Monday, July 26, 2010

Yappy Hour!

Zeke went to Yappy Hour at O'Brion's last week. They do a weekly thing to benefit Pet Helpers.
Traditional pub fare, that tasted awesome!
Some of the dogs there available for adoption (Willie up front)
Afterwards we went to the big dog park on James Island, where we met Dez - a chocolate lab-and his new dad Pierre. His neighbor had to move and asked him if he wanted their dog and he took him and turned out to be a real prize. Dez is a smart boy with a great launch into the water for a tennis ball.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Just a Swingin

Zeke and Sadie went to Wannamaker dog park this morning, then we walked around the park some to check out some of the newly opened nature trails. Along the red trail someone had the foresight to hang up a swing, so we all took a short break to relax and do some swangin'.
Zeke decided that he should get up on the swing with Dad and Sadie but with limited space he ended up sitting on Sadie.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Millbrook Dog Park Pictures up - finally!

I'm way behind on getting these pictures up, but when we went to the Duke Canine Cognition Center we spent the night with cousin Jenn and then went to check out the Millbrook Exchange Dog park. Which we have found listed on the top twenty dog parks in the country by two different publications -- so how could we miss such an opportunity.

At first, I thought 'well what is so special about this?', but once you get inside it's really very lovely. Nicely wooded and lots of room to spread out in the shade and enjoy some time with your puppy. Which was a treat because it was very hot the weekend we were there, but with so much coverage it was comfortable.
Zeke and mom made a complete tour of the park.

Interesting approach to waste management, this way I suppose the city park guys don't have to come into the dog area to haul away the trash bins.
An area in between the big dog section and little guy section was gated separately with a covered area and several picnic tables.
Zeke and his cousin Jenn, thanks for giving us a place to crash, we had a blast!

Monday, July 19, 2010

good weekend

Zeke had full and fun weekend. Saturday he went to the dog park and went running with mom while she rollerbladed. Then Saturday evening some family came over and he helped play a game of wiffle ball (he is an excellent fielder). On Sunday we got up and went for a swim and a short hike, then capped it all off with lunch at McAlister's Deli.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Graduation Day!

We're so proud! Zeke is now a graduate from Intermediate Class at Pet Smart. Today's class was a whirlwind of testing all of Zeke's skills and some fun games. We played 'Tic Tac Toe' and 'X Marks the Spot'. Thanks so much to our trainer Lisa.
Graduating Dogs (from L-R): Moose [teacher's assistant], Betty, Buddy, Scamp, and Zeke

saying bye and graduation tonight

Well, my new friend McGruber has gone home. So no more tugging with pip-squeaks for awhile.

Tonight however, is graduation night from intermediate class! We skipped last week to go to North Carolina, so I hope we got what it takes to graduate.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

McGruber visits!

McGruber has come to visit from West Virginia! He plays with Zeke.
And naps with Sadie.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Day one of the Triangle Trip

Today was Zeke's big day at Duke, we got there early to give Zeke a chance to see the gardens.
It was really hot out, so we didn't get to explore too much. Plus part of the gardens were blocked off for construction.
At last! The secret entrance to the Canine Cognition Center. (Just go past the camel)
Zeke had a blast with the tests/games. His task was to identify which cup had the treat based on pointing. He was a champ and he made two new friends!
Zeke's first elevator ride in the parking garage. He was pretty unsure about this experience.

The rest of the day was pretty fantastic. Playing games for treats and riding in the truck. Cousin Jenn went with us to do a quick stop in at the Millbrook Dog Park we are going to check out tomorrow.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Great 4th of July weekend!

So Zeke and his mom have been a little slack with posting, but that's only because we have been having such a fun time.Zeke got a new squeaky toy! (And surprisingly has yet to destroy the squeaker part)

Dad was off with the long weekend so we went to two different dog parks! Above Zeke meets a Saint Bernard who was trying to enjoy a cooler than normal morning at Wassamasaw park.

Zeke eventually wore out the evening we went to Wannamaker Park and decided resting on the picnic table offered the best view.

We also logged another 3 miles on the Swamp Fox passage. Scheduled for today is baths and nail grinding (not fun but necessary) .

And TOMORROW! Zeke is going to the Raleigh/Durham area. First his is going to be a participant in the studies at the Duke Canine Cognition Center. Then we are going to celebrate a belated birthday with our cousin Jennifer and maybe check out one of the top dog parks in the nation. So we hope to have lots to share when we get back from that trip.