Max and Nano's excellent adventure

More than just an ordinary dog, Max is my buddy, my pooch, my every dog all in one. So when Trig said he wanted to go camping, my brain wailed "but what about my dog???" I was mortified, now what? I had no one left at home to watch him while I went traipsing about Nowhere Kansas. Ugh. My aging, over-sized, and arthritic dog would need to accompany us, me, or else. So began the mental gymnastics while I wrestled with this new problem.

Ok Ok Ok, let me think! I know! I'll get one of those thingys I can set up, you know the screened in camping shelters. Yes that could work...I don't care if my minimalist boyfriend thinks I'm nuts, its his job to love me and accept my idiosyncrasies. Of course Max could rip through the mesh and escape, or be stolen! I'd be racked with sorrow and guilt, no that won't do.

Next idea? If its not too hot, I could park the Tahoe in the shade, roll down the windows and stick a fan in the back and he could be fine.

Nothing left to do but to do it.

So I packed... Dog food, his expensive supplement and I even picked up some Rimadyl (NSAID meds) from the vet's office. Oh and a fan. The weather promised to not cooperate and I assumed I would wilt, horribly, right next to my big hairy dog.

Blue moon fever? Perhaps!

When we pulled in the place was pretty much vacant. Max stayed with me and Trig was left to set up camp on his own. I assumed I was much too encumbered to assist. meh.

But I like to take pictures.


The sunset was gorgeous over the glassy water

 A really big small mouth bass, which trig threw back, declaring it too beautiful to slaughter. *weeping*

Now after one trip out, we thought, hmmmm, wonder if we could set up the boat to accommodate my pooch. Getting him in and out of the boat was the only real difficulty. Max was quite a trooper.

And a seat hog.

The heat was sweltering and we tried to take shelter in the tent. Didn't work but this picture is cute.

My reason for camping, my love

A blue moon

The boys enjoying a jaunt about the lake.

Purple berries kissed by the morning light

The heat ravaged wild flowers and grasses

A pooch so tired he's stuck on the console! I, as gently as possible, shifted him off and he curled up in the back.

Overall a fairly good trip. I whined about the heat, Max barked hello at everyone and trig fished. Life is good. 

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Comment by Hyblaean~ Julie on August 31, 2012 at 10:49pm

happy puppies!!

the best thing about camping is going home

Comment by tr ig on September 1, 2012 at 7:35am

Nice pics - although the one of me makes me cringe a little bit, the rest are great! And I thought Max was grooving.

As I said (ad nauseum I'm sure), the chances of perfect weather coinciding with the opportunity to get away are slim to none, ALTHOUGH, those chances increase in the next month! 

Your whining was cute. Is it what it is? Yes, hot during the day but the mornings and evenings were suhweet. Thanks for being a trooper. Damn that smallmouth was huge!

Comment by Katie Badger on September 1, 2012 at 8:47am

I would have to bring my dog, too. I totally get that.. and I'd do whatever I had to in order to make her feel comfy. Though that doesn't take much as she seems like an eight year old puppy. I dread the day she gets old...she's my constant companion and most loyal friend.

Oh! Beautiful pics too. 

Comment by anna1liese on September 1, 2012 at 10:33am

Lovely to see all of these ... especially the sunset over water ... sighing ... sighing ... here.

Max looks perfectly happy to be wherever he is ... as long as you ... are there beside him ...

Comment by Jenny on September 1, 2012 at 3:07pm

Hey Rita, Max is an Akita. He is small for the breed at only 98 pounds. Most males will run 125-130 I think, but he was free and while I don't think he is mixed, I suppose he could be. He used to be black but has grayed up a lot on his head and belly.

Comment by Emily Conyngham on September 1, 2012 at 8:53pm

wowweee.. I love love the first photo, esp. all the glitter on the shore, like broken glass. Max is cool. Oh wait, I love the pic of the moon, and oh, your love in it, and the fishing rod. I hope you always keep that one.

Who is Nano?

Terrific post, Asia. I feel like I am there with heat, and the calm and the special dog food.

Comment by Jenny on September 1, 2012 at 9:16pm

Thanks Emily.

Little Nano is in picture 8. He often stands at the helm, which freaks me out as I'm positive a strong wind will pick him up and fling him into the water. I seriously just about hold my breath!

Nano is Steve's dog.

And the food! I buy Science Diet JD formula which costs me around $70 a month and I mix a super D douper supplement into it called Longevity. Its a green powder and makes a nasty smelling concoction when mixed into the food. I have no idea how much I actually spend a year, but this is the second full year on this and he is doing great.

Comment by Scylla the Rock on September 2, 2012 at 3:02pm

Beautiful photographs of a wonderful trip.  Even Sir Trig is looking studly.  Well done.

Comment by cheshyre on September 3, 2012 at 8:34pm

Haha! Animal gifts! Thanks for sharing your adventure.

Comment by Myriad on September 4, 2012 at 6:36pm

Wonderful pictures.  Even the one of Tr ig and the two fish.


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