Remember when I used to blog multiple posts a week? Yeah…I think those are days of old. Life has been so incredibly busy, and I’ve been living in fast forward since March 6th. Between playing with Helaine and feeding her and making sure she has plenty of new experiences (and old mundane ones too), going to puppy class, going to auction meetings and practicing our obedience…I have been swamped! And that doesn’t even include my life outside of being a puppy raiser. So, this post is going to be all over the board. Oh yeah, and the I-5 bridge collapsed while I was in Colorado so the drive time had doubled and tripled in the month of June! So, I’ve got some catching up to do!
Where to start when life has thrown some major crazy around? Well, I’ll start by talking about the few days I had outside of being a puppy raiser. Puppy raising is a full time job. And by full time job I mean the only time I get a day off is if I send my girl to the sitter, which is exactly what I did mid June. Don’t get me wrong, you all know how much I LOVE puppy raising, and how much I adore Helaine. But come on, even the most puppy obsessed (me), dog loving person ever (me) needs a break every once in a while (me!). So with a bit of sadness in my heart, yet a little bit of freedom set before me, I dropped Helaine off at the home of a puppy raising duo who just turned in their puppy in May.
I was asked to officiate the wedding of one of my best friends, and it was an absolutely incredible experience. The wedding was in a tiny town called Thorp, WA and it was so beautiful. It is on the Eastern part of the state (my favorite) and the weather was perfect. The sun was shining, a breeze was blowing and of course, I was surrounded by some of the greatest friends, new and old that I could ever ask for. I couldn’t have had a better weekend, even though I missed Helaine daily and was so excited to pick her up, I felt pretty lucky that I was able to have a weekend away and know that she was having the time of her life playing with other dogs, and snuggling with new people who love her just as much as I do. Here are a couple of pictures from the wedding. Now, I apologize for the poor photo quality. I took a picture of the screen because I don’t have a digital copy of them (these are the proofs). Being a minister is pretty awesome, and I look forward to officiating many more weddings in my lifetime! **Thank you Kristen and Robert, for including me in such a special way, on such an amazing day! I love you both, and I will cherish this moment for the rest of my days.
I love this picture. The smiles are all natural because we just got done laughing together.
Don’t mind the Bud Light, this was a country wedding after all 😉
Because the last few months have been so incredibly busy, I took some time off from doing any crazy outings with Helaine. Rather, we stayed home, or went to the boring grocery store with a restaurant trip thrown in. Nothing too big, until last weekend anyway. Saturday we went to the Museum of History and Industry with two very dear friends and their puppies in training, Kolby and Tillman. It was an awesome experience. The museum was so accomodating and loved having us and our puppies. I am a HUGE history nerd, and I love to learn as much as I possibly can about the past, so this was right up my alley especially because of all the Seattle history that it had. I cannot wait to make another trip back!
This was Helaine’s first outing with other puppies. She was a bit distracted at first, but for the most part she settled right in and enjoyed just hanging out. Of course I had to take as many pictures as possible. I have to keep my readers coming back for more am I right? Of course, that is not the only reason I take so many pictures. I plan on making a scrap book filled with memories of Helaine’s time with me. When she graduates, I will give that as a gift to her person. I look forward to that day very much.
The movies went to the dogs.
She was a little confused when these “people” didn’t notice she was sitting there.
We were right on South Lake Union (literally!)
Exploring the docks! No fear!
She was so exhausted. She curled up and slept the entire afternoon
We experienced quite the heat wave in the Pacific Northwest over the weekend. Saturday was the hottest I think it’s been in a long time. At 87 degrees, it’s pretty rough going. After exploring the museum, it was time for lunch. We chose to grab a bite to eat at the cafe there. The food was good, but the company was better. Kolby and Helaine took just a minute to settle in, and both ended up snoozing while we laughed and chatted in the sunshine. It was a really really great day.
Sunday was another adventure! My dear friend Alicia came up to spend the day with us. We were initially going to take the ferry to one of the islands in the San Juans, but parking was hard to find for walk on passengers, so we took another route. It started with a scenic drive to Fort Casey. Now, in the state of Washington in order to utilize the State Parks, we have to purchase what’s called a Discover Pass. Well, guess who forgot that and didn’t realize it till we got to Fort Casey? You guessed it! So, instead of being stealthy and risking a $99 ticket, I snapped a few pictures of Helaine with a kite overhead and the islands behind her and we vowed to return later this summer to explore the old bunkers and the cannons!
After that flop, we decided to head back to Anacortes to grab some lunch and head out to my favorite beach in Washington State (that I’ve been to anyway) Washington Park. It always provides such a great escape from reality. I live in a really beautiful area, and I am so thankful for that. When I was chatting with Kolby’s raiser the other evening, she had joked that she needs to move to my town because of all the activities there are up here with the country feel. I Even though I’m 45 minutes from the nearest CCI puppy raiser, and 1 hour and 15 minutes (one way) from weekly puppy class, I do feel pretty lucky that I have so many close activities to do and I don’t even have to leave my county!
When we got to Washington Park, we drove around the scenic loop to find a parking spot. When out of the car, we took a stroll to the water and I brought Helaine’s tiny bear squeaky to get a picture or two, and let her decompress a bit from all the car riding. We sat next to a bench next to this older couple who were watching the waves. It was precious to see them interact, and then the man asked “what’s with the yellow thing on him” (Helaine is always going to be “him” and when I have a boy he will always be “her”). It was awesome to get to explain CCI to yet another person! And they even asked if Helaine was “what…14 months old?” (exact words). They were shocked when I said she was under six months, but I was equally as shocked when they said 14. Helaine is a petite little girl, weighing under 50 lbs. She still looks like a little four month old puppy to me!
I love how smiley she can be!
Her Alicia was standing over there. She fell in love the moment we picked her up.
After Washington Park, we decided to go to just one more place, and I remembered that the Padilla Bay Interpretive center was just up the road. Now, I hadn’t been there since I was in second or third grade, but from what I remembered, it was the coolest place ever. We took a quick drive to the center and walked in to the air conditioned building. Oh how Heavenly. Helaine loved it. She’s NOT a fan of the heat. After walking around for only about 15 minutes, we had seen everything. This place definitely was not as cool as I remember it being, which is unfortunate. But, we got some more pictures and it was another great place to add to the list for June’s puppy report. After an epic May, it was hard to live up to that in the outing department.
That crab is creepin’
Hanging out in the “aquarium” portion of the center
This place is for the birds
This weekend was awesome, fun and oddly enough, beach themed. That wasn’t even planned! I love that I got to spend so much time socializing my girl, and so much time with great friends. I am so appreciative of the time that they all took to spend with Helaine and I, and I look forward to more exploring as the weather continues to get nicer and nicer! Though, if the heat keeps up, I’ll be checking out all the museums in Western Washingon! I’m not saying it’s a bad thing…I’m just glad I’m not swamped with all things busy!
(Side note…today is Helaine’s Half Birthday! Happy Half- birthday to Calina and Wasatch’s H litter, Hayla, Harry, Hingst, Heli, Herron, Harbaugh, Harrison and Havily!)