After breakfast the WDA harnessed up and headed for Pumpkin, we had things to do and places to see. We spent some time visiting stores and businesses in our community to ask for their help in spreading the word about next week's My Dog and Me Blood Drive. WD is a skilled and charming spokesperson and in tandem with Steve, they are irresistible. We managed to make short work of distributing the remaining posters and fliers. There were High Paws all around as we headed for the Park.
Mid-day on a work/school day meant the Park was deserted...much to the Army's delight! WD ran zoomies the length of the open field and the others stretched their legs on the reawakening grass. Bella and Taiko turned out to be a great pair for this outing. Taiko is not super fast, he heals well, and set a good pace for Miss Bee. In fact, she did so well that we are going to begin including her on nightly walks.
|Taiko (in orange) and Bella march in perfect unison...surprisingly.|
|What are Puff (above) and YoYoMa looking at? White Dog flowing across the grass in the most beautiful of zoomies.|
At one of our favorite pet stores, Lisa gave out valentine treat bags to the entire WDA. Steve pointed out that they had just finished treats and despite the pleading of 5 sad pairs of Eskie eyes insisted that the bags be saved for later.
Oso had found a perfectly comfortable spot against the side of the van, out of every one's way and let the movement lull him into a deep sleep. He awoke when we pulled back into the driveway at home.
All were ready for naps once we got home and the duck jerky toll was paid. Oso agreed to keep watch since he had rested...until he saw that Steve had space on the couch for one little man to curl into. White Dog was awakened by the clink of the mail flap as the postman left her a very special gift from certain perfect gentleman Eskie who has wooed her from Atlanta.
As per her request, White Dog and the WDA dined on buffalo steaks, grass-fed, VERY rare, and mixed garden vegetables. Dessert was set aside (with promises to have it the next day) to make room for a good after dinner chew...fresh beef bones from the butcher. Each of the White Ones made a gracious speech in tribute of their leader. (I must admit being worried ahead of this when Yo asked what rhymed with "bossy.")
Skilled professionals that they are, the WDA even mustered enthusiasm for a brisk pre-bed time walk, although Steve said he felt like a waddling overstuffed bear. Cuddling all together before lights out, White Dog squeezed between Steve and I after nuzzling the noses of YoYoMa, Puff, Oso, Taiko, and Bella. "Family," she said sleepily, "thank you for making my world so perfect. I am blessed to have Gotcha you all."