Photo Friday-Fall Hiking

dogs hiking

We Love Fall Hikes!

We recently went hiking with the 3 Pups to Sweetwater Creek near Atlanta. (Chance went, too, but he was unable to stay still enough for a decent group shot–squirrels!!!)

This has been the prettiest fall we have had in several years. I hope to get back out this weekend before the leaves leave.

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Picking the Bucket

In preparation of our upcoming trip up the East Coast, HK and I are re-equipping the “Pup” for a month-long journey with the 3 pups.

We’ve gone on a few week-long camping trips since our 3-month cross country trip last year, but it’s time to replace a few essentials. Like the spare tire, which was blown, and the outdoor rugs that help keep dirt from continuously being tracked in.

And “The Bucket”. You see, the pop-up doesn’t come equipped with a bathroom. And although most of the campgrounds we stay at have perfectly fine restrooms, there are times that, well, walking across the campground just isn’t that convenient. Like early in the morning or the middle of the night.

You’re may be saying suck it up, sistah, go pee in the woods. Well, easy for you to say, especially if you’re a dude.  I frequently pee in the woods, a rite of passage I learned at my boarding school at Sewanee Academy. it would have been impossible to attend the near-weekly beer parties in the woods had I not mastered that little talent.

But sneaking into the bush at night to bare my ass to the trees has, on more than a couple of occasions, had me hopping back to the safety of our campsite with my pants around my knees after some nocturnal critter invaded my space (or vice-versa.)

At the end of our trip last fall, I bade a relieved farewell to the Original Pee Bucket, an old Margarita tub that I bought at Sam’s Club. It served me well, that bucket did, but now it’s time to buy a new one.

Pee bucket

“The Bucket”

There are several things to look for in a pee bucket. This is no mere bathroom accessory, this IS the bathroom.

For starters, a well-fitting lid is essential, for several reasons. It keeps the odor and flies away. A lid is protection from accidental spillage when the pups get their tie-outs caught on the bucket. And a lid allows you to carry your bucket of pee into the bathroom for discreet disposal.

No need to explain why a handle is necessary.

I have learned, through trial and error, that an opaque bucket is vital. The most recent bucket I bought was not, and I was very self-conscious carrying it across the campground, as no one was mistaking the yellow liquid sloshing around as lemonade.  Even worse, two pajama-clad teenage girls took time off their primping to exclaim “Ewwwww!!!” as I carried my stash into he bathroom stall.

New bucket before

But I like this bucket, so I decided to make it opaque by spray painting it purple. There. isn’t it pretty?? Next I’ll put some fun stickers on it.   Maybe they’ll think it is a toiletry case or something.

The Bucket-after

Last, but certainly not least, the pee bucket must be a good fit! Too small and you’re cleaning up messes. Too big and it takes up too much room.  I have found that the perfect size is one just large enough for your butt to fit comfortably on the top, like the old-timey Chamber Pot

Chamber pot

While “trying on” my pee-bucket in Home Depot, a helpful employee approached me.

“Finding everything OK?”

“Oh, yes, thanks. This will do nicely!”

I did not find it necessary to explain my need for the perfect pee-bucket. He didn’t look like a camper, anyway.

I hope my tips will help some of you in your quest to find your perfect bucket. Please follow us on our journey for even more helpful hints and tales from the road! Oh, and don’t forget to LIKE us on Facebook! Arf!

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Second Chances-guest blogger Bethany Winston

Today the 3 pups are featuring a new blogger who sent me a sweet story of hope. Second chances are dear to us, since all of the pups are rescues.  Thank you, Bethany Winston, for sharing your story.

When Hope Ran Out, Pablo Got A New Chance

The story of Pablo has been one of neglect and uncaring. Pablo is a boxer dog that was found as a stray, sitting by the road with pleading eyes. He was without an owner and homeless. His life has been one of constant movement. Nobody has any idea about his birth. But his puppy days and adult days have been spent in many shelters, kennels and rescue homes.

When found, he had a big wound above his ears that was being infested by flies. His eye was swollen and red. His vision of his own future was pretty bad! But it was evident that he was a well-trained and cultured dog. When asked to shake hands, he would lift either his left or right paw. And when commanded to sit, he obeys immediately, without any ado!

Pablo would have struggled along the streets and God knows how his life would have moved on. He was taken from the streets into the Sussex County Animal Control in Virginia. Life in a kennel or animal shelter is never going to be easy for any dog but it was a welcome respite for Pablo. It was here that his fortune changed.

The Associated Humane Societies reached out to Pablo when he was at the Animal Control Home. Since all efforts to find a home for this genteel boxer had failed, the Society rescued him and adopted him. Then came all the vaccination shots. Pablo was treated with care and he healed well. He was neutered and was given a complete medical checkup after that. Today, he is a happy and healthy dog on a lookout for a home.

Man has an important responsibility towards other beasts and beings. Having a mind of his own and the ability to discriminate, man is definitely the crown jewel of evolution. Being on the top needs that man becomes more compassionate and empathetic. Extend a helping heart towards animals is every person’s responsibility.

But it is not a responsibility devoid of benefits. Caring for a pet at home is a fulfilling experience. The loyalty of a dog is legendary and proverbs have been composed based on it. A dog befriended is a gift for life. To have someone in life that constantly looks forward to you, never goes against you and would be ready to give up life, if necessary, for you is indeed a blessing. A pet dog will definitely fulfill all these and much more.

Pablo gets a home through adoption centre where he is treated well and gets all the love he deserves. As Pablo and many other such animals await adoption, you could seriously consider enriching your life and giving a new lease of life to such pets via adoption. There are lots of animal shelters, societies and kennels that seek to find homes for a variety of pets. Locate one nearest to your home and do your bit for the homeless ones.

The ways of nature is such that no good deed ever goes unrewarded. Extend an open heart and helpful hands towards adoption. It will be a gesture that you will be proud of all your life.

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About the author: Bethany is a blogger by profession. She loves writing on technology and luxury. Beside this she is fond of gadgets. Recently an article on Dog Houses attracted her attention. These days she is busy in writing articles on Braun Coffee Maker.

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Photo Friday

Roxie as a pup

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Wordless Wednesdays

fishing

Tess

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The Adventures of Tin Tin-Movie Review

This weekend was rainy and gray, the perfect weekend to use our free passes (thanks to KLOUT and Purina–click on Purina for a preview of the movie) to see The Adventures of Tin Tin in 3-D!!!

Tin Tin

The animated movie is based on a popular series of comic books written in the 1940’s. This movie, specifically, based on The Secret of the Unicorn, created  in 1943, is directed by Stephen Spielberg, and is the first animated film he has directed. The film won for Best Animated Featured Film at the Golden Globes.

Captain Haddock

The movie is a high adventure film featuring Tin Tin, a reporter, and his loyal and adorable terrier Snowy, along with Haddock, a drunken ship captain, in search of missing scrolls that will lead to a buried treasure. Action on the high seas, the Moroccan desert and around Europe kept young audience members (myself included) on the edge of their seats.  The 3-D effect, which is not available in all theaters, was awesome.  Some have referred to the movie as “Indiana Jones for Kids.”

The animation was extremely life-like, and I often forgot I was watching a cartoon. From the hair and sweat on the characters to Snowy’s cat-chasing antics, it was so much more life-like than most animated films I’ve seen recently. What repeatedly brought me back to reality was the noses on many of the characters. Amplified versions of schnozes were humorous and offed insight into the personas of their characters.

Snowy

My favorite character, naturally, was Snowy, Tin Tin’s little white fox terrier. Loyal, brave and smart, Snowy also shows a vulnerable side. I found myself rooting for the pooch as much as I did for Tin Tin.

IMHO, the film, at 107 minutes, lasted about 20 minutes too long, with gratuitous swashbuckling for the sake of added excitement.  The average age of the audience was around 4-8, (not including parents) and I noticed several kids becoming restless in the last half-hour. Regardless, I highly recommend this film for families. If you do go see it in theaters, make sure to see it in 3-D. It’s worth the extra $$.

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Love Always

There is a new man in my life. Yep. You heard right. His name is Monty, and he is nothing like anyone else in my life. Past or present.

Monte came as a surprise. I wasn’t looking for a new man. I’d met a relative of his recently; a friend brought him along on a weekend get-together. The minute I met him I was smitten. We laughed and carried on a lot in an amusing–but unmentionable–“situation”, but I figured that it was a short-lived affair, a weekend fling. He was hers, after all. I tried to Continue reading

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Lazy Days, Lazy Dogs

We’ve got the Cabin Fever Blues!

Kismet


Ever since we got home from our 3-week holiday in sunny Florida, we’ve been subjected to laying around the house doing NOTHING!

Roxie and Kismet


We’re forced to entertain ourselves, since mommy has been basically laid up on the couch with a bad cold for days!

Chance


For Kismet, just laying around is fine, because he’s an old dog. He’s perfectly content to lay on the end of the couch at Mommy’s feet.
Roxie gets “full of beans” and starts barking and pacing at the door, but when she gets let outside, she just sits and looks in the glass door, waiting to be let back in.

Chance curls up in Daddy’s lap most of the time, or on his leopard bed, but he really needs to be out patrolling the yard for wayward squirrels.

To top it off, it is drizzly and icky outside. Guess we’ll have to be content to be lazy dogs for one more day. Woof!

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Singing Pups

I hope the pups will be a fun start to your weekend. This is Roxie and Kismet pre-Chance. They saw a video of themselves howling and joined in.

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Wordless Wednesdays

Naples, Fl

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