Weekly Video/Photo

If you follow my blog regularly please skip down to the last paragraph…

The Weekly Video/Photo section highlights an Adventure, while I might also sneak in some that are humorous, adorable, or just other fun dog moments. If you have followed my blog from the beginning you know that I adopted Shadow as a puppy, and about a year later adopted Buster as a puppy.  We had many wonderful years together before experiencing the devastating loss of Buster at just seven.  It took a long time for our hearts to heal, but almost a year after his passing we welcomed little Wilma into our world.  We were devastated to loose Shadow on April 3, 2020.  These two precious boys boys will be furever in our hearts! We were recently thrilled to add another amazing rescue, Gus, to our home on June 28, 2021! This Weekly Video/Photo section will allow me to share photos from all four of my rescues, whether it be a precious memory, or a current moment.

Today’s photo is an adorable photograph of Wilma and her three siblings when they were puppies. It was taken in their foster home before they arrived to Massachusetts. She was lucky to be in a foster home with so much love, which is something you can tell by all the time and patience that I am sure it took to take this photograph. I love seeing how these siblings together and how they look quite different! Three precious pups, including my Wilma, here they are:

July 26, 2021 – A swim in the pool?

Today I decided would be the perfect day to see if Gus would be a fan of the dog pool. Wilma, Gus, and I enjoyed a two hour local walk in the morning before heading home. Wilma decided to lounge in the air conditioning for some time afterwards while Gus and I headed outside. I put minimal water in the pool to see how Gus would respond and as I expected he had no interest in entering, however appreciated his new water bowl (haha). Wilma has never enjoyed the pool either and is not a swimmer. I always thought she would be inspired by Shadows passion for the water but that did not happen. We will have to try swimming again another time…the adventure continues!

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July 22, 2021 – TurnPark – Massachusetts

Yesterday Wilma, Gus, and I adventured to TurnPark in West Stockbridge, Massachusetts. TurnPark is an open-air museum and sculpture park, which also has performances at the outdoor amphitheater. It highlights three main artists and is located on approximately sixteen acres of land.

We had a wildflower-filled adventure to TurnPark. I was excited to visit TurnPark as I have not been to a new sculpture park in some time. The admission was $10 to enter, and thankfully the dogs were allowed in the building to purchase tickets. We began our walk at the former marble quarry, huge boulders reflecting into the water below. There were sculptures throughout our walk. Although we received a map it was a little confusing, and we found several areas blocked off so just followed our eyes, and noses (haha) to make sure we did not miss any of these creative sculptures. There were lots of wildflowers on the grounds, sometimes framing the paths. These wildflowers were difficult to catch up camera however were quite lovely. We found few other visitors, and besides the nearby highway, it was quite peaceful. The sculptures ranged from objective to subjective, and varied in size and shape. Each sculpture had a label, and although I did not read all of them I particularly loved the one that I believe was titled “eyeball”, and one that appeared hammock-like in my mind. The Park was quite small, which surprised me , however definitely a unique location. It was starting to get warmer out on our visit so Wilma appreciated some lounging in the grass on this adventure. Gus does not often stop moving on our adventures, although occasionally will lounge with big sister Wilma, or to eat a tasty stick. So glad we could adventure to TurnPark today (This blog will not be rated).

July 22, 2021 – Stanley Park – Massachusetts

Yesterday Wilma, Gus, and I adventured to Stanley Park in Westfield, Massachusetts. Stanley Park is a non-profit, privately owned park, that is approximately 300 acres in size.  It includes:  gardens, trails, playing fields, and a duck pond.  The park was established in 1945 by philanthropist Frank Stanley Beveridge.

We had a fun adventure to Stanley Park. I had been to this Park five years ago with Shadow and Buster and was eager to visit again. Several gardens in the park are off limits to dogs but overall it is dog friendly. On our visit we walked around and enjoyed the many unique aspects of the park including: the covered bridge, Asian gardens, the “mill shop”, waterfall, ponds, the “meeting house” and bridges. The park was very quiet, although there was some construction going on in the garden. Wilma and Gus enjoyed some leash play, parallel stick chewing, and of course exploring their new environment. Wilma participated in some grassy rolls as Gus watched wagging his adorable little tail. Although the park was much smaller and less colorful then I remember I was very pleased to return. So glad we could visit Stanley Park (Rating: 4).

Throwback Adventure

I have decided to make some changes to my Throwback section. This is partly because I have had the blog for about three years and each week I have posted an Adventure from before I started the blog. This has become more challenging between finding old photographs, and identifying the location. Although I will still be adding some here and and there I thought I would also use the Throwback Adventure to share past Adventures I have posted. I have new followers, and of course not every follower has been able to view all blogs. This Throwback blog will also allow me an opportunity to share special memories of my boys, Shadow and Buster who have passed. They began my life of wonderful adventures with my rescues, and will be furever in our hearts!

Today’s Throwback Adventure is one Shadow, Buster, and I took in August 2016 to conservation land in Westford. I have been trying to figure out which trail this was from, and have never been able to identify it. However I do have it saved as Westford Conservation Land, so know that is the location. I remember enjoying this walk with Shadow, and Buster, and the unique scenery. Hopefully some day I might locate it again and will share more photographs. If you have not taken advantage of your local conservation land, make sure you check it out. There are endless trails, which are free to the public, and the perfect getaway from the world. So glad we were able to enjoy a walk on this day (Throwback blogs will not always be rated).

July 21, 2021 – Breakheart Reservation – Massachusetts

Today Gus and I Adventured to Breakheart Reservation in Saugus, Massachusetts. Breakheart Reservation is 640 acres of forest which includes many trails, hills, a dog park, and two lakes. It is popular for walking, running, biking, swimming, and fishing. Breakheart Reservation is free to visitors.

We had a peaceful Adventure to Breakheart Reservation. I decided to take Gus on his own Adventures today, while Wilma was relaxing at Grandma and Grandpa’s spa! I feel this is important for him to increase his independence as he is much more comfortable when Wilma is by his side. So today Gus and I explored Breakheart Reservation. We decided to take the Healthy Heart Trail, a two mile paved, loop trail. Throughout our walk we saw many side trails but decided to traverse the main trail today, partially because Gus is still getting used to her surroundings and I expected this loop be may more predictable. Along the way we passed several lakes, found many mushrooms, viewed endless boulders, and enjoyed a quiet walk through the forest. Gus was curious to explore any little stream of water he could find, chewing sticks, and practicing posing. There were many walking with their dogs, and we only saw one off leash, although the owner quickly leashed him when we came in sight. Gus is still working on being confident, but earlier in the day he met a new puppy friend, so he clearly is making progress. He is doing better when we see people, and on occasion will warm up to them. Breakheart Reservation was very unique and had many options for walking. So glad we could visit Breakheart Reservation today (Rating: 4).

Weekly Video/Photo

If you follow my blog regularly please skip down to the last paragraph…

The Weekly Video/Photo section highlights an Adventure, while I might also sneak in some that are humorous, adorable, or just other fun dog moments. If you have followed my blog from the beginning you know that I adopted Shadow as a puppy, and about a year later adopted Buster as a puppy.  We had many wonderful years together before experiencing the devastating loss of Buster at just seven.  It took a long time for our hearts to heal, but almost a year after his passing we welcomed little Wilma into our world.  We were devastated to loose Shadow on April 3, 2020.  These two precious boys boys will be furever in our hearts! We were recently thrilled to add another amazing rescue, Gus, to our home on June 28, 2021! This Weekly Video/Photo section will allow me to share photos from all four of my rescues, whether it be a precious memory, or a current moment.

Today’s photos is one from our first family cuddle. These little milestones are so precious for me, a crazy dog Mom, as I see Wilma and Gus continue to bond and become more and more comfortable with all parts of the day. They have just started playing more mutually, and it is just amazing, and hysterical to watch! I was not sure if I could find a match for my socially complex Wilma, but we have, it is the special Gus. This simple moment will be forever etched in my heart by this photo. I literally was working on this blog as we had this first family cuddle, here we are:

July 17, 2021 – Kimball Farm, Carlisle – Massachusetts

Today Wilma and I Adventured to Kimball Farm, Carlisle. Kimball Farm has fifty flavors of homemade ice cream and provide picnic tables for seating. Kimball Farm has four different locations between Massachusetts and New Hampshire. It is a family run business.

We had a tasty adventure to Kimball Farm in Carlisle. Today was a fun day, we had a two hour family walk in the morning, and both Gus and Wilma had their own private adventures. I cannot remember if we have been to this location before but decided to blog about it without checking. I was excited to get some ice cream, and take Wilma on this adventure. We arrived to find a busy location, but all windows open creating quick services. Wilma made some friends with some little ones quickly rolling over for some belly rubs. I ordered a coffee frappe and Wilma ordered her traditional dog ice cream (haha). Due to the quick influx of other dogs I decided to let Wilma appreciate her ice cream in the car, on her knew luxurious new car cover. She devoured it quickly and had no complaints. I was not overly impressed with my frappe, but was glad to have a refreshing treat. So glad we could adventure to Kimball Farm, Carlisle today (Rating: 3).

July 17, 2021 – Kayaking on the Nashua River – Massachusetts

Today Gus and I adventured on a kayaking trip to the Nashua River. We choose a boat launch on the Groton/Pepperell border, directly on route 119. The Nashua River is an almost 40 mile river that runs in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. It is a drinking source, and a popular location for fishing and boating.

We had a nice Adventure to the Nashua River. Today was a fun day, we had a two hour family walk in the morning, and both Gus and Wilma had their own private adventures. I was excited to take Gus on his second kayaking trip (although I did not formally blog about the first one). Unlike our first kayaking trip Gus continually moved around, and I was quite surprised that we did not tip – yikes! I am guessing he was just trying to get comfortable, but also he is so cuddly he was often trying to climb on me. However once comfortable he was very relaxed, putting his head on my legs, or on the side of the kayak. He watched boaters passing by, and several dogs, completely relaxed at these sights. We did not see too much wildlife, but did spot two large herons. We took time to go under the bridge and paddle on the opposite side, which was more scenic. Besides the road traffic above the bridge it was a very serene. Luckily I was able to help Gus get comfortable, and we did not go for a swim -haha. This adventure reminded me that Wilma is probably too big for my kayaks, and likely would not appreciate riding in the boat. Therefore for now I will likely leave the boating adventures to Gus. Quite the exciting water adventure today (This blog will not be rated).

July 15, 2021 – Seashore Trolley Museum – Maine

Yesterday Gus and I Adventured to the Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport, Maine. The Seashore Trolley Museum is the first, and also the largest electric railway museum in the world. It provides guests information on the role that transportation has played throughout history. The campus includes three buildings of trolley cars and other artifacts, a vintage trolley ride, and a store. The entire museum is dog friendly.

We had a unique Adventure to the Seashore Trolley Museum. I decided to take Gus on his own Adventures yesterday, while Wilma was relaxing at Grandma and Grandpa’s spa! I feel this is important for him to increase his independence as he is much more comfortable when Wilma is by his side. I was not sure what to expect but was excited to visit the Museum. We started walking around the outside of the museum before going in to purchase a ticket. We walked to all of the carhouses to see what we could find. Gus loved eating grass and anything he could find. He continued to be nervous with others around him but did well sitting, and became more comfortable over time. I was not sure that we would be able to ride the trolley, but thought I would try, and get off before it left if he seemed uneasy. I decided to start with him on my lap, which he loved, and was perfectly comfortable throughout the ride. We learned about the history of transportation and enjoyed the cool breeze coming in the windows. Near the end Gus got down on the floor, and took some time to cuddle next to me on the seat. I have always wanted to check out this vintage trolley ride so was thrilled that it was a success. Definitely an unusual and fun dog-friendly activity. So glad we could visit the Seashore Trolley Museum (Rating: 3).

More lounging at Grandma and Grandpa’s Spa!