May 13th 2011 9:30 pm
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What a wonderful 10 days it has been with my wife Merry and her Mom being here. They left yesterday and I miss them so furry bad now but would not trade having them both here for anything.
Merry and her Momma arrived May 2nd and I knew exactly who they were when they came through the door. I got really quiet and shy when I saw them sniffing the air around them. I had not forgotten Merry and it's been over a year since I've seen them last.:) It was lots of fun getting to know each other all over again that evening and our Moms were SO happy to see each other. Then they began to pack bags!::o I was like...WHAT?? WHERE?? ME TOO??
The very next morning we got up and hurried around grabbing this and that and all the food for Merry and me and those packed bags tossing them in the car along with sodas for our Moms, Bol! We were put into the car and ZOOM off we went to SAN FRANCISCO!! Omd I was SO twitter-pated I was tense and didn't make a sound. We drove and drove up hills and down until we came to where we were going to have our hotel. La Quinta Inn in Berkeley. It's a dog friendly hotel and they were SO nice to us.
We get up to our rooms with our bags and all and then took off to look around the city of Berkeley. It's a quaint little college town about 15 miles south of San Francisco and has some sweet parks and such we could go for walks in. Our first stop was the Rose Gardens which when we go there had a BIG SIGN saying DOGS NOT ALLOWED!! Omd I thought our Moms were going to have a fit but after looking around to see as much as they could we went back to the car. Then they found a park set into a small glen with a stream running through it and there we WERE welcome to go. We got out and walked all around there looking and smelling everything.
I barked and barked when I saw a dog as I always do and had to lift my leg to pee higher than the rest of the dogs that had been there before me. Mom says that's our text messages and I stopped at every bush and tree to read my messages. Boy was I thirsty after all that.BOL!
After we walked around the park we ended up going to Inspiration Point overlooking a big valley and dam. We sat for a while just enjoying the view then took off again after another photo shoot and found a winding road leading to a carousel which was tucked away in the hills all by itself. It was still closed for the season but so beautiful. Mom took pictures through the window Bol.
We drove to Muir Woods and after a steep, winding trek we come to the beach and parked. A sign dividing the beach said "NO DOGS TO THE RIGHT and DOGS ALLOWED TO THE LEFT" so you know which way we turned......LEFT!:D Mom wanted to step over the invisible line dividing the beach but she didn't, she was a good girl.;) We walked all over the beach with me guarding my wife against all the other dogs by barking and growling so they would not look her way. I would have even taken on those Burmese Mountain dogs if they looked at my wife.:-O Mom was stressed out because I would not stop barking but Merry's Mom kept trying to ease it for Mom and finally it got a little better until we began to leave and 2 little dogs CHARGED us off leash with the owners just idly watching. Our Moms snatched up us and left after that.:D I would have given them a piece of me if they came closer you know.;) After that we headed back into town for the night but on the way back we stopped at the Muir Beach Overlook and it was an outcropping with steps leading out to the end with a spectacular view of the ocean and surrounding beaches. It was so beautiful.
Oh and I nearly forgot to mention that when the "photo shoot" began for Merry and me on the beach with waves coming up behind us, we would RUN like crazy every time they came within a foot of us!!::o Dang that was the BIGGEST BATH TUB WE EVER SAW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Our Moms were hungry so drove around town looking around at all the shops and restaurants. I think only 3 or 4 American foods the rest all exotic from other places. Our Moms ended up with a burger and fries with what was considered 2 orders of cheesecake. Omd it was SO BIG! They gave them HALF a PIE!::o They were like OMD I can't believe what they call a single order!! It took two days to eat it and still they tossed some.:)) Merry and me offered to eat it for them but they wouldn't let us have it.
Well we went out walking all around to go to the bathroom then it was time to go to bed so we would be rested for the next day. We were going to SAN FRANCISCO and drive over the GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE!! After we did our nightly doodies Merry and me settled down on our Mom's beds and went to sleep while they fiddled around on the internet bol. Of course they brought their laptops. Mom brought her "baby Dell" because it's lighter but it is SLOW! SLOW!!! SLOW!!!! She's used to her lightening speed Toshiba Satellite!;) Merry and me just slept on until daybreak.
Merry's Mom woke before my Mom (of course) and took us out to do our doodies. Merry is a pro at going where and when needed but not me. I ended up not doing ANYTHING but pp'ing until I got home!:)) I got a tummy ache from it but felt fine as soon as I got home Bol! So finally Mom got up and after a rush of showers and breakfast which I didn't want, OFF we go to the city!
Driving toward San Francisco before we got on the Golden Gate bridge we had to have gas so ended up in the quaint little city of Sausalito. So many cute little shops with the bay on the other side of the street. Sidewalk cafes..people everywhere. It was so hard to not get out but we had a mission to do and that was to see THE GOLDEN GATE and SAN FRANCISCO!
So we get the gas and drive on up to the bridge which Mom has seen all her life and Merry's Mom was so excited to see it. Getting off into the city we drove around a bit and ended up on Fisherman's Wharf at Pier 39. We park the car in a parking garage and go over to the wharf to look around ending up with our Moms getting an ice cream from Ben and Jerry's. Looking over at the tour boats Merry's Mom mentioned it would be fun to go on the tour of the Bay. Mom was not sure Merry and me would be allowed but after Merry's Mom asked and they said we are welcome the rest is history..tickets bought and ice cream to bide the 45 minutes until we embarked on our little trek around the Bay.
While we were waiting different ones came up to see either Merry or me making over us. It was so cute. One little girl who Mom thinks may have been a tourist from China kissed me right on the MOUTH! She was just adorable as were her companions. They had to pet Merry and me for the longest time. There was also a pigeon that kept mocking me and I barked and barked at him.
Finally it was time to board the boat, NO not the GOOD SHIP LOLLIPOP, it was called Harbor Emperor! We got on board and went to the VERY TOP where it was open and took seats toward the front. When we took off Merry and I just sniffed and sniffed at all the wonderful smells as our Moms enjoyed the hour long trip along the piers, under the Golden Gate Bridge turning around then going around Alcatraz and then heading back to the dock with a beautiful view of the city of San Francisco. The whole time the boat had the tour and history playing over loud speakers. We had a seagull flying with us above the boat after it took off and he followed overhead for the longest time. There were seals sunbathing on the docks and Merry's Mom was so excited getting to see them.:) After we docked guess who landed on the rail before we disembarked? THAT PIGEON! OMD I swear he was the VERY SAME ONE! I could NOT believe the brassiness of him doing that to me!!!!
We get off the boat and being tired after such a long day get our car and drive back to the hotel where our Moms had a lady's night with cocktails and pizza. Bol! Oh and the other part of that pie! After all that we slept hard until morning and then mad rush began to get up and ready to leave by 11 o'clock. I woke up early and quietly WOOFED at Merry's Mom to wake up to take me out Bol! Well she took be out the morning before not Mom!:D Mom did take me out and walked me around the block......again! But still I refused to do anything but leave my text messages for any dog who may wander by.Bol! Boy were Merry and me BUSHED and slept SO hard after we got back home.
The next 6 days were a whirlwind of dinners out, family bbq's, and even a picnic where I ended up gathering about 7 ticks!::o One got on Mom but didn't attach and she found 2 on me when she got home unattached but just yesterday and this morning 3 more were found! She was like OMD!!! But it was still fun going to the fish farm and walking around the growing tanks. Then we walked all up and down the river. Our Moms had a Subway picnic and then after that we left to look at Commanche reservoir. The day before Merry and her Mom left we went to Ladd's Marina, a very nice park which is dog friendly and we walked all around there then came home with the sad task of Merry's Mom packing to get ready to leave early the next morning.:(
Mom got up early with me so I could see them go hoping I would understand they were gone, for last year I waited at the door for days and days for them to come back. This time with them being in the home it helped me so much. Mom left the bedroom door open so I could see they were not inside it so I am okay. I miss my wife and Mom misses Merry's Mom but I'm not grieving near as much knowing they left.
So this is the end of the wonderful 10 days with many memories made and the hope we can see each other again soon.
I MISS YOU MERRY!!!!! AND MOM MISSES YOUR MOM!!!! I love you wife and loved every nanosecond we were together. xoxoxoxo
OMD you bring tears to my eyes Georgie, all the beautiful memories... I miss you so much but would not trade visiting you for a moment. It was the most amazing 10 days since the 10 days last year at this time...♥ Mom wouldnt have missed it either. She had the BEST time with your mom.. we will be back baby... and you know it too .. I love you baby!! xoxxooxox
Love eternally your wife MerryBelle Noelle Pie xoxoxoxoxo
Yes I know you will be back ma belle femme... Je t'aime!! xoxoxo
I forgot to tell everyone that we were allowed to lick our Moms' ice cream cones.:D That was fun wasn't it Pomshe? So I guess we can say we shared an ice cream cone right? Not as much as I wanted but at least some, Bol!!!
L'amour éternellement votre mari Georgie
What a wonderful visit.Thank you
for sharing your visit with us,
I almost felt like I was there too!
You're welcome Harley it was a whirlwind week of fun and memories. :)