When I jokingly remarked
in my last post that a hurricane was coming...
better think before I speak!
Well, it wasn't exactly a hurricane
but we did have some very high winds
on our last night at the RV park.
we were able to drive all the way home
before the rains hit.
Oh happy days,
we finally got some rain but no snow, although the white stuff fell in the higher elevations
so that will be good for some runoff.
But, now we are back
to nice, balmy, sunny days
with frosty nights.
Well, we surely will take
what we can get.
Back to the camping trip.
We had a great time.
We met up with my cousins and their two sweet little rescued doggies
and spent some much needed time
This is Izzy.
She is such a little character
and she whizzes around a lot.
She tends to dance rather than walk
and is a total joy to watch
and to be around.
This is Roxie.
She is very mellow and doesn't move too fast,
quite the opposite from little Izzy.
She certainly puts Izzy in her place
when she thinks she is not behaving well. Roxie likes to sit with you
and love you with her eyes,
which are very beautiful.
She also really likes me
so that puts me
over the moon.
We did a small amount of gambling
and found a machine that was paying off a little bit.
I won around $50 after putting in $20
so that wasn't too bad.
The machine was based on the movie,
so it had beautiful pictures
of Leo and Kate,
and every time it payed off
it played the theme song.
It was so loud that I could sing right along with it
and nobody could hear me.
To and from Jackson:
The little town of Amador City on historic Highway 49
We got home about 11:30 on Friday
and picked up our mail at the post office. We had an announcement from my friend, Sandy at Country Living.
That was my most favorite shopping place in Amador City.
It turns out that, after 45 years,
she has picked up and moved her shop to Lodi
and was having a grand opening between 4:00 and 8:00 PM that evening.
We cleaned up a bit,
put our camping stuff away,
jumped back into the car and drove to Lodi.
We had never been there
and it is a really cute town.
Although most places had closed by the time we arrived,
We will have to go back again some time.
I didn't take pictures like I had planned
so I will have to get them next time.
I picked up this cute little bird on a perch of twine...
...and the roosting chicken sign and bright, cheery table runner.
To and from Lodi:
we received an e-mail from Sammie's Friends,
the shelter where the Captain walks dogs.
They were asking for a volunteer
to take a dog to a new home in Pacific Grove.
Long story short: we said we would do it.
We picked up Barney at 8:00 AM on Tuesday and left for Pacific Grove.
The Captain had walked Barney many times as he has been at the shelter for nine, long, months.
Too long of a time.
I had never met him,
but right away it was like we had known him forever.
Such a sweet and gentle dog.
He is a black lab mix and 8 years old.
I don't know his back story but
he seems well adjusted, gets along with other dogs but doesn't like cats.
They recommended he be in a home with older children.
It turns out that Peace of Mind Dog Rescue in Pacific Grove
stepped up to take him out of the shelter.
They are a rescue for senior people who,
for what ever reason,
can't care for their pets anymore
or for senior dogs that have been in a shelter situation.
They are not a kennel
so they do not have any dogs on site,
but they do find either foster or forever homes
for the dogs they take in.
Barney is going to a foster home
with a lady who has her own dog approximately the same size and age as Barney.
He will stay with her until a forever home can be found for him,
and until then,
he will be cared for as if he is in a forever home
which is so much better than being at a shelter.
Like I said,
our first initial meeting with
Barney was one of joy on both parts,
but as we got on our way
it was the strangest feeling.
I guess because he was different from Buddy and what we were used to,
it seemed almost like a bother to have him there.
It is a hard-to-explain feeling,
even to myself,
because I love dogs,
but as he settled in to the ride and the time went on,
we stopped a few times for him to go out
and I gave him a few treats which he took with such gentleness,
that when we had to drop him off,
I had tears in my eyes and a sense of loss.
We both kept having the feeling
that he was still in the car
when we were on our way home.
Barney with Carrie from Peace of Mind Rescue
Barney is such a gentleman and sweet dog.
He will now be living in a beautiful setting with fresh air, sand and ocean all around him
and when he finds his forever home,
I know he will live the life which he deserves.
A hand-painted mural on back of the house
After dropping Barney off
we stopped for lunch on Cannery Row
and then on to home.
Before we got out of town,
there was a Tuesday Morning with a parking spot right in front,
Of course, we couldn't just keep on
...there was this cute chorus line of rabbits
doing what rabbits do best...
duh! the Bunny Hop!
If you are not older than dirt
you might not be familiar with this dance...
...and this sweet little sparrow
all dressed up for that first
soft spring shower...
...I spotted this little stand with the bird's nest on top.
I think I will embellish it with some real looking nest supplies
and it, too,
will be ready for spring.
To and from Pacific Grove:
8 hours and 19 minutes
In less than a week
we have been on the road
for almost 16 hours,
for a total of
we would do it all over again,
we will wait awhile!
a contented guy
and one lucky dog!
Can you tell
Barney was here?
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