Evening Activities at the lake


I don’t know if you’ve ever been to sleep away camp.  It’s pretty awesome and the evening activities always were a gamble.  They could be super fun, like man hunt or scavenger hunt in the dark, or fairly boring, like a movie on a rainy night.  For Knox, the lake is always the man hunt!  However, he prefers ‘stick hunt’.  He was so surprised that all day long he was running right by an entire pile of sticks!  He just didn’t know it (due to the plethora of woodedness at the lake).

Well wouldn’t you know, the humans went to go play with fire (Knox believes that is strange, for the record, and has no idea why humans would play with anything that dangerous!) and Knox played with sticks.  Surprise. Surprise.

“Yea, that one looks good!  Give it here!  C’mon!  Throooow it!”

ooooooH that one's even better


Who says you can’t do downward dog at night?!  Tushes in the air!!!

 We also did a little cooking. See the horseflies, mosquitos and gnats have quite the crush on our boy.  C’mon I mean who doesn’t?!  But since lil pitties have such short hair, their bellies are completely exposed.  So while Knox is busy sticking, the skeeters were having a feast!  So I found this recipe for a homemade insect repellent for dogs.  I combined a few of the various ingredients, figuring the more ingredients, the more potent!  I just boiled down the rinds of citrus (we had plenty, thanks to all the G&T’s that are consumed at The Lake), then added in some catnip and a mint leaf and let it steep (like tea).  It made a delish smelling concoction that reminded me of citrus tea.  I let it cool and slathered it onto his back, neck, ears and belly. Now it may just be a placebo effect, but I do think it helped.  It definitely didn’t hurt!  I think it was more effective on the skeeters and gnats then the biting horse flies…plus it un-stinkified Knox from lake water before his evening bath (which seemed to soothe his itching as well- Oatmeal shampoo).  But hey, if your on a mountain and you have some citrus, mint and catnip (thanks to resident lake house cat), try it and let me know what you think!

And just because Knox said I had to, here’s a few more favorites from the lake on our last morning.

Are you gonna row this thing lady, or just take pictures all day?!

Are you gonna row this this lady, or just take pictures all day?!

Till next year, Muskoday!

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!"