running around the apartment with it. It was 11 pm. However, I love this staycation because it gives us some one on one time and reminds Tucker that I can be the boss. Plus I don’t get judgy eyes from him when I consume a bottle of wine. In one sitting.

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Tucker and I enjoying one last drink before our staycation ended.

I hope whatever you did for the 4th that you had a great holiday. Here’s some glimpses of ours.

PS- No inlaws were harmed at the writing of this blog, and yes I did show it to the crazy dog dad before publishing..

 

 

 

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Happy July!

Happy July! I have to admit, my creative juices have been a bit on summer break. Given the fact that I haven’t seen as many blog posts from some of the other regulars I follow, I think the same is true for a lot of people!

Last weekend we saw Tucker’s favorites- his Gran and Bar and his Uncles Oliver and Spenser. He even got to see Bailey, my brother’s dog who he adores. It was a good weekend- I got to go to a Dixie Chicks concert and the crazy dog dad got to golf a few times. And of course, Tucker got to play and play and play.

This weekend is 4th of July and Tucker and I are enjoying some nice weather that DC has given us- not too hot and humid which makes for some good walking weather (and also maybe some good wine drinking weather on the balcony!).

I’m on the hunt for a good bone to give Tucker–he’s a super chewer and can get bored easily. We give him knuckles but he’s been known to break a few chunks off . Any suggestions? Does anyone feed the dog frozen marrow bones? I’m curious as to how those are…

Just leaving you with one funny clip I saw this week. The crazy dog dad sent this to me and I honestly could not stop laughing. Seriously, this couple could be me. If you only knew how much I talked about poop, or woke up in the night asking where Tucker was, you would know..

And here are a few photos from Tucker’s latest adventures…

Tucker’s Vacation

Everyone gets excited about vacation, right? I know I definitely do but it also brings up some fear and anxiety because of arrangements we have to make for Tucker. As you know by now, I absolutely hate not including Tucker in everything we do, but I also know it’s healthy for all of us to have some time away. We don’t go away often and we’ve been pretty lucky with the sitters we choose for Tucker but this time we were going for over a week. Whenever Tucker is in a new surrounding, he tends to get a little nervous, pull his sitter on walks, etc. The last time we left him for a long weekend, I brought a blanket for him to sleep on but told the sitter to remove the blanket whenever she left him alone. Well, I came back to a blanket with holes all over so I knew that he chewed it. Don’t get me wrong, I am not upset with the sitter, I should not have brought the blanket. However, I knew I wanted someone this time I really trusted and I also wanted Tucker to be around other dogs he knew. I thought he might be calmer that way and enjoy himself more.

Enter Aunt Becky and Uncle Kevin at the Kind Hearted Pet Resort near Harrisburg, PA. Sure, it was two and a half hours from us, but my family has been taking their goldies to them for 15 years. They have a big property, bedrooms for the dogs and unlimited amounts of attention and love. They personally meet every dog before they visit and have them do a tour of a property. They only take a few dogs at a time and your dog doesn’t interact with another dog staying there unless of course, they come together (like Tucker and my brother’s dog Bailey who roomed together). They are also very affordable which is wonderful considering all the services they offer!

Aunt Becky and Uncle Kevin are dog lovers who treat your dogs as their own. We dropped Tucker off with my typical instructions- two pages full of what he eats, what he does, etc. Becky took the time to review them, noting Tucker’s quriks and telling me about the walks he’d go on, the treasure hunts they’d have and movies they watched. As I mentioned, Tucker was rooming with my brother’s 9 year old goldie and my parents two goldies had another bedroom. Usually when we leave a sitter’s, Tucker tries to go with us. Not this time, he was too busy in the play yard exploring with Bailey. And I heard several times that Bailey really helped Tucker out and showed him the ropes. Thanks B!

I texted Becky a few times over vacation- which she encourages and got updates and photos (and a video!) whenever I requested. I tried really hard not to bug too much. Usually when I would leave Tucker with a sitter, I was never quite sure if they even followed by instructions but that was never in question here. I knew Tucker was safe and even more importantly, I trusted and knew if there was an issue, Becky would contact me ASAP.

When we picked Tucker up last Sunday, he was so joyful- running around and playful and he didn’t want to get in the car right away. Becky told me that he and Bailey had a great time playing and wrestling and that she could “just kiss Tucker’s face off.” Tucker got in the car and spent the next 20 miles or so looking backward through the window–like he wanted to stay and play. Don’t get me wrong, he was happy to see us but I think he was also sad to leave Aunt Becky and Uncle Kevin and his Bailey who he had the best time playing with.

When I asked Tucker about his vacation, he politely told me “what happens at the resort stays at the resort.” However, when pushed further, he did tell me he had lots of great walks, had toy treasure hunts, watched some good movies and had some great wrestling time with Bailey. He said he got lots of love from Becky and Kevin and the other staff at Kind Hearted Pet Resort. He said he ate well and rested well.

I am so happy Tucker had such a great time at the Kind Hearted Pet Resort. He seems rather bored by me this week but I’m trying not to be offended- that just means he had a great time! Thanks again to Aunt Becky, Uncle Kevin and everyone at the Kind Hearted Pet Resort for making Tucker’s vacation so good!

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Tucker at the Kind Hearted Pet Resort

Beach Retriever: Rehoboth Beach Part 2

We’re continuing our Rehoboth Beach Recap today…if you missed Part 1 of our beach recap never fear, you can catch up here. So, we’ve discussed where we stayed and our first impressions on the beach. Now the restaurants…this is always … Continue reading

Blogger Recognition Award!

Has this past week kicked anyone else’s butt? In my other life (away from being a crazy dog mom) I work in state government affairs and being February, state legislatures are busy. I haven’t even had time to post this week. Have no fear though, I have lots of plans to post this weekend!

First though, I must say a very hearty thank you to Margret from Three Pups and a Couple of Kitties  who gave me a very nice Blogger Recognition Award. I love reading about her goldens and their antics and her blog is even more fun now that her goldens have forced her away from the computer and are typing blog posts themselves. Many thanks again pups!

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Now I get to recognize and share other blogs I like…so, without further adieu:

Kilroy is Here: I love reading about Kilroy, a retired racing greyhound and his adventures, especially because they live near our neck of the woods.

A Dog Called Storm:  Storm is hysterical. Just visit his blog and you will see what I mean.

Tales of Tucker: I just actually happened upon this one and mainly because her pup shares the same name as mine. I’m already hooked and you should be too!

If I didn’t recognize you, don’t worry, I still love you! It’s just that Margret and I share many of the same blogs and I know she recognized a few I didn’t!

The reason I started this blog was that I love to write and since we have gotten Tucker, I have really been immersed in learning all things dog. I find them fascinating and I love to learn new things. I also love to share my crazy dog mom-ness. What advice would I give to new bloggers? PATIENCE! It takes time to grow your blog and find your voice. Don’t get so bogged down that it isn’t fun anymore.

Nominees here are your tasks:

1-Select other blogs you want to give the award to (up to 15).
2-Write a post to show your award.
3-Give a brief story of how your blog started.
4-Give a piece of advice or two to new bloggers.
5-Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
6-Attach the award badge to the post.
7-Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them.

 

Holiday Gift Guide!

There are nine days before Christmas. Nine. If you are a crazy dog mom like me, or just like to include your pup in your holiday celebrations, here are some gifts that I recommend for them as well as a … Continue reading

Tis the Season

Combining two blog posts into one this week. Last weekend was a  bit uneventful and this weekend was chock full of things. I think I am going to start writing more about advice or other things I find that might … Continue reading

Weekend Tails, the Week Ahead and What I’m loving

Hello!

How was your weekend? Ours was filled with equal parts adventure and relaxation…we started Saturday off with an adventure: taking Tucker to the Arboretum in DC! Saturday mornings are usually what we refer to as “Dadder-days,” meaning Jason gets up and takes care of Tucker while I sleep in. They go off on various adventures while I sleep the early morning weekday walks away. However, this weekend I crashed Dadderday as we both wanted to check out the Arboretum. I had been there once before when I first moved to the DC area and knew it was dog friendly as I went there in springtime with my mom and Spenser who had to come down and sniff out DC to make sure it was OK.  However, the Arboretum is huge so we were in a completely different section this time. It’s a great place to bring your dogs as they have trails, paved and unpaved and it wasn’t too busy (though in fairness, we were there early and it’s also fall where nothing is blooming). I wish we had more time there but we had to go on our next adventure….

Tucker at the Arboretum

Tucker at the Arboretum

Off to Dogma, where Tucker got groomed. He’s been groomed once before and he really just needed a really good bath, comb out and trim which is exactly what he got. One side note, our local news recently did a story on groomers and the dangers of cage dryers. Please make sure that your groomer doesn’t use cage dryers!! Tucker returned home exhausted and I spent the time cleaning out my closet..

Yesterday was a basic stay around the house and walk around the park and neighborhoods kind of day though he did get to go play with his girlfriend Maisy since she was out in her yard. That was a nice respite as this week I’ll be traveling for work which means that Tucker and Jason will spend a lot of bachelor time together (probably watching Netflix).tucker111415arbor11 tucker111515b

Things I’m loving!

A new feature…I’m working real hard on giving this blog the love and attention it deserves. I’ve started a Facebook page for it and an Instagram specifically for this page is coming. Bear with me as everything is a work in progress and with work and holiday travel, it might take some time to get everything looking fabulous. I wanted to share a few things that I’m loving this week:

  1. DVGRR’s Extraordinary Give: If you are a first time reader to this blog, Delaware Valley Golden Retriever Rescue (DVGRR) is very near and dear to my heart. My family adopted Oliver, a DVGRR rescue this February and he is the sweetest big fellow you ever met. Tucker, Oliver and Spenser have quite the bond and it brings me such joy to watch them together. The ExtraOrdinary Give is on November 20th and it’s Lancaster County’s largest day of online giving. DVGRR will be accepting donations. Please follow the link and give to this great cause.
  2. Great Dane With a Special Purpose: This story melts my heart. This Great Dane named George serves a very special purpose: as a service dog for a little girl with a rare medical condition. In this week of really horrific news, this is a bright spot.
  3. Reunited and it feels soooo good: Last week, our breeder Catherine with Ivywest posted a photo of Tucker’s brother Leo on Facebook. That led to photo sharing and story swapping of other siblings. I love hearing stories and meeting new puppy people – especially when they are related to Tucker!
  4. One non-dog thing: Ok, you may not think I have much of a life outside Tucker (I do! I do!) but I’m super de dooper excited about the news that the Dixie Chicks are touring in the US this summer. I absolutely love the Dixie Chicks and can’t wait to see them again!

So what did you do this weekend? Share your pup photos and stories with me either blow or in an email to me via the Contact section above.I’d love to hear from you all!