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Goodbye August, Hello September

Hi everybody!

I can’t believe this is the third day of September.  I didn’t get a chance to share some of my August adventures with you.  Better late than never, right?! 😀

There were some days in August that weren’t too hot to play outside so I went to the dog park when the weather was cool.


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Ready and throw the ball!!!

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I’m getting hot. Got my exercise. Let’s go home.

I spent a weekend at Uncle Tony’s place.  He was packing up his stuff to move into a new house so I supervised.


Remember, I’m fragile so you will have to bubble wrap me and handle with care.

Almost every weekend, I had play dates with girls, girls, girls.  What can I say?  I’m a ladies man. 😉

Riley came over to hang out with me the first weekend in August.  Then Belle hung out with me a week after that.  I didn’t want Lita to feel left out so I came over to hang with her during Labor Day weekend.


Riley and I are tired from running around the house but it doesn’t stop us from playing while laying.


This is my come hither, submissive behavior to lure her away from the toy before I grab it.

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Belle is so small, she’s like one of my toys. I was a good boy. I only chewed on her once. Haha.

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She’s very smart! Belle found my treat drawer.

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August wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Big Mama’s house.

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Lita and I finished playing, now we want our treats!!

Everyday is my birthday

…but today really is my birthday!  I’m officially 2 years old.  Hard to believe how quickly time flies.

Today is also Father’s Day.  So just like last year, grandpa will share his day with me.  We’re having a family dinner tonight.  While everyone is busy prepping, I will lurk around the kitchen waiting for food to fall on the floor.  Maybe if I look extra cute, I will get scraps to eat too! 😀

Hopefully there will be cute birthday pics of moi to share later this week.  In the mean time, these pics below represent a typical day of Luke’s Adventures!


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Playing at the dog park before it gets too hot outside.

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Waiting my turn to taste a healthy organic green smoothie. This one has kale, spinach, banana, apple, orange and hemp protein powder.

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I always lick the glass clean.  Absolutely delicious!

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Trying to get to the goodies inside this treat. Honest Kitchen turkey happens to be the filling today.

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Play play play with my toys before falling asleep.

Help me climb this tree!

There’s a bird high on a tree branch harassing me!  I’m at the dog park minding my own business and this little bird keeps taunting me by flying everywhere I go and chirping at me.

Please leave me alone.  I’m trying to get some exercise before we get hit with mixed precipitation for the rest of the week.

~ Luke

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Chillin’ with my friends

Hi everybody!

The polar vortex that blasted Washington D.C. has lifted.  The temperature was almost 50 degrees today.  I’ve been going stir crazy so I was excited for a car ride to Lita’s house.

To my surprise, my friend Riley was over Lita’s house too!  I haven’t seen Riley since we went to the beach last summer so it was great seeing her again.  Better yet, we all went to the dog park!!!!!!!!!!

We played with a few friends until we were pooped out.  I was covered in mud from head to toe which meant I needed a bath when we got home.  It was well worth it though!  I got to play with Lita and Riley, go to the dog park, and meet up with more new friends.  So all in all, I’d trade today’s adventures for a bath any day! 😉

~ Luke


I’m being chased by Cooper, who is being chased by Lita. Fun!!


Riley and Cooper are negotiating who gets the stick while Lita and I watch.


Cooper doesn’t want to share the stick so I’m running back to play with Lita and Riley.


Enough talking. Somebody chase me!!!!!


This is my other new friend Patrick. He LOVED chasing me the entire time. I ran and I ran and I ran until I was exhausted.


Riley joined us too. She’s waaaay in the back.


She caught up to us! Wow she’s fast!

I got bamboozled!

I went to the dog park a few days ago.  It was a warm winter day, perfect for some exercise after being cooped up in the house due to bad weather.  Unfortunately, it was a big mud pit and I ended up getting a bath after I came home.

What?!  You don’t like a muddy Lukey who smells like sour pickle and wet dog? 😉

Needless to say, I won’t be returning to the dog park until it dries out. 😦

~ Luke

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Don’t let this dry spot fool you. The rest of the park was muddy!

Dog park in Shirlington

I checked out a new dog park in Shirlington, Virginia.  It was nice.  Tons of dogs to play with! 😀

~ Luke

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Hi, my name is Luke.   You wanna play?

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Is this a squeaky toy, rat, squirrel or puppy? Whatever it is, I’m intrigued…and scared.

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Somebody chase me! Come on! Chase me!!!!!

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I’m Speedy Gonzales! Andale andale arriba arriba!!

New Dog Park!!!!!!!

Lita invited me to go to a dog park she recently discovered in Vint Hill, Virginia.  It’s gorgeous!!!!  We were smack dab in the middle of horse country.  There were real trees and grass there.  We played with a yellow lab until we were pooped out.  Then we went to a dog friendly vineyard…but that’s another blog. 😀

~ Luke

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There are soooooo many toys here! I’m gonna get this one and this one and this one…uh ADD kicks in.

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Let’s play tug o war!!!!!

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I’m so small in comparison to this tree in the background.

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Lita and I smell something!!!!!

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It’s time to hippity hop some more!

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Tag…you’re it!


My birthday adventures

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Hi everybody!

Thank you for your kind wishes on my birthday.  I had an awesome time!  Saturday started with a late morning visit to a new dog park in Falls Church.  It was huge!  There were tons of dogs there.  After an hour of running around, I had my daily dose of exercise.

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Who should I play with?  So many choices!

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Nothing better than chewing on a stick after an energetic game of chase.

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I’ll rest under the table and cool off with my new friend before we head out.

Grandpa and I shared Saturday evening together…yes, I know how to share. 😉  We celebrated my birthday and grandpa’s early Father’s Day celebration at Courtside Thai Restaurant in historic downtown Fairfax.  They were extremely dog friendly and the food was yummy too!

After dinner, our server brought out my birthday cake and sang Happy Birthday to me.  Everyone at the restaurant clapped their hands and thought it was too cute.

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Grandma and grandpa had never been out in public with me before so they were very impressed with how well behaved I was.

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Mommy’s friend Lauren baked this delicious dog cake for me.  I taste cinnamon, honey, yogurt, and…is that peanut butter?!?!?!?!?!

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Oh my goodness it is!  There’s peanut butter in the center!!!!!

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That’s all I was allowed to eat in one day.   I can’t wait to share this cake with Lita!!!

Could my birthday celebration get any better than this?  Stay tuned for my next blog to find out! 😉 ~ Luke

My early bday present

Guess what everyone?!  My first birthday is in 3 days!!!!  That didn’t stop me from receiving a really cool early birthday present on Memorial Day…a Ruffwear Big Eddy Float Coat!  Although the water at Matapeake Beach was mostly too shallow for a life jacket, I was very comfortable playing with it on.  That’s good to know because the next time I go somewhere with deep water, I will make sure I’m wearing my sporty red life jacket.  I really like the design of the Big Eddy because it fits securely on me yet allows freedom to play around.

Here’s an interesting story.  My friend Riley knows how to swim but I haven’t really been tested yet.  At one point, she and I chased a ball thrown extremely far out into the Chesapeake Bay.  Thank goodness I still had on my life jacket because we were in deep water.  I would have freaked out without it!!!!!

However, since I was wearing my life jacket, I calmly swam back to more shallow water before I hippity hopped back onto shore.  I felt so safe with my life jacket that I chased another ball waaaay out there in the deep water!  Awesome, yeah?! ~ Luke


The Ruffwear Big Eddy Float Coat and Frisbee were my early birthday presents.


As usual, I look good in red.


It doesn’t hinder my movement while I’m clowning around with Riley…


…or teasing Lita that she doesn’t like water.


I dared Lita to go into the water and fetch the ball. She did!!!  Unfortunately she got water up her nose and felt sick for a little bit.


Before I could get to the ball, Riley took it!!

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Lita was such a trooper!  After she felt better, she went back into the water to play some more.

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Lita was a smart girl.  She wanted no part of fetching the ball in the water.  She said water up her nose did not feel good.

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Lita let Riley and me do all the fetching.


Look!  I’m swimming!!!!   I’m really far out there with Riley.

More pics from the beach

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That was refreshing!

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Whatcha got there?

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Is that a stick in your hand?!?!?!?!

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Must fetch!!!!!!!

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I got it!   I got it!  I got it!

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Ha ha!  You’re too slow Riley!   I got it!!!!!

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Mine, mine, mine!!!!


Darn!  Riley fetched the ball while I was distracted playing with Lita!

Staycation Day 4

May 27, 2013, Memorial Day, was the most fun I’ve ever had in my young life…and I’ve had MANY adventures already.  I went to the beach for the first time!!!!!!!!

Mommy, Aunt Kwyn, Cousin Amy, Cousin Dave, Lita, Riley’s mommy Kellie, and Riley went too.  We went to Matapeake State Park, which has an off leash dog park at the end of the beach.  It’s on Kent Island by the Bay Bridge in Maryland, about 1.5 hours from my house.

We had so much fun playing in the Chesapeake Bay as well as running around the beach.  At first, Lita, Riley and I had the beach all to ourselves.  Later that afternoon, more dogs showed up and we had a blast playing with them.

Soooo many pics were taken, I decided to split them up into separate blogs.  Enjoy!  I know I did! 😀 ~ Luke


I LOVE fetching sticks!


Riley does too.

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I was able to fetch this stick before Riley.


Lita is watching us play in the water.


I hippity hop like a rabbit as I run to shore.


Look!  A flying fish! 😉


Riley and Lita playing on the beach.

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I’m the monkey in the middle.

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.

Me strong like bull

Howdy ya’ll!

I met some new friends this weekend.  One was a full grown Rhodesian Ridgeback and the other was a Rhodesian Ridgeback/Pitt bull mix.  All I can say is, “Holy Cow Batman!  Me strong like bull!”

Lita would have been really proud of me.  All those times rough housing with her paid off because I held my own playing with my new friends.  They were really strong and solid.  Talk about all muscle!  One ran into me and made a loud hard thump noise.  No fat there!

When it got too rough for me, I zig zagged out of there like Speedy Gonzales.  They couldn’t catch me because I’m fast and I don’t run in a straight line…I’ve perfected the art of unpredictability.  😀

After a while, I stopped playing with them because I was pooped out.  I decided to dig a nest for myself to cool down and watch the action.  Unfortunately, there was no popcorn around! 😉 ~ Luke

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You gotta have friends

Hi everyone!

I hope everyone had a nice weekend.  Lita, Riley and I were supposed to go on a hiking trip to the overlook at Bull Run Mountain on Sunday but it rained so we had to cancel.  We’ll have plenty of opportunities to go on a hike when it gets warmer outside.

It’s a good thing I went to the dog park on Saturday or else I would have been bored out of my mind this weekend.  It was the first time mommy went with me.  I was a momma’s boy.  I stuck to her like stink on fish.  I was shy and timid, and nothing like my normal rambunctious self.

It was also the first time I was at the dog park without Lita.  So maybe it was a combination of having mommy there for the first time and no Lita for the first time.  There were tons of dogs, adults and children so a lot was going on.  Maybe it was overstimulation for my ADD self.  I did meet new friends (dogs and humans) and alternated between playing with them and being mommy’s shadow.  Until next time! ~ Luke



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Dog Park Part Deux

Hi everybody!

It’s snowing outside but not the light and fluffy kind I like.  It’s heavy and wet so everything is muddy.  So no playing in the snow for me today.

Good thing I stopped by the dog park yesterday for some more fun and excitement.  I’m pooped out!

I met up with Lita and our new friend Riley.  Riley is a black lab so she and I got along instantly.  She’s going to teach me how to swim when the weather gets warmer.  I can’t wait!

As usual, Lita was my bodyguard and she was protective of me.  This is great because I have a tendency of getting into dog’s faces, not because I’m dominant but because I love to give kisses.  Some dogs don’t like this and they try to bite me.  That’s where big momma Lita comes in to keep the peace.

We had a great time playing outside even though it was cold and gloomy.  I wanted everyone to chase me so I zig zagged around the park like Speedy Gonzales…Andele!  Andele!  Arriba!  Arriba! ~ Luke


The three of us ready to fetch the ball.  Lita is in purple.  I’m in red.  Riley is in the metal stud collar.


I like being the monkey in the middle!


I’m goofing around with Lita.


I got Riley to chase me even though she’s the one with the ball in her mouth.


New dog!  New dog!


Another new dog!  May I give you a kiss?  Don’t bite me, okay?

Chillin’ at the dog park

Today was my first dog park experience.  It was a tiny enclosure but it was a clean fenced in area to play off leash with Lita.  A lady with a husky came by but they decided not to come in.  So Lita and I we were the only ones there.  That was fine by us.  Just meant more space for us to play chase!  I can’t wait to come back here again.  Maybe more dogs will show up when it’s warmer outside. ~ Luke


Come on Lita!  Let’s chase the ball!!!!!


If you don’t want it, I’ll fetch it.


You’re not even trying!


It’s mine, all mine!


Got it!

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Go ahead and rest Lita.  I’ll chew on a stick until you’re ready to play again.