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..

 

 

 

Thanks to BROKEGIFS.TUMBLR.COM for the Bravo TV gif

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

Back in the Saddle Again

Well, we’re back from vacation and each one of us enjoyed ourselves. I promise Tucker will be recapping his adventures at some point this weekend, but in the meantime I think he’s happy to be home but missing his dog family.

We are having a pretty low key weekend after our adventures of the previous few weeks. Additionally, I’ll be traveling next week for work so Tucker and the semi-crazy dog dad will be bacheloring it up. And, the heat and humidity are back in force this weekend. How I’ve loved the past 2 days of no humidity and cooler temperatures for our walks.

Speaking of summer, have you seen this information from the Journal of the American Medical Association? Something to keep in mind…of course, I’m that wacko that will put her hands down on the concrete to see how hot it is for his paws…also, check out the dew points too before you go out- the higher the dewpoint, the stickier it is!

Now that I’m off that soapbox, here’s some things I’ve seen the last few weeks that have made me laugh (and cry)

Bretagne passes away– I’m sure you’ve all  heard about this, Bretagne the last known search and rescue dog from 9/11 passed away earlier this week at the age of 16. Rest in peace sweet angel, you are an amazing dog.

Does your dog have an Emergency Plan? True story, the other night I was in the shower when I heard the fire alarm go off. Now, our apartment smoke alarms are VERRRY sensitive but rarely does the full building fire alarm go off. I wasn’t even sure if that’s what it was at first but luckily the semi crazy dog dad got me out of the shower. I was worried Tucker would freak the you know what out about the noise but he loved this fire alarm since it meant EVERY SINGLE ONE OF HIS BUDDIES WAS OUTSIDE AT THE SAME TIME! Luckily, this wasn’t anything serious, BUT it got me thinking that we need to have a plan in case we aren’t home one day and this happens. This article is helpful in getting something together!

Toddler Steals Dog’s Treat: Toddlers I tell you, nothing but trouble.

We’ll be back later this weekend…

 

Soaking it all in

Do you know that dream you have when its Christmas morning and there’s all the presents under the tree and then you wake up before you get to open them? I frequently have another version of that dream- we’re on vacation and all of a sudden it’s the last day and I don’t know where the other days have gone. I wake up so upset and unsettled.

Well my friends, today is the last full day of our vacation though I don’t feel upset or unsettled. We’ve had a wonderful vacation full of sun, sand and surf. I’ve dropped my “no drinking during the week” rule and haven’t worked out. I’ve read two books and am on my third.

But (and you know there was going to be a but), I am anxious to get back home and get back in the routine as seamlessly as possible. I miss Tucker and our walks and our play time. I know he’s been having a great time and I’ve been a bit less stressed knowing that he’s with his  friends and a very trusted pet resort my parents have been using for almost 15 years. He will recap his vacation for you all next week when he’s back.

I want to get back to our time because I will actually only be home a week before I have to go to California for a few days for work so I am going to need all the dog snuggles I can get. Mostly though, while I’ve had a wonderful time there’s a big part missing and that’s Tucker.

And I have to say, it’s much nicer coming home from vacation when you know you have a pup waiting for you- I only hope he wants to come home from his vacation!

The Week That Was Times 2

Hello!

I’m getting really bad at doing this weekly recaps on time. I have an excuse for last week. I was up in PA with my golden retriever brother Spenser. Spenser, who will be 10 in September has cancer. It breaks my heart, but seeing him you would never know. He’s been going to radiation and he’s still the same bouncy happy puppy he has always been. I went with my dad last Monday to his last radiation treatment and he did great- and the tumor has shrunk a bit! He’s on oral chemo (meaning he will be taking pills) but we’re all keeping our paws crossed. He’s my special boy and really taught Tucker how to be a golden retriever. My parents have been absolute rock stars dealing with this and taking him two hours each way every week for radiation treatments. I know they would do anything for their fur-kids and real kids.

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My sweet Spenser with the cone my mom made him- Camo padding on the side so no sharp edges!

 

The rest of the week past by in a bit of a blur. Up until late this week it had rained for over 2 weeks straight and then we got a one day break before it rained again on Saturday which made dog walks oh so fun (we still did them!) Other than that, a lot of the usual same stuff, which is good.

Here’s some things that made me smile this week:

15 Times You Disappointed Your Dog So Bad They Gave you The Look: Yep. And then because I am a sucker, I gave in.

Service Dog Gets Photo in the Yearbook: I love stories like this. I will repost every chance I get. I’ve said it once, I’ll say it again, these dogs are so amazing.

Dog Sneaks out of house to go to daycare: Of course, it’s a goldie.

A Day in the Life of a Dog Mom: I missed a post on Mother’s Day, but I loved these cartoons. I think every one of them summed up my life perfectly.

Hope you have a great week!