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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Photo Shoot at the Corrals

Living on a ranch provides the best backdrops for a photo shoot.

 

Willy and I found some old wooden corrals one day while helping put out salt blocks for the cattle. I could not resist this amazing photo opportunity. The spring flowers were in full bloom making for gorgeous photos.

 

What a fun place to take photos. These corrals may be old, falling apart and rotting in some places, but they hold so much character; remnants of days gone by.

 

On the same day, we found this tree. It had low, sprawling branches and Willy had fun climbing it and balancing on the branch.  It doesn’t take much to entertain Willy.

 

It is the simple things in life that bring the most pleasure. A sunny spring day, a quiet walk,  and time spent with those you love. In this case, it was all three. Until next time, stop and enjoy the simple things.

 

 

 

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Take me Fishin’

Willy went fishing for the very first time at the pond on the ranch.

Willy got to hang out with the family at the fishin’ pond on the ranch the other day. He was curious about the fishing pole and what Ty was doing with it.

Because fishing can sometimes be a waiting game, he decided to fill the time giving Ty kisses, lots of kisses.

The waiting paid off in the end and Willy got to see his very first fish!

Then the fish was gently released back into the pond and it was time for Willy to go home, the dinner bell was ringing!

 

 

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Just Another Day on the Ranch

Willy Loved to go check the waters and put out salt with us.

Living on a ranch definitely has its advantages. It is a great life for dogs. Willy, always ready for adventure, was overjoyed to get in the ranch truck and help us out. On this particular day we were checking to make sure the water supplies were full and the cattle had salt blocks to lick.

Willy started out clean, but he didn’t end up that way. Boys will be boys, they say. I guess it rings true for dogs as well.

We let Willy and his pal Rusty go swimming. They had a blast swimming, chasing sticks, chasing butterflies, and running in the mud!

 

Life is too short, sometimes you just have to get good and dirty.  Why not? It washes off. Until next time, Happy Trails!

 

 

 

 

 

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Willy Goes on a Date!

Willy went on his very first date!

He is growing up so fast! He used all his very best manners. He got some roses and dressed up in his Bow Tie. Then he got his courage up to ask Miss Jessica out on a romantic date.

Jessica LOVED the roses. After all, what girl doesn’t love to get roses?

Jessi just couldn’t resist Willy’s charm. It was a special moment, definitely photo worthy. Who knew my Willy could be so suave and debonair?

It was a bittersweet moment for me. My Willy is all grown up! I am so proud of the dog he has become.  Such a handsome young fella! I have a feeling he is going to be quite the “Ladies’ Man”.

 

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