The fog was lifting from the hills when
Mr. N and I met up out at 1000 acres–it was more like 10,000 puddles, but who’s counting? After all, this is Portland!
We did have fun exploring and getting muddyMr. N is a tiny bit more fastidious than I, but we both ended up with baths…
Oh, and I also had a mani-pedi. Check it out!
It was a very windy day out at 1000 acres as I sat waiting. And then… here he came–Mr. N of Tenacious Little Terrier!
What a cute little guy. I decided I had to be on my best behavior and show Mr. N how much fun this place can be. We went on a long hike through the woods and down the path, trying to stay out of the wind. I ran and Mr. N stayed right with me–he’s quite the little trooper and became my cheering squad when I got hot and had to hit the nearest mud puddle (of course, you say). Somewhere along the way, a wild rose branch got stuck in my furs–it was not fun with all those stickers on it, let me tell you. I worked on one end of the branch and Mr. N pulled on the other.
And, we did it–I’ll have Mr. N on my team any day!
I do have to confess that in my zeal to really awe Mr. N and his Mom with my excellent behavior, I found some extra special eau de stink to roll in. I did want to make a good impression, you know. I just don’t know why Mom kept saying “don’t get too close to Sage”. At least I was able to dab a bit around my neck–I understand that’s where eau de stink goes.
Well, all it got me was this:
Thanks for joining us Mr. N and his Mom! We hope to do it again.
I had my usual dip in a mud puddleWhen I heard a noise…
There’s another dog like me? And in MY mud puddle?Don’tcha think I’m such a good influence on others of my species? :D
Of course, you know what that means…
TO THE RIVER!!
Splish, splash, I was runnin’ in the riverThinking…I have a pretty good life!
Every time the stick went in
There was more splishin’ and a-splashin’And the mud magically disappears.
(I wonder if that other dog knows Mom’s trick?)
I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season–we sure did. I stayed home while Mom and Dad went to see the little Popstar
and a gorilla or two.
See the baby gorilla? She likes getting rides on Grandma’s back. The Popstar had to call me up and tell me all about it!
I missed them and was crazy happy when they walked in the door!! And I missed all of you and can’t wait to catch up with everyone.
While I didn’t get to ride on the back of a gorilla, I did cozy up to a big bird at Home Depot.
Me: Excuse me, Mr. Bird. Could you tell me where I could find sink aerators?Mr. Bird: Sure! Just go this way to Aisle 15 and they’ll be on your left.
I hope Mom has more home repair projects—I like seeing Mr. Bird. He was very helpful.
Mom took me to 1000 Acres a couple of days ago. Let me tell you, digging for mice and voles is dirty, hard work, but someone has to do it. A quick dip in a mud puddle didn’t even begin to get the dirt off!Um, I guess you know what that means…..Mom even got out the doggy shampoo. After a nice warm outdoor bath, I settled down for a loooooong winter’s nap with visions of mud puddles dancing through my head.
This morning, it was off to coffee with my buddy, Heidi. Heidi: Would you make mine a latte?
Me: I’ll take mine black. Oh. And would you please throw in a biscuit or two?
I hope your week has been as good as mine…see you soon!
Winter trudges along.
And so do I
(those are my words of wisdom for today, in case you were wondering :D ).
On a recent trip to 1000 Acres, we found lots of trees blown down from a previous windstorm. Me, being my usual dare-devil self, tried a bit of log walking.
Toby got up there with me.
Heidi thought she’d try too.
It was a bit hard, but we all cheered her on!
I found another log and scampered up.It’s very important to scout for mud puddles, you know, but all I saw was fog.
I kept telling myself: Never fear, mud is always around.
Especially this time of year.What???
Somehow, I, a working dog, find prey very interesting–especially these elusive field mice that are all over the place at 1000 Acres. Even with the wind blowing my tail feathers backwards, I’m able to get my snotter far into a tunnel. But, it’s very hard work so
Guess what?!?!?Mud is never far away this time of year and I cool down!! (Note the wind is still blowing really hard–it helps dry the mud on my furs)
And all that leads to what wind and mud equal
^Did you notice the faucet? I now get a warm hose off! Even in freezing weather.
Thanks, Mom. :)
Earlier in the week, we went to my favorite spot, 1000 acres. Construction was everywhere with trucks and more trucks working hard to
ruin access to part of the park reconstruct a stream for salmon migration. They did their best to keep us dogs safe with fences blocking the temporary road for all those big trucks and they even waved when they went by. Fortunately, most of the meadows were left unscathed so I ran and ran. But you know what that means–I get H..O..T. And it hadn’t rained in days and days, so how was I supposed to cool off? No mud-puddles, no ponds, no water ANYWHERE. Well, except for the two rivers surrounding the park, but that was for later.
I explored a huge mound of dirt and rocks the construction people made
and….I FOUND IT!
Well, Mom couldn’t believe it. How could I manage to find the only mud-puddle in the entire park?
I’m just talented that way….
So, off to the river we headed and…what did we find? All the trails were closed. WHAT??? Never fear–where there’s a will, there’s a way, at least that’s what they say. I certainly wasn’t going home like this, Mom said. So, we found our way to the river (around the construction) and voilà!
A while back little ol’ me won something–a Zututh Toothbrush
–from Bocci’s Beef. Thanks, guys!!
It’s one of these battery operated toothbrushes just for us dogs. So, I thought I’d take a look.It smelled OK and there were some good treats nearby. When I was through and had moved away, Mom turned it on. It made a funny noise and I took off for a hidey place. Mom said we have to work on it, which is what she’s doing. Me? The jury is still out. I do think it’s a wonderful product for us dogs and I’m going to really give it a try! We do have to have clean toofers, don’t we?
Awards are the best and I’ve received a few here lately. Thanks a bunch to the sweet Pippy Monster for the Supersweet Blogger and Versatile Blogger Awards! And to Kuruk and The Cat on my Head for the WordPress Family Award. And to The Wee Rabbit for the Shine On award. Wow! All these awards makes my head spin. Thank you all so much–it means a lot.
We’ve been busy with lots of summer stuff.
Pickles are made (for now), cranberry beans are fresh-frozen (great in pasta e fagioli) and tomatoes are ripening on the vine. We picked wild blackberries out at 1000 acres and Mom froze them for an up-coming galette. Did I help? No. I don’t like blackberries…I ate grass instead. Definitely more nutritious, I think. A lot of dogs do, though, and pick them off the vines themselves.
Then there was the painting of the spare bedroom that’s going to be Poppy’s room when she comes to visit. That’ll be in another week, so there will be lots to tell then!
I went to the river and a duck family swam by–can you see them out there? I think it’s good to share the river, don’t you?
Then I dug a hole.
Did you know there are definite benefits to hole-digging?
- It tones the muscles
- Relieves boredom
- Keeps me from digging at home (Mom says that’s a good one!)
- I might find ‘treasure’
- Expends some of my energy…
This is me later. Zonked on the couch.