Blogging with Buddy June 30, 2016

Happy Canada Day!  Nicholas and I are so proud to be Canadian and feel so blessed to live in this great nation!  Mama has always told us that the luckiest people in the world live in Canada and we agree as four-legged friends.  We have our Canada flags flying high!  As a family we will be celebrating at New River Beach, our favourite weekend haunt.  It’s supposed to be hot and sunny so we’ll have a picnic at the beach and Nicholas and I will have a big swim. If it does get hot than Mama may venture into the cold water with us.  She usually does a few times a summer but we just can’t get Papa into the Bay of Fundy no matter how hard we try.  He says “You’re crazy, it’s just too cold.”  “Come on Papa, if Mama can do it you can!  Don’t wimp out on us now!”  We go to a little quiet gravel beach around the corner from the public park we call Tommy’s Beach as we like to roam free, run, dig holes and swim without bothering any strangers.  Even though we are super friendly sometimes a stranger could be intimidated by two big black dogs running towards them so we stay where it’s quiet.

Nicholas and I had baths this week, quiet a big deal when you’re our size.  Mama got out the oatmeal shampoo and detangling conditioner.  Rub a dub dub, Big Bud’s in the tub!  Nicholas hates getting a bath and Mama has to physically drag him in.  Once he’s there, he stands very still, looking very sour just hoping it will get over soon.  It doesn’t take long to bath the little guy.  Now me, I love getting my bath, I just step right in and thoroughly enjoy!  Mama suds me all up and I come out smelling like a rose.  Then we got the big comb out, I like that too but Nicholas hates it.  He glares at us through the whole thing.  Mama says his skin is extra sensitive so she goes slowly and carefully and uses a soft brush.  I think he’s a big baby but I won’t be saying it to his face as he’d probably beat the heck out of me!

We received something really special this week from the mailman.  Mama’s friend Diane told her about a huge pet store in Ontario that sells absolutely everything for pets, Ren’s Pet Depot .  It’s the largest pet store in Canada.  Mama contacted them to purchase a special dryer for drying Newfoundland-type dogs with very thick coats.  Now that I’m swimming every day and my coat is sooo… thick it never really dries!  Nicholas dries easily in less than an hour but not the Budster.  Low and behold my new dryer arrived in two days and it works fantastic.   Made by Bear Power, it’s called B-Air, lime green colour with a picture of a bear on it.  The bear’s coat actually looks a lot like mine!  The dryer is light weight, easy to use with several attachments and super powerful, 4 hp!  I am dry easily now in 5 minutes and Mama is only using it at ¼ to ½ throttle.  I love it, kind of feels like a massage and I lean right into it.  The air is just the right temperature too; not warm but not cool either.  I love my B-Air.  We’re taking it to the cottage this weekend as I plan to do a lot of swimming Canada Day!

For those of you who have been following the recovery of our dear little cousin Lucas, he is doing really super with a capital S!  Last winter he couldn’t even move and now he is up and about, running all around the house with his twin sister Myra, even getting up on his trampoline himself now.   A real miracle thanks to the excellent, diligent care of our Auntie Blue who’s dedication is to be commended in a big way!  Between weekly visits to the vet over many, many months, long nights of stressful worry, acupuncture, Chinese herbs, ultra sounds, massages and a whole lot of TLC: she has brought the little boy back to a high quality of life.  Many would have given up on him but not our Auntie Blue, just one of the many reasons we love her sooo… much!

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Our dear little cousins Myra and Lucas on the right

Heading to the Kingston Country Market this Saturday?  Be sure to drop in and say hello to Steven who is hosting an open house Saturday just around the corner at 868 Route 845 from 2-4 pm.  This is my kind of property with 28 scenic acres and a pond for Nicholas and I to swim in!  Mama says the house is lovely with a very high pitched roof, quality-built by Queen Construction, a modern take on a farm house-style with plenty of amenities and huge covered porch overlooking the view.  It has apple and plum tree orchards plus plenty of blueberry bushes.  Buddy Bacon loves blueberries too!  Just my kind of property.  Drop in if you can!

On Sunday from 1-4 pm Steven will be hosting at 30 Centennial Drive on the beautiful Washademoak Lake at Belyea’ s Cove (route 705 to Crafts Cove Rd to Centennial).  This is the end of this 20-mile lake that is most special to boaters as they are just around the corner from the St. John River connecting them to Gagetown, Grand Lake, Belleisle Bay and more!  This year-round cottage on 1.2 acres is your perfect weekend get-away all year long with a cozy stone fireplace, open concept, large covered deck and glorious beach!  What does Buddy Bacon love more than a beach?  Not too much!  Think of all the good times you can have here with family, friends and dogs like Nicholas and I with swimming, boating, water skiing, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, bon fires, wiener roasts & more!  I wish Steven would let me co-host this one, I’m getting all worked up just thinking about the fun I could have here!  Maybe Mama will take me up for a surprise visit, wouldn’t be the first time I’ve dropped in and surprised Steven!  Maybe I’ll see you there!  Paws crossed and hoping!

Your pal,

Big Buddy Bacon  Sand Paw Print

PS- Some people have asked and yes this is my actual paw print, taken in the sand at New River Beach.

Blogging with Buddy June 24th, 2016

Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine!  Oh I’m lov’n the sunshine these first official days of summer!  Means better trips to the beach for Nicholas and I and Papa won’t be all grumpy about the rain and cold.  Really lov’n these long twilight evenings and the full moon.  We can come home from our walks at 9:30 – 9:45 pm at night with no problem to see where we are going.  Mama always said there is nothing better than summer in New Brunswick and we agree.  Our friends in Ontario have been calling to say it’s 42C with the humidex while we enjoy life here in the air-conditioned city hovering between 18C and 24C.  Big Buddy Bacon would have a serious problem if it hit 42C down here.  I’d just stay indoors and hang around the air-conditioning.  Chuckle, chuckle.

Speaking of Twilight evenings Mama is having a special Twilight Open House this Wednesday from 4pm to 6pm at 4 Crosswind Crescent off Highland Ave and Grove Ave in Rothesay.  It’s a beautifully stylish home with two fireplaces, an awesome master ensuite bath and a hot tub!  If you ever got the Budster into that hot tub I can tell you right now you wouldn’t be getting him out!  Can’t you see Nicholas and I just laying back, one elbow up on the side, the water swooshing all around us, a pair of dark shades on….  Okay, the shades may be a bit too much!  Lucky the buyer who gets this stunning home, great value too as it’s newly reduced!

I am feeling so much better that Mama can hardly believe it!  As you know I’ve been swimming every evening, going further and further, getting stronger.  I’m walking so fast now that Mama can’t keep up with me.  Yesterday I started dancing around the yard when a friend stopped by I was so excited to see them.  Everyone is telling me I’m looking good too.  I’m so thankful to Dr. Kelly for getting me back on track!

Papa has been away this week so we’re finding it very quiet at home, not to say that he’s noisy or anything but you can certainly hear him if he’s got something to say!   We miss him terribly.  When he headed for the door with that dreaded suitcase (we hate Papa’s suitcase) I started crying my eyes out, I just couldn’t seem to help myself!  Then poor Nicholas laid out in the yard looking sadly down the street for him from 5:30 pm until 8:30 that night until finally Mama had to go out and actually take him by the collar to bring him in.    We’re going to be so excited when he gets home Sunday night.  Mama will cook one of his favourite dinners and we’ll all greet him at the door.  Nicholas will probably jump up all over him.  I can see it all now; he’ll be right out of control.  I’m just hoping I can keep it together as Mama is always telling me what a good boy I am and I wouldn’t want to disappoint her.  If I ever jumped up on Papa I’m sure I’d flatten him so I’ll just brush up against his legs looking to get my ears scratched.  Oh joy, oh bliss!

Sales have certainly picked up this year as prices have adjusted to the current market.  The team have sold six houses just this past week!  Two from MLS and four of our own listings; 30 Grove Avenue, Rothesay $579,500 (modern ranch still under warranty), 22 Cedar Ridge Road, Blackville-Miramichi $350,000 (stunning log home with great fishing), 615 Gondola Point Road, Quispamsis $579,000 (mint, waterfront ranch sold in 3 days!) and 23 Upper Deck Lane in Drury Cove $489,000 (upscale condo to be custom finished).

Sunday afternoon the team has something special planned in Rothesay; a Fine Homes International™ Open house at two historic estates 3105 and 3189 Rothesay Road just across from Shadow Lawn.  Both have acres of manicured grounds which I would just love and rambling character houses with huge rooms and amenities galore; plenty of space big enough for Buddy Bacon inside and out!  Mama and Steven will be hosting so drop by if you have the chance as an open house at these estate-type properties is a rare occurrence.

Have a great weekend, sun every day, enjoy!

Your pal,

Big Buddy BaconSand Paw Print

Addresses in order of photos: 3105 Rothesay Road, 3189 Rothesay Road, 4 Crosswinds

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Blogging with Buddy June 17, 2016

Wowsy, wowsy, wow, wow!  The sun is shining!  Nicholas and I were afraid that we were going to start mildewing!!!  Poor Nicholas was getting cabin fever and chasing his tail like crazy.  I’m like “Whoa Nicky my boy, chill a wee bit.”  Round and round and round he goes in our foyer, like a banshee!   We did get out each evening for our nightly swim and walk and boy did it pay off!  I went to see Dr. Kelly today and I’m down 3 pounds!  She is so proud of me and Mama is too.  Even through the rain, fog and cold Mama made sure I got my swim in.  She gets out her funny polka dot rain boots and umbrella and away we go.  Daddy came too even though he didn’t look too happy some days in the rain, grumbling under his breath!  He’d say, “Do we have to go tonight, let’s wait until tomorrow.”  But Mama insisted, she says my health comes first and rain or shine Big Buddy Bacon is going for his daily swim!  I’m so glad she did as I’m feeling so much better, more active, happier and slimmer!  Dr. Kelly says I look more like I lost 5 pounds but that’s just because I’m building muscle and tightening up.  Charles Atlas step aside cause Big Buddy Bacon is on a program!!!

Mama is all excited about the Fine Homes International Open House she is hosting at 36 Yacht Haven in the Moorings of Millidgeville Saturday from 1pm – 3pm.   Lovely waterfront, open concept ranch home with walkout basement and windows galore overlooking the river.  Our open house is all centered on the RKYC Regatta with the sailboat race starting at 1pm.  Join Mama on the huge deck overlooking the yacht club, Kennebecasis River and most importantly this Saturday; the big race!  You won’t find a better advantage point and it’s supposed to be a fabulous warm sunny day!  I’m trying to talk her into letting me and Nicholas go too but she’s afraid we’ll jump in and go out after the sail boats!  Come to think of it that sounds like a lot of fun to us!   Paws crossed, hope to see you there.  Don’t forget your binoculars!

Your Pal,


Big Buddy Bacon  Sand Paw Print

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Join us to view the house & watch the race!

Blogging with Buddy, June 10th, 2016

I’m feeling so much better with my daily swims in the river (or the bay) and I’m looking fine too!  Off to see Dr Kelly for my weight in.  I think I did really super well this week as I’m sticking right to my diet and I’ve been swimming further and further, getting stronger!

Mama listed the most beautiful English-style house this week on the river at 53 Meenans Cove Road.  Nicholas and I have listened to her talk about the beautiful cabinetry, high ceilings and covered outdoor terrace but what we’re really excited about is the two boys who live there, Keeper and River!  Keeper is five years old and River is only six months (still wild at that age, will make a good friend for our Nicholas).  They are both beautiful golden retrievers but what makes them special to Mama is she says that they have long flowing coats in a gorgeous dark red colour, similar to an Irish Setter.  This is the original colour of this breed and she says it’s stunning.  What makes them special to Nicholas and I is the fact that they are great swimmers just like us! They have the perfect place in their own back yard to just jump in any time and enjoy a refreshing swim.  That would be heaven!  We’re really looking forward to getting together with them and jumping right into that river with them!  Of course Nicholas thinks he’s going to be the fastest swimmer (the little guy has an ego) but I hear that Keeper is no slough so we’ll have to see.  Mama says I have to be careful around River as he’s still only a baby still so we I can’t play rough.  She says that sometimes I forget my own size!  I don’t plan on doing much playing but I just can’t wait to jump in the river and swim up and down the shoreline showing off my smooth, strong, even stokes.  I may not be as fast as Nicholas but when it comes to endurance I’m the winner.  We’re like the tortoise and the hare.  Nicholas is the hare going full speed ahead and I’m like the tortoise just quietly going along, not in a rush but steady as she goes!  See the pic below, you can tell that River is a fun little guy and Keeper is the one with all the patience.  Ha, ha, I can just imagine all the fun we’ll have!

Keeper & River

Mama also listed a waterfront property at 200 Inglewood Drive in Grand Bay/Westfield with five acres that we want to visit.  It’s right on the St. John River and Grand Bay with its own private beach.  It sounds like a great place with a very nice ranch-style house with huge deck.  Not only is it on the waterfront but they also have an oversized pool!  We could enjoy a pool too but Mama says no way, that we cannot be jumping into our clients pools!  I say it shows the buyers how much fun a guy can have and Nicholas says he’d enjoy the heated water but that didn’t fly with Mama either.  So no-go for us two in the pool but we can still enjoy the beautiful water of Grand Bay!

200 Inglewood pool

Next week on Saturday June 18th Mama is having a very special Fine Homes International™ Waterfront Open House at 36 Yacht Haven Lane at the Moorings of Millidgeville!  This will be held during the RKYC Regatta sail boat race.  Mama invites you to come and join her on the deck for the very best view point of the race!  Time to be announced, see you there!


Your pal,

Big Buddy BaconSand Paw Print

Blogging with Buddy, June 3rd, 2016

Oh Happy Day!  I’ve been swimming every night this week in the Kennebecasis River plus a little walk (Nicholas too) and today I went to the vet for my weigh in!  Everyone said they could see a difference in me already but I didn’t know if it was true or were they just saying that trying to make me feel good!  Low and behold I’m down 2 pounds!  Whoa Bessy!  Looking   G o o d!  My vet, Dr. Kelley called Mama twice this week to make sure I was having my daily swims and sticking with the diet she’s put me on.  I just love Dr. Kelley, she is so sweet (and pretty too, I always sneak her a kiss when she gets close enough to check my ears) but I gotta tell you this diet is for the birds!  Big Buddy Bacon is NOT a happy camper with absolutely no treats, none at all!  None when I get up in the morning, none when I’m a really good boy and none before I go to bed.  I feel like calling the SPCA and reporting cruelty to an animal, ME!  After all I’ve got connections there.  Poor Nicholas is suffering right along with me as Mama won’t give him treats and not both of us.  The two of us are just shaking out heads in amazement, “Whaz up?”  Mama says the good side is that I am being more active, losing weight and getting healthier.  And I have to admit I am feeling much better all ready.  I get to have a drive in Daddy’s truck every evening as we head to the beach and there is nothing Nicholas and I enjoy more than a drive in the truck, zooming through Rothesay, checking out all the dogs in our neighbourhood as we go by.  And let me tell you, there are a lot of dogs in Rothesay, tons!  Every size, colour, shape and breed!  We’re always scouting the area for a cute girl.  Nicholas’ head snaps right around when we spot one.  Ha, ha.  I think I’m the biggest boy in Rothesay but if they keep swimming me and holding back the good stuff that may change but Nicholas doesn’t think so!  That big mouth says that I have nothing to worry about!  The smarty pants.

Lots of open houses on for the Team this weekend!  On Saturday from 11am to 1pm Steven is at 868 Route 845 in Kingston.  This is the stunning property I wrote about in ‘Buddy’s Best’ in the real estate guide.  It has 28 acres, a pond and a brook (and a lovely home by Queen Construction).  Stop by and have a look after visiting the Kingston Market!  Then when he’s finished here Steven rushes off to 171 Belmont Street, off Mount Pleasant Ave East in the city from 2pm-4pm.  You just can’t keep a good man down!  This is the perfect starter home with a nice location, large eat-in kitchen and plenty of good features.  Then on Sunday, from 2pm -4pm Steven is at 142 Centennial Road in Hampton.  This is one AMAZING property and one that I am featuring in my next ‘Buddy’s Best’ ad.  It is a second Empire Italianate Country Estate circa 1871 on 8.27 scenic acres.  This is the same style of historic home that Mama grew up in, (she says it brings back lots of great memories).  I just love the huge rooms and sprawling grounds.  Lots of room for Big Buddy Bacon to romp and play here!  At the same time 2pm -4pm Jody is hosting 924 Main Street, also in Hampton.  This is a charming home with character galore, that’s catching lots of attention.  It has inviting sunny room and stunning grounds.  Hope you can drop by both of these wonderful properties and say hello!  You never know, you may even see Nicholas and I there!

Your pal

Big Buddy BaconPaw