Bogart Sings!

Today is a VERY SPECIAL DAY.

One year ago today I was crammed into a crate with no idea of where I was going, what would be happening to me, and oh yeah I was kinda hungry.  Then I was put onto not one but two airplanes from rural Virginia (and not riding first class, I tell you) and one plane missed it’s connection so I spent an inordinate amount of time in the airport at Atlanta before another long flight to who-knew-where.

Little did I know that at the same exact time, my new mom-to-be was screaming profanities and generally making a nuisance of herself at the Delta baggage claim terminal in Los Angeles in anticipation of my arrival.  She made sure that everyone in the entire terminal knew exactly who I was, and wouldn’t even let them leave (!) until they found me.  I ultimately arrived 3 hours later than expected, and mom gave ’em hell.

Today is the one year anniversary of my very first day with mom and dad.  I really do feel special!!!  I love that they take such good care of me, and I’m happy to return the favor.  And I’m so happy that they’re FUN!!!

In other news, apparently mom had been taking photos all along this weekend and was just now getting around to posting them.   So this was my very full Sunday:

Bogart at Petco Bogart at Petco

First we stopped off at Petco, I wasn’t sure why.  But I’m always happy to explore and show mom where the good stuff is (when I’m “good” I’m allowed to pick out my own toys and bones).

Bogart's New Harness Bogart's New Harness Bogart's New Harness

Then we went down the leash-and-collar aisle.  I wasn’t sure why.  I already have leashes and the coolest collar… but mom wanted to get me a harness.  I immediately thought of my dreamgirl Sunshade and her pretty red one, and yup I got excited.  So mom and I were trying them on and then decided that I should have a manly green one.  I kinda like it actually.

Bogart's New Harness Bogart's New Harness Bogart's New Harness

Then we were going to go to the Pasadena City College flea market… except that mom had the dates wrong and there was no one there!  It was actually one week before, so we suddenly had nothing to do.  So rather than going home, mom thought we should take a little tour of Old Town Pasadena.  I agreed heartily – it’s an area where there are lots of people who not only know a gorgeous young Airedale when they see one, but they openly express their admiration as well.

Bogart at Malagueta Bogart at Malagueta Bogart at Malagueta

So we parked and then I got to test-drive the new harness.  Pretty good.  We stopped for some lunch at a restaurant called Malagueta – it’s sort of Brazilian, and I’ve been there before.  Last year at the Doo Dah Parade I got to sit there and they were really nice to me.  Mom got her predictable non-meat sandwich and I thought she might need a little protection so I jumped into her lap.  Several times.  Just so she’d feel comfortable as a lone woman eating lunch at an outdoor cafe… I get to be her muscle!  I also get any mozzarella scraps that just happen to not make it into her mouth, so it’s totally worth it.

Bogart in the Pasadena Park Bogart in the Pasadena Park Bogart in the Pasadena Park

Then we walked around for awhile looking for a good spot to take some photos.  Have I told you that I was asked to be in the Dogs With Blogs calendar?  Oh yes indeed, and mom has been trying to get some good photos of me so that I’m truly worthy of my own month.  But it’s been difficult.  Between the battery issues and this “work” thing, she just didn’t have the time or the creative energy to git ‘er done.  We thought we’d try today as it was lovely outside and we were in pretty Pasadena, after all.

As genetically gifted as I am, some days the muse just doesn’t visit, and the pictures just aren’t award-winning.  I of course blame mom.

Bogart in the Pasadena Park Bogart in the Pasadena Park

I know she tries, but well, she failed.

Bogart in the Pasadena Park Bogart in Pasadena Park Bogart in the Pasadena Park

Admittedly I was easily distracted, but hey I’m the model here.

Bogart in the Car Bogart in the Car

So then we headed home, mom a bit dejected about having the opportunity to get a fantastic calendar-worthy picture of me and somehow not getting it together.  She wasn’t happy.  Then we got stuck in major traffic behind a nasty truck accident which made her even un-happy-er.

Rain Rain

We got home and mom was moping around the apartment.  She went downstairs to get her laundry (I try to help her, but she swears that she can do this better alone… I of course pretend to understand) and then came running back up the stairs at top speed!  IT WAS RAINING!  For the first time in more months than either of us can remember, IT WAS RAINING!  So she grabbed my leash, found the camera, and she and I went running outside to the park to enjoy a little RAIN!!!!

Rain Singing in the Rain Singing in the Rain

Of course it only lasted for less than 5 minutes, but I do have to admit that it was fun and did feel awfully good.  Mom started shooting pictures immediately and we both felt something good was happening… I even started to sing!

Singing in the Rain Singing in the Rain Singing in the Rain

At full howl I did a little impromptu serenade for mom.

Singing in the Rain Singing in the Rain Singing in the Rain

I could tell that she liked it by the way she was laughing so hard.

Singing in the Rain Singing in the Rain

So I just kept going.  And somehow in all of this frivolity, mom GOT THE PICTURES.  I was so happy and boy was she happy.  The rain stopped, and we went back inside so she could sit in front of the computer for awhile and work on my pictures doing whatever special thing she does with them.  It’s good to have “people” to do these kinds of things for me.

Love,

Bogart

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9 thoughts on “Playing Catch Up”

  1. Happy 1st year anniv with your family!!! I am sure glad your mom wanted you to come safe from VA. I would want a mom to make sure the airline would keep me safe.

  2. Yeah, my mom kicks butt! I’ve seen her “in action” before and she’s somethin’!

    I sent a whole bunch of pictures to Dogs with Blogs to let them choose… some of the ones on my blog and some other ones too! And I want to be surprised when I see it!!!!

    Love,
    Bogart

  3. Hello Bogart! Thank you for your comments on my website, Jeannie and I are both quite new to it all so the technical side is still difficult! Even for me, Marvin the most clever of dogs! I will put a link on my Blog to yours, if that is ok with you, in the next day or so. You are a handsome chap! Love and Licks from Marvin The Dog in Bonnie Scotland xx

  4. Happy anniversary, Bogart! In regards to your Pug-O-Ween question, I would recommend that any canine don a costume from time to time. It can be a spiritual experience. Peace be upon you.

  5. Hey Bogart,
    You sure do look handsome in your new harness! We like the color on you. Your pictures are very nice too! We get to be in the DWB calendar with you!! We think they are going to have 2 calendars, so don’t know which one we will be in. We’re so glad your mama rescued you and especially that she yelled at those stupid airport people. We’ve heard lots of bad stories with Delta & pets. So Happy New Home Anniversary Bogart!!!
    Wirey Hugs!
    Butchy & Snickers

  6. Happy Anniversary Bogie – I am so glad you got to live with your mum and dad, they are coo and love you heaps 🙂

    Love Opy

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