Monthly Archives: May 2013

Staycation Day 3

On Sunday, Lita, mommy Jenny, Aunt Kwyn, Cousin Amy and I went vineyard hopping in Middleburg, VA.  It was a nice spring day, not too hot and not too cool, so we spent the entire day outside.  It was awesome!

The first vineyard we visited recently opened in the fall.  None of us had been there before so it was a huge gamble.  There was live music outside on the patio to keep Aunt Kwyn entertained as she stayed with Lita and me.  Mommy and Cousin Amy (Aunt Kwyn’s guinea pigs) went inside for a wine tasting and came out 15 minutes later…empty handed.  Uh oh.  That meant the wines were not good so we moved on.

Good thing we had a backup plan because Chrysalis Vineyards was right around the corner.  We spent a couple of hours having a picnic there.  Lita and I ate dog treats and the occasional human cracker.  I also chomped away on fresh strawberries.  They were yummy sweet!  Lita, who doesn’t normally eat fruits,  finally succumbed and ate one too.  I heard the strawberries were delicious paired with the Sarah’s Patio White wine.

Our last stop of the day was Barrel Oak Winery.  There were tons of people having a picnic, it felt like the beach sans water.  Just about everyone had a child or a dog with them.  Aunt Kim felt well enough to join us so she met us there.  Reportedly, the Reserve Petit Verdot and Chardonnay were yummy!

The vineyard didn’t close until 8:30p so we stayed for dinner and to watch the sunset.  There was a vendor that sold brick oven pizzas so I had my share of yummy pizza crust.  Lita and I also received a dog biscuit from the winery staff…and I stole a biscuit from a dog next to us who didn’t want his.  Hee hee.

It was an awesome Sunday and I couldn’t imagine anything topping it off.  However, I knew we had BIG plans for Memorial Day Monday…going to the beach!!!!!!  Stay tuned! ~ Luke

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The first vineyard on our stop.  Lita and I are patiently waiting for our mommies to return from wine tasting.  The music was jammin’.

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Off to Chrysalis Vineyards!  Lita photobombed this pic.  Haha.

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I wanted to run over to the people next to us playing the bean bag toss game.  Darn leash!

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Lita and I patiently waited under the picnic table for some treats.

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We passed the time by playing.

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Last stop, Barrel Oak Winery! We set up our picnic blanket on top of the hill.

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Look how crowded it is!

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The view from their patio.

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Sunset so it’s time to go home.

Staycation Day 2

After an energy packed Friday, I was plum tuckered out on Saturday.  However, it didn’t stop me from visiting Lita for most of the morning.  We wrestled and played tug-o-war with her toys.  I’m happy to report no toys were destroyed by moi during this play date! 😀

I was TIRED but I jumped at the opportunity to go to the dog park later that afternoon.  I didn’t have my normal Speedy Gonzales energy so we didn’t stay too long.  I had fun but the dogs that afternoon were a little rough so we called it a day.

We came home just in time for dinner.  After I ate, I was zonked out for the rest of the night.  I knew we were planning on an action packed Sunday visiting vineyards so I got in my beauty rest…somebody has to be the designated driver. 😉 ~ Luke

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Lita is about 15 pounds heavier than me but it doesn’t stop me from wrestling with her.




Time out!  I need to get a better grip before the next round.

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Hi!  My name is Luke.  I’ve never seen you guys here before.  You wanna play?

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Let me be submissive first then tempt you with a game of  “chase Lukey” next.

Memorial Day Staycation Day 1

Hi everybody!

Thank you for your kind thoughts and well wishes regarding my great uncle’s passing.  Mommy and Aunt Kwyn decided on having a jammed packed staycation to cheer us all up.  Our schedule was full of fun things to do from Friday to Monday.

On Friday, we visited Aunt Kim, who was recuperating from surgery.  I was so happy to see her that I squealed like a baby piglet.  We made some yummy delicious multi-grain banana and blueberry pancakes for her.  How do I know they were yummy delicious?  Because I’m the official first pancake taster. 😀

Then we stopped by Lake Fairfax Park before heading to Baron Cameron Dog Park.  We were the only ones at Lake Fairfax so I was able to run around off leash…ssshhh, don’t tell anyone. 😉

Our last stop was the dog park.  It was my first time at Baron Cameron and it’s huge compared to my regular dog park.  I had so much fun playing with my new friends because they had the same temperament as me.  It just so happened that most of the dogs were puppies or young dogs.

By the time we picked up dinner and came home for the evening, I was out like a light.  It was an awesome start to a holiday weekend! ~ Luke

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I’m chillin’ by the pond in Aunt Kim’s neighborhood.

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I decided not to jump into the stream at Lake Fairfax.  It was chilly outside!

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Instead, I ran around the park off leash…

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…and played fetch.

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Before we left, I explored the playground…

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…and sat on mommy’s lap while we whooshed down the slide.

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Dog park! The brown lab was just about the same age and size as me so we had a blast playing with each other.

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The rottweiler was very nice so we said hello.

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We played ‘chase Lukey’.

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I was pooped out so I chilled and let the wind blow my floppy ears up.

I melt in the sun

Check out my new Ruffwear Cooling Vest.  I wear it when it’s sunny and over 70 degrees outside.  When it’s really hot and humid, the vest is dampened with water to keep me from overheating.  Now I can play outside without melting! 😉 ~ Luke

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I look like Dapper Dan!  What a handsome bloke.

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This was me at the dog park trying to cool down before I received my cooling vest.


Manassas Battlefield Park

I hiked Manassas Battlefield Park a couple weeks ago.  With all the playoff hockey prep, I haven’t had a chance to blog about it until now.

It was a beautiful spring day.  Not too hot.  Not too cool.  Just right.  I saw so many dogs there!  I wanted to play with one so badly, I started running around in circles.

We went to the dog park after the hike so I could have play time with my canine friends.  I know I’m spoiled.  What can I say? 😉 ~ Luke

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Paradise Springs Winery

I chilled out at Paradise Springs Winery this past Friday.  First, I walked around historic Clifton with Aunt Kwyn, her friend Aunt Kim and Aunt Kim’s dad.

Aunt Kim (she’s a vet) hadn’t seen me in a couple of months.  She said I looked great… healthy and svelte.  I lost all my winter and holiday pudge! 😀  She rewarded me with a singular french fry…woo hoo!  My Jedi mind control worked! 😉

Afterwards, we hung out at the winery and had a picnic outside until the sun set.  I was on a tie out that Aunt Kim bought me for Christmas so it gave me the freedom to play with other dogs, albeit running around in circles.  At least I wasn’t on a leash like them…ha ha.

This is the second winery that I’ve visited in my entire life.  I’m sure I will be visiting  a lot more now that the weather is nice.

By the way, I’ve been told that all the wines at Paradise Springs Winery are really good.  So if you’re a wine aficionado and in the Washington, D.C. area, check them out! ~ Luke

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Rock the Red!

I look GOOD in red.  It’s my favorite wardrobe color.  So it’s easy for me to support the home team by Rockin’ the Red.

My beloved Caps won the first game of a best of seven series.  Woo hoo!  Statistically speaking, close to 67% of NHL teams that win the first game end up winning the series.  Let’s hope this is the case! ~ Luke

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