Harper Lee from A to Z: C is for CHARIOT

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I know exactly what you’re thinking right now: Miss Harper Lee, that’s just a car. I must respectfully disagree. This is my chariot, and it takes me to the most fabulous places: weekends in New Orleans and St. Francisville, walks around beautiful parks, visits with my human grandparents in Texas, trips to the LSU Vet School for rehab (the kind I do for my hips and elbows, not the Lindsay Lohan kind). Once I even traveled in my chariot to visit Santa Claus. Tomorrow you’ll get to see another place my chariot takes me. But do you want to know the best thing about my chariot? It comes with another C word: chauffeurs!

This post is part of the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge. See you tomorrow!

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Four Days, Four Walks, Four Parks

Goodwood park thek9harperlee

On Monday morning, we were finally greeted by the most glorious fall weather: cool temperatures, low humidity, and crystal clear blue skies. The weather humans promised four days of this heaven, so my human mommy and I decided to celebrate each day with a different walk in a different park. We started  the week off by staying close to home and visiting BREC Goodwood Park, which is my neighborhood park. It’s a relatively short walk from my house (in fact, the walking path that goes in front of my house leads directly to the park), but lately it’s just been too hot to visit. Not Monday morning.

Goodwood park tree thek9harperlee

As we walked through the park, we noticed our first honest to goodness fall tree. I have to admit that from a distance we thought that our grueling summer heat had killed the poor little tree and that it was covered with dead leaves; but when we got closer we realized that we were actually seeing beautiful fall foliage. Magical.

Goodwood park playground thek9harperlee

And, because no trip to the neighborhood park is complete without a little fun time on the playground equipment, I took a moment to climb up and down the steps (carefully staying far away from the slide because I am not a fan of slides) before heading home.

Park garden 2 thek9harperlee

The next morning, Mommy had to do some silly human things, so Tuesday’s park walk was delayed until the afternoon. This time we got into my chariot and headed to BREC Independence Community Park, which is just a few miles from my house.

Cone flower thek9harperlee

The centerpiece of this park is the Botanic Garden. I have to tell you that I think Mommy might have spent more time sniffing than I did.

Park garden 3 thek9harperlee

It was a little warm by the afternoon, so we cut our walk short . . .

Playground thek9harperlee

. . . but only after I spent a little time climbing on the playground equipment.

City park fountain thek9harperlee

On Wednesday morning, we ventured a little farther to BREC City-Brooks Community Park. We spent some time walking around the park’s central facilities–including an art gallery, tennis center, and labyrinth–before heading out on the walking path that surrounds the golf course.

City park ducks thek9harperlee

Along the way, we spotted these ducks who were enjoying the shade of a big Cyprus tree. After our walk, we watched some ladies playing tennis (Why don’t they catch the tennis balls in their mouths and run around like I do? Silly humans!), and then we headed home for nap time.

Dog park sign thek9harperlee

Leave it to Mommy to save the best for last: the BREC Burbank Soccer Complex . . . AND DOG PARK! Thursday morning greeted us with dense fog, but a little fog wasn’t going to stop us because the temperatures were still cool . . . AND WE WERE GOING TO THE DOG PARK! This was my first visit to a dog park, and Mommy and I were pretty excited. Can you tell? We met so many nice dogs and so many nice people (of course the people were nice; they were dog people). The picture above was taken as we left the dog park. Do I look like I had a good time? I did!

Dog park water 1 thek9harperlee

Please pardon the butt shot, but I just had to show you my first water experience. I know, I know. I’m a four-and-a-half-year-old Golden Retriever and I had never ever been in water. Pitiful. I was a little hesitant at first, but Bo showed me the ropes . . .

Dog park water 2 thek9harperlee

. . . and just like that I became a water dog. Once I got the hang of it, it was hard to keep me out of the little pond.

Dog park path thek9harperlee

We ended our dog park visit with perimeter walk in hopes that I would dry off a bit, but I just decided to play chase with the other dogs and roll around in sand.

Post park bath thek9harperlee

That’s why I leave you with this picture of me in all my post-dog-park-bath glory. I hope you’ve had at least half the week I had, and that a wonderful weekend awaits you.

Black and White Sunday: Sunrise

Here Comes the Sun thek9harperlee

Black and White Sunday thek9harperlee

Apologies for my mommy’s epic fail on that last Black and White Sunday attempt. Apparently she was napping on the job. Hopefully this one will work, and hopefully it will bring a ray of sunshine to your day!

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BINGO + Blogging = Bonus Post

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I don’t normally post on Saturdays, but this is a special day: I am celebrating Park Day 2.0 with Finn & Charley Too and Gizmo from Terrier Torrent, and I have received a lovely blogging award from Human Rescues Dog. I cannot think of two better reasons for a bonus post.


After all the fun I had for the inaugural Park Day, when I took everyone on a tour of beautiful Audubon Park in New Orleans, nothing was going to keep me from participating in Park Day 2.0. This time, our hosts added a twist: We had to select a BINGO card and complete one row or column. I chose to complete the B (as in BINGO, Blogging, and Bones) column on this card. So let’s get started.

Sign thek9harperlee

My humans and I visited BREC Goodwood Park last night. (Yes, I will be the first to admit that I cut my June 2 deadline a little close on this one!) Goodwood Park is less than 10 minutes from my house. In fact, it is just down the walking path from my house and a place that I regularly visit on my daily walks. So put a big X on “Visit a park less than 10 minutes from your house.”

Sunset thek9harperlee

We arrived at the park just as the sun was dipping below the tree line. Just FYI, sunset yesterday was at 8:02 p.m. Put another X over “Visit a park at sunset.”

Slide thek9harperlee

Our neighborhood park recently had a facelift, which included the addition of some snazzy new playground equipment. How could I resist a little playground fun on the cute yellow slide? Just for the record, my daddy had to coax me up the steps and then he gave me a slight shove down the slide. I probably won’t ever do that again, but I did it once for Park Day 2.0. Another X over “Have playground fun on a slide or swing.” Whew . . . time to head home because I had to get up very, very, very early this morning to complete my BINGO.

Sunrise thek9harperlee

Sunrise this morning was at 6:03 . . . as in a.m. . . . as in way before my normal wake-up time. I am not a morning girl. Let me rephrase that: I am not at all a morning girl. Most mornings my humans have to beg me to get up so that they can get their day going. So visiting my park at sunrise today was a very big deal, but I’ll do anything for Park Day 2.0. Please put a giant X on “Visit a park at sunrise,” and I will expect extra treats at some point today.

Butterfly thek9harperlee

Completing my final BINGO square was a bit of a challenge. By the time we got to the park last night, I think all the butterflies had gone to bed, and I know that butterflies are way too smart to be up as early as we were this morning when we returned to the park. This photo was taken on my patio after we got home. Technically, I did find a butterfly, so please place my final X over “Find a butterfly.” BINGO! So much fun! I cannot wait to see what our Park Day hosts think of next! You can visit all the Park Day 2.0 participants by clicking on this Linky Tool:

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Flowers thek9harperlee

And now on to my blogging award. Yesterday I received the nicest message from my blogging friend who writes Human Rescues Dog informing me that she had nominated thek9harperlee for a WordPress Family Award. I am so thrilled to be a part of her blogging family. She is such a talented, creative, informative, thought-provoking, and entertaining blogger and she is the proud mother of handsome Charlie, a Chocolate Lab, and beautiful Hannah, a Golden Retriever. If you haven’t already checked out Human Rescues Dog, I hope that you will drop by this weekend.


This is actually my second WordPress Family Award, and I couldn’t be happier to be a part of a growing blog family and to re-introduce you to my nominees. Each one is worthy of a second glance. Wow . . . that’s a lot for a Saturday morning–and you have to remember that I was up literally before the crack of dawn today–so I am off to my bed for a well-deserved nap. Sweet dreams.