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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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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First Time Daddy

It’s Quintuplets!

It’s official! Willy is a daddy. Miss Jessica gave birth to five healthy puppies May 26, 2017.

The day BEFORE the big day, our special order cookies arrived to celebrate the occasion. My niece makes the cookies, and they are DELISH, and hand decorates each one.  Then she packages them up beautifully. Let me just say that these cookies didn’t last very long here in the Goswick house!

Willy and Jessica each got to have a bite of cookie after the photo shoot.

The following day, Jessica went into labor and gave birth to five healthy, beautiful puppies – three boys and two girls. Two pups are tri-color like Jessica, two are black and white like Willy’s momma and grandma, and one special little fella is brown and white like Willy.

We had a big celebration here at the Goswick house, complete with cigars (fake of course!) Willy wasn’t all that impressed with the cigar.

Willy is very curious about these squirmy little balls of fur that make all kinds of fascinating noises. When Willy’s kiddos get a little bigger, Willy will meet them face to face. Until then, he gets to peek at them from a distance.

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Afternoon at the Arena

Willy aspires to be a cow dog.

 

Willy was happy to meet Spade the horse. He had no idea what sort of adventure we were going on that would include this big animal but as always he was ready.

We walked to the arena in the pasture behind our house. Willy attentively watched everything my husband did with Spade. He was very interested in how they loaded the steers in the chute.

 My husband and son were practicing roping and working their horses. Willy enjoyed watching them. He REALLY wanted to chase the steers right along side the horses and was very disappointed that I wouldn’t let him. (I didn’t want him to get hurt.)

He was curious about these strange smelling animals. They had snotty noses, made WAY too much noise and were a little bit cantankerous, but they sure did look like fun to chase!

Since I wouldn’t let him chase the steers, he opted instead to hang out with my grandson, Clay.

All in all it was a great adventure. He enjoyed every minute of it. Until next time, Happy Trails!

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