Wordless Wednesday: Sleepy Sister Snuggles

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Thank you to our friends at BlogPaws for hosting the Wordless Wednesday blog hop.

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A Sunny Sunday in City Park

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This past Sunday, we had our first hint of autumn. It was a gloriously cool and crystal clear day. So my sister and I decided to take our humans for a walk in New Orleans’ City Park. (I know what you’re thinking: “We can see your human daddy’s hand holding your leashes. You’re not walking your humans. Your humans are walking you.” Tallulah and I just let the humans think they’re in charge. But back to our City Park visit.) We started our adventure in front of the New Orleans Museum of Art. Being the fine art lovers that we are, Tallulah and I wanted to go inside the museum, but we were there just before the opening so we enjoyed the beautiful exterior.

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Our favorite part of the museum’s exterior was this fun alcove with the most fascinating gates we’ve ever seen and a beautiful modern art sculpture. Tallulah clearly loved the sculpture.

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 According to Walking New Orleans by Barri Bronston, City Park “boasts the oldest grove of mature live oaks in the world, and some–like the McDonogh and Anseman Oaks–are approximately 600-800 years old.” Naturally, Tallulah and I had to take a break on one of the park’s benches to gaze at those beautiful oaks. Tallulah also enjoyed the Spanish moss that hangs from the beautiful oaks, but that’s another story for another day.

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We visited the Goldring/Waldenberg Great Lawn (I had to tell Tallulah that racing across the beautiful lawn and having a dig fest would be a very bad idea) . . .

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. . . and then headed over to City Putt. Tallulah and I looked this way and that for the giants that play putt putt with these huge golf balls, but we couldn’t see them anywhere. What a relief!

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We plopped ourselves down in front of Storyland  and Carousel Gardens Amusement Park and waited for the gates to open. But our humans grew restless and insisted that we find someplace for them to have a little bite to eat.

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And that’s how we ended up in front of Morning Call. Our humans refused to share their beignets and cafe au lait with us. That’s alright. Tallulah and I managed to bump their hands enough that they got powdered sugar all over their clothes. That’s what you get for not sharing, humans.

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As we finished our trip to City Park with a walk around Big Lake, Mommy took a moment to snap a few special pictures of us. She loved the way my coat blew in the cool morning breeze.

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And this shot of Tallulah reminded Mommy of my sister’s Florida roots (her canine mother and grandmother are Lakewood Golden Retrievers from Melbourne, Florida).

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Before leaving City Park, Tallulah and I took one last look at the Peristyle, a Grecian-style open-air pavilion that was built in 1907. Even though we’d enjoyed a full morning exploring our lovely urban oasis, we’d only touched the tip of the park’s 1,300 beautiful acres. We promised our humans that we would bring them back to City Park, but we were all a bit tired . . .

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. . . and it was time for a nice, long nap.

Black and White Sunday: A Super Smile

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I’m letting my little sister have the Black and White Sunday spotlight today. That’s quite a smile, Tallulah Bee!

Thank you to Black and White Sunday Blog Hop hosts Dachshund Nola and Sugar the Golden Retriever.


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The Intern

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The other day, my human mommy/blogging assistant and I had a high-level business meeting. We decided that it was time to add an intern to the staff of my multi-media empire. At first I was super excited.

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And then I learned that our new intern would be my pesky little sister, Tallulah Bee.  Really?

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It was clear to me–almost immediately–that her computer skills are lacking.

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To be totally honest with you, I think she spends most of the day on Facebook.

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When she’s not fooling around on Facebook, she’s gazing out the window.  I’m constantly having to tell her to get back to work.

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And I thought interns were supposed to run errands for their bosses. Half the time when I need a dog treat or something, that girl’s sound asleep.

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Mommy says that I should have some patience. She says that Tallulah is young. She’s new to the job. She’s a smart girl and she’ll catch on quickly. I don’t know, friends. So far this intern experiment is looking like a disaster to me. It’s a good thing we’re not paying her.

Wordless Wednesday: Is She Still Back There?

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The Beautiful Crescent

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Yesterday my sister, Tallulah, and I took our first trip to New Orleans’ beautiful Crescent Park along the mighty Mississippi River. It was beyond fabulous . . . if more than just a wee bit warm.

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Crescent Park spans 1.4 miles along the river from just past the French Market in the French Quarter to a neighborhood called Bywater.

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As we walked down the paths, we greeted other walkers, joggers, and bikers. We even saw a few dogs out for their morning stroll. But the most amazing sight was the incredible view of our wonderful new hometown’s skyline. I couldn’t take my eyes off of it. My sister was more interested in the treats my human mommy was using to get us to pose for photos.

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The park makes use of two former industrial wharves. One is now called the Mandeville Shed, a covered open-air event space. The other is called Piety Wharf and offers a view of New Orleans, Algiers, and traffic up and down the river.

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We stopped at Mandeville Ellipse to enjoy a little grass time. For a couple of urban dogs, this area was heaven . . . although we were slightly distracted by the huge ship behind is. What if that thing was completely filled with dog treats? Tallulah and I briefly considered becoming pirates.

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But we thought better of it and continued along the path so we could enjoy the gardens. The park has 20 acres of indigenous landscaping, which we enjoyed almost as much as the butterflies, bees, and dragonflies. We even got to see a train traveling along the tracks just beyond the park’s fence. We were far less interested in the train then my mommy thought we would be.

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We made it as far as Desire Street before turning around to head back home. We’ll definitely return to Crescent Park on a beautiful and cool autumn day. I hear there’s a dog park that we still need to explore.


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My blog posting and reading has been a bit sporadic–to say the least–lately. Well, I have put my foot down and told my human mommy/blogging assistant that enough is enough. No more excuses. No more, “I’m so busy getting the house ready to move/packing to move/getting settled after moving.” No more, “Tallulah is a puppy and she needs my undivided attention.” No more, “This computer is new and I can’t figure out how to work it.” It’s the day after Labor Day and it’s time to get back to work!

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Also, Mommy wants everyone to know that she “borrowed” the title for this blog post. It comes from a wonderful book about New Orleans called Beautiful Crescent: A History of New OrleansIf you’re planning a trip to our fair city, or if you’re just in love with the Big Easy, this is a must read!

Introducing Tallulah Bee

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I dropped a bombshell on you last time, didn’t I? Yep, I have a new little sister. It is with great pleasure that I introduce Rhythm’s Tallulah Bee for Harper Lee. That’s her big fancy registered name, but we just call her Tallulah. She came from a place called Rhythm Golden Retrievers in Ocean Springs, Mississippi, and she’s named after the actress Tallulah Bankhead. My new little sister, who is 11 weeks old, has been with us for a little more than two weeks. I think I’m in love.

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Tallulah and I have done quite a bit of playing in our first two weeks. My humans say that she has really brought out the puppy in me. They don’t always sound particular happy when they say that, but I think it’s a good thing. If this play, play, play routine continues, my human mommy/blogging assistant/official photographer will seriously need to work on her action photography skills.

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Just between us, friends, playtime can be a bit exhausting. But I’m the big sister, so I feel a real responsibility to watch over my little sister as she sleeps.

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To celebrate Tallulah’s first weekend with us, we had a little pool party. Now you might recall from a previous post that pool parties are not my favorite. That all changed when I saw my new little sister in our pretty pink pool. I couldn’t stay out. Tallulah and I even blew bubbles together. So much fun.

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And speaking of fun, on a recent evening walk I convinced my humans to make a quick stop at a place called Coquette so that I could introduce little Tallulah to the art of the nightcap. As you can see from the water all over the sidewalk, we had a very grand time.

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My little sister has a lot of growing up to do. I will admit that she can be a bit of a pest at times (my humans say that I am often the instigator; don’t believe that), but she’s super smart and super sweet . . .

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. . . and I think we’re going to make a perfect pair.


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