Month: March 2015

The Party Girl Takes Over

That does it – I’m taking over Mary’s blog.  I have been waiting for weeks to get my turn and she has managed to push me aside to write about other things, so I’m taking matters into my own hands.

Let me introduce myself.  My name is Carly and I’m a 3 year old black Labrador Retriever.  Mary and Gator decided that Kody was too lonely being an only dog – especially when they went away on vacation. That’s when I came into the picture.



I really love Kody.  He’s a great big brother and he’s taught me so much, but he and I definitely have different ways of thinking about things.  First of all, he is way too concerned about what Mary and Gator think.  He is always so worried that he might get in trouble or somebody might be mad at him.  Who cares??  I don’t worry about that stuff a bit!  In fact, I think everyone ought to pay a little more attention to MY needs and what I think is important.

As long as we’re on the subject, I’ve got a few issues I want to bring up with Mary and Gator.  So if you don’t mind, I’m going to take this opportunity to get these things addressed.  First of all, the service around here – let me just say it’s not up to par.  I can tell time you know.  I know when it’s time to eat.  I also know when it’s the weekend.  Don’t think you are going to sleep in an extra hour and expect me to wait for my breakfast.  I’m hungry!  I’m hungry all the time and as long as you insist that my diet be limited to dog food in portions that keep me at an optimal weight (in your opinion), then get yourself out of bed and get my breakfast at the same time every day.  15 minutes early would be even better.  Also, keep in mind that I am going to eat anything that can even be remotely construed as food.  Like I said, I’m hungry all the time.  If you don’t like it, feed me more (and better).

Next, the entertainment around here just doesn’t cut it.  I like to party, in fact I think everything should be a party!  Why do the two of you need to work so much?  We need to devote way more time every day to partying – water parties are the best.  I like any kind of water, so I am flexible when it comes to that.   Kiddy pools are fine, but they tend to be a bit small.   I like the water fresh so it’s good and cold!




Puddles are great too.  I never met a puddle I didn’t like – the muddier the better!


Icy creeks are really the best.  I will try to get you to go outside with me and throw my toys into the water as much as I can.  I love the cold weather.

I know it sounds like all I do is eat and play, but I contribute quite a bit to this family.  Kody and I make an intimidating pair when strangers come around.  I can tell when someone doesn’t belong here and I would do everything I could to protect you guys.  Also, who provides most of the entertainment around this place?  You have to admit, I’m as cute as they come and I have a great sense of humor!  Nobody creates more fun than I do.

I think you and Gator need to step it up.  It’s not an unreasonable request – just spend less time on your computers and more time playing!  If that’s not an option, can I have a puppy?


Adios, Au Revoir, Arrivederci, Good bye

Don’t worry, I’m not going anywhere – but Old Man Winter is!  It’s not very often that we get two snowstorms in March here in Virginia, but this has been one of those years.  Yesterday was the last straw. It’s not that we even got so much snow, it’s that it rained for 24 hours before it got cold enough to snow, so we ended up with a sheet of ice under it.


So frustrating!  Schools were closed and people couldn’t get to work.  Now, I know I am a whimp when it comes to winter – and I admit it.  But I can tell even my husband, Gator is starting to crack.

You see, Thursday night is date night.  It’s a tradition that we started years ago and it is something that we really look forward to every week.  When I told him I didn’t think we would be able to get out for our date, he took it as a personal challenge.

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In under 30 minutes, he had the driveway cleared and had plowed 3/4 of a mile all the way down to the main road.  Well, I look forward to date night just as much as he does, so I couldn’t have been happier to get out of the house and let someone else cook dinner.  We hopped in the truck and off we went into town.  Nothing was open.  NOTHING.  The entire town was deserted – the grocery stores were closed, pharmacies, restaurants, everything.  Old Man Winter may have won the battle but he’s not winning the war!

This morning, everything looks different. The sun is shining, the snow is melting and the weather forecast is a lot more like spring.


Date night has been rescheduled and we are celebrating the end of winter.  Adios, au revoir, arrivederci, good-bye Old Man, I’m not going to miss you a bit!

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