Archive for May, 2008

self serve dinner

May 31, 2008

FROM BRUNO:

well we went to visit grammy. mom had packed my food for the weekend inside a bag. she was unloading things from the car and it was getting late. i was SOOOOO hungry. i noticed my bag in front of me. i decided to un-zip the bag and serve myself dinner. ooooops guess the whole bag wasnt meant for dinner.  so we went shopping today for more food. Mom was NOT happy but…. who cares i got to eat A LOT of food in one sitting.

From a dog’s perspective

May 26, 2008

FROM BRUNO:

WHAT A FUN VACATION!!!!! well everyday is a vacation to me. Mom and Dad took me to this awesome dog friendly Inn. I got to stay in a hotel room with them! It was SOOOOOOOO exciting!!!! new smells, new noises, new people, new dogs….. i could hardly contain myself. i NEVER wanted to go to sleep, for fear that i might miss something. i knew when we headed up the stairs to our room that the “fun” would stop. so i protested going up the stairs to our room.  the first night there was SOOOOOO exciting as was the ride up. the first night there i met my new friends and i hung out in the playhouse while mom and dad went to dinner. when it was time for bed i couldnt  settle down. i wanted to sleep on my own dog bed they had for me. it was comfy but so was the chair and mom and dad’s bed. so i moved around from spot to spot. As soon as the sun came up the other dogs were awake. i jumped on mom because i knew she would take me out.  later that morning we had a big play session on the dog park. i ran and zoomed. i had SOOOO much energy and i was so excited to be there i just had to act like a maniac. i played on the agility equipment and invented my own game of jumping into the apple tree.

then i got to go for a really fun car ride. i hung my head out the window to catch the fresh vermont air. then i got to go into stores with mom and dad and we walked along the water.  it was a lot of fun. i met LOTS of people and dogs. i love meeting new people. mom and dad really enjoyed being in VT. afterwards we went to a big factory where mom and dad got ice cream and OF COURSE they shared with me. then it was time to nap in the car for the ride back to the Inn. I got to play with some more friends when i got back. We played till it was almost dark. Somehow i ended up sleeping on mom and dad’s bed all night. it was really big and comfy.

Sunday we hiked, swam and had more play sessions. i LOVED the paw house inn. i got lots of attention and treats. “uncle” mike even took me out for a walk and long play session while mom and dad were exploring VT without me. they came home smelling like beer and i asked them where mine was. In the dog park i showed off by trying to use the agility equipment. i did really well with the equipment and had such a fun time chasing other dogs thru the tunnel and up the A-frame. HOWEVER in being “myself” i need to do thing MY way. the park had two apple trees. i figured out how to climb them. i kept climbing them ALL weekend. it was so much fun and i enjoyed entertaing everyone. Everyone loved watching.  I also had a great time sniffing and heard everyone commenting on how i was such a “hound” well im glad they all noticed 🙂 when i wasnt sniffing the ground, playing with the friends, amusing everyone with my charm or jumping in the tree i starred at the tree. there was something good  IN that tree and i was determined to find it!!!

Monday morning during my final play session I couldnt leave the tree alone. i jumped in the tree and got comfy. i was totally fixed on the litte hole into the tree. it smelled SOOOOOO good. i watched that hole for a LONG time. i didnt move and my body was stiff. then suddenly i heard something moving in the tree, i wanted it SOOOOOO bad. mom and dad heard it too. im not sure what is was but it smelled good. we left soon after dad pulled me out of the tree.

I plan to go back to have tree climbing adventures again. maybe next time i will get something. i hope “uncle” mike is there when we get back. i really liked him, along with all the other humans and doggies i met.

 

Our Wonderful Vermont Weekend(2 Year Anniversary Trip)

May 26, 2008

We just returned from THE BEST WEEKEND!!!!!! for anyone with dogs i HIGHLY recommend taking a vacation or weekend trip to The Paw House Inn in Rutland, VT. www.pawhouseinn.com Well they are opening a 2nd location this summer in West Dover, VT.  Many places in VT are VERY dog friendly!!!!!

We arrived friday evening after a lovely ride up to VT. We stopped in Manchester, VT to visit the Orvis Store. Manchester is very dog friendly and many stores allow the dogs in. We were greeted at the Inn by Mike who gave us a quick tour. The Inn was very lovely. The first stop was the playhouse where each dog or family of dogs get their own kennel run to stay in while the humans explore VT. There are tv’s that play animal planet, a bin for each dog’s stuff, a bathtub, a sink, a fridge and other misc items. We brought some toys and nice comfy bed for bruno to use in the playhouse.  Our room was really nice. The bathroom had just been redone. We had a comfy bed with soft sheets and a down comforter. Bruno had his own custom made wooden dog bed with a soft bed and a down blanket as well.  Bruno was eager to explore so we went outside to the dog park/agility park where he met some new friends and discover “the tree”. We headed out for dinner. We ate at a great Italian restaurant right down the road. Bruno stayed in the playhouse and hung out with his friends. Everytime we would arrive back at the playhouse he would be very excited to see us but more excited to be let out of the run to go visit with all the other dogs or try to find dropped pieces of kibble or treats(typical bruno). The other guests of the Inn told us that bruno loved to jump up and down in the run…again very typical bruno.

We were woken up bright and early Saturday morning(5:50am to be exact) because the sun had come up and some doggies were outside playing.  Bruno couldnt WAIT to go out. he went outside for a quick walk, had breakfast and was forced to go back to bed! we then had a wonderful homemade breakfast. afterwards bruno played in the park with all the dogs visiting the Inn. He wrestled and played till he was exhausted. Then we got in the car and drove up to Burlington, VT. it was a nice ride on the mountain roads and thru small towns. We arrived in Burlington and walked around the shops. Burlington is another VERY dog friendly town where dogs can go into many stores and sit outside at the restaurants outdoor seating. It also sits right on Lake Champlain. We went for a walk along the water, had lunch and headed to the Ben and Jerry’s Factory. We got some ice cream and headed back to the inn. As bruno played in the dog park again, Dan and I sipped on a beer and realxed outside. It was a nice way to end the day.

On sunday after a wonderful homecooked breakfast and playtime in the park, we went for a hike and bruno got to play in the water a bit. Afterwards we dropped Bruno back at the Inn and arranged for some playtime with the innkeeper and another dog. We headed to the Long Trail Brewery. We actually ran into a few people I knew from growing up in Boston. On the way back we drove near Killington where the base of the ski mountain still had snow(it was 75 degrees out). We arrived back at the Inn to find Bruno happily awaiting our arrival. We had a note from the Innkeeper that Bruno had fun exploring the trails near the inn. another guest also told us bruno was out playing the park for about an hour.  Bruno WAS TIRED!!!! yet he found some more energy to have a couple more play sessions in the park that evening.

Monday we had yet another great breakfast. Bruno had his final play session the park. We packed up the car and said “farewell”.  On the way home we drove most of the way to the top of Okemo Mountain. We hiked short distance to get the the top. the view was beautiful! Then just before we got on the highway we stopped at the Vermont Country Store.

We had such a wonderful weekend. The weather was just perfect. The fresh Vermont air was nice. At times when we hiked you could smell the pine trees!!! so amazing! The scenery in VT is just breathtaking. Anywhere you drive, it’s beautiful. We will definatly be heading back(im glad it is close)

I think Bruno experienced a bit of doggie heaven. He had multiple play sessions each day in the fenced dog park. he played on the agility equipment and climbed the trees in the park. YES!!! climbed trees(Bruno will tell you all about it) we also went hiking and swimming. he got to explore lots of new smells(VT had some good ones) he met lots of new friends(humans and dogs) he loved everyone he met and greeted them all with tail wags. he got to hang out with us and take part in things we do. he also went on lots of car rides and got special treats. when we couldnt be with him, he hung out and played with other dogs and humans. Although Bruno would rally up to play, go for a car ride or a hike at any moment i think bruno will be spending the next few days sleeping!

Ben and Jerry's

 

 

 

Itch, Itch, Scratch, Scratch, Lick, Chew….

May 20, 2008

Bruno has a case of the “itches” he is uncomfortable and doesnt know where to scratch first. he gets scratching and chewing and falls over, then rolls around, then runs and starts over.  it started on his paws, he was licking and chewing. now it’s his whole body. i feel bad for him. we went to the Vet and he thinks it’s a seasonal allergy, but could be other things. we got some new fish oil, a shampoo to help with the itching and some benedryl. all are suppose to help…… cross your fingers!!! he is still itching now. oh wait…. he just brought me my pumice stone from the bathroom. sorry bruno that wont work, it takes away dead skin not itching.  

What a fun day…….

May 18, 2008

the weather has been crappy and bruno had SO much energy built up and was bored. however today things turned around, the weather was totally perfect. a friend asked me to watch her dog for the day. the dog, Bella a chocolate lab is one of bruno’s very good friends. i walked over and picked Bella up. She went into the house and found a great big stuffed toy right away. Her and bruno had fun playing with the toy. a few minutes later we headed out to go hiking. bella barked at the guy on a motorcyle behind us, it was cute and funny. we met up with a friend and his dog Guido. We went for a 2 hour hike. It was A LOT of fun. Bruno enjoyed sniffing all sorts of scents and Bella found every section of water possible, including puddles to walk thru(and drag me thru). Saying that Bella LOVES water would be an understatement.

during the hike bruno came across what i thought to be a wrapper, of course very typical bruno to find these things and try to eat it. I pull the “wrapper” out of his mouth and it was a little baggie of dog treats. the same bag of dog treats i lost two months ago when we hiked in the same place. How odd!!! I guess many people dont hike there…i like it better that way!!! At the end of the hike the dogs went for a swim. Bella totally loved it, a long with the other dogs.

we headed home. all of us were tired and muddy, well the dogs were just wet. bruno and bella continued to play and wrestle in the backyard. bella had a blast playing with the hose and then the sprinkler. she watched and helped dan out in the yard. She is truely a wonderful dog and is always there for you. i love having her around. her personality is different from bruno. he does his own thing most of the time, where Bella wants to do what you are doing.  

bruno and bella wrestled some more, played chase while the sprinklers kept them cool. i also discovered how to exercise bruno on those hot summer days when we can’t go swimming…. just turn on the sprinkler. the dogs dried off and came inside where they traded toys and finally crashed. it was dinner time for Bella so we took her home.

It was a really fun, but tiring day. Dan, myself and Bruno are really looking forward to being a two do household one day.

Where is my Ice Coffee????

May 16, 2008

weekend

May 13, 2008

yes, we took a trip to MA to see my family for the weekend. it was a great weekend. it’s always nice to see my family. my dad made really good ribs for dinner on friday. while dad and dan opened the pool at my dad’s house, bruno and i went to see my mom. we enjoyed the outdoors and took bruno for a walk. then we went to lunch. Later on i got to meet Miss Alexa. she is my friend’s beautiful daughter. She is a petite little princess.  She is loved and totally spoiled by her parents, aunt, uncle and grandparents. She is just tooo cute. However she kept crying when i held her. Maybe next time she will like me. Dan and I then went to a fabulous Italian restaurant for dinner. On Sunday we stopped to see my 96 year old grandmother.  She had recently had her nails painted. my dad told her my sister and i used to paint her nails when we were young, but each hand was a different color. she laughed with a reaction of “what was i thinking”

it was a great weekend.

weekend party!!!!

May 12, 2008
FROM BRUNO:
mom and dad took me on a fun filled weekend to see mom’s family. the drive up was SOOOOO long. there was SO much traffic. however mom and dad shared their snack with me. i LOVE car rides because mom and dad ALWAYS share their car ride snacks with me.
then we arrived!!!! I had such a party because i get away with everything at grandpa’s house.  i very SO excited about going there. all i wanna do it play. i love to run around the house playing. there are so many good smells and things to get into. there are also many fun places to hide.  everything not nailed down became my toys. i kept play bowing items around to house to see if they would play with me. the dressed and closet doors said no, but the pillows played with me. i got the zoomies many, many times. i ran up the stairs around the house then back up several times. i also zoomed outside.  however my favorite game to play is hide and zoom! i hide, then mom and dad come looking for me. when they turn their backs looking for me i run out from behind them and zoom to the next hiding spot.
 grandpa also opened the pool, it was WAY too cold to go in. but i have BIG plans for next time.
grandpa likes it when i “talk” so…..i made lots of noise especially when i wanted to come inside or when dad tethered me to the coffee table so i wouldnt be underfoot. i hate being small and underfoot, but while the kitchen is busy i have to stay out….and with my nose and hungry stomach, i have no self control to stay out on my own.
grandpa’s house has some of the BEST places to sunbath inside. i LOVE curling up on a cozy bed or blanket and sleeping in the sun. however sleeping was kept at a minimum this weekend. i didnt want to miss anything.
i also got to see grammy. mom, her and i took a walk at this great place with LOTS of smells. boy that was SO much fun. i got to chase some chipmunks too. My grammy loves me(and i love her) and i went totally crazy when i saw her. however she waits till i calm down to say hello. so not fun…. i love getting all crazy excited and saying hello.  
 

GIRLS! GIRLS! GIRLS!

May 8, 2008

FROM BRUNO:

They all WUVVVVVVV me!!!! Over the past couple of days I have had three girls over to play and i went to one girl’s house. I had a lot of fun with all of them. I am feeling more like myself and i LOVE it! i love to play, play, play with my friends especially the girls. We wrestle, play chase, and play tug.  I only play tug with friends that let me win, those are mom’s instructions. I like to win. I could play all day with my friends. Well I do get tired so a nap in between play sessions would be nice. Maybe one of these days mom will find a girl that could come to live with us. Mom says she will be my sister, not sure what a “sister is” but as long as she plays with me and does eat my food… it sounds good to me 🙂 but until then I have lots of friends to play with. Mom and Dad are always available to play too!!!!!!