Beach Before Breakfast

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So, remember that fancy off-leash dog park beach I was telling you about recently? Well, about a week after my first visit there, my friend Finn was over for a sleepover and I was barking away telling him all about it and how much fun I had there.

Finn, like most Labradors, is a crazy water dog – just like me – so naturally, he was a little jealous and requested I take him there so he could see it for himself, first paw.

It just so happened that my humans were wanting to take me there anyway, but this time at low tide. When I was there the first time, the tide was coming in fast and I didn’t get a chance to enjoy the big sandy beach that I had heard so many barks about.

My humans investigated and found out that super low tide was at an un-dogly hour of 5:57 am on this particular Sunday morning, but we decided to go anyway. Besides, a sunrise at the beach is always nice to see, right? So off we went.

We were all a little sleepy to start, but when we got there everyone woke up real fast because there was a deer in the parking lot and Finn freaked out barking. We were wide-awake in no time! BOL!

When we got down to the beach we were the only dogs there. And WOW between all the sand and the sun waking up, it was PAWSOME!!! Low tide is definitely the best time to come here, and for my humans a sunrise like this is makes it worth getting up at the crack of dawn.

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Finn and I tore around on the beach and splashed through the puddles and the waves, racing back and forth at our top warp speeds seeing who was fastest.

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The sand felt amazing to run on! So soft on the paws.

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Finn is stalking me. Can you see where I am?

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I waded through the puddles, checking for treasures such as rocks and sticks. You never know what you may find.

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Look at all this sand! I think I’ll stand here for a while and enjoy the feeling of it squishing between my toes.

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So soft… Why can’t all beaches be like this?

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The sun is beginning to stir… What a gorgeous sky!

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While my humans were busy admiring the sights and taking photos, Finn and I were off exploring along the shore.

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It was really shallow for a long ways out which was fine with us. Easier to scavenge that way. BOL!

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We found all sorts of goodies including sticks and seaweed, but nothing really amazing to eat or roll on. Better luck next time.

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After awhile, I decided it was time for my humans to throw rocks for me and stared them down until they caved and threw a few.

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Once I finished chasing an entire herd of rocks down, Finn and I continued on our scavenger hunt along the shore.

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Then we had a good chase and wrestle. We can be crazy pups sometimes! BOL!

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Finally! The sun is awake! It made the sky so pretty.

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The sun also made me glow gold. How do I look?

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Maybe I should chase a few more rocks…

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Come on! Throw it, already!

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My happy face is showing…

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Ummm, where are you going, Finn?

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Can you tell who’s paw print is who’s?

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We found a few starfish that had been left behind by the tide. My humans put the ones that weren’t attached to anything back in the water. Hopefully the others survived.

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Can you spot the starfish?

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This big crab was hiding by a bunch of rocks attempting to camouflage itself. Look at those pinchers! I bet those wouldn’t feel very nice on the nose. I made sure to keep mine far, far away. BOL!

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So… you gonna come and throw some more rocks for me?

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Check out this smelly stick I found! I made sure to give my neck a good scrub with it. It was stinkalicious!

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Can you spot me and Finn? We are looking for more stinky stuff. Lucky for my humans, we didn’t find anything. This time…

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Below is Mom’s favourite photo from this trip. What do you think? Could I be a model dog? I am practicing my agility and listening skills.

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Can you see me?

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… How about now?

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After over an hour of racing around on the beach, Finn and I were ready to go home.

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On our way back we sniffed out all the message rocks…

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… And I found a few that interested me enough to reply to.

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Then we had one last good race…

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… And one last splash.

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Just before we left, I gave one last look at my new favourite beach.

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I will be back…

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After saying our good-byes, we headed up the trail to the car. Finn and I were on high alert, but there was no deer this time.

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Once we arrived back home it was straight to the back yard for a rinse off, then Mom brought us breakfast outside since Finn and I weren’t allowed in until we were dry. It was nice and sunny outside, though, so after we ate our breakfast we passed out on the deck and had a nap until we were dry enough to be let inside. When the humans finally did let us in, we went straight to bed.

It was only 8:42 am and Finn and I were spent for the day. BOL!

Now THIS is how I like to enjoy my weekends. Start with a bang and end with a crash.

And going to the beach before breakfast is the best.

…zzZ…ZZzzz….ZzZ..zzz…ZzzzZZZzz…..Zz..zzz…ZZZZ..zzZ….zzz….

Today I Turned Three

As you may already know, today (August 26th) is my barkday and I am three years old.

Today began like almost every other day. My humans woke up to me sprawled over half of the bed. I don’t mean to push them out, I just really like sleeping in the middle of the bed and to get comfortable I have to stretch my legs. BOL! But they didn’t complain about it today. Must have been because it’s my barkday. 

When my humans got up for the day, I stayed in bed. I prefer to sleep in as long as possible, and so until something exciting happens or my humans demand my presence, I enjoy having the bed all to myself.

But the morning routine was different today. Something was off. Not only did we get up extra early, but we left the house before breakfast and that never happens. The kitties and I always get our breakfast shortly after our humans wake up.

Not today though. We were in the car and on our way to work. Or so I thought. But when Dad was dropped off at work and Mom took the wheel, I knew something was up.

And then I figured it out. Of course, it did take me until we were driving up the street, but we were going to my new favourite beach that is an off-leash dog park: Invermere Beach!

As soon as I realized what was going on I started whining with excitement. Once I calmed down, Mom and I made our way to the beach.

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Since it was so early we were the only ones there, but that is okay by me! The more beach, the better! BOL! I raced back and forth in the waves and chased the rocks and sticks that Mom threw for me.

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How about you throw that rock, Mom!

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My smile is appearing…

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Yep, this is my happy face! BOL!

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After almost an hour of fun at the beach, Mom decided I was all done and we made our way home.

I ate my breakfast, then had my after breakfast treat.

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After I got every last piece of my treats out of my toy, Mom gave me my barkday presents! Two new pawsome toys! Even Frenzy had to check them out. BOL!

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Mom got me Fox because I like to groom Coon a lot and so Coon is starting to get a bit gross and worn from all the chewing so this way I can share the groom sessions with Fox. BOL!

And the little red ball is pretty cool. It is great for helping clean my teeth and feels nice on the gums. It also lights up and squeaks so that is pawsome!

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Then the baking began.

Mom wanted to make me some yummy treats and I wanted to share them with all of my friends which meant she had to make lots, so Mom decided to experiment using what we had in the kitchen.

We came up with these potato pupcakes and they are delicious! I ate way too many of them today. BOL! We mashed the potatoes with banana and peanut butter, stirred in shredded carrot, apple, zucchini, and chunks of all beef wieners, rolled them in to balls and baked them in the oven for just under half an hour. Turns out that Mom’s experiment was a hit and I LOVE them! Frenzy even had some. BOL!

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***drool*** Are you sure I can’t have just a few more…? Like one, or three? I know I already had LOTS but they smell so pawmazing!

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Once we finished baking, Mom and I put together some goodie bags to take to my doggie daycare and share with my furry friends. We also made some bags to share with the pups in my class and a big bag full for my blood brother Logan.

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On our way to pick up Dad from work, we stopped at my doggie daycare and said hello to everyone and dropped off all the goodie bags. I hope my daycare friends like them as much as I do!

After we picked up Dad, we went to see my blood brother Logan. I brought him his barkday bag of potato cake goodies and wished him a happy barkday. There was another dog at his house that I didn’t know was there so I hope I brought him enough to go around. (If not, I have more so just let me know, okay Logan?)

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Check out our smiles! BOL! We are silly dogs!

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Then we continued on to class. Unfortunately, due to a HUGE error on Mom’s part we ended up going to the wrong location, and so by the time we got to the real class spot it was half over.

See the look on my face? This was the first spot we went to and I was confused as to why nobody was there. BOL! Luckily my humans figured it out fairly quickly and we raced to class.

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I still got to participate for the last bit, at least. BOL! Geeezzz, way to go, Mom!

We did pretty good practicing our “Wait” even with distractions.

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At the soccer fields we watched the humans play. I was a little jealous, as I am a big soccer fan and LOVE to play so I really wanted to get on that field and show them how it was done. But instead, I listened well and behaved myself, watching and waiting politely by the fence without even a quiet woof.

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At the end of class I gave my classmates their goodie bags and we took a group photo practicing our “Wait” command.

We did good, don’t you think?

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When I finally arrived home for the evening, I had a nap while I waited for dinner, then I had my after dinner treat and I’m sure you can guess what my treat was tonight…

Potato pupcakes! YUM!!!

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They are so good that I’ll lick every last morsel from the floor. Mmmmm floor tasties…

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Afterwards, I played with my toys for a while and pranced around with the kitties and now I’m down for the count – sound asleep beside the air conditioner. BOL! It’s the coolest place in the house.

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And that was my pawsome 3rd Barkday!

What a day! I think this was my best barkday yet!

This Is My Happy Place

Do you love to play in water? Are you looking for the perfect place to take your human and have some splashtastic fun off the leash? Well, if you live on Vancouver Island (BC, Canada) and are in Nanaimo and area then I have just the place for you!

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Invermere Beach is pawmazing!

Why, you ask? Well, for starters it’s an off-leash dog park that is on the beach. See? I’ve barely said anything and you’re already intrigued. BOL! Let me list off just a few reasons why you should go check this place out…

1. Like I already mentioned, it’s an off-leash dog park on the beach so you can’t get in trouble for splashing around in the water naked with your human down at the other end of the beach (not that I recommend leaving your human as they should always have supervision, especially in places like this). It would be quite easy to lose your human, however, because this beach is HUGE so make sure to pay attention and keep an eye on them at all times.

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2. There is a TON of sand which is perfect for racing on with your friends or for playing ball. It is nice and soft on the paws and really fun to dig holes in and roll on. (If you like to bring toys to the dog park, please remember to be careful when playing around other dogs you don’t know. Not everybody knows how to share and some dogs can get possessive of toys, even if it is not their own.)

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3. Even when the tide is in it is still nice and shallow for a long ways out, so if you’re a beginner swimmer it’s a safe place to practice your doggie paddle. This, of course, doesn’t effect me at all since I’m a bit of a pro when it comes to swimming. BOL!

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4. It’s a dog park so there are LOTS of messages to sniff and reply to from all the other pups that frequent the place. (Please note that if you are a peemail addict, you might be here awhile.)

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5. Since it is a dog park, there are almost always a lot of other pups with their humans there having a great time enjoying the water and so finding a friend can be quite easy. Lots of the pups that visit this place are very friendly and love to play.

I go to doggie daycare to socialize and visit the beach for swimming and splashing, so Mom did not get any photos of me with other dogs because I didn’t go say hi to any, but a lot of pups were at the park having a blast too. There was even a dog paddling around on a board with it’s human. Can you see the small white speck at the top right corner of the above photo? That’s them. It looked like a lot of fun. Maybe I should try that one day… 

6. If you need a place to practice your off-leash skills then this is the place for you. There are a ton of distractions, which is good for practicing your listening skills, and afterwards there’s a big beach to tear up as a reward for your performance. For me, this is the perfect place to practice my skills as I can be a bit crazy and out-of-control around water, and to me playing in water is the best reward ever!

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7. Since it is a beach, sometimes there is something pawmazing to roll on that washed up on the shore. This will make your human’s day. ***wink wink*** If not, there’s always smelly sticks and seaweed stuff and seashells too.

I was too excited about the new beach to care about rolling on anything this time. Maybe next visit I’ll find something… 

8. If your human likes to take photos like mine does, then they will absolutely LOVE this place. No-matter what time of day, it is beautiful and picturesque. Sometimes there is wildlife too, like birds, seals, crabs and starfish, so it’s a great place to take the camera. You never know what you may see or find. Next time we go, Mom is going to take some panorama shots of me on the beach and is quite excited about it. Humans are silly. BOL!

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9. If you are a rock hunter like I am, then you will be in doggie heaven here. There are rocks everywhere and many of them are covered in barnacles (my favourite) so just get your human to throw them in to the waves and then let the search begin! But make sure to watch out for them when running on the sand. They can hurt your paws.

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10. This is the best off-leash beach dog park EVER and if the last nine reasons didn’t get your tail wagging, then this is not the beach for you. But if they did, go check it out because it is seriously PAWSOME!!! I’d be there every single day if my humans would let me. Unfortunately, it is on the opposite end of town so it’s more of a weekend thing for me.

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So there you go. My top ten reasons for visiting Invermere Beach.

Yep, this is my happy place. See my smile?

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When Did August Get Here..?

Let me start off by saying I am soooo sorry and it is all Mom’s fault. I have been MIA for just over a month and it feels like I haven’t been on here in a very, very, VERY long time.

You see, when I first started this blog Mom and I were home all the time. She was off work with an injury so of course I had to stay home with her to take care of her and since she had to stay off her leg we ended up spending a good amount of time on the computer.

Mom has always disliked Facebutt but is a huge sucker for animals and when she discovered that rescues and shelters post photos of adoptable animals and that liking and sharing their photos has helped many find homes in the past, she decided it was a way we could help out, so we created a page and began to share. But for some reason FB didn’t like that and we started to get kicked off on a regular basis for at least a day at a time. When we were suspended from Facebutt for sharing too many photos of dogs and cats looking for their forever homes for the third time we decided to start this blog because when Mom gets suspended so do I, which means no Facebutt for me either. This way, I could share my adventures with my friends regardless if Mom gets put in FB jail or not.

We would blog at least once a day and sometimes several times a day. Our main goal for this blog is to help raise awareness for all the wonderful shelter animals out there, which is why we started These Paws Were Rescued in April once we got the ball rolling, but prior to that and in-between the monthly TPWR issues I was blogging about my day or my latest beach trip, and so on. Sometimes the kitties even got in on the action, blogging about cat stuff like catnip or their favourite toy. It was fun and Mom and I enjoyed it.

Well, about two months ago things just fell apart. It started a little sooner than that, as when Mom went back to work full time in April I didn’t get as much time to come on here and paw the keyboard, but with Mom’s help we did our best to continue on a somewhat regular schedule.

Then, in June everything seemed to start crashing down around us all at once. So many things happened and it was very discouraging and depressing for Mom and she couldn’t get her mind to focus on all the things she’s supposed to be helping me with, so we just stopped. July was the worst of it, as not only was there lots of other stuff going on but to top it off, my humans car was broken in to and all their ID, money and credit cards were stolen, Ravage had to go for a vet visit with a ruptured anal gland and then the hard drive to Mom’s computer broke and she lost everything.

That was the end of it for Mom. Her computer stores all the photos of the kitties and I, along with tons of other stuff, so when that happened Mom just shut down and wanted nothing to do with anything that involved being social or posting pictures, and so on, so all my media social acitivites came to a grinding halt. For a while there we didn’t even post photos on Facebutt. It was almost like I fell off the edge of the Earth and disappeared in to black space. No Facebutt, no Twitter, no Pinterest, no Packdog, no Google+, no Gmail, and no blogging. Don’t misunderstand though, Mom still has LOTS of photos of the kitties and I, just not the ones from the past few months (which is a shame because there was some really, really good ones) as those were still on the computer (Mom has a special portable hard drive that she stores all the photos on for this exact reason, she just didn’t get a chance to update it with all the recent photos). But it was just that last little thing that pushed Mom off the edge and she couldn’t hold it together anymore, so we took a break.

I am truly sorry for disappearing like I did without an explanation but it’s just how things happened. We are slowly working on picking ourselves back up and getting caught up again in my media social world but WOWZER is there a lot to do now. We are soooo behind!

Thank you all for hanging in there with me and for still frequenting my Facebutt page, as that was the only thing Mom and I sort of kept up with during our absence (thanks to Dad’s fancy phone or else we would have been MIA there too). Again, we apologize and promise to do better in the future and to hold on instead of letting go when life swoops in and takes you for a crazy ride.

But on the bright side, all is well, my kitties are great, my humans are both doing well and keeping busy with their work, and we have been enjoying our summer the best we can, visiting the beaches and rivers whenever possible. I hope that you have all had a wonderful summer and I promise to be better at keeping in touch.

***wiggles***

~ Darko  (and Mom)

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