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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  1. You will be happy with Preppy Pet, I know the gal who started the business, I met her at the Dog Park, she is a true animal lover!

    You know it's funny, you say Sadie played "rough", I get the same comments about Diesel, but it's not rough to them, its breed appropriate, they just need the right mix of play partners!

    Sounds like you had a full FUN weekend.

  2. I love watching the dogs play....that wild abandonment that they have to just let it all go! We could all take a lesson on that, I think. Sounds like you two are enjoying life on the road as the photos!

  3. I must have been sleeping, because I missed that Stu(or maybe you too)is a retired firefighter...So is Dennis...His Dad was one, our son IS a firefighter...Have sun...
    Boy is Sadie growing...beautiful dog!!

  4. Great pictures of the dogs. I wish there were some dog parks in this part of Texas. The closest is San Antonio, and that is 85 miles away from us. A little far to drive a couple of times a day.

  5. Sadie is quite the social dog - you've done a great job getting her to that point. I always gain weight when I'm happy - can't really call that a problem!


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