When Maggie Came to Visit
Jul. 20, 2010 6:15 am
Updated: Jul. 22, 2010 6:13 am
My daughter and her husband went on vacation, leaving their cocker spaniel with us. Maggie just turned a year old two weeks ago, my Suzy is 21 months old and Missy is almost 12 years old. Missy and Suzy are labs - considerably larger than Maggie. But
- Maggie has no idea she is a small dog, she has spent her life playing with her lab "cousins" and she is no girlie-girl!
If you've read any of my other blogs you know that Suzy had ligament repair surgery in April and is still recovering. Just last month she has been permitted to come out of her pen and be loose in the house, as long as there is no roughhousing. This past week
her and Maggie have taken turns being in the pen since no way will they be together and not roughhouse. Today Maggie will be going home, so I let them out together to play some. Missy preferred to stay back out of the way. I think all three dogs are pretty
tired after their busy week together.
This week has been interesting. When I agreed to watch Maggie I had forgotten that my husband and I would be going camping on the weekend at "Waterfowler's Bootcamp" - a show for duck hunters down by Columbus, Ohio. We camp in a smallish pop-up camper and
we were taking our two dogs. We just had to make room for Maggie. Normally our son goes along, but Steve is doing an internship this summer and did not want to miss any of that so he didn't go. Turns out that was a good thing - we needed his bed space to
put the dog crates!
We also usually take our portable gas grill for cooking since we are too busy at the show to build and cook on a campfire and there is no oven in our camper. Well.... I had already given the grill to our daughter to take with them to the cabin they had rented.
So... last Thursday I made Kalua Pig in a Slow Cooker from off this site. All I can say about that is "Wow". It was delicious. We also just made hot dogs on the stove; boring but quick and easy.
On the last day of the show there is a big raffle drawing. My husband wanted to get an early start home so we left before the drawing. As we did, one of his friends said "I'll call you when they draw your name". Ha!ha! We were about 45 minutes away when
his phone rang; "You need to come back, your son just won." Really?? What did he win?? The Grand Prize!! So - we turned around, but called Steve to tell him to start driving the truck down to load up his winnings - no way did we have room in our vehicle
with all the camping gear and 3 dogs. You cannot imagine what all he won! He said he won everything needed for a hunt except the gun and a dog and I think he's right! He even won SIX guided hunts from all over - New York, Missouri, Rhode Island, Ohio, Canada
even! Most include the hunt, food and lodging - not a bad deal at all!! He won a small marsh lay-out boat, decoys, clothing, field lay-out blind, dvd's, dog training stuff, etc., etc., etc. Steve was quite excited and understandably so! Everyone agreed
he was a "perfect winner". He's the President of his college's outdoor sportsman/hunting club and this is a great start to his very own hunting gear collection. He already has several guns, so the "extras" was all he needed.
It was a great weekend and a great week with Maggie here and we'll all be sorry to see her go home!
The Three Amigos
A little bit of roughhousing!
That is Maggie's ball
Steve won all this!
The maiden voyage of the Marsh Boat