Leo Xavier Peepers is 13 years old TODAY!
Happy Hatchday, Leo.
Yesterday, I took my corgi and collie on a boat ride! The day was a special Argosy Cruise trip planned by CityDog Magazine, Dog Day on Elliot Bay. We three dogs, Brychwyn, Huxley and I, joined dozens of other dogs for a cruise on a boat from downtown Seattle to Tillicum Village and the Washington State Park on Blake Island in Puget Sound. We were served hot dog slices and bacon peanut butter biscuits on the boat plus a delicious brown rice, turkey, carrot and broccoli lunch on the island. The ladies from The Dining Dog Cafe, who served us all of that scrumptious food, are some of the best people I have ever met in my whole life and, while I prefer living with Bethany and Jason, my corgi and my collie would likely follow those chefs anywhere.
But enough about the food. We rode on a boat! The morning and early afternoon were overcast so we stayed cool as we waited patiently to board our boat, the Lady Mary. The boat ride was chilly and breezy. The sea air smelled divine, especially when mixed with the scent of hot dogs, bacon and peanut butter. I wanted to ride that "boat to the moon somehow" but, just as we had gotten our sea legs, the boat stopped! Grr. We got off on the island (which I will admit was pleasant) but it was not a boat.
While on Blake Island, we hiked gravel trails, grass fields and walked along the beach. Brychwyn found a lot of deer droppings and tried to have a few extra snacks. Huxley and I saved room for more sophisticated doggie goodies! All of the dogs and people from our boat were served lunch in Tillicum Village's totem garden outside of the large longhouse. Fortunately the sun didn't come out until late afternoon so it was cool enough to savor our meals and enjoy the totem garden. After lunch was the perfect time for some wading on the beach and a lot of rolling in the grass. Dogs aren't allowed on beaches at City of Seattle parks, so this was some special, close to home beach time. The island was lovely and we had a good adventures but, really, I just wanted back on the boat.
At long last, we got back on the boat! It was sunny and warm and we lazily cruised back to downtown Seattle. Please don't think just because I slept pretty much the entire boat ride back that I didn't totally love every second of it. I mean, I napped on a boat! It just doesn't get any better. Sadly, we eventually had to get off the boat again. My corgi, my collie and I rode the bus back home which was also a fun adventure but, c'mon, it wasn't a boat. Can you believe I rode a boat?
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Last Friday Brychwyn, my collie, Huxley, and I spent the afternoon with some friends we have all known our whole lives. These awesome young friends of ours have always enjoyed walking and running us, but last week something was different. They preferred riding on noisy wheeled boards. At first I didn't really like this change but once I learned a safe distance, running along side while our friends rode their longboards (holding my leash which was attached to my harness) it was some of the best fun a short, fit dog like me could have.
After our longboard run along, my corgi, collie and I also tried riding the longboards. At first we only wanted to put our front paws up on the boards (we have had a lot of "paws up" training.) Once I got all four paws on the board, I had to work a bit to get my balance. What a great core work-out! Longboards are wobbly so it is hard work to get balanced. Once I got my footing (or seating, as I chose) I practiced remaining on the board until I was released. After I got good at just hanging-out on the longboard, my friends slowly rolled it, just a short distance, then released me off. I kept jumping on for more time and longer distances. Finally I was able to chill on the longboard and just let the wind blow my ears. Super fit dog fun!
Always check with your veterinarian before beginning or changing your dogs exercise routine. Any wheeled sports with your dog involves patient, positive training so your dog has fun and stays safe.