On the Sixth Day of Christmas . . .

. . . I reflected on my 2018 Instagram highlights. My human mommy/blogging assistant used an app called Top Nine to generate the IG posts that received the most likes over the past year. Here’s a little tour of the photos, left to right from the top:

  1. “When pure love and perfect patience meet . . . and fall asleep.” March 22
  2. “Bad news: I had a bath yesterday. Good news: The suds were super yummy. Happy #tongueouttuesday!” June 22
  3. “The Big Easy was the Big Freezy for most of last week. It was miserable. But today was beautiful and spring-like, so Tallulah and I did a little French Quarter/Warehouse District day. We ended with bottomless mimosas (for the humans) at Flamingo A-Go-Go’s dog-friendly patio. Oh, and we had our very own chicken and black bean dish from the puppy menu. Perfection!” January 21
  4. “Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you and happy birthday to me! Today I’m celebrating nine wonderful years, and my New Orleans Irish Channel neighborhood is having a huge party and parade just for me. So “kissmeimirish and it’s my birthday!” March 17
  5. “Tonight I brought Golden love to the children, families, and staff at Children’s Hospital New Orleans. My wish for everyone I met: a night of sweet dreams as sweet as mine.” September 17
  6. “Today we celebrated Tallulah Bee’s third birthday at Dat Dog. Looks like Tallulah might have celebrated a little too much. Cheers to many more celebrations through the years!” April 22
  7. “I’ll be looking for you at the game today, Miss Susan. May the better Tigers win!” (This one probably needs a little explanation: It was posted for a very sweet young lady who is a freshman at Auburn. Her Auburn Tigers were playing my LSU Tigers in a football game. My Tiger’s won. ūüėČ ) September 15
  8. ” Yesterday at the Golden Retriever National, Mommy reconnected with these two Florida sweeties and their humans . . . almost four years since we all met in real life during my fabulous Florida adventure. Golden friendships are the best!” October 7
  9. “I’ll give you three guesses who won’t be the official Easter bunny ear model tomorrow. Hint: her initials are T.B.” March 31

If you’re on Instagram, I highly recommend generating your Top 9 posts for 2018. It’s a fun way to review the old year as it draws to a close. And if you are on IG, let me know where I can follow you. You’ll find me @thek9harperlee!


Countown to Christmas: Three More Days

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In the last few weeks, my human mommy has taken¬†hundreds of photos (only a slight exaggeration) in hopes of getting that perfect picture for our Christmas cards. Tallulah Bee and I have humored her, mostly because she bribes us with treats. In fact, we purposefully look away from the camera, move slightly, or close our eyes just as she snaps so we can get more treats. Shhhh . . . don’t tell her that. It’s our little secret.

Anyway, Mommy managed to get a few favorites along the way and today we begin the countdown to Christmas. The Bee and I are modeling our gorgeous Geaux Fideaux monogrammed bandanas. If you’re interested in getting your very own Geaux Fideaux original (they’re working on Valentine’s Day and St. Patrick’s Day looks), just send an Instagram direct message to @geauxfideaux.¬†

We’re all smiles as we await Santa’s arrival!


A Little Housekeeping with Harper Lee

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It’s time for a little housekeeping. Oh, goodness no, not that kind of housekeeping. I have a human who does that sort of thing for me. I call her Mommy. She’s constantly complaining about all the hair she has to pick up. Should I tell Daddy that he sheds too much? Probably not. No, back to my kind of housekeeping–catching you up on what’s going on in my life, which beats cleaning toilets any day.

Shopping Around the World

Photo from Bacon’s Blog

Shopping Around the World Reminder

Each time I do a¬†Shopping Around the World blog post, at least one or two of my friends will say, “I wish I had known about this” or “I completely forgot about that.” Well, it’s time to mark your calendars for the next Shopping Around the World day: Friday, February 27. My friends Bacon and Fozzie host this international event. Everyone purchases the same items and we all compare prices from around the world. This month is “Random Choices Month” and these are the items:

  • Random condiment of your choice
  • Random frozen meal of your choice
  • Random dessert/something sweet of your choice
  • Random fruit of your choice
  • Random item of your choice

For more details, click here to connect with Bacon’s Shopping Around the World reminder post, and see you February 27.

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Mardi Gras Madness

This past Sunday, I enjoyed a little Mardi Gras madness at the Mystic Krewe of Mutts parade in downtown Baton Rouge . . . and I got to meet the very handsome Beauregard, also known to the Instagram world as @goldenbeauregard. Beau’s mom brought frozen ice balls, which were tons of fun, and I might have had a sip or two of beer.¬†I gave Beau a kiss . . . or two . . . or three, and he slimed my head. It was total doggy bliss. Mardi Gras comes to a screeching halt this coming Tuesday and then it’s time to repent for Lent. I wonder if we have time to make one last tasty Doggy King Cake?

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Squirrel Obsession

I have a very, very good excuse for being slightly behind on reading your blogs and responding to your kind comments. I am absolutely and completely totally squirrel obsessed. Those pesky little creatures have been all over my holly tree, eating the pretty red berries and tormenting me daily. I have spent hours upon hours sitting under the holly tree and observing. They nibble for a while, and then they race across the roof, over the shed, and into the big oak tree. One day, one of those little fellas is going to slip and end up on the ground, and then . . . and then . . . ¬†well, frankly I have no idea what I’ll do.

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Six by Six Update

Last month, I set a goal for myself: learn six tricks by the time I turn six years old in mid-March. I am happy to report that I am well on my way to meeting that goal (with a little help from the tuna treats that Mommy made to encourage my trick training). I have totally mastered spin, as you can see from the photo above. The last two days, I was brilliant at bow, and then today I tricked Mommy into thinking I’d forgotten that one. I don’t want to make this trick-learning thing too easy on her, and the more I “struggle,” the more tuna treats I get. There’s a method to my madness.

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Today we worked on sit up, which I like to call hover because I barely lift my front feet off of the ground and seem to be hovering rather than actually sitting up.

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Now if only Mommy can work on her photography skills so that she can get my entire body in the shot when I sit up. And maybe she can learn how to take and post videos by the time I turn six years old so that you can see me in action as I do my six by six. That would really be a trick. Perhaps her training needs to start soon.

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 Curling Up with a Good Book

And finally, I would like to thank my Sheltie friend Dakota (of Dakota’s Den fame) and his sweet mom for sending a copy of¬†Fuzzy Logic by Susan C. Daffron to my mommy.¬†Fuzzy Logic is the story of librarian Jan Carpenter who travels to her mother’s latest wedding (is it the sixth or seventh?) and reconnects with Michael Lawson, the obnoxious little neighbor boy who’s all grown up and pretty good-looking. Of course, dogs play a major role in this romantic comedy. (You can click here to read the full review on Dakota’s blog.) I entered my mommy in the drawing for one of two copies of¬†Fuzzy Logic,¬†and I won. Interestingly, the other winner was also from Louisiana–M.K. Clinton whose blog is called Barking from the Bayou. I think it just might be time to curl up with Mommy and dive into¬†Fuzzy Logic. That actual housekeeping stuff can wait for another day.


On the Second Day of Christmas: A Quick Trip to New Orleans

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And on the second day of Christmas . . . my humans and I jumped into my chariot and took a quick drive to New Orleans to meet my Instagram friend @goldenluver, also known as Erika, who’s visiting the Big Easy from her home in Indiana. Naturally, our tour of New Orleans had to begin¬†at my favorite watering hole, The District. We then headed to Grand Isle for a bite to eat and a very nice visit. Miss Erika has three sweet Golden Retrievers back home–Bogey, Bear, and Bagus. She was having major Golden Retriever withdrawal, which means that I got lots and lots of love and attention. Perfect for me!

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Then we went on a short tour of New Orleans hotel lobbies. (My human mommy says that you absolutely must visit New Orleans for Christmas so that you can see the decorations in the hotel lobbies. They are truly stunning.) Our first stop was the Windsor Court Hotel. While Miss Erika and my mommy went into the lobby to enjoy the festive atmosphere, my human daddy and I waited outside in the beautiful courtyard. And that’s when the doorman uttered these magical words: “You can go inside. We’re completely dog friendly.” It was the poshest place I’ve ever been. Mommy was so stunned by the fact that I could go into the lobby, she totally cut off Santa’s head in my photo in front of the Christmas tree. But it was a day I’ll always remember . . . meeting yet another of my fabulous Instagram friends, showing her my favorite spots in one of my favorite cities, and walking into the Windsor Court Hotel to see the beautiful Christmas decorations. What a perfect Second Day of Christmas!


The Best Day Ever!

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Can you believe that life got even better after my first day at the beach? Can you believe that I woke up the next morning and got to go back to the beach?

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And can you believe that I was joined by friends? I had a Golden Beach Bash with eight of my Golden Retriever Instagram friends. It was the best day ever!¬†We started gathering around¬†11 a.m. at Canova Beach Park,¬†the only dog-friendly beach in Brevard County, Florida. It was a little chilly, slightly overcast, a bit drizzly, and the wind was blowing like crazy. But we didn’t care. That’s Sam on the far left, Brinkley, Carter, and Cupcake. I’m the one on the right with the super happy and totally¬†silly grin.

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The day was organized by my friend Carter’s mom. His mom is the hostess with the mostest. She made the fabulous reindeer bandanas for all of us. Isn’t Cater the most handsome boy ever? And why do I look like such a wet rat? Oh well, I didn’t care.¬†I was at the beach . . . with friends . . . and it was the best day ever!

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And if you think I was happy, just look at my humans. I would say they were in hog heaven, but it was more like dog heaven . . . Golden dog heaven. That’s my daddy kissing Carter with me hidden in the background . . .

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¬†. . . and there’s my mommy with Carter and Harper Lee bookends. More than two weeks have passed since that day, and Mommy still has that smile on her face.

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That’s my daddy handing out treats. Carter’s in the middle getting a¬†treat; I’m on the left; and Sam is on the right. It looks like Sam¬†was getting ready to move closer so she could be in better treat-gathering position. I just look like I’m wondering why in the world Daddy is handing out treats to others. The humans distributed¬†a lot of treats that day . . . when they weren’t snapping photos.

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Believe it or not, Mommy didn’t take that many pictures. She was having too much fun hugging all of my friends. That’s Brinkley. Brinkley¬†looks just about as happy about hugs as I am.

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It’s not a real beach party until the new girl’s face is covered with sand. Just for the record, I was the new girl.

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Carter, Cupcake, and I took a quick moment to pose with our reindeer antler headbands. I’m on the left, looking for my daddy at the other end of the beach; Cupcake’s on the right, looking toward the sky in hopes that treats will fall; and Carter’s in the middle, looking handsome for the camera. Can you tell which one of us is the show dog?

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The party ended around 3 p.m. with a final group photo. Actually, the party ended with many, many, many attempts to get the perfect group photo. Finally, the humans abandoned any hopes for perfection and settled for fun. Fun is what you get with nine Golden Retrievers at the beach. In the front row, from left to right, that’s Riley, Sam, Cupcake, Brinkley, and Glory and Katie from Lakewood Golden Retrievers. I’m in the back row with Carter in the middle and Luna on the right (Luna and Riley are sister and brother, but they have different human families).

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I had driven 760 miles across the Louisiana border and then¬†through Mississippi, Alabama, and most of Florida. (Technically, I was chauffeured, but you know what I mean.) I had enjoyed¬†a magical day in Melbourne, Florida. I¬†put my toes in the sand¬†and frolicked in the surf for the first time in my life. And then I got to spend a day at the beach with eight of the very best Golden Instagram friends ever. The next day, my friend Carter’s mom had a Christmas photo shoot planned for me (you’ll have to wait to see those photos). Then I would hop into the car and drive with my humans to Tampa for one night before heading back¬†to Baton Rouge. But that night, after a wonderful¬†day at the beach, I put my little head down, drifted off to la-la land, and had sweet dreams of my fabulous day¬†. . .¬†the best day ever!


It’s Official: I’m a Snake Charmer

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Yesterday I officially joined the Instagram Snake Charmers Club, which from this point on will be referred to simply as #snakecharmers. Not familiar with the #snakecharmers? If you’re on Instagram, check out the hashtag. I think the photos will tell you all you need to know. If you’re not on Instagram, I’ll do my best to explain. The #snakecharmers are a group of ¬†Instagram dogs with snake toys. (As of this writing, there are only dogs in the club, but I’m sure membership would be open to pigs, cats, birds, guinea pigs, etc. It’s a fairly¬†non-exclusive club.) Sounds pretty simple so far, right? Here’s where it gets more interesting. There are various chapters¬†of the #snakecharmers. There’s an East Coast Chapter (rumor has it the #snakecharmers originated in Florida) and a West Coast Chapter, a New England Chapter and a Midwest Chapter, a Georgia Chapter and an Arizona Chapter. There’s even a Special Ops Team and an International Chapter. I’ve heard whispers about an Undercover Chapter, but I was sworn to secrecy so my lips are sealed.

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But back to me. There’s nothing quite like that special moment when a girl meets her snake and the charming begins. It starts off slowly, quietly, and gently.

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Then a little bit of crazy kicks in and it’s best just¬†to stand back and watch . . . from a very safe distance.

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And voila! The snake has been charmed. He’s so charmed that he now has a name–Sammy–and he’s slithered up beside me for a nice little nap. We all know that snakes are cold-blooded creatures, so I’m sure he appreciates a little Golden warmth.

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Who knew snake charming could be so exhausting? Boy am I happy that the weekend is here and I’ll have a chance to catch up on my sleep. Many, many thanks to my sweet Instagram friend @johnanng and the 3 Crazy Retrievers for introducing me to the #snakecharmers. The club started just a week ago, and it’s growing by leaps and bounds. What do you say? Any interest from¬†the blogging community?


Harper Lee from A to Z: T is for TONGUE

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I have an awesome tongue. Even my human mommy, who does not like the word awesome, thinks that I have an awesome tongue. Sometimes my humans look at my tongue hanging out of my mouth and think to themselves, “Where does she keep that thing?” They wonder if perhaps I might be part giraffe, especially when I fully extend my lovely tongue and wrap it¬†around my cute pink nose. Once a week on Instagram, I get to celebrate my tongue on Tongue out Tuesday, also known as #tongueouttuesday. Here is a compilation of just a few of my Instagram #tongueouttuesday photos.

Enjoy!

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Harper Lee from A to Z: I is for INCHES

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My blogging assistant, who also happens to be my human mommy, was a little stumped when it came to the letter I, so she asked my Instagram friends for some ideas. Get it–asking Instagram friends for a little help with I ideas? Anyway, my very good Instagram friend @johnanng of 3 Crazy Retrievers fame suggested inches. Little did she know what Mommy would do with that, and little did¬†I know that I was about to become a crazy science¬†project of sorts. Mommy decided that she would measure various parts of my body. Apparently this was quite funny, because Mommy laughed the whole time she was measuring. Whatever. Without further ado, I give you Miss Harper Lee in inches:

Intelligence lump to tip of nose: 10″

(The intelligence lump is the little knot on the top of a dog’s head; humans do not have these; hmm.)

Intelligence lump to base of tail: 36″

Base of tail to tip of tail (including hair): 16″

(Apparently, I am one long dog.)

Elbow to tip of¬†toenail: 14-1/2″

Knee to tip of toenail: 14-1/2″

(Mommy decided that it’s probably a good thing that the two measurements above are the same.)

Height at shoulders: 24″

Neck: 17″

Chest: 31″

(Mommy says that may not attract the human men, but the boy puppies will be impressed.)

Waist: 25″

Wrist: 5″

Ankle: 6″

Length of ear: 5-1/2″

Longest whisker: 2-1/2″

So, admit it: Those of you humans who have dogs in your homes are running off now to find the tape measure so you can conduct your own crazy science project. My apologies to your dogs. And with these measurements in hand, some of you just might be running off to build your own Harper Lee. But wait, I forgot to tell you the most important measurement of all:

Heart: Infinity . . . which just happens to be another I word.

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Let’s Get This Party Started!

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What could possibly be better than celebrating your birthday? Celebrating your birth-week! My big birthday celebration started yesterday–exactly one week from the actual big day–when my favorite mail carrier in the whole world, Mr. Leroy, rang my doorbell and announced that he had a special delivery for me, little Miss Harper Lee. Special? I’d say it was special. It was from my¬†Instagram Florida retriever friends Sully, Murphy Brown, and Carter.

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I had a little help from my humans opening the box, and then I dove in nose first.

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Look at the precious birthday card they sent. On the back, it says that the sender of this card is a supporter of Guiding Eyes for the Blind, one of the nation’s foremost guide dog schools. Awwwww. Sully, Murphy Brown, and Carter have the nicest humans. And inside, the card said, “Harper Lee–We all wish you the best birthday to date. Love, belly rubs & kisses, Sully, MB & Carter.” I am a very¬†lucky girl to have such¬†sweet friends.

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But wait. What’s this? It gets even better. There were also gifts in the box. Wow! Time for another nose dive.

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Those special retrievers sent a crate pouch with my name on it, in purple of course, a happy birthday tote, also in my favorite color purple, and . . .

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¬†. . . a brand new monogrammed purple and gold collar. Now I must tell you that Sully, Murphy Brown, and Carter are members of an Alabama-Florida State family, so it is a very big deal that they love me enough to send something in LSU’s magnificently beautiful purple and gold. What a fantastic start to my birthday week, and many, many thanks to Sully, MB, Carter, and their wonderful humans for helping me to get the party started in style.


My Latest Obsession

Instagram September Photo Challenge: Day 30-Selfie

Instagram September Photo Challenge: Day 30-Selfie

Hello. My name is Harper Lee, and I’m obsessed with Instagram. There. I said it. About two months ago, my blogging friend at oh melvn (and yo jake) published a post that featured absolutely beautiful and very funny Instagram photos of her extremely entertaining dogs. That was it. I had to be on Instagram.¬†I created an account (with a little help from my human mommy) and I was hooked. Go ahead and visit Melvin¬†and Jake on Instagram @tholupka_ohmelvin. If you’re not already on Instagram, you’ll want to be there after seeing the antics of these two!

Instagram Pet October Photo Challenge

Instagram Pet October Photo Challenge

So it all started very slowly and innocently, and then at the end of August¬†I discovered the daily photo challenge. Uh oh. I was getting in deeper. I’m about half way through my second daily photo challenge month–the¬†Pet October Photo Challenge–and I am having a blast.

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Instagram October Photo Challenge: Day 8-Play Time

Sometimes the challenges can be challenging in more ways than one, like when the theme of the day was “Play Time” and I¬†stubbornly refused to play, no matter how many toys Mommy through my way.

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Instagram October Photo Challenge: Day 12-Treats

And then there are those unexpected special days when Mommy gets a picture she really, really loves, like this one of me sharing a pear with my human daddy for the “Treats” day challenge.

Instagram Account @kimmie_wimmie

Instagram Account @kimmie_wimmie

As if posting my own photos wasn’t addictive enough, I started discovering more and more irresistible accounts. I simply cannot get enough of the gorgeous Golden brother and sister¬†@kimmie_wimmie. Every time I see an Instagram photo of these two playing, I want to jump into the phone and romp around with them. I’ve just found the¬†Instagram account¬†of @peggyfitz1. If you want to see breathtaking photos of nature–with an occasional Golden Retriever or horse thrown in there–you must visit this account.

Instagram Account @johnanng Remembering Bear & Thinking of Me

Instagram Account @johnanng Remembering Bear & Thinking of Me

Just when I thought my obsession with Instagram couldn’t possibly become any greater, I saw this last Saturday morning. My sweet friends @johnanng remembered precious Bear and thought of me on a morning visit to Cocoa Beach¬†by the Atlantic Ocean. Just think about it: Instagram joined Bear–a Golden boy who loved the Pacific Ocean–and me–a Gulf Coast Golden girl who is still waiting for her first beach trip–right there at the edge of the Atlantic Ocean . . . and cute Carter’s paw prints and photo bomb were a beautiful bonus.

Instagram September Photo Challenge: Day 11-Eyes

Instagram September Photo Challenge: Day 11-Eyes

I will leave you with my mommy’s favorite Instagram photo of me from the September daily challenge. I hope that you’ll think about following me on Instagram (you can find me @thek9harperlee) and, if you’re not already posting your¬†own photos on Instagram, I hope you’ll consider starting your own account. I’m already following a lot of you, but if I haven’t found you yet please let me know your Instagram name in a comment below . . . and you too can become a part of my latest obsession!