I tried to be a good girl....

Monday, January 31, 2011

Yesterday I was SOOOO tired from the dog park that when mommy and daddy left me for a couple of hours, I slept....a LOT.

Today I wasn't so tired even though daddy took me for a bicycle ride. I played with my toys, I slept a little....then it hit me. I had to poop...oh no! What do I do...I know I shouldn't go inside.

I went to the door and I scratched and I asked out...there weren't any bells there so I just kept asking and scratching. There was this funny cloth there with teenie holes in it and next thing I know, it's down on the floor.

Suddenly I can't wait...I have to go! But daddy was nice, he left me newspapers on the floor so I could cover it up. I scratched the paper up with my hind feet and covered my poop. Then I peed on the papers. Phew...I felt SO much better.

But I know mommy and daddy aren't going to like the cloth I scratched out of the door. When mommy opened my door, I slunk REAL low to the ground and tried to look SO sorry. I didn't rush to her, I waited for her to call me.

I know my mommy loves me now...she didn't even yell at me. She took me outside to go potty (where I know I'm supposed to go) and cleaned up all the newspapers (and my poop...phew!).

I'm a lucky girl!

Sniffing and lickingly yours,

RVer Lunch at Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill in Lakeland, FL

Phew...now THAT's a catchy title for a blog.....NOT! LOL! But the day was terrific. We headed out on the motorcycles shortly after 10 am, leaving Sadie secure in the garage of the rig. Stu took her out for a bicycle ride to burn off a little energy. We knew folks would be disappointed that we didn't bring her but knowing the lunch would probably last 2 hours, we didn't want to leave her outside that long, especially since chances are that we wouldn't be able to see her through a convenient window.

We had a gorgeous 50 mile ride to Lakeland, nice back roads and little traffic mixed with lots of sun and no wind. What more can you ask for?

As we pulled in we saw folks already congregating. We milled around the parking lot for a few minutes making quick introductions and then moved inside. Even though I had called twice to arrange for our group, they said they didn't have us on the schedule. But no matter, in less than 10 minutes they were set up for 29 people!

By 11:40 we were all seated, everyone had arrived and introductions were done. A few of us had met each other but for the most part, we were only blogging/Facebook friends. I asked everyone to be sure to sit next to someone they didn't know. We had full-timers, part-timers, snowbirds, temporarily grounded and hoping to retire soon folks. Great group!!

The next 2 1/2 hours passed in a blur of good food, great service and wonderful conversations with new friends. Every where I looked folks were talking to those sitting close or wandering around mingling. We definitely recommend Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill in Lakeland....if you are ever in the area!

Here are some shots of the folks....

Here are some shots of the food....

Here is the list of attendees with links to their blogs where I know you will find more photos...THANK YOU TO EVERYONE!!!

Great weekend...and a great week to come!

Sunday, January 30, 2011

What a great two days we've had. Yesterday started out with us riding to Gator Harley-Davidson in Leesburg for the Classic Car and Custom Bike Show. They had a nice turnout and we enjoyed walking around and checking out all the cars. Here are a few photos of the event, the full album is at Gator Harley Bike and Car Show, Leesburg FL

This was Stu's favorite....

These were mine...

As usual, when it was time to load up, Sadie was the center of attention. Lots of folks stopped by to chat and ask about her riding. Needless to say, she ate up the attention. LOL!

We headed out for a place called Deputy Dog's for a Chicago Dog experience. Stu had never had one and I'd been craving one. I think the last time I had one was with a former co-worker and friend in Atlanta, at Skip's Hot Dogs.

As luck would have it, they were out of business and the address was now a pizza place. So we opted for Bob Evans, not having been there for a while and knowing I could always find a good meal within my caloric budget. (Yes, I've been watching what I eat and have finally dropped a whole 3# in a month...but that's better than gaining, which is what I have done too much of in the last year.)

From there we headed home which took us past the PEARS dog park. Since it was the weekend we knew it would be busier than during our last visit. Boy, was it ever! We tried Sadie in the mixed size area but this time around the little dog there decided that after the first couple of minutes, he was done with it.

There was a gorgeous 9 month old Doberman in the large dog area and the owner told us she'd love to play with Sadie. So we moved over and just watched as they raced, ran, bumped, jostled and ran some more. They were having a blast!

Then another dog arrived...a Boxer and Golden Lab mix. He took to Sadie and Duchess right away and once again the race was on. Next came an Australian Shepherd mix...he played for a bit but I think the activity level was a bit much as the owner took him over to the disabled/elderly area. Finally one more mixed breed appeared and the four dogs really started romping.

Sadie was determined to keep up with the big dogs...she gets a little too rough for the little dogs. The big dogs are much better for her to play with...LOL! Believe it or not, there wasn't one bark, one growl, one menacing action...regardless of the teeth showing in the photos. This was true, joyful, joyous dog play in action!

You can see them on video HERE and the rest of the photos HERE (newest at the top of the page). As always, Sadie has HER say about the day HERE. LOL!

Today we left Sadie napping while we ran errands. While at the Car/Bike show I had picked up a pamphlet for Preppy Pet Suites. There was a location in Leesburg, their prices were reasonable and we wanted to check them out before making arrangements to board her while we're at the Firefighter Reunion this week.

We were impressed...clean, no smell, lots of play areas and various size pens. They get taken to an outside exercise area 5 times a day and you can opt for social play with other dogs by the full or half day. We arranged for a large kennel (since she's so active) and half-day socialization.

This will be SO much better for all of us rather than trying to deal with her in a hotel room. The bonus is we can do the same when we take my two grandgirls to Universal Studios later in February. It gives us time to enjoy the evenings with the family and not have to worry about how she is doing. We'd have to pay for kenneling at Universal during the day and pick her up at night. This works out wonderfully!

From there we headed to Denny's for a late lunch. Ever since we had breakfast there with Kim and Jerry, I've been craving some more of their blueberry wheat pancakes with turkey sausage. Yummy!! (It also comes with 2 eggs and a side of fruit.)

Wal-Mart was right across the street so I finally got my hair cut (all of them) and picked up the few things we needed to hold us over till we get back from Orlando on Sunday. The ride back was refreshing and we splurged with ice cream and coffee at McDonalds. When we got home, little Miss Sadie was still napping....yesterday definitely wore her out!!

Till next time - keep on rollin',
Donna and Stu

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I went to the dog park, I went to the dog park, I went to the dog.....zzzzzz

Oh, boy did I ever have fun yesterday. First thing was a MOTORCYCLE RIDE...you know how I love that! We stopped someplace that had a lot of cars, motorcycles and people. Everyone wanted to talk to daddy about me and ask about my doggles.

We did a lot of walking around while mommy took pictures and daddy just stared...and I swear sometimes he had a little drool coming out of the corner of his mouth. Mommy said you can see all the pictures here: Gator Harley Bike and Car Show, Leesburg FL.

Then we went out for lunch...I really didn't want to stay in my carrier while they got to go inside with all the good smelling food so I complained a little. But they kept walking...parents, humph! So I settled for watching everyone walk and drive by me.

After that the fun began....we went to the dog park!! We started out in the mixed pen where there was a dog just a little bit smaller than me. His name was Benny. He ran with me for a minute or two, then he headed back to his mommy and daddy. He didn't want to play anymore and kept growling at me.

Over in the big dog pen (50#plus), there was a gorgeous pincher kind of dog and her daddy said she would love to run with me. So we went over there....oh my! Her name was Duchess and we ran and ran and ran and ran... I really liked playing with her.

Then more dogs arrived...one was a boxer mix like me and we batted paws a lot. I laughed so hard! Mommy took lots of pictures and mixed some videos into one bigger one. We were there for an hour and it was wonderful.

Of course when we came home, the first thing mommy did was plunk me into the shower. Jeesh, what's wrong with a little (okay a lot) of dog spit and dirt? I didn't care...parents!

Mommy says this is my new sign....
She's gonna buy it for daddy's play pen (he says it's a pole barn, but she says it's his play pen....they make me laugh sometimes).

Oh, I almost forgot...you can see all my pictures from the dog park here: Pup: 16-24 Weeks and the new pictures are at the top. The video is there, too but if you just want to see it, click HERE.

Today? Mommy and daddy ran errands and I slept...and slept...and slept...zzzzzzz

Sniffing and lickingly yours,

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