Other Tidbets, Fun, and News

I have decided to take a short break from our blog. As most of you are aware we had a terrifying emergency with Gus last weekend when his clip somehow opened on a “normal” walk. We spent over 15 terrifying hours searching for him and are beyond grateful that he returned – our miracle boy! He almost immediately was doing well, like nothing ever happened. However, I still am quite traumatized and am looking into double clip leashes and GPS systems before we head out again. We will then start with some of our local favorites to build up our confidence before returning to new adventures and blogs. We definitely will be back and look forward to returning to life as it was, but not time to recover and research. Thank you for those who are supporting us in our journey!

Weekly Video/Photo

If you follow my blog regularly please skip down to paragraph three….

Today’s photograph I will title “home sweet home”. We had an amazing road trip and vacation to Florida, and I already miss it. However we do love our house and Wilma and Gus had no problem getting comfy and relaxed. I love this sweet photograph of my amazing pair. Here they are:

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.

So today I had to share a photo from the first day I met Gus. You may have seen it in the collage I posted back when we adopted him last June. He was so sweet, cuddly, and just melted in our arms. After the terrifying day with him Sunday (see my last blog)…thankfully ending in a miracle… I felt this was the perfect photograph to share for my weekly section. So glad our precious pup is back in our arms. Here is sweet Gus.

March 25-March 28, 2022 – Weekend in Maine

This weekend me, My Mom, Wilma and Gus Adventured to Maine. We stayed at our favorite location in Camden, explored the beautiful town of Camden, and enjoyed a gorgeous day in Acadia. These are probably my two favorite places in Maine, coastal beauty! We had some other plans but little did we know we were in for an unexpected weekend…

I actually debated posting this blog, but I wanted to appreciate a community, provide others hope who have found themselves in a similar situation, and celebrate a miracle. On Sunday we had a day of sure terror but wanted to be clear before sharing that it ended with a miracle! On Sunday, while walking back from the gorgeous harbor of Camden the latch on Gus’ leash, somehow opened in the middle of a “normal” walk. I went to grab his collar and he took off. We spent the next 15 plus hours praying, spreading the word, and desperately searching! There were several spotting’s of Gus throughout the day sprinting from place to place, all over this town. On our desperate search we met endless kind people throughout the community, posted signs, and were supported by our amazing Inn Keepers! It was an absolute day of terror, devastation, and fear in the unknown, a horrid nightmare. We went back to the room on various occasions to see if Gus had arrived. My Dad came up from Massachusetts and we searched and searched. I cannot even describe the deep pain running through my sole.

It was after midnight we returned to the room, beyond devastated, but deciding that was best to attempt an early morning start. I decided to open the car door, put food in the car, and put worn clothes and food outside the door, hoping to attract our precious boy with familiar smells! Approximately fifteen minutes after going to the room, Wilma let out an unusual bark toward the door….I opened the door and our Gus was there! It was a dream come true, a miracle! Gus was soaked, had a few cuts, was exhausted but was absolutely ok! He dived into our arms and filled our hearts back up! The extreme emotions of the day will always bring tears to my eyes, deep, deep pain, moments of hope, to pure joy of a miracle! As you may know my dogs are my world, my everything, and what brings me pure joy! They make me laugh, smile, and always keep me moving as I face the challenges of life. I am not sure how I would have made it through this if it did not end in a miracle, and we are feeling beyond grateful.

I wanted to dedicate this blog to the AMAZING community of Camden. We probably spoke with 100s of people, who cared, shared, posted, searched, and told me he WOULD be found. As we drove and walked around, we continually were stopped by people who said they were searching with us, strangers to us but partners in hope! I rarely have felt part of a community, and to feel a part of a community I was visiting was beyond a special experience. I even have received calls and texts since we returned home, checking on Gus, and celebrating his return. I will never forget this kindness! We cannot thank our Innkeepers at the Towne Motel as well, a beautiful Motel, with owners who went over and beyond to take care of us and help in our desperation. Thank you to all in Camden. You are one in a kind!!

So here I will share some photographs from our weekend:

Weekly Video/Photo

If you follow my blog regularly please skip down to paragraph three….

Today’s photograph I will title “home sweet home”. We had an amazing road trip and vacation to Florida, and I already miss it. However we do love our house and Wilma and Gus had no problem getting comfy and relaxed. I love this sweet photograph of my amazing pair. Here they are:

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 photograph is one of sweet Buster, his lovely and unique color displayed with perfection! He definitely knew how to relax, indoors and outdoors! I sure do miss this special boy!

March 20, 2022 – Lynn Heritage State Park/Harbor Walk – Massachusetts

Today Wilma, Gus, and I Adventured to Lynn Heritage State Park and the Harbor Walk in Lynn, Massachusetts. Lynn Heritage State Park is an almost five acre waterfront park. It includes paved paths, a boardwalk along the Harbor, and connects to the nearby Harbor Walk. The visitor center is in the area, and celebrates the history of the city.

We had a simple Adventure to the Lynn Heritage State Park, and nearby Harbor Walk. We had just walked for two hours in Gloucester before heading over the check out this Park. The sun was out and the weather just right. We parked at the Harbor Walk and explored this area before heading over to Lynn Heritage State Park. I knew it was small but was surprised to find it even smaller than I imaged. The area was near a busy road, but we saw few other visitors. My favorite part of our visit was the cool lounge chairs along the Harbor Walk. Wilma loved some rolls, while Gus enjoyed every stick he could find. So glad we could check out the Lynn Heritage State Park and Harbor Walk today (this blog will not be rated).

March 11, 2022 – Gus’ First Puppuccino!

Yesterday Gus had his first Puppucinno from Starbucks. As some of you might know a Puppucinno is a cup of whip cream in a deluxe Starbucks cup. Wilma had her first one about one year ago, and of course had to join in the fun having her second. Due to my phone being dead from charge I took these treats home for them to enjoy. Gus was quite thrilled to enjoy this goodie, licking elegantly (haha). Wilma too enjoyed this special treat, licking tastefully (haha). I of course was quite entertained and enjoyed a Chai Creme Frappuccino myself. Fun to enjoy a special treat on this weekend of local walks. Yum!

February 27, 2022 – Washington DC

Last Saturday Wilma, Gus, and I Adventured to Washington DC. Washington DC is the Capital of the United States, and the federal district.

We had a spectacular adventure to Washington DC. I was so excited to stop in the Capital and explore. I was surprised that parking was easily located, and there were few visitors in site. We spent about three hours walking around. The buildings were grand and quite regal. I absolutely loved wandering, and photographing this lovely location. My only disappointment was the sheer distance of the White House. A sad reminder of the recent turns in our country.

Wilma and Gus loved walking, while Wilma especially enjoyed some rolls. So glad we could visit Washington DC, just wish we could have stayed longer (This blog will not be rated).

February 26, 2022 – Cape Fear River Trail – North Carolina

Saturday Wilma, Gus, and I Adventured to the Cape Fear River Trail in Fayetteville, North Carolina. The Cape Fear River Trail is an approximately ten-mile-long paved trail that parallels the Cape Fear River, in some locations. It is popular for biking, running, and walking.

We had a leg-stretching adventure to the Cape Fear River Trail. We parked at Clark Park and found endless visitors and limited parking. However we did find a parking spot and began our adventure. We easily found the River Trail, immediately next to the playground. We walked and walked, enjoying the fresh air. It was a little cloudy but there were no signs of inclement weather. Gus was especially enthused by the pinecones and the walking, always quite eager and energetic. Wilma enjoyed walking calmly. There were many others walking dogs, all on leash, and many others out for a walk, run, or bike ride. It was nice to see many children out exercising and playing in the great outdoors. We probably only spent about one hour on this trail before continuing our drive back to Massachusetts. So glad we could find Cape River Trail along the route (This blog will not be rated).

February 26, 2022 – Old Sheldon Church Ruins – South Carolina

Saturday Wilma, Gus, and I Adventured to the Old Sheldon Church Ruins in Yemassee, South Carolina. The Sheldon Church was built in the 1700s but later burnt down by the British during the Revolutionary War. It was later rebuilt in the 1800s but burnt down again. It is also known as Prince William’s Parish Church.

We had a spectacular visit to Old Sheldon Church Ruins. I easily found the site, and was immediately impressed by the huge height of the Ruins. The Ruins were located near the road, but we walked over and around several times. There were beautiful trees, and oaks, gravesites, and of course the impressive Ruins. It was a beautiful day and such a unique and lovely location to explore. Wilma and Gus seemed quite happy, enjoying some leash play-time, rolls, and stick chewing. It was a short visit, but definitely well worth the visit. So glad we could visit to the Old Sheldon Church Ruins (Rating: 4).