Thursday, August 30, 2007

Camper Dog

We just returned from a short RV-sail-tent-camping trip east up the Columbia River. Charlie went in the "Chuck" wagon, i.e. the RV, and we met up with others who traveled by sailboat and car.
Charlie and Jessie in the "Chuck"wagon.

Our first stop was in Cascade Locks, where locks once operated to enable Oregon Trail pioneers to bypass the rapids there. Charlie had a good time exploring everywhere -- around the locks, on Thunder Island, through the Marine Park... you name it and Charlie sniffed it.
Then on to Horsethief Lake, a little oasis of a park carved out of the eastern Washington desert along the Columbia River. Charlie's favorite part was the shady grassy lawns and wandering by the lake; mine was the petroglyphs. And we both appreciated not seeing any of the rattlesnakes we'd heard about.
Tracker dog

Charlie and the petroglyphs

The last, and the best, stop was at Maryhill State Park, where Charlie learned to his surprise that perhaps he is a water dog after all. He wasn't ready to actually swim yet, but he had a blast wading in up to his stomach.

--- Water video above ---

He had such a good time that he wanted to be outside all the time -- the only way I got him in a couple of times was my superior strength. And a couple of treats.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007


Huh? Milkshake? What's a milkshake?

Ice cream? I like ice cream!

Mmmmm... ice cream, milk, blackberries, a hint of vanilla...

Just a little bit farther...

Ahhhhhhh.... let's do it again!

Monday, August 20, 2007

More Charlie and Gabbie

Often Charlie defers to Gabbie and lets her have the Cuz, but this time he stuck it out...

Monday, August 13, 2007

Dog Tired

Gabbie came to spend the day yesterday. She and Charlie spent the whole day roughhousing ("Hey guys, who wants to go outside..." ):

and chewing on each other:

and playing Tug-of-war with everyone's favorite, the Cuz (thanks again, Big Charlie! ):
and looking for kitties (yes, they found Pouncer there, but left her alone after she meowed at them, discretion definitely being the better part of valor where Pouncer is concerned ):

They ate some treats from Gabbie's mom:

and they checked out the toy box:

and they hardly EVER rested!

until it was time for Gabbie to go home:
Today, however, is another story. Charlie is conked and hasn't even asked to play 'Chase Charlie' once. And Gabbie's mom says she's been crashed out all morning, too. I guess we finally found a way to wear these two out!

Friday, August 10, 2007

Happy Dog

Friday, August 03, 2007