On the Eleventh Day of Christmas . . .

. . . Tallulah and I welcomed Mr. Sunshine and Miss Blue Sky back into our lives. It seems we’ve had nothing but clouds, fog, and rain since Christmas, so you cannot begin to imagine how happy this day makes us.

Wishing you sunny skies and wide open fields. ūüôā

The Getaway (From Way, Way Back)

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A long, long, long, long time ago, I shared some country breakfast recipes with you and hinted that my sister and I were about to set off on a weekend getaway. Life threw a few little hurdles our way following that trip, but at long last I present to you photos and stories from the way, way back getaway.

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Tallulah and I joined our humans at Butler Greenwood Plantation and Bed and Breakfast in St. Francisville, Louisiana, for three glorious days in June.¬†This was my fifth visit to the¬†pet-friendly¬†B&B (you can click here to read about my third visit three years ago) and my little sister’s first visit. Butler Greenwood is one of my all-time favorite places in the world, and I was so excited¬†to share¬†it with Tallulah.¬†I started¬†her weekend with a little ghost story.¬†Take a look at that upstairs window. What do you see? Looks a bit like a ghost, doesn’t it? I tried to convince Tallulah that Butler Greenwood is haunted. I thought that would really scare her . . .

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. . . and that’s when I learned that nothing scares Tallulah. So we continued with our tour of the grounds–which included lots and lots and lots of sniffing–before¬†settling into our cottage for the evening.

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The next morning we were up bright and early. Tallulah and I had tasty bacon, egg, and cheese treats to eat and my humans had a breakfast casserole to enjoy. (My apologies for not sharing a photo of the cooked human casserole with you, which I promised to do in my “BONE Appetit: Country Breakfast Two Ways” post. The casserole photos were a casualty of my human mommy’s computer meltdown following our getaway.)¬†After breakfast, we¬†hurried out the door so we could get in a little exploring before the rains came.

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Tallulah chose to spend the rainy afternoon working on her spoiled rotten girl bed sleeping skills . . .

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. . . while I tried out some new hairstyles. I kind of like the retro spiky punk look, don’t you?

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And when Tallulah wasn’t being spoiled rotten on the giant king-sized bed, she was plopping herself in front of the air-conditioner so she could soak up the cool air. I’m telling you, my little sister is all about her personal comfort.

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The end of our¬†weekend in the country¬†came way too soon. Tallulah and I thanked our daddy–as only a couple of four-legged daddy’s girls can–and hinted that we’d like to return to Butler Greenwood for another getaway when the weather’s a bit cooler. I think Daddy got the hint.

Black and White Sunday: Father’s Day Kisses

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

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Back to Work, But First . . .

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It’s time to get back to work. After the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge, I decided that my blogging assistant/human mommy had earned a little time off. Who knew that blogging every day except Sundays for an entire month could be so hard? Our hats are¬†off to those of you who manage to keep up that type of schedule. You are true blogging ironmen/women/animals. Mommy and I¬†spent our off time doing . . . well, I’m not really sure what we did; however, I do know that it’s time to get back to work, but first . . .

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. . . I have a few pictures to show¬†you from our recent mini-vacation. I shared some¬†photos in my “V is for VACATION” entry for the A to Z Challenge. Normally when my humans and I visit Butler Greenwood Plantation and Bed and Breakfast, we spend all of our time just relaxing at the B&B; but this time we decided to venture into the little town of St. Francisville for an afternoon tour.

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Our first stop was a little shop called Grandmother’s Buttons. My human daddy and I stayed outside while Mommy went in to shop. The talented people at Grandmother’s Buttons make beautiful jewelry out of vintage buttons. Their St. Francisville store and workshop are housed in a restored 1905 bank building, and their creations are sold online and in stores around the world.

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From Grandmother’s Buttons, we made our way to Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church and the bluff overlooking the Mississippi River. It was quite an uphill hike to reach the church site and the day was slightly warm, so I was somewhat tempted to jump into the beautiful fountain, but I managed to refrain.

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We continued our tour with a leisurely stroll down one of St. Francisville’s historic tree-lined and, thankfully, shady streets.

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Our next stop was Grace Church of West Feliciana Parish, the second oldest Episcopal church in Louisiana. Construction on the current building was completed in 1860. Just a few years later, at the height of the civil war, a Union warship captain who was delirious from fever took his own life near St. Francisville. His officers came ashore¬†to request a Masonic burial ceremony for their captain. He¬†was¬†laid to rest¬†in the Grace Church cemetery with full Masonic honors on what is now known as “The Day the War Stopped.”

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Finally, we took a little walk¬†around the West Feliciana Parish Court House, which was built in 1903, before heading back to the B&B for more R&R. So now the break¬†is over and it’s back to blogging for my mommy and me. Looking forward to catching up with all of our friends and sharing photos and reflections¬†from¬†our adventures.

Harper Lee from A to Z: V is for VACATION

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Even Golden Retrievers need a little vacation every once in a while. My humans like the kind of big vacations that involve airplanes and ships, while I prefer not to fly or sail. I enjoy loading my chariot–actually, I enjoy watching my humans load my chariot–and then hitting the road for a little close-to-home R&R. Last weekend, we took a short drive north to one of my very favorite mini-vacation spots: Butler Greenwood Plantation and Bed and Breakfast in St. Francisville, Louisiana.

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This was my fourth visit to Butler Greenwood, and I love it¬†more and more every time I go. This bed and breakfast is what vacation is all about: really getting away from it all. On their last big trip, while they were somewhere in the middle of the ocean doing absolutely nothing, my humans started to feel a little guilty. Were they being a little too lazy? And that’s when a very wise lady explained the difference between travel and vacation. Travel involves visiting new places, seeing new sites, experiencing new cultures. Vacation involves resting and relaxing . . . nothing more . . . that’s it. I like vacation.

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After we had settled into our little cottage vacation home and explored the beautiful B&B grounds, my humans really started to relax . . .

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. . . while I sat on the back deck and stared down at the lovely ravine below. And that’s pretty much how we spent the next two days of our mini-vacation . . .

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. . . my humans lounging and gazing lazily through the treetops . . .

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. . . and me resting my head and staring off into the distance. It was everything a vacation should be.

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Thowback Thursday: Miss Lee at Three

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This is the third in a series of Throwback Thursday photos leading up to my fifth birthday. (If you missed the first two photos, you can click here to see Miss Lee at One and click here to see Miss Lee at 2.)

In terms of quality, this photo is not all that fabulous. In fact, my human mommy did a little editing to it to make it somewhat more interesting. But what it lacks in quality, it more than makes up in significance.

This photo is important to my humans because it represents two big “firsts” in my life. This was the very first photo that appeared on my very first blog post in September 2012. My mommy helped me start a blog because she wanted to remember every single second of my life. Along the way, we’ve “met” so many wonderful people and pets and shared so many laughs and tears, good times and challenges, happy beginnings and painful endings.

This photo is also important to my humans because it was taken during my first visit to Butler Greenwood Plantation and Bed and Breakfast in St. Francisville, La. We love to “get away from it all” at Butler Greenwood, where we can spend time walking in the field, sitting in front of the fireplace or outside on the porch, and generally doing nothing. I love Butler Greenwood because I think it brings out my “inner bird dog.” Can you see that in this photo?

As I near my fifth birthday, my humans and I look forward to many, many, may more “firsts”!

Exploring the Possibilities

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A few weeks ago, my beautiful friend Misaki who writes The Misadventures of Misaki presented me with the Explorer Dog Award. This fun, new award was created just last month by Cat (a dog) from Camping & Exploring with Dogs.

Here are the rules:

1. Link to the person (or dog) who gave the award to you and display it on your bloggy. Check!

2. Nominate up to five friends. Here they are!

  • Bacon from Pig Love–Bacon is slowing but surely exploring the great outdoors, but his explorations within the Hotel Thompson are pretty exciting, too!¬†Bacon isn’t¬†a dog but, for the purposes of this award,¬†I proclaim him an honorary dog.
  • Matilda from Matilda’s Journey–This sweet girl has explored cancer treatment, which isn’t a fun exploration at all. But the good news is that she is doing very well and getting out to explore the sidewalks of Brooklyn.
  • Roy from Following Roy–In the last few weeks, this¬†little Aussie has gone from sandy beaches to snowy mountains. Now that’s some exploring! And he never left his home continent. Who knew Australia had snowy mountains?
  • Ruby from Ruby the Airedale–Ruby is the funniest girl (or, as she would say, gurl) in all of blogdom, and she¬†leaves the very best comments on everyone’s blogs. I would like to explore her mind, because I’ll bet that’s one fun place!
  • Sage from The (mis)Adventures of Sage–This award should probably be called The Sage Award, because every day is a great exploration for this girl, and she never met a mud puddle she didn’t like.

3. Answer the following questions:

What is your favorite place to explore? Link to it.

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This one is just a little bit tough because I actually have two favorite places. Sometimes I like to explore in the city, and my favorite city to¬†visit is New Orleans, Louisiana. I have written¬†several blog posts about my Crescent City trips, but you can click here to read about my most recent¬†adventures¬†this past¬†April. Other times I like to explore in the country, and my favorite country getaway is Butler Greenwood Plantation and Bed and Breakfast¬†in St. Francisville, Louisiana. My last trip to Butler Greenwood was this past May and¬†I had so much fun (you can click here to read¬†more about it).¬†I saw chipmunks and a peacock and baby birds and ducks and frogs and fireflies. And those were just the animals that I saw. You can only imagine all the things I heard and smelled early in the¬† morning and late in the evening. Wow! I’m getting excited just thinking about all the exploring I did. As you can see, my explorations came to a screeching halt after May. That’s because it’s just too hot where I live for puppy dogs to do much in the summer; but my humans promise me that when the cooler temperatures return in October, I’ll be hitting the road again. I’m holding them to that promise.

Have you ever found anything exciting/interesting whilst exploring?

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One time while I was exploring in New Orleans, I found a bar. Does that sound bad? Let me explain. My hotel was just around the corner from a place called The District, and every time we walked past it I tugged on my leash to go through the door. Finally, my mommy went inside and asked the bartender if I could just step inside to get it out of my system. Well, turns out The District is a pet-friendly place (I was trying to tell my humans that)¬†and I had a blast. It’s now a must-visit spot when I travel to New Orleans.

What do you like to explore more, beach or park?

Well, now you’ve hit a nerve. You see, I’ve never been to the beach. A beach trip is one of my goals, and it will happen, but it hasn’t happened yet. So, reluctantly, I must answer park on this one, because I have been to several parks and I have had fun. But I still want to go to the beach.

What is your favorite post you have written? Link to it.

“Visiting Hours at Squeaky Toy Hospital”–and, by the way, Hedgehog is still hanging in there!