123: Dirty dogs


A dog on vacation

Trixie took her first vacation since 2013 this past week. We stayed on St. Simons Island in Georgia. Fantastic place!


She made herself right at home in our cute little rental cottage.

SSI is known to be very dog-friendly and we did find that to be the case.

We met a bunch of other great people and dogs, both travelers and locals. We were having lunch one afternoon at Sandcastle Cafe when two women walked into the seating area and one of them said, “Is that Trixie?!” We had met this woman the day before on the beach. Turns out she had lost her black lab, Megan, a bit ago to cancer. Getting to see and pet Trixie was a source of comfort for her. Dogs are the eternal icebreaker, making people into friends that otherwise would not have glanced twice at each other.

We also met a young couple with their therapy dog, who was very young and still in training. Sorry that we did not get any of their names. Sweet couple and sweet pup!


Ate at numerous restaurants – hot dogs, burgers, chicken, fish. Our vacation motto is: if we are eating good, she is eating good!

On one occasion while we were walking around in the village, we heard someone call out as they were driving by, “Trixie!”. It’s funny when your dog has more friends than you do, lol! This was a couple we’d met one early morning on the beach, with their yellow lab named Tripp. They had helped Trix to get over her fear of the ocean. Trixie is fine going into ponds and even lakes, but has always been a bit afraid of the ocean. There is something about the water coming back in towards her and making a roaring sound that chases her out. Her new friends were so patient and encouraging with her and even gifted her with a blue bouncy ball. By the end of the trip, she was comfortable going in a short distance. Thank you, Kathy, Randy & Tripp! We do hope to see you again!!


Spent some time on the beach!

It was such a nice trip! So relaxing. Eric and I both agree that St. Simons is our favorite of all the beachy places we have been to together (Outer Banks, Cape Canaveral, Kiawah Island, Maryland’s Quiet Waters, even California). It was just so laid back and of course, dog-friendly! I will try to post some additional photos from our trip soon.

What is your favorite dog-friendly vacation spot?

Short walk after the eclipse

Hope all of you lovely people were able to view the solar eclipse today, if that is your cup of tea. We were not in the path of totality, so it did not get extremely dark here. Just kind of “twilighty”, seemed as if I had sunglasses on. Our place is surrounded by acres of woods and there is always lots of bird noise throughout the day. The sky change was enough to make the birds get quiet and the cicadas stop their drone. Once the sky was getting back to normal, Trix and I went for a walk.

For me the highlight of the walk was hearing the birds out again, was so strange when they went quiet in the middle of the day. For Trixie, I’m pretty sure it was finding a dead snake.

I was a kid in the 70s and the changing sky reminded me of some sky event that I must have seen, or maybe a science fiction movie, or even a filmstrip that we might have been shown in science class. Sounds really vague, I know, but it just took me back to my childhood in some way.

Tried to get some pictures of the sky as it was getting darker, but the camera did not really capture much of a lighting change. Did any of you get to experience the full eclipse? If you would like to share your experience, that would be fantastic!

Special delivery – goodies galore!

We recently signed Trixie up for BarkBox and she received her first package last week. Of course, we had to video the unboxing to capture her surprise and delight, lol. Unfortunately, I don’t think my WP plan allows video uploads, but here are some photos pulled from the video. Apologies for the poor resolution.


Is this for me?!?

We were very happy with the quality of the items in her box. There were 2 toys and 3 treats.


All my favorites!

We got the first BarkBox free by using a coupon code from one of my favorite podcasts, Astronomy Cast. Thanks Fraser and Pamela!


She can’t wait to dig in!

Hope you are having a wonderful summer (or winter)!

Goodbye sweet Holly

We said goodbye to one of Trixie’s housemates today – Holly. She was my baby for 18 years and thankfully was very healthy up until recently. Here she is in one of my favorite photos of her.


She was a funny little character and sometimes I think she should have been the “star of the show.”

I miss her so and it feels as if there is a hole in my heart now.

Rest in peace, girl.