If anyone is interested, I have this photo as a mouse pad in my store. Do you like this photo? Do you think I should make it into a greeting card? Let me know what you think as I want to know what my friends and fans like.
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BlogPaws was this past weekend in Tyson’s Corner, VA…it would be an understatement to say that I am quite disappointed in my mom’s behavior! This blog is my blog, all about me, Emma the GBGV and all the social media pages are mine too but what did mom do? She went to BlogPaws ALONE and left ME, the star of the show at home! What nerve…I was not happy about that at all, I had plans to meet my online friends in dog/person and to help mom learn more about this whole internet presence thing but NO, she went alone!
First she started packing. As you can see from the photo, her luggage is large enough to house an elephant, so I figured I would just hop in and she would never know. Wrong, busted, caught with my paws in the suitcase! She said there was no room because if I was in there she could only put in 10 lbs of her stuff because of weight regulations (limit is 50 lbs and I am almost 40) and she said she needed the space for all the stuff she would bring back for me. Sure mom, sounds like a real “factual story” to me, not!
On to plan B. I decided maybe if I pack up all my stuff in my bag then she would take me along since I was ready to go. NO, once again it all backfired. She simply thanked me for helping, asked me to add Katie’s stuff to my bag and they we would be ready to go to cousin Laura’s for the weekend. Really, I packed my own bag for nothing!
We ended up staying at cousin Laura’s house most of the time while mom was gone. We like cousin Laura and her mini-humans and we enjoy ourselves but I really wanted to go to BlogPaws and I know that deep down mom wanted me with her too. Of course, mom took our new laptop with her, so I was stuck with an old one, but it still works and I decided to try skyping with mom while she was away. I missed her even though I was kind of mad. I got it all set up, dug out the old headset thing and tried many times to get her, but do you think she answered? Once again, NO. I couldn’t believe it, she not only left me but did not even want to talk to me, says she was too busy.
When mom finally got back home on Sunday, I was really happy to see her and she did not lie to me after all, she had a ton of stuff for me that she got at BlogPaws. There was some talk about sharing with Katie and the kitties but I am not sure how that will work yet. She also told me about all the great stuff she learned and all the people and dogs that she met. Smelling through her clothes in the suitcase was really fascinating, she was around so many people and pets! I almost had a case of hound nose overload! Next year it will be in Las Vegas…will there be the story of Emma does Vegas or will mom leave me in the dust again? Stay tuned in May 2014 for the answer!
PS: Evidently mom traded cards with a ton of other great bloggers. She has given me the stack of cards to go through, but please be patient. I still have my full time job of handling the neighborhood watch as well as squirrel and wabbit patrol, so it may take some time for me to get to everyone’s blog! I put my own card on top of the stack so I wouldn’t unfairly advertise anyone in the photo. If you met my mom, I will be paw-padding by to sniff around your blog as soon as I can!
Today I am joining Gizmo and Finn for Park Day 2.0 Bingo! Yes, friends, me, Emma the GBGV howled out loud and clear, BINGO! There were 9 different bingo cards and I selected card 7 (7 is a lucky number you know). To play I had to take photos of me doing the tasks I X’ed out and blog about it. I completed my bingo card on our 2 hour morning adventure walk last Saturday. We took one of my favorite routes over the Bunny Trail (in a wooded area), through the Spirit development and then home through some other less important areas. For me walk area importance is completely based on the number of wabbits and squirrels I usually see. We call the one place the Bunny Trail because there are so many wabbits it is just almost too much! This time of year they are hopping all over the place and I am beside myself. There are lots of squirrels there too but the wabbits are so great! I have to apologize for the photo quality, but mom did not want to carry her good camera with us, so we just had the old point and shoot. Sometimes mom can be so lazy!
I am also joining in the FitDog Friday blog hop hosted by hosted by SlimDoggy, Peggy’s Pet Place and To Dog With Love as walking is great fitness and this Bingo was a result of my long walk with mom and my sister Katie. I was counting how many parks we were in or passed on our adventure and I ran out of paw pads on one paw and had to use a second paw…7 was the total (note, once again that very lucky number 7)!
Here it is, my precious BINGO card, and below are the photos to go along with the X’s.
Here I was at 6:30 am at the park down the street right around sunrise time. I do look a bit tired still, but mom likes to be up and at it early every day. I usually get up before her but just lounge in my window bed for an hour or two before going out. This morning I had to start paw padding down the road earlier than usual to try to catch the sunrise thing. As always, click on a photo for a larger version.
Next in line was to have fun in a park on a slide or swing. I’m simply too big for a swing, so I got up on the pretty red slide. Ready set…oops, I was supposed to go down the slide but I was sidetracked by a wonderful scent blowing by in the air. MMM…do I smell cows???
The middle X was a free space but I decided to get a park bench photo anyway. It feels good to rest your little behind for a moment on a long walk but these benches aren’t really designed for dog comfort.
The fourth task was to visit the nearest body of water. Well, here in Minnesota there is water everywhere, so I stopped at all the different water places on our route that morning. Katie also posed with me a couple times as I didn’t want her to feel left out of the game. She thinks I am crazy with my blog and social media stuff. She feels that I am way to ridiculous but then if I don’t include her now and then she gets all upset, so I let her pose in some non-humorous photos.
The last task was super simple Simon because mom and I had already pawed Gizmo’s facebook like button a while back so that was done
Seriously? I’m all wet and you want a photo?
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Katie, mom and I were hanging out in Uptown the other day. When we first moved to Minnesota, the first lake mom took us to was Lake Calhoun. We drove there to walk once a week for several months and we really liked it. We haven’t been back in like 4 years because the lake is in Uptown which means we have to drive through lots of city to get there and it is usually super crowded. Uptown is the “in” area, so I think I should be here all the time but mom is not big on being in the city, so we rarely go there. Mom had a showing just a few blocks from the lake, the weather was perfect, so she took us along.
Minnesota is the land of 10,000 lakes and there are actually more than that. We have water all over the place plus puddles to get all messy in! Lake Calhoun is one of three good sized lakes pretty much right in the city. On one side of Lake Calhoun is Lake Harriet and on the other side is Lake of the Isles, the three lakes are in a row so you can just cross a street and be at the next lake. We like lake Calhoun the best so we walked around that one. Some of you may know the Mary Tyler Moore show from waayyyy back in time, mom knows it, but she is super old. On the show Mary lived in a house about a block off of Lake of the Isles and there are often scenes of that lake in the show but of the three, that is our least favorite. It is neat to be on the water with parks all over the place and you can see the Minneapolis skyline.
Some of you may be shocked to see me as a GBGV water rescue dog! I bet you figured you would find a Newfoundland in a lifeguard boat and not me? Well, I figure if the boat fits, ride in it. I can swim with the best of them, I love water, so why not try to be a water rescue hound…think outside of the rescue boat…that is the trendy way to be.
Lake Calhoun is 3.1 miles around on the walking path. It was a super sunny day but it was only around 60 degrees, nevertheless, with a fur coat it was a bit warm. Mom took us out on one of the fishing piers for a short break. I was posing next to Katie and then I could smell something as she was panting…I wanted to get a better sniff…did she eat something nasty or did she forget to brush her teeth…geez, that is some smelly dog breath there, Katie! Yes, I admit it, I am the rotten little sister sometimes but Katie loves me! She was totally enjoying the walk, though…look at her photo, she looks like a 2 year old, not a girl that is almost 11!
There are several beaches around the lake. As we were about 2/3 of the way around and were getting really warm, mom finally caved in to our cute little faces and let us take the first swim of the year. Remember, we just had ice out a week ago, so it was icy cold water, but boy did it feel good. Even Katie waded in up to her tummy. She never goes farther than that but she was really enjoying the water. I was also swimming but I got in all the way up to me neck and then I climbed into another lifeguard boat. If you look closely you can see my wet fur.
It was a lot of fun! We had a good hour walk before breakfast and then this walk was about 1:15, so when we got home, Katie and I crashed. No worries, mom has 2 of all our beds but Katie often prefers to sleep on the floor, don’t think I am being a bed hog, she has one too but chose the floor!
Happy Mother’s Day to all pet moms and especially my mom!
Rule number one – no photos of humans on my blog or social media stuff, just me and animals because I like it that way. Wait, rules were meant to be broken and today is MOTHER’S DAY! I am going to break my rule this one time to show you Katie and I with most of our mom taken by Karin Newstrom Photography We love mom so much, she gives us everything we need and spoils us rotten! Lots of extra wet beard kisses and hugs for my mom today and Happy Mother’s Day to all pet moms!
On the weekend I got mail, yay! I won some bookmarks over at Peggy’s Pet Place and they arrived. Now this is really great because I don’t have to read my books all in one sitting anymore! Thank you, Peggy! Stop by and take a sniff around her site when you have a chance, she is very into pet health and fitness which we feel is so very important!
Spring has finally arrived here in Minnesota…we are celebrating a week with no snow today! I spent the first couple days of the week just hanging out in the yard, sniffing the grass, enjoying the warm sunshine on my fur and relaxing on my dog cot on the deck. Rain moved in late Wednesday, but we needed some of that so we don’t mind. The grass, plants and trees are starting to turn green as well.
My sister Katie has had an issue with dragging her back left foot for some time now but it has gotten worse and she actually wore the claws on the two middle toes down to the quick. We feared it was a neurological disorder but mom had Katie to the vet where they took x-rays and did lots of tests and determined it is just arthritis. They say she has the hips of a young dog which is wonderful but she has arthritis in her paws and some of her back leg joints, so she is trying some new pills to see if it improves and she may go to physical therapy if it does not get better. In the meantime, she is wearing a shoe on the paw that drags to hopefully help the claws grow back. She has one heavy duty shoe for longer walks and a Pawz shoe for shorter walks. She is totally embarrassed when people notice her shoe but mom can’t find any white dog shoes…I wonder why that is??? My friend Sugar gave us the tip to put some baby powder in the Pawz shoe and that has sure been great advice! Thanks Sugar! Sugar wears Pawz a lot and on all paws. Katie is turning 11 next month but she still loves walking and playing so mom does not want to leave her behind. She walks fine with a shoe on even on our 2 hour walks, so we will just keep walking.
Wednesday was my spa day…ugh…I so prefer being shaggy and smelly but mom likes me all fancied up. Since I am a new driver I am not allowed to have the radio on when I drive…upps…mom busted me with the tunes cranked, howling along to the music as I was leaving for my spa appointment! My friend Miss Harper Lee asked if I had a license…of course I do! I got it back in February!
Emily at the spa was so nice as always but it is still a stressful few hours for this pup. When I got home mom had to take an after pic and then I went in the house and just crashed! It does feel good to have lots of my coat stripped off but I could really do without that awful clean dog smell. Mom says I am so nice and soft so she snuggles even more than usual with me. I guess it is worth it going to the spa!
The last piece of news that I have is that the wabbits are out! I think they sensed spring too and they are hopping all over the place. I have been shagging them out from under the Pine Tree across the street every 2 days or so, that is so exciting! I just love wabbits. Squirrels are pawsome too but I can’t seem to catch them.
Today I am going to join in the Follow up Friday blog hop sponsored by Jodi at Heart Like A Dog and cohosted this week by Misty. This is the blog hop that lets you wrap up your week and leads you right into the weekend!