Saturday, September 26, 2009


Today was Dogtoberfest at the Lucky Lab Brewery on Hawthorne. It was a benefit for DoveLewis. They blocked off the streets and had live bands. For a suggested $5 donation volunteers would wash your dog. There were lots and lots of dogs there of all shapes and sizes. Kendall was due for a bath so we headed on over. The weather was perfect. She's home now and all tired out.

Pictures to come.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Dog Cousins

We recently attended a family barbecue and took Kendall along with us. She got to meet her dog cousins, Skipper and Gus. That's Tiffany posing with the pups.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Kendall on Safari

Last Sunday we took Kendall to the World Forestry Center in Washington Park for Doggie Palooza. (More on that later.) One of the exhibits has you sit in a jeep while animals you may see on safari appear on a huge screen in front of you . We had fun with this one.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Squirrels Rule

We have a squirrel in our backyard that sasses Kendall all the time. He chatters at her from the top of the fence until she takes notice then runs away so she'll chase him. If she doesn't follow, he'll come back and get her and then run again. He even slows down mid run so she can catch up. Sometimes he runs down the side of the tree juuuuuusssst out of her reach, chatters, and runs away.

He often hangs out on the fence waiting for her to come outside.

The other day he was busy burying a nut in our backyard when Kendall went out. She gave chase then he turned and chased her. It surprised the heck out of Kendall. She let out a yelp and ran the other way.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Watch out for Cavaliers!

I found this sign in Leavenworth, WA during our road trip. It now adorns the window of our Chalet trailer.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Great Washington Road Trip - Part 4 Wenatchee to Port Townsend

The last part of our Great Washington Road Trip took us from Lake Wenatchee to Port Townsend, WA via the Edmonds-Kingston ferry.

This was the view around one bend as we went over Steven's Pass. I took this holding the camera out the window as we drove.

We timed it so that we only had a very short wait at the Edmond's end of the ferry.

Waiting for the ferry.

It was really windy once we got underway. Kendall was allowed out on the car deck.

She made a new friend on the ferry.

This was Wooden Boat Festival weekend in Port Townsend. The festival, itself, does not allow dogs. We walked around town on Thursday as the wooden boats arrived and preparations were made for the festival. This is a picture of one of the huge sailboats we saw.

Pygmy Boats specializes in wooden kayaks that you can buy as kits to build yourself.
Kendall on the dock.
This was taken on the steps of the Wooden Boat Foundation.
We stopped at the Port Townsend Brewery. They had a beautiful outside area that was fenced in. We didn't discover until AFTER we bought our drinks that no dogs were allowed in the beer garden. So much for a dog friendly town.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Map of the Great Washington Road Trip

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Great Washington Road Trip-Part 3-Leavenworth

As part of our Washington State Road trip, we stopped in Leavenworth, WA. It's an old timber town that reinvented itself as a Bavarian Village in the mountains when timber dried up. It's a cute town. There are a number of dog-friendly restaurants and businesses. The weather was beautiful after four days of rain on this trip. Here's Kendall in the town square.

A shot down the main street.

We had lunch at Munchen Haus, a little beer garden tucked in among the shops. It's pet and children friendly. Their brats are delicious and they must have 15 different types of mustards from which to choose.

I don't usually publish pictures of myself on Kendall's blog, but this one was too cute to pass by (Kendall, not me).

Here are some random pictures taken around town.

I also wanted to mention that there's a great pet store in downtown Leavenworth. It's called A Paw Above. They have lots of quality dog treats and food as well as everything else you need for your pet. It's worth a visit.

From here we traveled to Port Townsend, WA via the Edmonds-Kingston ferry. I'll post more pictures in the next couple of posts.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Great Washington Road Trip - Part 2

After leaving the rain in Randle, WA, we headed east over the Cascades in search of some sun. We headed up past Leavenworth to Lake Wenatchee State Park. The park is beautiful with really big loops. The lake was formed from a glacier. It's gorgeous there. Kendall had a lot of fun playing in the water. Wouldn't you know, it rained when we first got there but then the sun came out. A welcome sight!

This the first time we've been in bear country with the new trailer.

After playing in the water, Kendall was really cold. I'm glad I packed her fleece jacket. We definitely needed the heat at night.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Great Washington Road Trip - Part 1

In case you've been wondering where Kendall's been, she's been out on the Great Washington State Road Trip of 2009. We started with Labor Day weekend in Randle, WA. We camped at Cowlitz Falls Park, a Cowlitz County PUD park. The weather in the Pacific Northwest can be pretty hit or miss. This year it was a miss. It rained and rained and rained for four days. Friday and Saturday we got a little clearing in the late afternoon, but the rest of the time it poured.

We went there so that we could go to the swap meet in Packwood, WA. The entire town becomes one giant swap meet end to end. It's a lot of fun when it's not raining. We did get a glimpse of a rainbow at one point. Unfortunately, I didn't get any pictures of Kendall hanging out in the rain. She does not like to get wet and dirty.

Here's the one rainbow we saw all weekend.

The camp site was very woodsy. The forest there was beautiful. Luckily, they had great hot showers.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Wine Tasting at Sokol Blosser Winery

Last Sunday was a beautiful day in Oregon. We drove down to McMinnville to drop off things at our favorite resale shop, New to You, and decided to take Kendall along. A little bit of research told us that Sokol Blosser was dog friendly, and they were right on the way. The tasting room was crowded, but there weren't many people sitting out in their picnic area. I picked up a bottle of Meditrina and we sat outside.

I found the information on the internet regarding dog-friendly wineries in Oregon to be a bit spotty. I'm thinking of putting together a nice long (hopefully) list of wineries to visit with your favorite pup. Does anyone know of any others that welcome dogs on their grounds?

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Photo effects

Playing around with iPhoto.

The lavender at Sokol Blosser winery.