Tag: Youkilis the Golden Retriver

It was a House on Wheels Festival!

Every time that mommy and daddy would come back from being inside the second fence, they would smell like some delicious food.  Like funnel cakes, French fries, crepes, pizza, ice cream and all kinds of other stuff.  But they never seemed to bring anything back for me!  What was that all about?  On the rainy day, they did bring some food back to the house on wheels, but they still didn’t share any with me.  They brought back Italian sandwiches with onions and I can’t have onions!  Why would they do such a thing?

Mommy and daddy really enjoyed themselves at the House on Wheels Festival.  Every time that they came back to our house on wheels, they’d talk about how much fun they had and all of the friends that they got to see.  Everyone that they saw at the House on Wheels Festival were people who volunteered with them on one of their A Year to Volunteer projects.

They got to see Phil and Shar every day except for on the rainy day.  I knew when they’d see Phil and Shar because I could smell that Domino character on them when they’d get back.

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Living My Best Life in Largo

Once the weekend came around, I was really in heaven!  There were so many people that came over to Cousin Carole’s house just to see me that I could hardly keep track of everyone.

It actually started on Thursday already when Tim came up to the house on wheels to see me.  I love Tim.  He’s always so happy.  Tim is a really good petter too.  Later Thursday evening, Cousin Carole’s neighbor, Ed came over to see me.  I must say that he was quite a good petter too.  He brought over some fudge, which smelled amazing, but I can’t have any.  No matter how much of a sad puppy dog face I put on, mommy and daddy won’t ever let me have any fudge.

Friday was like Grand Central Station at Cousin Carole’s house.  It started right away on Friday morning when Cousin Carole’s friends Brian and Lisa arrived.  Of course, they both fell in love with me right away.  Later on in the day, more friends showed up.  Lisa made some chicken for dinner, but I didn’t get any.  They all used the, “it’s too spicy for you” line on me, but it smelled so good.

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Louisiana to Largo, White Sand, Friends, and Family

Mommy and daddy were sad to leave their friends, but they were all also excited to be headed to Cousin Carole’s house in Largo.  I was really excited to get to Cousin Carole’s house too.  I get to go into her house and she has a fenced in backyard, so I can roam around her backyard and pee and poop wherever I want to when we visit her.

We stopped at a roadside produce stand on the way to Cousin Carole’s house and mommy bought all kinds of tasty fresh fruit.  I can’t wait to help mommy and daddy eat it!  I love fruit and mommy and daddy always share their fruit with me.  The nice lady at the produce stand gave us all samples of a yummy clementine.  It was delicious!

We also stopped at Aldi and Publix so that mommy could get food so that her and daddy wouldn’t starve while we were at Cousin Carole’s house.

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A New Year, a Time to Reflect, a Time to Look Forward

First, I’d like to reflect a little bit on 2021.

It started off in our new hometown of Melbourne, Florida at my Aunt Sally and Uncle Randy’s house.  It was a quiet celebration that had us sitting around the fire at the house.  Many of the neighbors made up for our quaint little celebration as the fireworks nearby started as the sun went down and didn’t stop until well after midnight.

Nine days into the year, we started our trek further south on our way to Key West.  We stopped on the way down to see friends and family along the way.  For the next several weeks, we zig zagged up and down and across the state of Florida.  Making sure to connect and spend time with more friends and family.

In early March, we made an unexpected trip to Pennsylvania due to a dear friend of ours passing away.  We Spent the next few months there.  We were able to celebrate Easter with our family and headed back to Florida on the Monday after Mother’s Day.

We again took our time and stopped to see new friends, surprise an old friend and meet another new friend for the first time in person.

We got back to Melbourne on May 17 and stayed in Florida long enough to celebrate milestone birthdays with three of my cousins before leaving to head back to Pennsylvania on June 12.  We took the long way to Pennsylvania, via the Florida panhandle to Buccaneer State Park in Mississippi to Selma and Montgomery, Alabama before getting to my sister-in-law’s house in Pennsylvania the Saturday before Father’s Day.

While in Pennsylvania, we stayed with family, reconnected with old friends again and scattered in a few stays in an amusement park and some other campgrounds.

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A Happy New Year, but with Some Sad Good-Byes

After Destin, we’ll make our way down to Largo and I can’t wait to get there!  I should see cousins Carole and Patty and our friends Tim and Ron.  We stayed at Ron’s house in Washington and now we’ll get to see him again in Florida, how neat is that?

After Largo, it’s back to Melbourne with Aunt Sally and Uncle Randy for a while.  I can’t wait to see them again.  I’m sure that I’ll get to see cousins Jenny, Bobby, and Andi as well as Uncle Tom in Melbourne too.  It’s going to be a lot of fun.  Me and mommy and daddy will get to walk at Wickham Park with Aunt Sally and her friends Alice and Pat.  I’ll have to get right back to work making all of the Wickham Park people smile again.

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Galveston, I Love Your Beach

Once we got down onto the beach, I didn’t waste any time getting into that water!  I was pulling daddy down to the water with me.  When that first wave crashed into me, I felt like I was in heaven.  That’s one of the best feelings in the world when that wave comes crashing in.  I was so happy in the water.  I was splashing around and smiling from ear to ear.  Then one time, I was watching daddy and turned sideways and a wave came in and knocked me over.  Daddy asked me if I was ok.  I was ok, but just a little embarrassed.  I learned my lesson though, never turn sideways when a wave is coming in.  You have to face those things head on.

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Arizona was long, New Mexico was Short, Neither had Grass

I did like Arizona though, it was really nice, but there was hardly any grass around that whole state.  I didn’t understand that at all.  I mean where was a pup supposed to pee and poop without any grass?  There was a lot of sand and rocks and pavement, but no grass.  It was so confusing, but I adapted.  I learned that if I had to pee or poop, I could just let it fly no matter where I was at.  In the sand, go potty, on the rocks, go potty, I even pooped right in the middle of the street a couple times.  Daddy would give me a dirty look when I did that, but you know what, I didn’t care.  I had to go and they had me a state that didn’t have any grass, so if I went poop in the middle of the street, that’s just where it was going to happen!  I told daddy that you can’t hold what you don’t have in your paw.

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Utah Sure was Salty and Red

We drove into Ogden, Utah and stayed at another Cracker Barrel.  I heard mommy talking to Aunt Cheryl on the phone the other day, and Aunt Cheryl told mommy that she should order a side order of bacon to go and bring it to me in the house on wheels the next time that we go to a Cracker Barrel.  So, I was really excited that we were at another Cracker Barrel!  That’s why I love Aunt Cheryl so much, she has great ideas!  Did you know that when we go to stay at Aunt Cheryl’s house that she always has a bag of bacon already cooked up just for me?  She keeps it in the refrigerator, so we just need to heat it up (or just eat it cold).  I don’t care either way.   It’s pretty awesome.  I mean she says that it’s for her and mommy and daddy too, but I know that she really does it just for me!  I’ll let mommy and daddy think that it’s for them too, but it will be me and Aunt Cheryl’s little secret that it’s really just for me.

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A Little Bend, then Back into Idaho

I thought that the first hike that Erin took us on was cool, but the one on Saturday was really awesome!  It was in the woods, no pavement at all and some pretty rocky terrain at times.  Of course, I nailed it.   That trail was nothing for me.  A little while after we started, Erin took my leash from daddy.  Daddy said, “He might not walk too good for you.”  But I like Erin, so I was a real good boy for her while she walked me.  I mean of course, I would go a little crazy when we passed other dogs on the trail, but that’s just me.  Sometimes mommy and daddy and Erin would try to trick me by distracting me when another dog came by, but most times I could see them and smell them.  They did trick me sometimes though.

When we got to the top of where we were hiking, we ate our lunch.  Erin is such a nice person that she packed Turkey sandwiches, and apples, and chips, and granola bars for lunch.  I had mommy and daddy and Erin trained pretty good because they all gave me the last bite of their turkey sandwich.  I even got some chips.  It truly was a wonderful day for me.

We hiked back and I took a nap in Erin’s Jeep on the way back to the campground.

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Well, Hello There, Pacific Ocean!

We had finally made it!  Me and mommy and daddy made our zig-zag trek across the country and we’re standing at the top of the hill at the end of Ron’s trail glaring at the Pacific Ocean.  This pup was completely in awe!  It was even bigger than what I had imagined and the waves were just crashing down one after another making a thunderous sound as they cascaded into the sandy beach.

All that I could think of is that I was one lucky puppy.

There were times on this journey out west that I was beginning to wonder if we’d ever get to see the Pacific Ocean.  Daddy just seemed to keep making more and more stops along the way.  Although, I must admit, every one of those stops was pretty amazing in their own right.

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Two States twice, One state Thrice

I liked the state park, my daddy and I went for a three-mile walk on the trail loop that was there and it was really pretty.  We went through fields and woods and walked right near the lake.  I wasn’t allowed to go swimming in that lake though because the algae count was too high.  I don’t know what that meant, but I know that my daddy doesn’t ever want me to get sick.

One time when we were at the state park, April and Justin came to our house on wheels and visited me!  I liked them both, other than the fact that they smelled like that Georgia chick.  Although, while they were in my house on wheels, I made sure that I rubbed up against them every chance that I got so that Georgia would smell me when they got back to her!  Two can play that game, girl!

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The Dakotas had some really Bad-Lands!

Fargo is where Yankees great, Roger Maris is from.  My daddy might be a Red Sox fan and he really hates the Yankees, but he respects great players, regardless of who they played for.  They had a neat memorial at the campground that we stayed at in Fargo to honor Roger Maris and my daddy thought that was very cool.

Before we got to Lindenwood Campground, which is where we stayed at in Fargo, we went into downtown Fargo to go to the Fargo Arts Festival.  It was neat, I was allowed to walk around with mommy and daddy.  I did pretty good until I started to see all of the other dogs and then I started barking and daddy said that I was embarrassing him again, so he took me back to the house on wheels and he and mommy finished walking around.  I thought to myself, “Sometimes daddy embarrasses me too, and he doesn’t get sent back to the house on wheels.”

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