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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
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A little bit of roughhousing!
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That is Maggie's ball
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Steve won all this!
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The maiden voyage of the Marsh Boat
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Jul. 20, 2010 6:29 am
Wow !!!!! sounds like you had quite the week!!! Congrats to you and your husband on the win and it looks like you had a lot of fun with your Granddog.
Jul. 20, 2010 6:31 am
The Three Amigos is PRICELESS! You need to get that framed. And congrats to your son.
Jul. 20, 2010 6:34 am
Nookfan - we did have fun! I've never had a small dog before and Maggie is the cutest!
Jul. 20, 2010 6:35 am
Lynna - Thanks! Don't they look so serious?? (Mostly because I told them to stay, LOL) Steve is quite excited on his win! He's already planning all of his winter-time duck hunts.
Jul. 20, 2010 6:39 am
How exciting that must have been! WOW!
Jul. 20, 2010 6:39 am
What a great win! (My son would love it!) The dogs are all beautiful. Sounds like Miss Maggie can hang with the big dogs just fine!
Jul. 20, 2010 6:49 am
Don't ever underestimate a female cocker! They are tough. Now on the other hand my black and tan male has wussie written all over his face! She is adorable! Stands out nicely with the two beautiful shinny coated black labs!
Jul. 20, 2010 6:52 am
Fun, Fun! looks like you all enjoyed yourselves!
Jul. 20, 2010 6:58 am
Right on, Steve! I would love to win a couple of hunting trips...that would be awesome!
Jul. 20, 2010 6:59 am
Cockers are cute dogs. I'm glad she had a good time at Grandmas house. LOL
Jul. 20, 2010 8:22 am
The funny part of Steve's winning all this is that he had no idea he even had a ticket with his name on it - his dad just put a couple in the pot for him. He's being very generous - he told his dad he could go on a couple of the hunts with him. LOL.
Jul. 20, 2010 8:45 am
I suspect, you'll be retelling these fun stories many times! Ya better, anyway!
Jul. 20, 2010 10:13 am
Love the dogs! Used to babysit MIL's cocker when she vacationed to Myrtle Beach. She had fun with our 2 labs, even though she was a little intimidated by them. She always came back for more. She's gone now, passed away to doggie heaven. I keep telling MIL I'm gonna get her another puppy, but she is 80 this year. Not sure she needs another animal to keep up with.
Jul. 20, 2010 10:31 am
How neat! I know your dogs and Maggie had a great time together. And congrats to Steve for that wonderful grand prize! That's exciting.
Jul. 20, 2010 10:38 am
Sassy - my parents have 3 labs, one in each color. They are 73 and I believe the dogs keep them young. They used to show them but the dogs have all retired. My dad still bikes 3 miles several times a week to exercise the youngest (7 yrs. old) dog. When my daughter got Maggie she would take her to Grandma & Grandpa's house for doggie daycare while her and her husband worked. So, Maggie has been playing with labs since she was 8 weeks old. Maybe your MIL could use a dog that is just out of puppy stage and already housebroken?
Jul. 22, 2010 6:13 am
Congrats on the winnings and the dogs are adorable!
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I've been married for 33 years, and live in Ohio. We have a daughter who is married and lives nearby. Our son graduated from college and moved to South Dakota. He has his own place but still goes to visit my sister and brother-in-law and have dinner with them occasionally. We have two black labs that get to go duck hunting with dad and two cats. We own a Mexican restaurant and are learning alot about the food industry. I love to eat, go camping, read, spend time with family and friends, watch movies, and drink wine; not necessarily in that order.
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When I was first married we had my grandparent's-in-law over for a pot roast dinner. The meat came out great, but the potatoes and carrots were still half raw. My husband's grandfather went to cut his fork into a carrot and it flew off his plate. He looked at me, winked, and said he loved his carrots that way!
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