2017 in the Rear View Mirror

Happy New Year!

What a fabulous year Willy had! Here’s to a new year with more incredible adventures ahead! With the new year comes new opportunities. Make them count! That is Willy and my resolution, to make our moments, our days, every adventure count by cherishing our loved ones and “taking it all in.” We want to let those moments capture our hearts, take our breath away, and truly live and be present in each moment we have with those we love. With the New Year, Willy and I have decided to try something new. We are going to change the frequency of this blog to twice a month instead of every week; at least through the winter.

Now sit back and scroll through Willy’s 2017 memories. Willy and I picked out some of our favorite photos to share with you. Enjoy!

 

 

Willy – the Jedi Knight

Willy may be shorter than Yoda but he ROCKS the Jedi robe!

Willy likes to pretend. He has quite the imagination too!  Though he be little; he be a skilled Jedi Knight – in his dreams anyway. He is ready to defeat the forces of the dark side.

When Rusty heard the Willy wanted to “play” Star Wars, he was all for it! Of course, Rusty HAD to be Chewbacca. After all, Chewy is his favorite character. Rusty rocks his costume too!

Sadie usually doesn’t join in Willy’s wild imaginative games, but this time she really wanted to play along. Who else would Sadie be but Princess Leia! I mean she already thinks she should be royalty. Isn’t she beautiful?

In Willy’s version of Star Wars, Willy the Jedi wins over the heart of Princess Leia, not Hans Solo. A guy can dream, right?!

Chewy and Willy joined forces to help the Alliance defeat the Empire’s evil plot to take over the universe. They look pretty heroic, don’t they?

Willy has the BEST friends a dog could ever have! These three have literally grown up together. Rusty and Sadie both have birthdays this week, they turn 2. Willy thought this was an awesome way to celebrate his two best friends’ birthdays. I think he was right!

Until next time, May the Force be with you!

 

 

Happy Thanksgiving

Willy is thankful every day of the year!

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving and hope you all did as well. The weather was unseasonable warm so Willy got lots of exercise after eating some turkey.

Thanksgiving is traditionally the day to give thanks for your blessings, but Willy and I think that we should be thankful for our blessings every day of the year!

We enjoyed a full Thanksgiving dinner with all the traditional favorites and then it happened! Willy and Sadie’s puppies were born in the wee morning hours on Friday, November 24th.  They had 2 sons and 2 daughters. Everyone is doing fine and for that Willy and I are most thankful.

Now that Thanksgiving is over, let the Christmas season begin!! What a joyous time of the year.

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Call Me Big Red

Have you ever watched a movie and wanted to be one of the characters?

I remember as a child watching movies and then pretending that I was whichever character or animal inspired me from that particular flick. Willy watched the Disney movie, Secretariat, and got inspired. He thinks he looks like him, what do you think?

Well, because Willy knows just how to sweet talk me into things, I ordered him this fun little costume so that he could act out his imagination. He was so proud of it.

He was even excited that the jockey wore checkered silks. No, they are not quite the same color of blue as Ron Turcotte wore, but Willy was still thrilled.

Willy was the famous Secretariat for the day. He preferred to be called Big Red.

I even recorded a couple of videos so that Willy could show you how great he looked racing across the yard, carrying his trusty jockey safely on his back.

OFF TO THE RACES!

“Do you give the horse its strength or clothe its neck with a flowing mane? Do you make it leap like a locust, striking terror with its proud snorting? It paws fiercely, rejoicing in its strength, and charges into the fray. It laughs at fear, afraid of nothing; it does not shy away from the sword. The quiver rattles against its side, along with the flashing spear and lance. In frenzied excitement it eats up the ground; it cannot stand still when the trumpet sounds. At the blast of the trumpet it snorts, ‘Aha!’ It catches the scent of battle from afar, the shout of commanders and the battle cry.” Job 39: 19-25

AND HE’S OFF!

Aspiring Artists

It was a beautiful day to be creative!

Willy and his friends, Sadie and Jessi, were feeling inspired, or rather, I was feeling inspired and they played along.  They weren’t too crazy about my idea at first but were great sports and we had a lot of fun.

Sadie did not really like the feel of paint between her toes the first time. But once she got to run across the fabric, the sheet, the lawn and the sidewalk – spreading color everywhere she went – she felt better.

Willy watched very closely to the whole process before it was his turn. He was not sure what was happening and not real sure he wanted a turn. Of course, the paint that we used was non-toxic child friendly paint. Some of the colors were even glow in the dark!

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Jessica joined in the fun too! Although at first she was unsure, Jessi was the biggest contributor to the painted lawn. She had way more fun running through the paint and then adding bright colors to the grass.

Finally it was Willy’s turn! He did not mind the feeling of the paint between his toes. I think he kind of liked it! Willy, the creative genius that he is, was totally into the project.

Willy got his creative juices flowing, making sure the masterpiece flowed. You will remember, he painted his very own acrylic painting, so he has a real flare for art.

He put on the finishing touches all by himself!

And not only is the finished project a beautiful masterpiece, but it is practical as well.

Of course, after Willy and his friends ran around the yard, leaving pretty little splashes of color everywhere they went, they got much needed baths!

Sometimes, you just have to let loose; let your creative self explode! Just ask Willy.

 

Fun at the Fair

Giddy Up Doggy Country Fair

I don’t know about where you live, but here where I live September has always been when we have had our County Fair. I love going to the fair. I have even entered my art in the past. This year, due to a foot issue, I wasn’t able to attend. So, Willy and I decided to have our own fair!

Willy entered his Acrylic painting entitled, “Butterflies”, an abstract piece. Since he was the only entrant, I guess that means he won first place! He was so proud of his accomplishment!

What’s a fair without the games and other attractions? Willy decided to have a Kissing Booth. Doesn’t he look kissable?

He even got a customer! Jessica stopped by his booth, she loves kisses!

It wasn’t the same as going to the real thing, but it was still fun for Willy, and that is all that matters! Our County Fair always seems to usher in Fall, and the air has definitely been showing some signs that it won’t be long. What a glorious time of year!

Until next time, enjoy the cooler nights and the crisp mornings.  Fall is coming!

Happy Labor Day!

Willy and his friends enjoyed a Picnic this Labor Day Weekend.

I decided to have a doggy picnic this weekend. Carly Sue, Willy and Sadie Rose were all decked out in their western style bibs. They didn’t know what was going on, but they knew treats were involved, so they were game for anything!

They had a great time, but I had a hard time getting good photos of the actual picnic. They were a tad excited about the PB&J sandwiches! I did get some awesome photos before the food frenzy began.

Willy knows the ropes and poses pretty good on cue. We are still working on the whole “watch me” command, but all in all he is a great model.

Sadie Rose started to get the hang of it once she realized that if she sat still and looked at me she got a treat.

She followed Willy’s lead very well, which made my job a lot easier. I am in a temporary foot boot (brace) and my ability to maneuver around is limited. It was very helpful to have Sadie and Willy sit so still for me. Carly Sue on the other hand …

Carly is only 4 months old, very busy and clueless when it comes to photo shoots, sitting still and looking at me. With her it was just a matter of snapping the camera like crazy hoping for the best. I was very happy with this photo of her.

Dog photography is an art. It is a challenge as well, and I am still learning. It helps when you have a great model, like my Willy the Kid. The more I work with him, the easier and better it gets. I hope you enjoy Willy’s life through the camera lens. Have a safe and enjoyable Labor Day.

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**

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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.