A Charlie Thanksgiving

I know I say this about every holiday, but this time I’m serious- Thanksgiving is my favoritest day all year.

In the morning, I slept.

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But the house started smelling FULL of yummy things, I just couldn’t contain my excitement.

I waited for our guests to arrive by sitting on the front lawn for a long while. I love it when I don’t need a leash.

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My dog cousin, Eddie came…but sorry no pictures of him. He’s a cute schnauzer terrier mix….and we got along well.

And when everyone was watching football and eating appetizers in the living room hanging out, I hung out near the set table waiting- just waiting- for dinner to be ready.

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Finally the food was ready…it was beautiful.

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I stood by Mommy’s chair until she snuck me some turkey

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Oh boy was it good!!!

After dinner, we went for a few more walks and I hung out in the kitchen so I could just soak up all the lingering food smells.

Finally, I got tired and fell fast asleep on my new toy Froggy.

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And let’s see….other weekend adventures included a hike with good smells and some jack rabbit chasing

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Five days straight in the City was fab…I was pretty upset when mom dropped me back off in the suburbs this morning.

At least there’s plenty of fall leaves to play in…

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Hope YOU had a good holiday!

-what’d you eat? Any dog cousins come to play at your holiday?

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My Duathalon

I did a duathalon this weekend!  Well sort of…a duathalon is really when you run and bike….but I swam and ran, so I’m still calling it a duathalon….

But let me back up a moment.  On Saturday night, we went to the beach just around sunset time.  As you already know, I really love the beach.  We played and ran as the sun was setting.

And then we went over to a beach bonfire party.  Jared shared a little bit of tortilla chips with me.  It was scrumptuous.

It got a bit cold and I started shivering because I had swam in the water earlier that day, so we left after a little while and went back to the warm house.

It was a good choice because we got up early the next morning for a big Duathalon!  Jared is training for an Ironman- that’s when you swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles, and then run a whole marathon.  Every weekend, he leaves for training and comes home smelling like the park and outdoors fun stuff.  I always want to go with him, but am never allowed. Until today!

Mommy and I went with Jared to the park for his training- he had swimming and running on the schedule for today! I love both swimming and running, so I was excited.

First, I just hung around the lake with Mom and Jared.  It smelled great!

Then, when I was busy sniffing, Jared and his teammates got into the water and disappeared! I was a little worried.  I like it best when we stay together.  We’re a pack, afterall.

Mommy wanted to go walk around on some hiking trails while they swam, but I didn’t want to.  I kept my eyes glued on the lake the whole time.

After a while, she let me just stand watch by the lake.

FINALLY, finally, I saw Jared start emerging from the water.  He was still far away, but I sprinted into the water and swam far out to go get him.

We swam back together.

Whew, I was so glad he was back on land!  And that swim gave me so much energy!

I ran around in circles to dry off a bit while they towled off.

I was just so happy to be with Jared, I stuck by him like glue for the rest of the day.

He changed into his run clothes and I walked with them to the running trails.

Mommy assumed I would just walk with her while they ran, but no way Jose! I was going to do whatever they did. I wanted to be one of the guys.

They started running.  And so I followed!

We ran all along the trails.

And kept on running.

Pretty fast, if I do say so myself.

Miles 2, 3, and 4 passed by quickly.  I passed mom about every mile and she offered to hang out with me so I could rest, but I didn’t want to stop! Even though I have short little legs, I can run fast and far.

Sometimes we raced…..

I’m winning!

Mile 5 passed too before I knew it.

okay, they caught up

And before you’d know it, I ran 6.2 miles!!

Mommy and Jared were so proud of me! I usually sleep most of the day, so they didn’t realize I could run so fast or so far, but I can.  And you know what?  I really liked it.  I’m thinking about training for a marathon……

After that, we went out for pizza.

Delicious!

And then I came home and napped, of course.  My duathalon made me a little bit sleepy!

ZZZZZZZzzzzzzzz

Mom gave me a bath because I smelled like fish from the lake- gross.  We ate steak (I love Sundays!) and then played ball for a while.  Before I knew it, the day was over, Monday begun, and it’s back to the workweek in the ‘burbs.

Another active weekend! I just can’t wait for the next one.

Until next time xoxox

Love,
Charlie

— Are you a runner?
— Do you like to swim too?
— How close are you to the beach?

 

 

I Just Wanted a Burger

Have I mentioned that I have a great sense of direction?  Well, I do.  It especially comes in handy when I’m craving some sort of food. And Saturday, I wanted a burger.

btw– Mommy wants to tell you about this post that she didn’t know if was going to be such a blog-able walk, so she didn’t take very good photos- sorry.

On Saturday, Mommy and I left for our usual morning walk.  I like to sniff around the neighborhood and Mommy likes to go to the park, so we did both and wandered around for an hour and half or so.

this is an old photo of me at our park, in case you were wondering

We started to leave the park (it’s about 5 blocks from our house) and go down the usual streets back home, but I got a great idea! 

I knew exactly where we should go next.   The hard part though?  I don’t speak english, so I just had to tell Mom my usual way.

I sat down. 

Nope, I’m not going this way, I told Mommy. Let’s go this way.

And I kept sitting, resisting the tugs of my lease, until she started walking the right way.

That’s how I tell her.

 

It takes her a while but she understands finally. Sometimes on Saturdays (because that’s our “spend time together” day she lets me choose which side of the street we walk on during our walks).  I love it when she lets me lead.

So now that she’s listening, I start heading in the new direction.  I have only one thing in my mind– A BURGER.

I walk fast, pulling Mommy, not stopping to smell even once.

She tries several times to make me go a different way (aka, back towards home), but nope, I knew where I wanted to go.

We walk and walk.

It wasn’t even a nice area…it actually wasn’t very nice at all, but it’s where I wanted to go.  I don’t think I’ve ever led her with such determination before.

We keep walking for AT LEAST a mile with me leading (and i had never even been in these neighborhoods, but didn’t matter, I have a good sense of direction) until I turn right on Octavia Street………

then the first left onto Hayes…………

until we’re smack in the middle of Hayes Valley.

I’m thrilled because I know we’re close. 

I start walking even faster and faster because we’re almost there!  And then I see it!

Flippers Burgers!

I BOLT as fast as I can– with as much force as I can muster– into their patio.  This is the same restaurant where Mommy, Jared, and I went that day about a month ago on the fun festival day….

Now Mommy knows that I just thought it was the most fun day ever!

you can see how hard i’m pulling from this photo

So I try to walk all the way in to the restaurant.  “Let’s sit down and order a burger, Mom!”

She’s just laughing hysterically at me, “So THIS is where you wanted to go Charlie?” she says.

And so I start getting mad and I want her to stop pulling at my leash to leave, so I lay down in that patio–

No mom, I am NOT leaving.”

Oy.

She says, “Sorry Charlie, no burgers for us right now” and picks me up so we can sit on a little bench.

I’m so disappointed!  I wanted a burger!

I think I can compromise at least a little bit, so I lead us over to the little square/park where the festival was (she lets me keep leading for a few more minutes because she knows how disappointed I was) and I insist we walk over to the meat truck. Maybe she’ll get me something here?  But it was only 9am so it was closed.

This is us near the meat truck. Mom’s telling me why we can’t go while she takes this photo. My tail drooped and I am so sad.

I have one last idea, this one is just from my nose but a block away is a deli with a brisket special.  We start walking out of the area, but it’s past the deli, luckily.

I try to have Mommy take me in there.  No luck either 😦

Can we go in here, please please please Mom?

Mommy says those last 2 spots weren’t as funny because I could probably smell them, but she doesn’t know “how in the world I knew how to walk to Flippers when it was over a mile away”…..(or how I remembered it so well)

But I knew how—

Mom, I just wanted a burger!  Oh and I have that great sense of direction, you know.”

I was so tired that I passed out into a deeeeeeeep sleep on top of my leash for a few hours when we got back home.

Anyway, Sunday night things got a little better.

Mommy and Jared barbecued and they made me my very own burger, ’cause they knew I was craving it so much.

I may not have gotten my way and ordered a burger at the restaurant…..but this was the next best thing!

The end.

Okay friends, thank you for listening to my story.  Mommy says it’s one of those stories that’s much funnier if you were actually there, but she still wanted me to tell you anway.  Oh and I have so much more to tell you from the weekend, but will do that in new posts later.

Tell me about YOU–
Do you have a good sense of direction? 
Where are your favorite spots to go on a walk?
And don’t you think Mommy should have let me stay for a burger?