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More beachcombing adventures

Back on Independence Day weekend, I went to Matapeake Beach in Stevensville, Maryland with Lita and Riley.  I’m glad I had a chance to re-visit these pictures because it prepares me for next month’s beach trip to Virginia Beach during Columbus Day weekend.  Not only will I get to touch the Atlantic Ocean with my own four paws for the first time, I will have a chance to play in salt water, AND stay in a dog friendly hotel by the ocean!!!!!!!  How cool is that?!?!?!?!  😀

I will make sure tons of pictures are taken during the trip and share them with everyone.   Have a great weekend!

~ Luke

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With my trusty PFD, I can play in the water twice as long as other dogs.

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That little black blob in the background is Riley.

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I love playing fetch!

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Blah! I got seaweed in my mouth!!

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I fetched the red ball. Riley is swimming towards the tennis ball.

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Lita is suspicious of this interloper. She’s a brave puppy!

July 4th weekend

I celebrated Independence Day at Stone Tower Winery in Leesburg last Friday.  I went with Aunt Kwyn and we met up with Aunt Kim and her mom.  The weather was gorgeous in the high 70s after a week of oppressive heat and humidity.  The winery allows friendly dogs inside the tasting room so yours truly was hamming it up.  Just about everybody pet me then came around and pet me again.  I was too cute in my Under Armour shirt.  What can I say?  I’m a fashion victim. 😉

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Aunt Kim! What are you doing waaay down there? Come back!!

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I’m keeping my eyes on her in case she falls into the pond. Where’s Waldo?  Er, Aunt Kim?

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Okay ADD kicking in. Let’s head back to our table so we can eat more treats.

On Saturday, I went to the dog beach with my dog peeps (Lita and Riley) and human peeps (mommy, Aunt Kwyn, Cousin Dave, Cousin Amy and Keli).  We had a blast and played for a few hours.  Again, the weather was gorgeous.  The Chesapeake Bay was a little choppy because Hurricane Arthur passed by a day earlier, but I had on my trusty PFD (personal flotation device) so I was able to play in the water without getting tired (or inadvertently drinking bay water) like the other dogs.  One dog accidentally drank the bay water while playing fetch and threw up his food all over the sand.  EEEEWWWWW!!!!

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I’m a male model posing “naked” on the beach.

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Riley and I back on shore after fetching our respective balls.

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Lita finding a cool spot in the shade to eat her food.

We took tons of pics at the beach so I’ll share more in the days (or weeks) to come.

Until next time! ~Luke

Dinner by the water

Kentmorr Restaurant is a seafood place in Stevensville, Maryland, about 15 minutes from Matapeake Beach.  We specifically chose this place because they are dog friendly.  To our surprise, the food was good!  We will definitely come back here the next time we visit the dog beach. ~ Luke

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The restaurant has a private beach in the back, with a tiki bar and live music…it’s a great place to watch the sunset. No dogs allowed but that’s okay.

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Lita found a nook to relax and patiently wait for food.

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Yummy!

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Lita says it’s my turn to get some yummy!

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Lita’s attempt at a photobomb! 😀

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This is our view from the table.

More pics from the beach

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This chihuahua was a good swimmer.  The water was too choppy for him so he tired out really quick.

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I wanted to play fetch with this golden lab but he was in his own world.

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Lita chilled in the shade…

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…while I got a tan.

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A little spa treatment to exfoliate the skin with sand.

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Let’s rinse it off with fresh water and head to dinner!

Sizzling at the dog beach

It’s been hot in the Washington D.C. area.  The temperature has been averaging 95 degrees Fahrenheit, with a heat index of over 100 degrees this past week.  So heading to the beach was an awesome way to cool off!

Unfortunately, our patience was tested as we sat in the car, stuck in traffic.  It took one hour to drive 5 miles from the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Toll Plaza to Kent Island…ARGH!!!!!!!!!  Thank goodness we weren’t heading to the Delaware beaches or Ocean City, Maryland, because it would have been a longer ride.

However, the wait was worth it!  Matapeake Beach was awesome!  We set up our beach towels and picnic blanket near the shade by the trees so Lita and I could cool down away from the sun.

The water was warm but it was also deeper and choppier than the last time we went.  I wore my Big Eddy Float Coat the entire time and showed everyone my swimming abilities.  I swam and swam and swam and swam!  I even dunked my head in the water several times in order to retrieve my tennis ball and frisbee.

We stayed for more than 2 hours before heading to a seafood restaurant for dinner.  Lots of pics were taken so I’ll share them in future blogs.  I hope everyone is staying cool!

~ Luke

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The water was deep.  I was doggy paddling until my feet could touch the ground.

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Then I hippity hopped back onto shore.

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Only to repeat another game of fetch.

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Lita did not want to play in the water because the waves were too choppy for her comfort.

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She begrudgingly got in the water because her mommy wanted to cool her down so she wouldn’t overheat.

Terrapin Nature Preserve

Back in May, my friends and I visited Terrapin Nature Preserve in Stevensville, Maryland.  It was our first stop before Matapeake Beach, so technically speaking, this was my first beach combing experience. This beach is on the north side of Kent Island while Matapeake Beach is on the west side, about 15 minutes away.

The tiny beach was crowded with people and dogs had to be leashed.  Our leashes  got really tangled so we couldn’t play like we wanted to.  It wasn’t a nice and peaceful environment so we stayed for 15 minutes before leaving.

Although our stay was short, we took some pics so I thought I’d share it with everyone.  Some fun in the water is better than no water at all, right?! 😀 ~ Luke

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This is where I proved that I was really a labrador!

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I’m giving Riley a stare down before we play.

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Tug-a-war!  Tug-a-war!

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Lita got in on the action too!

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We kept getting tangled up!

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I’m playing fetch with Riley one last time before we go.  (That’s the Chesapeake Bay Bridge in the background).

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Let me shake off the sand then onward to our next destination!

 

 

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

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

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As usual, I look good in red.

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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!!!!

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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

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I LOVE fetching sticks!

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Riley does too.

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I was able to fetch this stick before Riley.

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Lita is watching us play in the water.

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

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Look!  A flying fish! 😉

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Riley and Lita playing on the beach.

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I’m the monkey in the middle.

I smell a present

The St. Michael’s Wine Festival (St. Michael’s, Maryland) was this past weekend.  I didn’t get to go but I received a present today.  It’s yummy!!! ~ Luke

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Why can’t I eat the whole thing now?!  Why do we have to break it up into small pieces for the week?!  Why?!  Why?!  Why?!

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St. Michael’s is a dog friendly town.   Why didn’t I come along this weekend?!  No dogs allowed on the wine tasting cruise.  Bah humbug!