July Cottage Fun

I am so behind on my posts… here is a snap shot of our July vacation at the lake.

Much more to come.  🙂

Sadie & Scooter

Sadie and I met up with a friend and her dog, Scooter, for lunch the second day.  Sadie spent the morning playing with Gideon, so she wasn’t full of her normal puppy energy.  Scooter had a long walk that morning and was also pretty mellow.

Sadie tried to get a good chase going, but Scooter wasn’t really into playing.

Instead, they enjoyed sniffing and romping around the yard.

Sadie and Gideon

My parents brought Gideon outside to greet Sadie.  Sadie was a little intimidated by Gideon’s size, but she quickly warmed up.  After a lot of hello sniffing, Sadie was ready to play.  Gideon was originally bred to be a service dog, but he just didn’t want to “work”.  We could tell that playing was a little foreign to Gideon.  Sadie taught him lots of cool games.  One of her favorites is chase around the yard.  Gideon liked chase, but Sadie has more energy and Gideon eventually tired out.

Come on! Play with me!

Sadie used to play tug with her siblings and tried to play with Gideon.  He did not understand, but Sadie was persistent.

See, you pull one way, and I'll pull the other.

Yeah, now you're getting it!

Sadie’s puppy energy was intense.  Gideon is truly a gentle giant.  He put up with a lot of ruff-housing from our little lady.

We could tell that he quickly grew to love Sadie.  When she would lay on the couch, he would bring a toy over to her to initiate the tug game.

With Sadie still teething, she had to have her daily chewy.  I wanted to make sure the 2 dogs didn’t fight over the delicious treats, so I gave Sadie her bully stick and Gideon got a large raw hide.  They both looked at the chew they were given and the chew the other was given and then proceeded to drop their own chew and traded for the other.  It was the funniest thing I’ve seen!

That raw hide was bigger than Sadie!

Pictures don’t lie.  These two became fast friends!  Gideon was sharing his toys and bed by the end of day 2.

My parents’ cat was not so happy with Sadie.  Calvin thought Sadie was the worst!  Sadie thought Calvin was a dog and kept trying to play with him.  He was ready for her to leave by the end of day 2!  🙂

Sadie Is My Co-Pilot

Sadie and I made the long drive from Missouri to Michigan to visit family & friends.

It was a slow start when my low tire pressure light came on 45 minutes into the trip.  I pulled off the highway into a truck gas station.  No signs of a flat, but of course I didn’t have a tire pressure gauge to see how low I actually was.  The gas station did not have an air machine, so I got back on the highway to see if the light would stay on or go out.  We had a significant temperature change over night and I was hoping all was fine.  After about 5 minutes of driving the light was still shinning brightly and I happened to be passing an exit with a well-marked Midas, so I pulled off the highway and asked them to check it out.  I brought Sadie into the shop with me and explained I was 1 hour into a 9 hour trip to visit family.  Sadie was like a magic wand!  The car was quickly pulled in and looked at.  I was back on the road 10 minutes later with the proper air pressure in my tires.  No charge!  🙂

The rest of the 9 hour trip was uneventful.  It was a very long day, but Sadie was a great traveling companion.

This is Sadie stretched out in the back seat.  We stopped for gas, lunch and a potty break a few hours into the trip.  She ate well and went right back to sleep.

Sadie would move up into the front seat for a change of location and to play with her toys.  I lowered the back of the front seat all the way down so it rested on the back seat.  Sadie was able to use that as a bridge to move between the front and back seats.  It made the long drive easier for Sadie to stretch and play.

When we crossed the state line and entered Michigan, Sadie got a bit restless.  I pulled out my secret weapon – a bully stick!  She chewed for 45 minutes and then we stopped for gas and dinner.  I wanted to feed her dinner because I knew she’d be too excited to eat when we got to my parent’s house.

She had a great visit to Michigan and I have tons of pictures to share!  Check back this week to see Sadie playing with Gideon, Scooter and Chloe.

Our trip back to Missouri was even easier than the trip to Michigan… no tire pressure troubles!  It was still a long day, but Sadie seemed to enjoy the uninterrupted sleep time!  She had a fun-filled week with all her new doggy friends and family!