Tuesday, September 30, 2014

A Follow-up to a Follow-up

So the other day I posted a follow-up to my Wordless Wednesday post. Well, now this is a follow-up to that follow-up!

I mentioned that I did not have any photos of what the the four of us look like riding on the jetski. Well, darn it, I still don't! But, I did carry my little water-proof camera while actually on-route to our outing this past weekend and do have a couple of more views to share.

Here's how it looks to me as I ride along......

Wilson.......Just like in a car, Wilson will try to stick his head way out into the air stream for the best smells. John keeps a firm grip on the vest handle at all times! Safety is always our top concern!

Jimmy.......He sits in front of me, with his butt in my lap. I've got my hand on his vest handle as well, although his spot is a bit more secure (and drier!). Jim gets the primo seating due to being a bit more timid about the whole jetski thing.

Arriving at our playground for the day.....We have to be extra careful as we reach our destination. Both boys are so EXCITED at the prospect of swimming, retrieving, and all around general mayhem, that they will dive off the jetski to get the fun started. You should hear the whining and yips that start to happen this close to shore.

On a warm early fall day, this  little strip of beach feels like just about anywhere BUT a few miles south of Washington, DC!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Anticipation, Anticipation

Those bright orange objects are doggy life preservers.

As a follow up to yesterday's Wordless Wednesday post, let me tell you a tale about a couple of dogs who love our jetski, a Yamaha Waverunner.

We've owned various jetskis for quite a while now. They fit in our garage nicely, are easy to tow, get you out on all sorts of water, and best of all, when we go to Myrtle Beach, the jetski gets us to beaches with very few people! If you don't have a watercraft of some sort, you just can't get there! We've even seen dolphins when we go out into the ocean!

Early on, when Wilson was just a young boy, we decided to see if he could ride along with us. He already loved to swim, had been canoeing, so going out on the jetski wasn't all that much of a stretch. Wilson had a life jacket for the canoe, so his safety was taken care of. We started out slow, going for a short ride on the Potomac River near our house. We stopped on an island for a bit and let Wilson swim, one of his very favorite activities! That was all it took! He put two and two together, and quickly realized a ride on the jetski meant swimming. Any trepidation he might have had evaporated just like that! The jetski soon became a source of great excitement! When Jimmy came along, he had Wilson's fearless example to follow, and soon learned the joy of getting out on the water, plus there was SWIMMING!

It has reached the point, when we start to gather the jetski stuff like a cooler, waterproof gadget bag, snacks, lifevests, etc.,  that the boys GLUE themselves to the door leading to the garage. They want to make very sure we won't forget to take them along. On the days we plan for all day dogless outings, it is very guilt inducing indeed to see the disappointment on their little faces as we squeeze out the door without them.

When John gets ready to launch the jetski at the boat ramp, he opens the hatchback on his SUV for a better view backing up. I walk down the ramp so I can catch the jetski as it floats free of the trailer. The photo at the top of this post is the sight you see every time we are doing this. Wilson excitedly supervises the activity, whining and hopping around in an effort to speed things up. If the angle had been right, and the front hatch of the jetski was closed, Jimmy's head would have been there as well. Here's another angle, you can see a Jimmy ear if you look closely.....

My only regret is that I do not have a picture of all four of us cruising along out on the water. Jimmy sits on the seat/my lap behind John, and Wilson rides in the left foot well which is perfectly corgi sized and shaped. John holds the handle on the back of his vest for security and off we go. The sight of us brings many smiles to the other boats we pass. It's not everyday you see a dog on a jetski, let alone TWO dogs!

Here's Jimmy, sporting his vest, shortly after landing on the empty beach......

And here's John, off to have much speedier fun without his crew......

I stay behind to enjoy the beach, play with the dogs, and eat all the snacks and drink all the beer!

And when it comes to snacks, watch out for those seagulls! Even on the quiet beaches, they aren't shy!

See y'all next time!

Wilson's Waverunner on Wordless Wednesday

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Jimmy's Turn!

While on my blogging break, we spent some time at the beach. The boys love their chance to go swimming and play some fetch in the water.

I usually try to make the boys take turns retrieving the toy. This way one is taking a short break while the other goes and gets the float. Even when I toss two floats, they often try for the same one anyway. Brotherly competition and all that....

Anyhoo, it was Jimmy's turn. I'm pretty sure Wilson is expressing his displeasure at that with a nice raspberry behind Jimmy's back! Click to enlarge for full effect......

And here's the snag...not the best photo but still a funny face from Jim.

I didn't take a whole lot of photos while at the beach, and none at all with my "good" camera. That's a first. I had recently purchased a little water-proof, shock-proof Fuji camera that sounded perfect for the beach, and that's all I ever used. The pictures aren't exactly Canon DSLR quality, but it sure is handy and carefree. I have a few more to share over the next few days.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Monday Mischief: Photo Bomber!!!!!

So we were up in the mountains (well, what poses as mountains here in Virginia. Certainly not the gorgeous mountains KB shares with us!) on Saturday. Thanks to a couple of glasses of wine, I was in the very rare mood to have my picture taken with the boys. We were in a very quiet corner of the orchard, but even that wasn't enough to keep the background free of a photo bomber!

And here's how it was supposed to look...............

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Blue Light Special!

Two Corgis for the Price of One!!!!

We were at an indoor flea market the other day. It was pet friendly just so long as you carried your pet (not gonna happen with a 35 pound corgi!), or luckily, drove them around in a cart. The boys were skeptical at first, not sure they should trust their moving "crates", but settled in pretty quickly. And it sure made it easy for us. No sniffing, no risk of eating anything off the floor, and especially no shoplifting at the pet store booth! It was pretty disappointing as flea markets go, but so worth it on the photo-op front!
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