May 27, 2011

White Dog gathered all of the members of WDA around us for a planning session. It has been a very long month in so many ways and yet May just seemed to gallop past us like a crazed racehorse. In a month where hardly anything seemed "normal," we needed to break out of our rut and head for the hills.

So we are. This weekend we will all pack into Pumpkin, load up groceries and head for the wilderness--the Gila National Wilderness, that is. We are returning to the delightful house protected by a stream to ford and hidden by a two-track ridge to breech where we stayed several weeks ago. Dragon and Sen-ge and their pawrents will join us as we hide away and recharge amidst the juniper, pine, and cow dogs. If we get ambitious or miss humanity we might check out the Blues Festival in town, or we may shun two-leggeds and walk through the pastures and mountains in our own company. The only certain plan is that we will relax and bask in the beauty of our adventure.

It will be interesting to see how YoYoMa does with a change of "homebase," whether just being with the pack will be enough or whether he will be anxious and lost. He seems to adapt well to environmental changes as long as we are together but has a harder time with unfamiliar noises...of course, with the exception of cattle lowing, we will be in a pretty quiet area. We are hoping he, too, can enjoy the weekend.

So WD, TOWD, AWD, SAWD and YAWD put together their packing list...and yes! by the grace of the Universe Steve was able to stop at Costco today for ducky jerky supplies. They reminded us to be sure to pack a brush for detangling burrs this time. They ok'd the switch to travel food (canned salmon, pumpkin and kibble) from their daily chicken veggies and rice (which needs refrigeration).

Puff and YoYoMa supervised me as I assembled kitchen stuff and dry goods...and finished up the sweet potato salad which will ride in the cooler for tomorrow's dinner. WD and Quinn followed on Steve's heels to arrange the van and to pack the suitcase. Nuka paced back and forth between both of us yipping out things we might have forgotten...olive oil?...car harnesses?...prebed treats?

They all know we are planning to leave when Gregg, Candace and pups arrive at 9:30 am but I am betting we will be quietly and persistently drawn back from sleep at the first glow of dawn.

We hope each of you and your families take time to relax, to remember, to recharge, and to rejoice. Have a wonderful holiday (for our US friends) and a grand weekend (for all).


Kari in WeHo said...

have fun and enjoy :)


Suka said...

hey White Dog Army,

What a delightful and refreshing vacation you have planned! It sounds like a wonderfully pawsome getaway and I am sure YoYoMa will enjoy the peace and serenity he will find in such a beautiful location.

Have a safe journey, a fabulous adventure, and a wonderful Memorial Day week-end.

Suka and K

Stella said...

Your get-away sounds just wonderful. Especially the cow-dogs, the lowing, the mooing, maybe a bell or two is all very lovely to me.

Have a safe and happy mini-vacation!

Stella and Co.

Ginger Jasper said...

It sounds wonderful andjust what you all need to recharge those batteries. Enjoy and come back reelaxed with all the news to tell us.. Its a bank holiday weekend here in the UK too. Hugs GJ xx

Mack said...

That sounds like the perfect vacation to us! Enjoy!


rottrover said...

Have a wonderful time!!

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

Oh, how we all hope you have a wonderful and peaceful weekend together. Enjoy.

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

Teddy Bear said...

We hope you all have a pawesome time away.:)

Teddy Bear & Sierra

Mr. Pip said...

Enjoy your weekend away! Hope Yo Yo Ma does OK with the change of scenery.

Your pal, Pip

Jacqueline said...

We wish you all a wonderful, peaceful time as you share another fun family adventure together; we're sure YoYoMa will enjoy the vacation as long as his sweet family is with him!...We have commented on several posts from May 21 til today and hope you will have the time to read them when you get home...We hope you guys share a a lovely, safe holiday weekend with each other and your precious friends...We love you all...xoxo...J, Calle, Halle, Sukki

Sam said...

What kind of salmon do you feed? Is it fresh or canned?

We hope you have an excellent trip!


Brian said...

Enjoy your holiday weekend everyone, I know you will all have fun!

Sagira said...

Hope you have a wonderful time! :)

ForPetsSake said...

It's so exciting to prepare for an adventure like this! Don't forget the ducky jerky!!!