Our night at the ballpark…

There is something that I am not sure I fully understand about myself that when I heard about bringing dogs to the baseball game I thought, “Dash would love that.”

Soon after hearing about Bark at the Park, I went online and bought tickets for the Rockies v Diamondbacks game.  And, after sending in Dash’s rabies certificate, I received the game tickets in the mail.  And, yep, one said right on it “Dog Ticket.”  Dash was now a ticket holder for a Major League Baseball game.

I never thought of taking Lilly.  She would not have fun at this kind of event.  Lilly likes smaller events where she receives lots of attention from me, and where there are no other dogs to sniff or distract her.  So Lilly stayed home.

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Here we are! (the water spots aren’t pee.. there was a water bowl at the gate)

Game day  arrived and off we went, Dash, me and our favorite college boy and his girlfriend.  And what a great time we all had!  All four of us were busy people and dog watching.  We saw golden retrievers, labs, little dogs in tutus, huge mastiffs and a few other doodles.  (How is that Dash gets really excited to see other doodles? Do they know they look alike?)

Unfortunately, there were a few dogs that made us wonder why their people brought them to such an event.  These were the dogs who snapped at other dogs or those who sat shaking and panting the entire time.  Seemed a bit wrong to have those pups there.

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Dash got pats and attention all night!

How was Dash?  Dash was in his element.  Lots to sniff, lots to watch, lots to eat.  Yep, he got his own hot dog, snagged some peanuts from me, enjoyed sharing a bottle of water with his boy.  He visited folks around us, he kissed the children who wanted to pet him and he barked when another pup came over and made the play pounce.

When we got home? He sniffed and talked with Lilly for a few moments, took a drink of water and then made his way to my room and THUD he was asleep.

Yep, it was a good night at the ballpark.  Oh, and yep, the Rockies won! 

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He never really watched the game…

Who’s the Boss Here?

I had to run some errands this morning and as I got ready the doodles spent the entire time whining and following me around the house. So I gave in and brought them with me.  It was a cloudy, cool morning so a good day for the doodles to hang out in the car.

After a stop at the eye doctor to pick up my contact lenses, I noticed we were parked right near a park.  I asked the doodles: want to go for a walk in the park?  Oh yes indeed!  The barking and tail wagging began.  We got to the park and it was clear … Dash was just where he wanted to be.  Lilly was equally pleased.  Sniffs, other dogs and yep, a romp up and down the playground equipment.

The playground equipment included these great stairs that led to the top of two slides.  So, like he has done through much of his life, Dash was thrilled to sniff every inch, to go underneath the equipment, to run up and down the stairs,  just to be there.

Lilly, however, had a different approach.  She went up the stairs, sniffed around and came down the stairs.  She did that once and never again.  It was clear that not even a thought went through her brain that she would do it again.

But I really wanted a photo of them sitting together at the top of the stairs.  So I begged her!  “Come on Lilly! Come on!”  I walked up the steps, I clapped my hands.  I coaxed, I cajoled.  Nope.  Not happening.  So the best I could get of the two of them was of Lilly leading the way down the steps.  Yep, I’m sure not the boss of her.

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Line Leader Lilly …

Dash, on the other hand, went up and down the stairs quite a few times.  Tail wagging the whole time.  And one time he even went down one of the slides.  His descent was great form!  Basically a hop, slide and then jump! And then he jumped up on me at the end.  His whole body was dancing.  Just made me laugh so loud!

I was so disappointed that I had missed it with my camera.  So, I began to ask him to do it again.   He looked at me like, sure!  He would bound up the steps,  take a look around the playground, take look at me and well, the video shows, I really ain’t the boss of him either!

 

 

School days, school days…

So, it’s the day after Labor Day which means all the children are back at school. Hooray!  Working at a school all these years, I have grown to love the opening of the school year.  New sounds, new faces, the campus is bustling with new excitement.

But for the doodles, for my sweet lovable doodles, school days mean that my schedule gets full.  Many days I leave before sunrise and many days I come home after sunset.  Our walks are restricted to weekends or mornings or evenings that I find I have time.

During this past summer I brought the doodles to work with me quite a few times.  What great days those were!  I brought them individually.  What a hoot.  Each one would hop in the car on his or her special day.  I swear they got to know the phrase “let’s go to work!”  And, each one was a very nice carpool mate!

At the office, Lilly proved to be quite the shy girl and even stood behind me when we walked around campus and visited other offices.  She wasn’t too interested in meeting everyone.  After a while she warmed up and had a few friends we always had to stop to say hello to when we arrived.  When she was in my office, she slept right under my desk.

Dash, not surprisingly, was my social guy.  He busted in the front door on his days.  Each person in his path needed to be greeted.  One day that he was with me I lost him twice!  I was working at my desk, looked around for him and realized he wasn’t with me.  One time he had gone down the hall to join a meeting in the board room and another time found his way to visit a colleague in her office.   Each time, he was greeted with pats and kisses.  His tail never stopped wagging.

But school days are here.  And doodle days are over.  I have to admit, I miss them!

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Doodles, could you pretend I have some rules? Sitting on the chairs? Really?