Blogging with Buddy, February 5th, 2016

Well I asked for it and I got it. More snow last Wednesday!  I’m sure Nicholas and I are the only two who were excited about it in this family.  All our furry friends on the trails really like it just fine too.

We had a new adventure on Saturday.  It was a beautiful winter’s day and Mama and Daddy loaded us in the back of the SUV and we headed for Kingston Peninsula.  We loved crossing the Gondola Point Ferry.  There was no line up or wait time, we just drove right on.  Mama put our back windows down; we put our heads out and breathed deeply the fresh air off the river.  The ferry was actually pushing through big chunks of ice on the river, really neat to see.  Then our windows went up as we departed the ferry as Mama knows that dogs get ear infections from hanging their heads out the windows as you travel down the road with the speed of the wind.  We then drove along some lovely tree lined country lanes enjoying the scenery.  Then we pulled into a stunning property overlooking the St. John River.  We’d never been here before.  Surprise, surprise, out the front door comes our Uncle Tony and Aunt Margie!  Nicholas and I see Uncle Tony at the office sometimes but we’d never been to his home before.  What a fantastic place, doggy heaven for sure and I think the humans are pretty comfortable here too!  Acres and acres of fields along the St. John River and a beautiful vineyard too, as Uncle Tony owns Dunhams Run Estate Winery.  If you look closely at the logo you will see that it’s actually a running dog as the winery is named after Uncle Tony’s favourite dog, Dunham.  Dunham was a beautiful dog who used to play with our brothers, Theodore and Laddie who passed in 2010.  They were all great pals who used to run the fields together when the winery was just beginning construction, the vines were newly planted and an estate winery was the thought of an estate winery was still just a vision.   They had great fun swimming together in the river off the sandy beach and chasing sticks.  Dunham was a very special boy for sure.

What a place this is!  And it gets even better.  Uncle Tony has two beautiful dogs, Bricks and low and behold another Buddy who follow him out the front door!  They are Portuguese Water Spaniels, about a bit smaller than Nicholas (a whole lot smaller than the Big Bud).  Bricks is black and white and runs like a deer.  He and Nicholas ran up and down the driveway wide open as Mama threw the ball with the Fetch-It.  (Mama throws like a baseball player with the Fetch-It but take that away from her and the funs over!) This guy is wired and super smart (more about that later).  Buddy is all black, quiet and very shy (not much like Big Buddy Bacon).  He’s a really nice dog.  He was a bit intimidated by my size at first but once he saw that I’m a friendly fellow, he was fine.  He and I chilled out at a slower pace while Bricks and Nicholas ran like banshees.  Mama and Daddy went in the house for a visit and all four of us four-legged friends stayed out running around the yard and having a high old time.  Then we got to wondering what the humans were doing in the house so we all went to the front door.  Nicholas and I were just staring at it and then low and behold, Bricks goes over, stands on his hind legs and flicks the door latch with his paw.  POW!  The door goes flying open and we all go flying into the house.  “Shut the front door!”  Whoa is that guy smart!  We’re getting pointers from him!  Uncle Tony and Aunt Margie were laughing at us, their home is totally dog friendly with huge rooms and ceramic tile flooring so no worries about us scratching them.  We like it here!  Things were going well and then Nicholas and I got in a bit of trouble.  Aunt Margie was just home from the city with new dog toys for her boys and I found a new blue rubber bone.  It was nice, really nice!  I had it in my mouth before I even know what happened.  Then I saw their Buddy staring at me and he wasn’t happy.  It was his.  Mama came right over and took it away from me, so much for that bit of fun.  Uncle Tony saved the day and gave us all a nice treat.  Then Nicholas found Bricks new orange ball.  Well that was it, when he gets a ball there’s no giving it back.  Mama tried, Daddy tried and Uncle Tony tried to no avail.  Nicholas has those to huge eye teeth in the front and when he wraps them around a ball there’s no getting it out.  Then he started sneaking around the house, hiding behind furniture so that we couldn’t see him.  Everyone got a great laugh out of that.  When it was time to go, he brought it home with him.  Aunt Margie said he can have it.  Good thing, as he absolutely loves it, carried it all that night and even took it to bed with him!  What a guy, he’s obsessed with it.

Uncle Tony is sponsoring Dates Nights at the winery and Mama and Daddy plan on going this summer.  They have live music, singers, bands, art lessons, you name it!  What will Uncle Tony think of next?  On February 13th he is hosting “Paint & Pour with Manami Fukuda Stokes-Rees where you can create your own distinctive work of art. Sounds like a fun night out!

Hope we get to visit again real soon!

Does our Team never sleep?  Winter open houses this weekend are happening from 2-4 pm on Saturday with Steven at 13 Raymond Road in Rothesay near the French Village Petro Canada. This impeccable property has an extra-large lot and a very handsome large kitchen.  On Sunday he’s at a stunning executive waterfront home at 59 Anchorage Avenue near the Anglophone School District South and École Samuel-De-Champlain.  This is a property I would enjoy with spacious rooms, panoramic water view and the only beach in Cedar Point Anchorage!  On Sunday Jody is at 36 Yacht Haven Lane which is within walking distance of RKYC and M. Gerald Teed Elementary School.  Perfect location for the active outdoor enthusiasts with ice fishing skating, hockey, snow-shoeing and cross-country skiing right at your door step in winter time!  If you’re out for a drive, we invite you to drop over.

I don’t know what to make of the weather!  One day there is snow and the next everything is melting.  Snow, rain, snow, rain!  I have to admit it’s a lot better than last year where we had so much snow that Nicholas and I had nowhere to play but in our driveway!  Now we’ve got the whole yard plus our big walks every day.  Yahoo!  Let’s go see what Chipper (the squirrel) is doing in our back yard now.  Darn squirrels they’re driving us crazy!

Your pal,

Buddy Bacon Paw Print