Friday, November 25, 2011

Did I Tell You...

I got to go to the beach!!
Yep, I did!!

this is mom's desktop picture...
Last month, mom and me met mom's friend and her dog Wizard at the beach up by Santa Barbara. 

Wizard is a "career change" guide dog for the blind.  That means he had a little bit of separation anxiety and couldn't become a guide dog because they have to be perfect like Brandon's gonna be. 
But that was the best thing because Wizard became like his mom's therapy dog when she got very bad sickies a few years back.  He stayed with her and loved her and helped her stay focused on getting better and he made those nasty leukemia cells go away!!

Wizard's on the left, flirting with some random girl...

Wizard is a goldendoodle like

He loved the ocean like crazy!!

He was all zooming in and out of the water and chasing his bumper thingy.  Sheesh!

Why work so hard??

Besides, like I said, it was like the middle of last month and it was like 98 degrees!!

I had to carry the freaking camera bag...
Look at me.  I'm a mess... 
Actually, I did get my paws wet, but was not interested in all that running and fetching and everything, even though Wizard was a really nice guy.

The cool part was that Wizard wore himself out, so I got to go to a "dog friendly" restaurant for lunch and I got to lay on the patio and get admired 
while Wizard napped in his car :-)

Of course SHE didn't take the camera to the restaurant.  

This is the desktop picture on the yaptop...  

We're going to go again now that it's cooler.  

Sending Rottie Kisses,




Mark said...

Looks like a marvelous time! And you're making me miss the beach and I won't be back there for at least 7 more months.

2browndawgs said...

Looks like fun! We would have had to go swimming if we had been near all of that water!

the 2 brown dawgs

Unknown said...

What a fun day you had with your friend, Wizard! I can see that he loved the ocean like crazy.

The beach looks really good but the waves look a bit scary to me! I don't mind getting my pawsies wet but definitely not my beautiful coat!


GOOSE said...

That looks cool. I have never been to the beach. But I have to admit I am a little afraid of the water, don't like to get in much past my ankles.
MOM LOVES the camera carring pic. She laughed out loud.

Anonymous said...

Hi Bart! Can't wait to see photos of your next beach trip. Wonder why your mom makes you work so hard and carry the camera case... wassa madda wit her? LOL

Denise at Autumn Sky said...

What a fun day for you and Wizard. We haven't taken our dogs to the beach because they are pretty much ranch dogs and may not listen so well with all those new smells. But I like to go and take photos. Carrying the camera is a very important job, you should be proud.

fromsophiesview said...

You is dee sweetest evah to mention my name....Wizard has the same "joie de vivre" that I has...dat's Frenchness for joy of life and all dat stuff....I am so embarrassed that I go beserko when I see water and see something being thrown in...I feels like I have to save it...and guess what ...I do saves it!!
PS your desktop pic is just the coolest evah...beaches should see my post on beach is just a wee bit cooler than yours...high5 everyone!
Peace and Hugs!!

Berts Blog said...

Wow, Wizard is alot of fun and double wow, you guys get the whole big pond to play in.

I can only dream of having a big pond like that to play in.

Guess I'll have to enjoy it thru you.


Finn said...

Wow, what an awesome day! I love that there are dog friendly places to have lunch too!

CreekHiker / HollysFolly said...

Oh Bartie! Your mean momma made YOU carry her camera with your poor sore neck! Da nerve!

You look all handsome on the beach!!

xoxoxo, Auntie and Mabel Lou

Unknown said...

Awesome! The labradorks around here are dreaming of going to the beach.... it'll be a few months before it's spring like enough here to be able to!

Well done on being restrained and behaved enough to go to a restaurant!!

Jen and the mostly black dog crew

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

How lucky you are to have the beach to go to in any season or weather!! My pups have never been and envy being able to go...So do I! :-)

Bella Roxy & Macdui said... the camera bag?!!! That should never have happened.

Looks like it's a cool place to hang out. AND a dog friendly that's something.

XXXOOO Daisy, kendra, Bella & Roxy

brooke said...

Tell your mom thanks for the idea! Im going to start making Darwin carry my camera bag from now on! :)
The beach looks like it was fun!

Barbara said...

Wow Bart, what fun! You are smart though - enjoy the beach and relax, not run too crazy!

Tweedles -- that's me said...

You have so much fun on that beach. I am so jealous

Backcountry Brodie said...


You did not drink that oshun water, did you? It be majorly BLECH! I bet Wizard got oshun water in his mouf with all that fetching and sploshing and stuffs and that be why he be sleeping in the car with a belleh ake fur sure. But dude, you got to go to a rest-o-runt with noms and stuff? Did you score any?


Dachshund Nola said...

Gorgeous pictures! So glad wizard helped your friend feel better!
Kisses and Tail Wags,
DAchshund Nola

Bouncing Bertie said...

Bart, that is an amazing beach. But good choice not to go chasing around in the ocean waves. Just between you and me, I think waves are a bit scary, after all you never know when a big one will appear out of nowhere and knock you off your paws.

Cool that you got to go to the dog friendly restaurant and be admired. We are hoping that the admiration was expressed in a tangible, foodable form!

Toodle pip!

The Thuglets said...

Wow Bart a whole beach to yourselves! Looks like you both had a great fun time.
How fabulous you got to go to a restaurant.

Have a great weekend

Big Nose Pokes
The Thugletsx

BZ Dogs said...

The beach! What fun! Must say, if you're carrying camera bits it's probably best you stayed out of the water. :)

Molly the Airedale said...

What gorgeous beach shots, Bart! What a fun time you and Wizard had and how lucky are you to get to go to the restaurant!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Dexter said...

All that running and jumping. What a waste of energy. Sheesh!


Maggie Mae and Max said...


I would love to run on a beach, someday I hope mom takes me and Max to one of dems. I think Max woud go in da water like your furiend, but I would stay wif you on da sand. :)

Woofs and Licks,
Maggie Mae

houndstooth said...

Bart, being on the beach suits you! Of course the most interesting dog in the world would draw a crowd at a restaurant. You probably entertained them all with fabulous stories, too!

Wizard is the first black Goldendoodle I've seen! Very cool! I'm glad he found the perfect job.


Boondocks Love Shack Pack said...

Oh now that looks like a good time!!

Boondocks & The Love Shack Pack

Sue said...

But Bart, the water would cool you down when it's so hot. It's hard for us to stay out of the water except Tsar who hides at the thought of getting wet. We think you and Tsar would get along really good.
Morgan, Tsar and the Porties


You sure look like you enjoyed the beach. Hope you had a great turkey day.

Essex & Sherman

The Daily Pip said...

We believe things happen for a reason (at least most of the time). It sounds like Wizard found his calling as therapy dog for his mom!

Your pal, Pip

Amber DaWeenie said...

Looks like you had so much fun with your furend!


Unknown said...

Hi Y'all,

I just don't understand why you don't like the ocean, Bart. That would have been great fun...besides my Human says there are no alligators in the ocean.

Y'all come by now,
Hawk aka BrownDog

Suka said...

hey Bart,

Your beach looks like fun! I was at the ocean once, in San Francisco, but the loud waves scared me. Yes, I am an Alpha Male, so don't laugh, but I am a snow dog and not used to water and crashing, booming waves. So I think you did the smart thing to take it easy and just wet your paws. Wizard looks like he is having a blast, though! What a pretty pup! And I am furry happy to read how he helped his mom heal from her sickies. Yay!

That is furry cool you were admired at a dog-friendly restaurant. Such a handsome pup like you, it makes sense!


p.s. Hope you and your family had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day!

Ms. ~K said...

Wrooo wrooo, we love getting sandy paws at the beach! :)

STELLA and RORY from Down Under said...

Hi Bart, what a great beach you went to. Looks heaps good. Wizard sounds like he has helped his mum in a big way. He is a good dog isn't he. Hope you got some yummies at the restaurant. No worries, and love, Stella and Rory

George The Lad said...

What a beauitful beach and sun shine, don't see much of that over here at the moment!!
Thanks for you Birthday Wishes and for joining me on the steps, hope it won't be so long before I visit you again as we have just been so busy this end
Have a good week
See Yea George xxx

How Sam Sees It said...

I'd love to be able to bring the boys to the beach! How fun!


Alfie said...

a dog friendly restaurant?! wow, i must hunt for this place! haha. the beach looks beautiful. I've never been to one that allows dogs :(

your friend Wizard is gorgeous. I hope you had a great time!

Jed and Abby in MerryLand said...

That looks like lots of fun, but how come you both didn't get to go to the beach? Sounds like discrimination to us, Ruby!

Glad to hear Sir Chubs arrived safely. Sure hope he finds his forever home before Christmas!

Jed & Abby

My Mind's Eye said...

OMD Sharing a beach on a beautiful day with a good buddy is absolutely purrfection.
Sounds like Wizard had a serious case of zoombies
Hugs Madi

Anonymous said...

OH!!!!! What a great trip! I'm going next month. LOVE THE BEACH!! Thanks for sharing your great adventure.

Aroooo! Stuart

Anonymous said...

OH!!!!! What a great trip! I'm going next month. LOVE THE BEACH!! Thanks for sharing your great adventure.

Aroooo! Stuart

Kirsten (peacefuldog) said...

Ocean trips are so much fun. Only problem is that Lamar drinks the water and then poops all watery!

Anonymous said...

Super Bart...Santa Barbara eh? ooooo! I agree - strut your stuff as dog with important camera carrying duties and break out some cool beach poses!

Ryker said...

I haven't been to a real ocean beach yet. It sure looks like fun! But 98 degees, I think I'd melt!

Anonymous said...

Bart! What fun! Riley loooooves the beach! She loves to play fetch in the water like Wizard and to bite at the waves as they're crashing...because...well...she's a bit crazy. Hehe!

Glad you got to be oooohed and aaaahed over at the dog friendly restaurant. Hopefully you got lots of yummy food too!

Hopefully you have as good of a Mr. Chewy experience as we did!

Elyse and Riley

Kari in Alaska said...

We miss living near the beaches is la!

Stop on by for a visit

White Dog Blog said...

A beach stroll AND lunch al beans! Did you get to order something extra yummy delicious?

Anonymous said...

Bart what a beautiful beach you got to go to! Oh what fun! :D And you got to hang out at a doggy furiendly eatery too? Lucky day my furiend :D

Waggin at ya,

Unknown said...

HI Ruby & Bart!

We love your beautiful big pictures ~ We just want to jump on it the photograph & have some fun with you too!

Thanks for visiting our blog. hope to see you soon!

Your newbie friend,

Gypsy ;-)

animal lover, quilt lover said...

Wizard looks like he really really loved the water!!!
You know Brat I was brought up at the beach!!! Everyday day after day I was at the beach to work the family businesses. Even when in school I road the bus to the beach to go to work!! Know I never go to the beach but then again it is a long long way away!!!
XX, Zoie & Fern

Jim said...

Sophie and Wizard up in the tree, k-i-s-s-i-n-g!........

FiveSibesMom said...

What a fun day and beautiful shots. Hu-Mom here grew up along the shores of the Atlantic and truly miss the sounds, the air....this brought back many wonderful memories! And seeing you romp and play is so heartwarming! Thanks for sharing your day with us!

Declan said...

I'm with you; not sure about all that water business! Deccy x

animal lover, quilt lover said...

Happy cat is very special that is for sure!!!

Remington said...

THAT looks like fun! Great shots!

Brandon - The dog with a blog said...

I'm furry glad to know that everybody thinks I'm perfect!!
Lets just hope the trainers think the same when I head back down to teh school :)

Looks like a furry fun time on the beach, I really hope my raiser takes me sometime next summer!


Brandon - The dog with a blog said...

I'm furry glad to know that everybody thinks I'm perfect!!
Lets just hope the trainers think the same when I head back down to teh school :)

Looks like a furry fun time on the beach, I really hope my raiser takes me sometime next summer!


KB said...

Those therapy dogs who help their humans when they're sick are wonderful! Way to go, Wizard!

It looks like you had a blast! I had to smile - I'd never trust my dog with a camera. A Lab can't stay out of the water so the camera would be submerged in salt water!

Have fun on your next visit to the beach, Bart!

Smile With Your Tail said...

Ooooh wizard is gorgeous!

We think your mum should get a great dane pup too ;)