Introducing, Knox the Amphibian!

Well, if you only could have seen how terrified Knox once was of the water, you would not believe it.  After our busy weekend in St. Michael’s, we were home just long enough to do a few loads of laundry, put gas in the car, and restock the dog food supply… and off we were again.  This time to NY.  We had a wedding in the city so we decided to head upstate a few days early and spend time at The Lake, which is a place I’ve been going since I was a young kid.  This was Knox’s second visit.  And boy was he thrilled to be back!

His daily itinerary at Lake Muskoday was as follows:

Sunrise Yoga (here he is displaying his downward-facing dog)

Followed by some ‘sticking’ in the lake, his most favorite activity:

Here he is displaying his snorkeling skills, in search of sticks from the depths,

followed of course by shaking off that lake water (while still in the lake… I just don’t understand this).

Next some fetch, of course.  What’s a vacation without fetch?!

Next up, an afternoon siesta.  On the dock, of course.

And how about a siesta in the lounge chair too?  I mean it just screams comfy dog nap.

Afternoons including boating (sort of)…

and dock patrol

and concluded with watching where sticks come from!  (here he is trying to get a little too close).

And that was just the daytime activities!  Evening activities will be posted tomorrow.  After all, the Lake is probably one of Knox’s favorite places in the whole wide world.  To him, it’s worth 100 posts.  But we’ll keep it at two  ; )

Traveling Knox, missing Eve

Well I hope everyone is staying cool!  We are finally getting a bit of a break with the heat, but it was one brutal weekend.  We shipped Eve off to another foster family for the next 10 days, and Knox is missing her terribly!  However I hear she is doing wonderfully (great news!)

See, we have some weddings, out of town.  Luckily for us, we can take Knox both weekends, however since we are staying at friends/family’s homes, we can’t invade with two.  Which turns out not to be so bad.  So while Eve was enjoying the AC in Baltimore, we arrived in St. Michael’s (on the Eastern Shore of MD), to a cottage that belongs to a friend of our’s.  The inside temp rang in at 94 degrees!  Yes, NINETY FOUR DEGREES.  So, sans dog, we would have found a cafe and a cold beer, but what to do with the four-legged monster?  He would be crispy if we left him in there while the AC kicked on. 

We drove into town, found the cute little pet store called Flying Fred’s, and said we needed to find water, stat.  Where could we take our pup to swim?  Of course the lady working there was so helpful, and pointed us in the right direction.  (Is everyone in St. Michael’s this welcoming and helpful?  Yes).  We bought a floaty fetch toy for Knox and off we went.  (not before a free treat of course, compliments of Flying Fred!)

Clearly, after our visit to Down’s Park, this boy was ready for the water!  Yay we have a water dog!  Here he is exploring the small beach by the Oxford/Bellevue ferry.  Perfect for dog swimming!  It was so shallow, so Knox did a lot of wading/running and not so much swimming (which is how he prefers it anyway!)

Check out his new floaty toy! 

Here he is shaking off the bay water!  Which I learned is actually called Brackish water (a mix of salt water and fresh water).  Learn something new every day!

Anyway, more of Knox jump jump jumping!

After all this playing, Knox took quite a nap before his old buddy, Tyson arrived.  See Tyson’s humans were going to the same wedding as us!  So they got some play time in before settling in their crates.  And they were up early the next morning (very early) to get some more playing in. 

Tennis ball tug. Creative!

These city dogs loved running around in their very own private dog park (aka a fenced in back yard!)  Laps and laps galore!

Here’s an upclose picture of Tyson.  His tongue is giving Stevie Wonder (aka Tongue Slinger Extraordinaire) a run for her money!  Doesn’t he look great?  He’s doing so well in his new home.  We love happy endings!  And we love that Knox and Ty will be buddies forever.  : )

At the end of the weekend, these boys had to part ways, which of course was devastating… for the moment.  Until next time!

"Tyson, don't leave!"

Checkin’ out the Chesapeake

On a wonderful Saturday in the summer, what better a place to be then the beach?!  Now I do a lot of complaining about how far the ‘real’ beach is from Baltimore, but the bay is a perfect place for our two pitties to start getting their sea legs, and it’s only 20 minutes away (well the part that’s safe to swim in, anyway)! 

We visited Downs Park Dog Beach yesterday to see how these two city dogs faired in the water.  The results?  Eve went RIGHT IN!  So fearlessly I didn’t even whip my camera out fast enough…but oddly, that was it for her.  She didn’t enjoy it much, I guess… Or she was just way more interested in the other dogs on the sand (and there were a lot of them)!  She did a whole lot of this:

Knox on the other  hand has come a long way from his first water experience last summer, in which he flailed around like a drowning cat and attempted to climb a ladder to escape the evil water.   

Hesitant at first, all it took was a stick… and watching a few other dogs do it again and again, and surprisingly NOT being eaten by the evil water!

And my favorite picture of the day…

I just want to eat him up in this picture!  “I found the stick, ma, LOOK!!!”  I see ya buddy, I see ya.  UGH. love this guy.

So after the swimming, they did a lot of running around on the not so large beach, playing keep away with some other young pups.

And Eve was such a trooper, being on leash.  Here she is looking up to B.  What a cutie.

They were the perfect little pitties, and continued to spread love and demonstrate good manners.  What an excellent afternoon!  We can’t wait to go back…maybe not on a Saturday in the summer (it was crowded, and it is a small beach), but worth the experience. 

Next beach on our to-visit list: Quiet Waters in Annapolis…

Happy 4th of July!!!

Happy 4th of July!  What a good 4th it’s been.  Eve got to hang out with lots of our human friends last night when we had a BBQ…which equaled a lot of love and attention and ice cubes.

Eve got a lot of snuggling in as well!

 

 

 

 

Quite the lap dog is, this Evey.

They didn’t nap all day so eventually they crashed pretty hard.  They even let us sleep in till 8:30 (amazing considering a 4 year old was up way before that!)

This morning continued the fun for these two!  They were out back playing fetch with a fantabulous fetch-mate, bright and early!

 
 
After playing in the back, we were off to the American Visionary Art Museum for the Pet Parade!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
We met some interesting and adorable characters at the Parade!
 

An Oriole pug!

 

Evey making friends, as always!

Can you guess what Knox is sniffing????  He was  quite perplexed by this one…

A giant, patriotic Tortoise!

Giant pink poodle!

smells like pie!

Star-studded Golden-doodles!

HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY, AMERICA!