It’s Been a Minute . . . or TwoPosted: March 13, 2018 Filed under: Places I Like, Things I Like | Tags: Costa Rica, Dogs, Golden Retriever, Harper Lee, Hotel Punta Islita, New Orleans, New Orleans Tricentinneal, NOLA, NOLA300, Pet Photography, Pets, Tallulah, Thek9harperlee, Visiting Pet Program 26 Comments
It’s been a minute . . . or two . . . since I’ve seen you. When last we visited, the new year had just begun and I shared those silly resolutions that my human mommy had for me. No worries; that foolishness didn’t last through the first week of 2018. So what in the world have I been doing for the past couple of months?
Baby New Year played a cruel trick on us in early January with an unusually cold blast of Arctic air. Our lows dipped into the 20s for several nights in a row and the highs didn’t get above freezing. I know that doesn’t sound too impressive to my friends in colder climates, but for a couple of southern Golden girls living in New Orleans, Louisiana, it was pretty chilly. We had ice on the sidewalks and broken water pipes throughout the city. On the positive side, Tallulah and I were cordially invited by the humans to join them in their bed. Turns out Golden Retrievers can be super heat generators and quite in demand during severe cold snaps.
Fortunately, that cold snap didn’t last very long and by late January Tallulah and I were out on the town. We joined the humans for a day in the French Quarter in honor of our city’s 300th birthday. Here in New Orleans we love a party, so we’ll be celebrating throughout the year.
By early February, the humans were deep into Mardi Gras madness. We didn’t see them much. It seems like every time Tallulah and I woke up from a nap, they were headed out the door to another parade. And when we did see them, we hardly recognized them. It was just a blur of wigs, sequins, and beads.
As soon as the last piece of king cake was consumed and all the Mardi Gras decorations were safely stored, the humans packed their bags and flew south . . . all the way to Hotel Punta Islita in Costa Rica. They awoke to this magnificent view every day, spent hours on the beach, kayaked to the ocean, learned about macaw rescue and howler monkey habits, and generally fell in love with the country and its people. Mommy said the only thing that could possibly have made their trip better would have been a couple of Golden Retrievers. I’m assuming she meant Tallulah and me.
The humans returned from their getaway just in time to join me at the my Visiting Pet Program annual meeting and picnic. My fellow volunteers and I devote the year to bringing love and leaving smiles at nursing facilities, hospitals, summer camps, universities, and conventions. Tara’s Toast to Volunteers gives us an opportunity to celebrate the people and pets that make the program such a success. This year, we got to ham it up in a photo booth and visit with a pet psychic. She told my humans that I’ve lived many lives, which has helped to make me very wise. I think she nailed it.
So now you know what I’ve been doing. I’ve missed you, and I’m eager to catch up. What have you been doing?
Sounds like you are all quite busy. Good to know you are all doing fine and just having fun!
We have to get all of our fun in before the heat of summer sets in and our hibernation from the heat begins!
Oh beautiful – I’ve been sitting here at the Hotel Thompson pinning away for you my love ❤ We've been wondering what ya'll were up to. XOXO – Bacon
All is well, Bacon. As soon as the humans returned from their getaway, Tallulah and I sat them down and had a little chat. Needless to say, we will be the center of their attention for a while . . . a long while. 😉
You better be. I can hop a plane anytime and come save ya’ll. I wonder what the TSA would think about that? Snorts and rolls with piggy laughter. XOXO – Bacon
We’re glad you had some fun after your cold spell. We’ve been hibernating here. Hope to be up soon. ❣️
We tend to hibernate in the heat of summer, probably just about the time you’re coming out from the cold. Wishing you an early and beautiful spring filled with the hope of infinite possibilities!
Your peeps look like they have tons of fun at the Mardi Gras. I don’t guess dogs are allowed…
The people parades are little crowded and noisy for dogs, but we pups have our very own pet parade devoted just to us. It’s called the Krewe of Barkus. You can read more about it here: https://www.barkus.org/. Maybe one day Tallulah and I can be co-queens. 🙂
Followed the link, and how fun! Some of it can be quite pricey, though, so save up your milk bones, Miss Lee.
Sounds like a busy, fun, ….chilly time for your family, Miss HL. Mom and I have played in the snow a lot. Plus the snow touched my belly. I was afraid, but I kept walking. And by walking, I mean popping up and down like popcorn because the snow was too deep to walk!
Love and licks,
Goodness gracious, Cupcake. The snow touched your belly? Maybe your mom should tie a balloon to your tail. We don’t want you getting lost in a deep drift. 😉
Seems like a good idea, but I’m deathly afraid of balloons! #thestruggleisreal
wow your humans have been having A LOT of fun! Nothing going on here that is THAT fun, not even close! DakotasDen
The humans here tend to have their fun in spurts. Mostly because they’re old and recovery gets harder and harder. 🙂
What I have been doing: Missing You!! 🙂
You can’t see me right now, but my Golden (well, somewhat whitish) cheeks are a nice shade of rosy blush. Thank you. ❤
It is always nice to know when someone has been busy that it’s with fun stuff. I bet you and your sister did your best to remind your people that they really need to stick close to home for a while, eh?
Actually, we’re trying to convince them that they need a floating home like yours so we can join them on their adventures. Wouldn’t that be grand? On second thought, maybe Tallulah needs to be just a wee bit older for that. 😉
You gals have been busy. Have a great night.
And by night you mean about 8 p.m., right? Because that’s when Tallulah and usually pass out! And here’s a little secret: the humans aren’t too far behind us. 🙂
Wow! Sounds like a pretty busy last couple of months! Looks like lots of fun was had. Nice to see your humans get away on a fun trip, too bad you girls couldn’t join! Glad to see you girls back though! You look great in those glasses!
I should do a side-by-side of me in the glasses and Mommy in the glasses and let everyone vote in a “Who Wore Them Better” contest. Never mind, Mommy would be too embarrassed by the loss. 😉
Wow…you’ve been super busy! I’m tuckered out just reading all the exciting things you and the uprights have been doing. Glad you’re still around. We love seeing you with the blue hairs. 😊
Mommy has amassed quite the wig collection since moving to New Orleans: blue, pink, yellow, black. Tallulah and I like to stick with our naturally beautiful Golden locks. Like they say, don’t mess with perfection. 😉