My manservant’s day off

Pooches, when my manservant arose this morning he told me that he was taking the day off and wasn’t planning on an excursion today.  It seems he had a difficult few days this weekend and wanted to spend the day away from the heat of the outdoors and the busy nature of our normal activities and opt for lounging about in our library.  Starlight and I had no choice but to assent.  My manservant promised he would prepare an extra-special lunch for us to carry to the picnic bench at lunchtime.

True to his word my manservant hardly lifted a finger all morning.  He refused to go on his walk/run.  He read a bit in our library and made a quick visit to his market to acquire various components for tonight’s dinner.  As soon as he returned from his Monday morning yoga class my manservant headed to the kitchen.  After a short time we heard a dish go into the oven and my manservant announced that lunch would be ready in 40 minutes.  We waited patiently (except for Starlight who keep trying to get a peek in the oven at our extra-special lunch) until we heard the kitchen timer.

Lunch was plated and we proudly paraded out to our picnic bench to discover lunch was a steamy re-fried bean enchilada!  Woo hoo!  Pooches, we learned the hard way that you have to let an enchilada cool off a wee bit after taking it from the oven before taking your first bite!

We’re lounging about our den now preparing for afternoon naps.  I do believe my manservant is going to join us in that activity this afternoon!

Sunshine

Are you going to eat the whole enchilada?

Are you going to eat the whole enchilada?

May I have another bite, please?

May I have another bite, please?

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Silent Sunday too!

No Sunshine, they are NOT participation ribbons!

No Sunshine, they are NOT ‘participation’ ribbons!

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Silent Saturday

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Solitary excursion

Pooches, my manservant headed to his walk/run park as usual this morning and spent some time working on his outside chores after he returned before he had to travel to the nearby concrete jungle for yet another visit to his skin vet.  The timing of his vet visit conflicted with his Friday yoga class and he didn’t return to our den until yoga class was completed.

In a surprise turn of events, my womanservant appeared at our den in the middle of the day!  I learned that she and Starlight were spending the weekend in a distant village showing off Starlight’s rally trial skills.  My manservant and I bade farewell to them as they departed in the Hybridmobile II, wishing Starlight good luck.  After they were gone I looked at my manservant and he looked at me.  “Excursion?” I asked.  He didn’t need to reply because a loud clap of thunder roared.  We went in our den without delay.

For a while the weather kept the same cycle:  thunder, heavy downpour of rain, clearing and steamy, and then repeating the cycle again.  My manservant finally said he had to fetch medicine across town and suggested that I accompany him.  Pooches, our medicine retrieval business was quite complicated and took us nearly two hours.  When the errand had been completed we found ourselves near my spillway at my Rez and we took advantage of the momentary SUNSHINE to stop at one of my wee parks in the corner of my Rez.

We’re back at our den now awaiting the next round of rain, pooches.  See you on Silent Saturday.

Sunshine

It feels strange to be going on an excursion without Starlight.

It feels strange to be going on an excursion without Starlight.

You know I don't like these things!

You know I don’t like these things!

Was that thunder?

Was that thunder?

It looks like it is raining hard at our den.

It looks like it is raining hard at our den.

We're headed in the wrong direction. The blue sky is the other way.

We’re headed in the wrong direction. The blue sky is the other way.

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100th birthday party!!!

Pooches, today we celebrated the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary!  My manservant was up early and headed to his skin vet’s office for a visit (pooches, who has skin vets?) and, on his return, stopped by his walk/run park for a walk/run.

It was a busy morning for him working outside when he returned (in rather ill humour, I might add) before he showered and declared that excursion time was upon us.  We were all in a festive spirit because today we were celebrating the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service.  I owe a great deal to them because they take good care of all of my parks!

The Hybridmobile headed to my Trace after stopping to procure a French Dip for lunch.  We went all the way to my pine grove park, hoping for a cool breeze.  The cool breeze failed us but the French Dip certainly didn’t!  We dined in the boot of the Hybridmobile before taking an energetic stroll about my park.  The scents were plentiful as usual and we enjoyed bounding about while we were there.

It’s afternoon nap time now!  Happy Birthday, National Park Service!  You serve us well!

Sunshine

We get a special treat for lunch: French Dip!!

We get a special treat for lunch: a French Dip!!

It seems to be 'gator-free today, Sunshine.

It seems to be ‘gator-free today, Sunshine.

Hurry Starlight! There are all kinds of scents in this tall grass!

Hurry Starlight! There are all kinds of scents in this tall grass!

Tall grass provides a lot of scents but this is too high. I need to call the authorities and request they cut it but I'll wait until tomorrow when they have finished celebrating their 100th birthday.

Tall grass provides a lot of scents but this is too high. I need to call the authorities and request they cut it but I’ll wait until tomorrow when they have finished celebrating their 100th birthday.

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Wordless Wednesday

Pooches, if you’re on a browser that will show .mov files you can see Starlight practicing for her work this weekend.  Click on the arrow and you’ll see Starlight in slow motion working on her moves.

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Breakfast in the boot

Pooches, when my manservant returned from his early morning walk/run this morning he announced that, other than a late afternoon visit to our village’s farmers market, he was going to confine himself to our library today and any excursion we had planned had to happen immediately.  Starlight and I wasted no time in scampering out to the Hybridmobile.  The Hybridmobile glided gently down the lane toward my school park, stopping first at a business establishment in order to give my manservant the opportunity to purchase sausage and biscuits for our breakfast!  Woo hoo!

As we disembarked from the Hybridmobile when we arrived at my school park, my manservant suggested that we head out to my multi-use trail and take a wee bit longer of a stroll than we usually have on our excursions.  Starlight and I were both game and we energetically headed toward the trail.  We fairly sauntered down the trail except for frequent stops to investigate scents whenever one was detected!

It was quite the excursion, pooches.  An hour later we tiredly returned to the Hybridmobile and were pleased to remember that breakfast awaited us in the boot!  With tired legs and full bellies we will sleep soundly during naps today.

Sunshine

It is a pleasant morning for a stroll from my school park down my multi-use trail.

It is a pleasant morning for a stroll from my school park down my multi-use trail.

Starlight, mind that you don't walk in front of the incoming cyclist.

Starlight, mind that you don’t walk in front of the incoming cyclist.

Sushine!  Look at the deer down there!

Sunshine! Look at the deer down there!

Scent tracking is a vital part of our daily excursions.

Scent tracking is a vital part of our daily excursions.

We can't vote here, Starlight.  This is not our precinct.

We can’t vote here, Starlight. This is not our precinct.

I'll remind you that it is time to clean up the Hybridmobile's boot when we get back to our den.

I’ll remind you that it is time to clean up the Hybridmobile’s boot when we get back to our den.

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Squeezing in an excursion

Pooches, Starlight and I have been left to fend for ourselves for most of the day while my manservant busied himself with many tasks.  He did manage an early walk/run this morning and his late morning yoga class.  Otherwise he was preoccupied with this and that.

Lunch was captured in our icebox and we did have a grand time eating seafood gumbo at our picnic bench.  Afterwards, pooches, we accompanied my manservant as he ran this errand then that errand.  We were beginning to tire of the back seat of the Hybridmobile when it pulled up to my school park and we quickly hopped out for a robust excursion along the waterfront.  It felt good on the ol’ legs to stretch after being cooped up in the Hybridmobile all afternoon.

We’re back at our den now and my manservant has continued his ‘busy’ mode.  Starlight and I, on the other hand, have opted for our ‘nap’ mode!

Sunshine

Seafood gumbo makes an appearance at our picnic bench today!

Seafood gumbo makes an appearance at our picnic bench today!

Are you sure that thing is dead?

Are you sure that thing is dead?

It is time to break out into a run at my school park!

It is time to break out into a run at my school park!

I'm sure a quick swim would cool us off.

I’m sure a quick swim would cool us off.

It is time for serious scent tracking.

It is time for serious scent tracking.

We'll see you later Rez.

We’ll see you later Rez.

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Silent Saturday

A cucumber salad with dill is not exactly my idea of the 'Promised Land'.

A cucumber salad with dill is not exactly my idea of the ‘Promised Land’.

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Finally Friday again

Pooches, we’ve had a busy week around our pack and today is no different.  Errands had to be run, yoga class attended, the usual walk/run undertaken, and our picnic lunch not forsaken.  In the middle of all of that activity, an excursion was made to the far side of my Rez at my Saturday park!

In an effort to make amends for yesterday’s missed excursion, the Hybridmobile delivered us to my Saturday park where a long stroll was taken.  There were plenty of scents to be sniffed but we were a wee bit disappointed that we didn’t get a glimpse of the wee ‘gator who lives there.

Upon our return to our den my manservant headed out to yoga class.  He returned with a vegetarian pizza for a picnic at our picnic bench.  Said pizza was placed in the oven and heated before we paraded out to the picnic bench to enjoy pizza and pooch treats!

See you tomorrow on Silent Saturday, pooches.

Sunshine

Starlight, I always get sleepy riding in the Hybridmobile.

Starlight, I always get sleepy riding in the Hybridmobile.

I'm glad to see that the authorities are using the manicuring machine at my Saturday park.

I’m glad to see that the authorities are using the manicuring machine at my Saturday park.

Those wee humans at the playground are making quite a ruckus!

Those wee humans at the playground are making quite a ruckus!

I'm starting to hear the call of the picnic bench!

I’m starting to hear the call of the picnic bench!

My good ol' manservant didn't forget our pooch treats when he packed his vegetarian pizza.

My good ol’ manservant didn’t forget our pooch treats when he packed his vegetarian pizza.

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