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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

As promised...photos..lots of photos

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first the road trip and friends
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Then the party of the dogs
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and to that end....
many happy memories...:)

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Had the time of my life

This is the last entry...I should have done it yesterday but, I was still on the road. When I left Courtney's I headed up the coast, so glad I did too! Well worth the extra hours. I met Boo's twin although she is a lot bigger to be sure! LOL. Anyway by the time I found my camp spot I was so tired, well you can see that I posted the blog yesterday morning. I have spent the week getting up at 6 or 6:30 am that I thought to myself,"I am going to sleep in, long drive be damned!" I finally got packed up by 11:00 am and headed out. Now before I go on, let me tell you what happened. I was so tired the night before I just took the first camping spot I saw, which was right next to the bathrooms. Hence we had a lot of foot traffic by the campsite. However, I will have you know, with the exception of Raven (why even go there.*sigh*) they never barked. Just watched everyone. I kinda feel they were pretty much done in for as well. It has been a long week for them as well. Anyway as I was packing up there were three small boys that kept coming over and looking at the dogs. I knew they wanted to pet the dogs but were hesitant. Finally after showing them it was OK, these three took tentative steps towards Wheezer and Raven first. Suddenly one boy said,"OH those are Peebulls and they bite, I am not supposed to go near Peebulls" (Of course I knew he was saying Pitbull, but it was funny how he said it). Now mind you, he was looking at Raven and Wheezer, never mind the mass of white wiggling, dancing about, goofy fur behind him, who just wanted to lick them to death. I pointed to Raven and I said,"You think this is a Pitbull?" he nodded his head and started backing up. No no he said, she is a Peebull and will bite me! I had to suppress a laugh as the Mean black Peebull was looking at him as if to say,"kid you gots sum fud, I starbin" Then the other kid who was standing by Wheezer all of sudden squealed and backed up hurriedly. I looked over and there sits the other Peebull,with his little teefies hanging out. I asked this boy what was the matter and he(the boy) squealed,"He is baring his teeth at me! he is going to bite! Look there he is doing it again!" Wheezer then looked at me and yes, friends his mean teefies were bared, wiggling around. The nerve of Wheezy!!! I about swallowed my tongue as I was trying not too laugh! Those two mean Peebulls..I must have a talk with them! In the mean time Boo snapped her leash in half she was so excited to see kids and threw herself on her back wiggling around like a wild banshee, then righted herself and proceeded to lick the kids faces till they were wet and shiny. The boys never said she was a Peebull, only those two small ones! hehe..funny..ahhh I bet when they got back and told their parents, those parents were peeing their pants with fright! I hit the road and it was a long, long drive to be sure. Found two more ticks, one on Raven and one on Gus and although I have looked at all four can not find any more. I have a feeling I will find some... I tell you if any of you haven't been to Northern California by Mt. Shasta/Shasta city, sometime in your life you must go there. It is just beautiful. It is high altitude but oh my the mountain, the lake, the green. Takes your breath away. Then I hit Oregon about 9pm. Still light enough to see green. There are three things I missed. 1-Getting my gas pumped for me. (its the law, yeah!), 2. NO tax!!! 3. All this green and cool air. Not that California isn't green but just a different type. After 14 long hours I got home. About 3 miles from home, I asked Gus if he was ready to see Gammie and he went nuts as did the other three. (They love their gammie). I did have to wake my mother up however as I found another tick on a part of my back I could not see, so the little bugger was hanging out for two days. Ugh! This was a once in a life time trip. I loved it. Just think because of the love for our dogs we all became friends and now we have met some of our friends. This is only the beginning, its definitely not the end. Thank you my friends for following me and being a part of this trip with me. Please check back as I will post a link to photo album. There you can copy any you want.

This video was taken on Ventura beach.
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The pics are of us in ventura and the camping spot.(Beeware the Peebulls!)
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Monday, June 15, 2009

yesterday and today almost end of the road

Good morning! I was going to post yesterday but by the time I got to the campground or rather found the campground (another story to come) I was too tired and could not remember my password! Duh! Now I have a bit of coffee in me and almost packed up I can be a little coherent left Courtney yesterday morning, once again sad to be leaving a friend. She really does live in a beautiful place and no I won't mention her curtains! Haha Inside joke for Courtney! She has a huge,huge back yard.Lucky furkids to be sure. Upon my arrival there she was making the kids mint treaty's. Talk about personal service! Ha! My kids are no longer looking at me as the best..maybe fourth best after all the spoilers they encountered! Hehe They really were spoiled rotten by everyone. Ok I am getting off track here, so after I left Courtneys I headed West to 101. I was determined to drive up the California coast! It was a great decision as it is beautiful indeed! Our first stop was in Ventura California where at first I could not find a beach that let me bring the kids. I then finally found one. We had a wonderful walk and I let them chase the waves.I was initially just going to head up 101 but then I noticed highway 1 that goes into Big Sur. Can't pass that up. Took an extra 3 hours but let me tell you, "it was gorgeous!!!" Wow! The ocean was sooo blue! The road calls for your undivided attention though. One miss turn and off the cliff face you go. Me and my clunker drove slow to the irritation of various sports cars revving their engines behind us.Now at various times I had to let the dogs go potty but one in particular time I decided to let them run in this field of dry grass. At one point I "for a half a second" thought I wonder if there are ticks...then I thought nothing of it. As we were almost to our destination I happen to put my fingers to the back of my neck and I felt (AHH) something at which time I almost drove off the road.I knew deep inside it was not a scab or piece of debris. I plucked it off and there were squirming tiny legs. I screamed like a girl and threw it on the floorboards. It then dawned on me, "Oh great dummy it is still alive and going to crawl inside your pant leg and backup" Good Pug!!Then I felt the back of my neck again and ,yes, there was another one. Remember now I was driving in the middle lane in rush hour at 65 miles an hour! By this time I was making gurgling mewling noises and feeling a million crawly things everywhere. As I made my way off the main thoroughfare I started up a winding narrow forested road and all of a sudden felt that damn tick crawl across my face. That was it!! I pulled over jumped out of the truck and started the wild banshee dance, shaking my legs and slapping myself. I could just imagine a husband and wife walking off the hiking trail nearby upon seeing me..."Honey" wife says to husband "look is that woman on drugs""look! She is acting crazy!" OH don't look, don't look! Pretend you don't see her" as they hurriedly get in their car. Yes, I was that crazy! Ugh ugh ugh. I later found another one on my shirt. I did kill two of the little buggers with glee I might add. Even now I can feel crawling! I stopped in Boulder Creek for my last and final Dogster pal visits. It is a pal of Boo and Gus's in their Bully 101 group. Two very very large Bully dogs. Huge! Puts my two to shame. One is Moxie and she is white like Boo. Got pics and will post later sine I am typing this all on my trust BB. Once again I felt spoiled and grateful because Jen the furbullys mom made me fresh hot out of the oven chocolate chip banana muffins. Yummo and no I did not share. Ha! Now by the time I got back to my campground, what should have taken me 30 minutes took me me an hour and half because it was dark, my old eyes are getting bad for night vision and I forgot which road the campground was down. After many turn around, wrong directions from my GPS I finally found it! Ugh.. Its sad getting old, hahaha ahhhh.
Now I sit here this morning looking back on my trip thinking of the wonderful and gracious friends I have met. This really has been the trip of a life time. I have thank all those that met me and spoiled me and my children, without all of you there would be no trip.
Love yah all and God bless yeah!
I have a very long road home today (12 hours) so I will do one more post tomorrow morning, because tonight I will just want to get to bed.
Ta ta till then

"The tick lady"

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Stewart's Kitchen personal tour

I headed out today from Shirley's house.I had wonderful time with the Fun Loving Family.They are so generous,caring and I thank them very much for everything.
My furkids sure were reluctant to leave. Especially those eggs that their uncle Darren fed them.
I then headed up to Courtney's house. Not too far away.Its by Lancaster Ca.This place sure has some funky trees.Which I later found out were Joshua Trees. For never seeing these before,I have been in awe. The rock formations are pretty cool as well. One thing I found out really quick was the wind blows constantly here,plus its a cool wind, which helped the Pugs.
Courtney has a huge yard,so I have decided could be a great place to do the next meetup.hehe...Its huge!! We are here with Stewart,Dora and Woody. Stewy had to show everyone how to bark at the neighbors. Funny.
I have had nice time here. Courtney is a very nice hostess. I am feeling very spoiled. First from Shirley and now from Courtney. Even the kids are getting very spoiled.
Since I am not on a computer that I can't download all pictures, but am going to add a few here. I am two days worth of pictures behind.


I am headed over to Oxmard California tommorrow and then up 101...till then


Friday, June 12, 2009

Beach,pictures and such


Oh this was a great day, but also a sad day.
This morning the furkids and I went to Huntington Beach and met up with Shawna, Rhonda and Arhonda. We first ate at a cute little place called the Park Bench, where they have outdoor seating and you can be with your dogs! How cool is that? They even have a menu for the furkids. Yes, all the furkids got to order off the menu! Haha...His royal majesty was making sure his mom knew to feed him promptly. ;)
We then headed down to the dog beach there at Huntington Beach. It was an overcast day so it was fairly cool. When the Pugs got overheated I just picked them up and dumped them in the Ocean. I am sure Raven and Wheezer will tell anyone who wants to listen that I was really trying to drown them. Gus even followed me, but Boo stayed just outside the waves..hmmm guess she doesn't want to dirty her fur...yeah right.
Princess Marley and Lady Lexus got into their Pugkinis and were posing for the boys. Raven decided that she would run free and nakey as did Wheezer...fur shame!
Gus just chased his frisbee.
Then we headed back up where I said my goodbyes to my dear friends. Friends I have known for so many years but only from a computer. Rhonda, Shawna...thanks for meeting mem what a great time. I love your boys and girl. They are sure precious as is Miss Marley Princess. (There is a girl who was made for the runway). It was sad to see them drive away with the precious cargo, but I know soon enough we will meet again somewhere, somehow. The boys need to drink their pugweisers and do all the Tomfoolery stuff that boys do (Dogster pals will know what I am talking about here).
Someday...there will be a great get together somewhere in the middle of the US and it will be huge! Just wait and see. Once I set my mind to something...watch out! lol.
The FLF and Hop then got all their pics taken together and yes, my friends....Beatrix finally got her wish....Wheezy in her big pink purse. Baby and Nana Boo were surveying the PP room kids.






I am headed back up to Oregon tomorrow...truly sorry to have to leave such wonderful friends behind. My next stop is Courtneys house, Raven insisted we stop by her boyfriends house on more time!
Till tomorrow...goodnight

Thursday, June 11, 2009

The Dogster Friends Party!



Today was the day. We had a party to beat the band!!! I have known some of these women for almost four and half years on the Dogster site. What a thrill it has been to meet all of them. First thing this morning as I walked back into the house was hysterical laughter. I knew that laugh anywhere..It was none other than King Spiveys mom Rhonda! Haha...What a laugh she has, its so infectious. It was really great to finally meet her and the king himself. Large and in charge is our King Spivey. His sister Lady Lexus is such a cute girl. We counted it up later and there were nine moms and 24 dogs!!!! Can you believe we had that many dogs in this house! Crazy We had Marsh with Mista Chu, Shawna with Dewey, Arhonda with Marley and Ripley,Kathy with Lily and Piloux, Shirley with Johnny Thunder, Baby Ben, Beatrix, Cinnamon Bear, Honey Bear,Patti with Otto, Ratty and Lulu, Courtney with Stewart, Dora and Woody and of course me with Gus, Wheezer, Raven and Boo. Now that is a house full of dogs. We also had 11 Pugs but Mista Chu had to leave and Ripley wasn't around






Gus and Spivey's birthday's are coming up so we got a cake and sang Happy Birthday to them and then served them cake. (See Videos) Too funny, you don't mess with the King when he is eating his royal cake, no....


Then somehow Shirley got all of us posed and took pics of all of us. (Look up at slide show)That was major feat in itself. I am proud of all the four legged furkids. Then Courtney who runs www.fromstewartskitchen.com made "Pupcakes and bags of treats for the kids. Talk about an overload, then we wondered why they were all flying around like a bunch of frenzied monkeys. Just like the human kinds. Right now mine are totally crashed. Nothing could wake them. Shirley went all out with food for the humans. She made a lovely banquet. (see pictures) Then we had a baby Pug to make us all laugh. Ripley is 5 months and is a firecracker. Wheezer and Spivey had to compare beach bodies....Spivey won hands down. he...he..;) Boo fell in love with Courtney's girls. Especially when they added those yummy cupcakes. It literally was like Romper Room in here, but is fun and I loved every minute. Shirley Ann took the most awesome pictures today, but the file sizes are huge, so I will get them up but it is going to have to wait. (They are worth the wait) So with out further ado..here is two videos of Gus and Spiveys birthday cake eating spree
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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Hiking and Dog Parks

Hello all! WOOOO what a day! It was another long and awesome one. The downer is that I think I brought rain and drizzle down with me from Oregon. Good for the puggies but not so good for the mom, who wanted some sunshine. Here at Shirleys house she has an Orange tree,so I got fresh Oranges this afternoon. How cool is that for a woman who has always had to buy them from the store. We were introduced to the one and only Miss Susie, Diva of the FLF. (Yes, she is very much the diva!) look out world here comes Miss Susie. Cute as a button but not taking any doggys attitude let me tell you. She is so tiny, but a spit fire to be sure. Then I got to meet LuLu, Ratty and Otto. I seriously think Miss 5lb Lulu rules the roost there. She is another Diva and spit fire. WOOO what a little dolly! Want to put her in my pocket and take her home. Ratty is a ladies man to be sure. He lets you know it too. Otto is a prince, beautiful, big and very well behaved. Patti their mom is awesome. She took me hiking up in the mountains. It was great. Some may think its dry and boring, but I loved it. There was green and the trees there are a different species so it was cool. We let the kids play in the water. Check up above in the slide. Too funny!! Well except when mom had to go in the water to fetch the frisbee. Gus tried but he is not one of those diving birds, even though he thought he might be. The frisbee was wedged under the water pretty good. Then we hiked down. Thank you, Patti...wonderful, wonderful hike with you and Otto!!! I then drove out to a nice sized dog park and met the famous Dewster and his mom Shawna. He is a spit fire, but really..she thinks he is wired...yeah right. She got a good idea of how spazzy mine are. Dewey is calm compared to those four. Shawna, you have nothing to worry about. Wheezy is still the big dog on the block or so he thinks. Went after every single big dog he could and can that little boy run. Just ask Shawna. I also got to meet Dewey's friend Bubba. What a cutey. I think they were a bit overwhelmed by mine though. Who isn't? Great day, but the really big one is tomorrow...AAHHHHH Dogster pals abound!!!! Pawty Pawty Pawty!!!! Here is a video of the kids playing.
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Tuesday, June 9, 2009

The FlF House adventures

AHH I got Internet! Yeah...so don't forget to look up in the slide and see all the pics so far.
I met with Ena on Sunday and you will see a picture of her holding Boo and then a group picture of all of us. It really was a great day.
The next day was certainly a long one. I drove from Gilroy California too Pasadena area where the FLF (Fun Loving Family)lives. It was a long drive let me tell you and through some pretty flat land.
I arrived at Shirley's house and at first we were not sure how all the dogs would react but it went great!!! If you haven't met the famous Beatrix..you are definitely missing out..she is just too funny! Talk about giving you googley eyes, that girl has them. I posted a pic of her in the slide.
Wheezer did the usual Napoleon syndrome thing and started telling Baby he was bigger. Of course Baby got scared, which probably pleased tuff boy. LOL Boo has decided Shirley's daughter (Rosie) is her new friend and that "all" the toys are hers.
Yes, they are pretty spoiled to be sure. Shirleys husband fed my kids scrambly eggs for dinner! Hello..now they are his for life! haha..I said enjoy it while you can because mom doesn't do scrambly eggs or anyting for that matter at night. Spoiled is what they are.
I can not wait for Thursday as it is going to be a great pawty, so many dogs! haha.
Today we went to Knotts Berry farm. I now can say I have been there..No I did not ride any of the rides..that is just crazy..yes, you have to be young and crazy to ride those things. They did get me on the log ride and that was enough for me. Shirley Ann was the brave one and went on quite a few.
I also met Buster!!! Yes the other half of the famous Dewey clan and his mom Shawna..
See pics above. He is a cutey and his mom Shawna is great! OH I do love meeting all my Dogster pals.
Tomorrow I am hoping to go hiking with others and meet Shawna and Dewey at the park.

Until then have a good night!

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Awesome Day

Hello all! What a day! Got to Isabel Park a little later than I thought. I forgot the dogs needed potty breaks. Haha This park is huge! And its all dogs!! I met with a Dogster pal of mine,Ena, her BF John and two of her furkids, mamma and bubba(this is their nickname because their names are long, so I a$m going with the short versions). We walked and walked,it is the biggest dog park I have ever seen. Boo was being her usual goofy self and Gus was in 7th heaven with his Frisbee. Raven stopped every person to see if they had food..Arolling eyes* Wheezer was trying to be the big dog on campus as usual. It really was a great day! Thank you Ena!! Nice meeting you and your clan. Oh yes Boo rolled in everything so hence she is a little piggy again. *sigh*. I would post pics but I am up in the middle of no where without WiFi..Thank goodness for my BB hahahaha We then went and picked up Boo and Gus's collars from Lisa. She has www.collarmania.com I was going to get them shipped but since I was here in San Fran she let me just come over and get them. Nice of her huh? Now Boo is stlyin in her new bling bling. Gus's is for special occasions. Love Lisa's work. I am staying at Henry Coe park campground and let me tell you..if your looking for God's country,this it. I thought it was down by this lake but OH NO 11 miles up this twisting, turning, sharp curves 5 miles an hour mountain.Along the way I saw a fox sitting in the middle of the road, no chance of hitting him because your going so slow. He was beautiful. Then a male California Quail ran out in the middle of the road. Awesome. Saw deer too and still I kept driving. I almost turned around, started to remind me of Friday the 13th or something. I kept going and finally I got to it. I can see the whole valley from here! It is just that gorgeous. However..I am the only one here!! Yep just me, the kids, wind (yes lots of wind)and the view. For some reason I am not concerned about being up here alone.It is ..well can't explain but I feel pretty close to peacefulness. Got a nice fire going, the moon came up blood red orange and full. Tried to get a picture but I can never take night pics. I suck at it. Had a couple of smores and yes so did the porkies sans the chocolate. I just look at Raven because she keeps barking and her face is filthy. Good Pug!! Looks like she stuck her face in the ashes. Little turd. I head for FLF house tomorrow. For now I will sit and enjoy my fire,the full moon and the wind. Good night!
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Saturday, June 6, 2009

Finally made it to Ashland Oregon.

It took more than the five hours I thought it would. Got here about 8:30pm. The dogs are crazy...ever camp with four dogs. Try to set a tent up, blow up an air mattress, roll out sleeping bag and walk the dogs...yeah..whew what a job!
I decided on this campground because the owners have two pugs. I wanted to meet them but got here to late as they were closed and gone for the night..:(
Here is the campground site:
http://www.glenyanrvpark.com/index.html
It is nice, they have a creek in the background. I am not enjoying my fire though because I can't get wireless by the fire. I am here with my laptop on the hood of my truck..LOL. AHHHh addiction to the world wide web is a bad thing..hehe.
My dogs are in the truck because Raven and Wheezer were do their little ahhh ahhh screaming dance. Gus kept wandering off and Boo just wanted in the truck.
I have decided to let the slideshow be the pictures so if you look up you will see todays pics...
OK its fire and smores time!!!! Until tomorrow!!!!
San Francisco here we come!!!!

we are off!!

Just gased up and we are headed down to ashland oregon!!
Supposed to rain tonight. Bahh
Kids are not really liking the passenger seat out!! Lol

Friday, June 5, 2009

I am trying ti figure out to blog from my Blackberry. This is a test, since I may not have wireless service everywhere.
Besides I am a "in the moment" person so want to post whenever

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Always make sure your furkids are comfy

Just a few more days and we are on the road!
I took the passenger bucket seat out today, as I think it will more comfortable for the kids, especially Gus. Poor guy gets stomped on when he is in the back half. Which is a little space. This way he will have more room.
I kind of like the room and since I am a petsitter/dog walker, one thing that has always bothered me is how would I get a big dog in my truck if it got injured? I am thinking about maybe just keeping it that way. A nice sized crate could fit in there if I had an emergency. Besides no one really likes riding in my truck, so having a missing seat isn't a big deal... I will have to think on this.
Anyway, I first put down plastic bags, to keep the short hairs from burying themselves in the carpet, then I put down a throw rug I had, then put down a few dog beds and then covered that up with a dog blanket..now that should be comfy.
I am curious if Boo, Raven and Wheezer will freak since they will not be able to see out the windows. They are too short..haha. Oh and another plus is the air conditioner now will be able to circulate cool air a lot better,since the bucket seat was preventing it from reaching that back half.
I tested it out tonight (not that I was planning on it or anything)with Mr. Magoo. He has some sort of nasty rash on his underbelly and armpits (are they called this?) ..legpits..whatever. He seemed to enjoy the fact there was more room, but then he decided the arm rest was a better place to hang out on..go figure.
Magoo is fine, he just has some kind of allergy to something..God only knows what, because that boy gets into everything.Worse than his sister. I just wanted to make sure nothing was contagious. Which it wasn't.
Then I blew up my air mattress to make sure all was fine. When you have dogs and air mattress, sometimes the mattress loses. This one seems to have no air leaks. Thank goodness as my old back could not take the hard ground. Everything is packed, except the kids and my food. It just seems like I have a lot of stuff, but then I like to be ready for anything.
I always carry hose clamps in my glove box and I was teased about this years ago by a friend who then read an article that had a list of emergency things to have on hand and guess what??? Hose clamps was one of them...ha...ha...I have flares, tow rope, battery cables, first aid kit for humans, first aid kit for dogs, shovel, flashlight, one of those shiny metal looking blankets, two water containers, tools, hammer, a nasty looking and very sharp knife (for the boogieman) LOL, a flint and stone (like in the caveman days..you never know), TP (can't have enough)and books on tape oh yes and coffee! That is just a little of what I am bringing...but a few of the most important.
Here are some pictures of the truck as it is now. Magoo posed for this one too :)

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