Willy Explores Historic Downtown Prescott

Visiting Prescott Courthouse Square Willy style!

This is actually “Act II” from last week’s post. The same day Willy had lunch at Barley Hound he played tourist at the Historic Prescott Courthouse Square. It really was a magnificent day. This is my hometown – born and raised, but believe it or not, I can count on one hand the number of times I have actually spent time on the square.

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We enjoyed the historical statues of Prescott history. Prescott was the Territorial capitol of Arizona before we became a state. Teddy Roosevelt’s Rough Riders originated here in Prescott.

We have a rich military history with the Calvary at Fort Whipple, but Prescott also has a rich cowboy and ranching heritage as well. We really liked this statue of a Cowboy at rest.

My son, Tyler, came with us. Tyler is a veteran. This monument honoring the local veterans who gave their lives serving our country was especially meaningful.

In typical Willy style, he enjoyed every moment, even the moments we took a break to rest a few minutes.

Willy enjoyed seeing all the sights, smelling all the different smells and meeting the different dogs who were also enjoying a stroll on the square. Willy enjoyed making new human friends as well.

We ended the day relaxing on the lush grass, soaking up the summer warmth and clean mile high air.

 

 

 

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What’s on the Menu?

Willy went out for lunch and dined in style!

I decided that Willy and I needed to explore our own hometown and discover new adventures to be had locally. We discovered a fabulous, dog friendly cafe in down town Prescott, Arizona called The Barley Hound.

They bring out water for your four-legged family member when they bring yours. They even have meals you can order off the menu for your dog! What fun! Willy ordered the steak and rice.

After we ordered, Willy waited patiently for his food. We enjoyed the beautiful day out on the cafe patio. It was a perfect day for eating outdoors.

They brought Willy’s food out on a Frisbee! Willy really enjoyed eating his lunch beside me.  He felt extra special.

When he was finished eating, he had a new toy to play with! This place is so  much fun. For all my local friends and even those who may wish to travel to visit Prescott, The Barley Hound is a MUST for your itinerary!

With a full tummy, Willy relaxed and did a little “people watching” while I finished  my lunch and dessert. The food is amazing with fun options to order such as duck fries and shark tacos! The upside down Key lime Pie … YUM! If you are a connoisseur of fine beer, like my son Ty, you will appreciate their great selection of local brewed light or dark beer.

Willy and I are having fun exploring our own “back yard” and can’t wait to share our adventures with you! Until next time, be sure to take time out of your day to relax and enjoy where you live!

**Neither Willy nor I receive any compensation for this recommendation**

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National Watermelon Day 2017

Willy the Kid and his gang celebrated in style!.

Their celebration started off with a lively game of Watermelon Roll, which perhaps is a dogs version of  the Watermelon Crawl.  Rusty, Carly, Ammo and Willy had so much fun rolling the watermelon around the lawn. It was the “Best Day of Willy’s Life”, well until the next best day!

Willy’s son, Ammo, knew there just had to be something wonderful inside this big green ball.

Willy waited patiently for the special treat I promised him – the prize inside the big green ball.

I cut the watermelon up and let them enjoy the sweet deliciousness of this wonderful summer fruit. This was Willy (and his pals) very first time eating watermelon. They loved it!

Willy savored every bite of his piece of watermelon.  He took his time which is quite unusual for him. I think he liked his special surprise treat.

*** For my regular readers, yes, I did post this a few days early. But, I wanted to post it on the actual National Watermelon Day. Also, my husband and I are going on a trip this weekend and I will be on the road Sunday, my regular day. Until next time, enjoy all the things that only summer holds, like watermelon!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hittin’ the Trail

Willy enjoyed our hike on the Peavine Trail.

Although I was born in Prescott, Arizona and have lived in the area all but a few short months of my life, I am STILL discovering places to go and things to do in my home town. One discovery is this wonderful trail.

The 6 mile Peavine Trail is one of the few Rails to Trails projects in Arizona. It was originally built by the Santa Fe Railway in 1893. It winds around the back side of Watson Lake and the Granite Dells boulders. Willy and I didn’t hike the whole 6 miles but what we did hike was filled with beautiful scenery such as the wild Grapevines and Black Walnut trees that grow along the trail.

There are several little side trails to explore as well. Willy and I especially enjoyed this one, which took us to the back edge of Watson Lake where Willy was able to cool off.

Willy and I followed the white dots just like it said.

It was fun climbing the granite boulders. Willy felt like a real mountain climber!

Willy and I can’t wait for another fun local expedition. You don’t necessarily have to travel to find adventure. Sometimes you can find it in your own backyard.

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Willy Got Mail

Willy got a special surprise in the mail.

Willy meets all kinds of people on his adventures. Every once in awhile a friendship is formed. On our trip to Colorado, Willy met the nicest ladies while taking a photo in front of the “Welcome to Colorado” sign. These ladies make AMAZING dog collars. Their company name is Fearless Pet and they make some pretty cool, innovative collars. I orders a couple of their collars and they sent Willy a special surprise, a cute bandanna!

Willy’s new every day collar is simple black in color but it has a unique patent design. You see, I will tell you a little secret about Willy – he doesn’t really like getting into a vehicle. He is learning to enjoy the ride once inside, but still struggles with the whole jumping in part. He backed out of his collar the other day at the Vet and that gave me quite a scare. Its a good thing he stayed put. This new SAFE CINCH collar by FearLess Pet has a little loop on it so that when he backs up on the leash it tightens enough to keep from slipping off but doesn’t choke. I LOVE it!!

I also ordered their training collar called the DualMax Collar. This collar is INCREDIBLE. It gives the dog more comfort and you more control when training not to pull on a leash. Yes, my friends, Willy does tend to pull on the leash when he gets excited about going for a walk. With a regular collar he chokes and gags. With a harness, he may as well be a sled dog! But, with this collar, when he pulled, it did not choke him, yet it stopped him in his tracks. It goes on above their regular collar.

It is extra wide and crafted so that the energy created when a dog pulls is evenly dispersed, which reduces the impact to the front of the neck. All I know is after wearing it only one time, Willy didn’t pull again and waited patiently at the gate instead of pulling and jumping on the gate.

I highly recommend Fearless Pet products! They are made in the USA too! Check out the website for yourself http://fearlesspet.com

Disclaimer: I occasionally post recommendations for products that I and my dogs love. I do NOT get any compensation for my recommendations. I share with you only because we love the products we choose to recommend and hope that they may be beneficial to you and your dogs as well.

 

 

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Daddy Daycare

Willy babysat his kiddos!

Because the puppies will be going to their new forever families soon, Willy spent some quality time with them. Jessica appreciated the break!

He is such an amazing daddy. He plays so gentle and really watches out for them. Even when they get rough with him, he is patient and gentle.

And they really love their daddy too!

What can I say, Willy is one special dog!

 

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Fun in the Pool

Hot summer days equal cool summer fun!

Here on the ranch, when the temperature rises to the 90’s, it is time for the doggy pool. Willy was totally prepared.

With swim goggles and swim trunks on, it was time to dive in and cool off. Boy oh boy, did that cool water feel good on such a hot day!

Once Willy was cooled off, it was time for a little sunbathing on his doggy size beach towel.

Willy tried to get his buddies to come swim with him, but they would rather be in the air-conditioned house. Oh well, more room for Willy. He loves the water. Any water – cow tanks, horse troughs, dog water troughs, sprinklers, swimming pools, but not bath water.

After a fun-filled afternoon getting cooled off in the pool, Willy was ready for a relaxing nap. So he let the sun dry him off while he kicked back on his towel and then we went into the nice cool house.

Until next time, may your summer days be filled with love and laughter.

 

 

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Patriotic Pup

Happy 4th of July!

Willy and the rest of our family are very patriotic. We love our country and love to celebrate our independence. I think Willy likes the family BBQ best though. He and his buddies are “ground sweepers” at that event.

We went all out for this photo shoot! We couldn’t help ourselves. We even talked Willy’s pal Rusty into a few poses.

Here where we live is home to the World’s Oldest Rodeo. Prescott, Arizona and the surrounding towns have birthed some of the greatest rodeo cowboys of all time. Rodeo is part of our family heritage as well and several of our family members (including one of my sons) have competed in the past and some are still competing in this very rodeo today. I think Willy makes a great looking cowboy, don’t you?

Although we love to have fun on this holiday, we are humbled by the sacrifices made by our United States military, past and present, that allow us to continue to live in freedom. We are not only a rodeo family, but have family who have served and are currently serving in the US Military. Willy LOVES his military uncles! So to all veterans and active duty, we salute you and thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Willy wore his best patriotic tie to honor those who fight for Flag and Freedom.

As you and your loved ones celebrate our country’s independence, and enjoy all the festivities, don’t forget to thank those you meet who have served or are serving in our military, because without them you would have nothing to celebrate.

This past week has had its share of intense, gut wrenching moments as we stood at a distance watching our beloved mountains burn in the Goodwin Fire. The fire knocked on the doors of several houses on our family’s 5th generation ranch headquarters, coming within 200 yards of one. Thanks to our brave fire fighters, all homes and structures were saved. But the fire continues to burn as I type this.  Times like this make you realize just what matters; what truly has value. Things can be replaced – lives can not. Just one more reminder that life is about those we love – so live well and love well.

In light of those who have already lost their homes to this fire and those still in its path, I’d like to close this post with some of the lyrics from Lee Greenwood’s song “God Bless the USA”.

If tomorrow all the things were gone
I’d worked for all my life
And I had to start again
With just my children and my wife
I’d thank my lucky stars
To be living here today
Cause the flag still stands for freedom
And they can’t take that away
And I’m proud to be an American
Where at least I know I’m free
And I won’t forget the men who died
Who gave that right to me
And I gladly stand up
Next to you and defend her still today
Cause there ain’t no doubt I love this land
God bless the USA
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Six Places at Once

Not too many dogs, or people for that matter, can say they have been to six places at once!

Willy and I took a little trip last week. We drove to Delta, Colorado. Willy is always excited for another adventure.

Our first stop was The Four Corners National Monument. Now I know that it is true that when you stand at a certain spot on the monument you are in four states at the same time, but did you know that you are also standing in two different Native American Reservations? So Willy actually was at SIX places at once: Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, Colorado, the Navajo Reservation as well as the Ute Reservation.

Can I just say that it was HOT that day! It was 108 degrees so I did not let Willy’s paws be on the hot sidewalk longer than it took to snap a couple quick photos. This was the best photo I could get, but believe me when I say, he truly was six places at once. After this quick stop we were on the road again into Colorful Colorado!

(Photo courtesy of the wonderful ladies from fearlesspet.com )

Can I just say this was by far the most BEAUTIFUL drive I have ever been on thus far in my 53 years of living on this earth. We followed the Dolores River for miles and miles.

We saw some gorgeous scenery. This was June 19th and there was still snow on the mountains.

An absolutely stunning sight where lush green meets snowy mountains.

We arrived at our destination and picked up Willy’s new friend, Carly Sue. Then we checked into our hotel room. Willy and Carly got to know each other then we got some much needed sleep for the journey back home the next day.

Until next time, stop to enjoy the beauty around you.

 

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Shopping Day for Willy

Although we have chain stores here, Willy & I prefer to shop local.

Willy went with me to our local, family owned pet supply store, Pet Headquarters in Prescott Valley, Arizona. As always, Willy loves adventure. Willy’s favorite place to ride in the truck is on the console so he can be close to me. It also gives him a great place to look out the windshield.

We needed dog food and 40 lb bags are too heavy for me and Willy, so we used a shopping cart. Willy couldn’t believe how many brands of dog food there were in the store. He didn’t recognize any of them!

Willy was excited when we finally came to the section that had the dog food he eats. Willy LOVES to eat and he LOVES his Victor Dog food. Here were the bags and the smell he was used to! My dogs love Victor brand dog food and I have a couple of picky dogs. Quality dog food that is reasonably priced, Victor makes for happy, healthy little Jacks!

Next we went down the toy aisle. Oh so many toys to look at. Total eye candy for Jack Russell Terriers. It was like Christmas in June!

Willy REALLY wanted me to buy him a new toy. Problem was, he just couldn’t decide what he wanted. There were so many toys to choose from.

He considered a tennis ball, but I wouldn’t let him. I reminded him that the cover ends up torn off by him or one of the other dogs as soon as we get home.

I steered him toward the tough dog toy section. He had to look at them all! He finally decided upon a new Zogoflex tug toy by West Paw Design – those cool looking toys on the far right of this picture. My dogs love them and they are virtually indestructible! Oh, and they are guaranteed, so if something does happen to them, West Paw will replace them. Willy and I highly recommend these toys.

All in all, it was a pretty fun day trip. Willy and I leave tomorrow for an out of state trip. Stay tuned!

*Disclaimer* Neither Willy nor I receive any compensation from Pet Headquarters, Victor brand dog food or West Paw Design. We just wanted to share with you our recommendations.

 

 

 

 

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