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Katy and Chappy are my granddogs… their mom is my daughter Deb..
This is Katy (Katama) our Boykin Spaniel, she was our first dog to go to Martha’s Vineyard… actually our first dog to ever go on a vacation with us. Here she is on the Islander in May 2000, looking happy and eager to get on with her adventures.
She enjoyed her first dip in the ocean… running and barking and trying to catch an elusive wave or two.
At Katama/South Beach, the place she was named for she was a little unsure of the waves so she mostly romped along side of them.
A quiet morning at Edgartown lighthouse was nice after going to the beach, shopping and meeting people. Unfortunately it was Katy’s one and only trip to MV… a year later she was hit by a car and died at only 20 months old. Did you ever see such beautiful yellow eyes. She was a sweetheart and we miss her and love her.
And then along came…
Chappy (Chappaquiddick) our second Boykin Spaniel and our first boy dog. His first vacation, in May 2002, at age 10 months was of course to MV, and he loved the beach too.
And Sengekontacket pond which is a little calmer then the ocean.
Relaxing at Vineyard Haven harbor is fun too… watching the ferries arriving and leaving and sometimes meeting an Island dog to chat with. This by the way is his mom Deb’s favorite picture of him.
Chappy had to visit the place he was named after too so here he is with Deb on Chappaquiddick.
Two of the places we’ve stayed with Chappy are Bradys NESW and The Island Inn, they’re great place to stay with or without your pet. Chappy says a few of his favorite stores are – Good Dog Goods in Oak Bluffs… the treats there are wonderful (especially the cheese ones and the peanut butter ones) and the people always remember him and sometimes get down on the floor to play with him. He also recommends the Black Dog for their dog biscuits… he says they’re droolicious.
Chappy’s been known to visit my blog from time to time… here are a couple of his posts:
- by Joan -
One of Chappy’s favorite places in town.
Heading right to the bins of biscuits – pizza flavor is one of his favs. His tail is wagging so fast that he’s a blur of fur.
The lady who works there remembers him and offers him a treat.
But first he has to do some tricks to earn it…
Chappy’s bag of biscuits.
I like this sign at a restaurant right next door …
Hi, it’s Chappy. I haven’t visited gram’s blog in awhile and since today is my 11th birthday she invited me to write a post. Here goes.
This is where it all began… me with my brothers and one sister all smooshed up against our dog mom Tawny.
This is mom and dad… Tawny and Buddy. I’ve been told I look more like my mom and have her sweet disposition…but I’ve got some of dad’s sense of fun in me too.
This is my mom, Deb. Oops, I’m skipping ahead here, I wanted to tell you about our first day together. Well , not all of it, some of it was traumatic but that’s for another post someday.
After I said goodbye to Tawny and Buddy we began our long trek across Pennsylvania to New Jersey. You can see I was already in the driver’s seat.
I caused quite a ruckus when we stopped at McDonald’s for lunch. I had no idea I was so cute and I certainly had no idea what wonderful smells and tastes were out in the world. Talk about excitement, I actually stayed awake for awhile.
Finally after days on the road, well it seemed like days to me, what did I know about cars and roads and big noisy trucks that kept waking me up. Mom says it was more like 6 hours… in puppy time that IS days. Good thing I was so rested ’cause when we got home look at all the toys waiting for me… I couldn’t believe it. The six of us siblings had one toy and one tennis ball to play with, I was in toy heaven.
Just look at me… sweet, adorable, just a hint of mischief in my eyes. Yup, I picked the absolute best mom and family in the world. But enough of the mushy stuff.
The pictures below weren’t my idea… gram snuck them on here when I wasn’t looking. Really, I have no idea how they got here but go ahead and enjoy them… I like the ones of me with mom the best. Okay, bye for now, Chappy signing off
Happy 11th birthday Chappy
Assorted dolls and stuffed animals enjoying State Beach.
Deb’s doll Buttons at in the front with the pink hat, at age 44 is the oldest. Buttons is one of the most beloved dolls I’ve ever known. She likes to wear hats but no shoes, and around her neck is an amethyst necklace and a gold necklace.
To the Button’s right is her constant side-kick Lucky. At age 36 he’s lost a little of his vibrant colors but not his love of life. Around his neck is a green scarf one of Deb’s first knitting attempts, and he also sports a real dog collar from our first dog.
To the right of Lucky is Molly, my American Girl Doll that I got when I was 55… a number of years ago
In the back row on the right is Cindy, she was adopted from the Secret Garden in Oak Bluffs 20 or so years ago. At her feet is a Black Dog pup and next to him are Ty, the bear from Boston, and Mittens a puppet dog with a hilarious sense of humor.
They say you’re never too old to have a second childhood and I say, you’re never too old to love and enjoy your childhood playmates – even if you got them during your second childhood
(PS – this is my 600th post)
It’s lambing season at Juniper Moon Farm just outside Charlottesville Va. My friend Shepherd Susie (aka Susan Gibbs) is up to her eyes in adorableness.
(The above pictures of lambs and kids are of from a few years ago)
CLICK HERE to see the latest blog updates on the new arrivals. Warning, sugar and sweetness overload ahead.
Juniper Moon Farm was the first yarn and fiber CSA in the country. If you’re not sure what that is CLICK HERE to find out, it’s easier than me trying to explain it
Enjoy moseying around the links below
While the 4-legged walkers sniffed their way through the woods I let my eyes feast on the beauty. Looking down I saw this beautiful green mossy growth…
…and this old stump that somewhat resembles an airplane part (to my eyes anyway).
Raising my eyes a bit there was …
And finally, looking skyward and spotting something nestled among the trees !! Do you see it – is it a bird, is it a plane !!
I’m looking forward to my next walks on the Vineyard… there’s no better place to stretch your legs and your paws.
Please CLICK HERE to read about our beautiful furry family members, and their adventures on the Vineyard.
MV Obsession’s data from Word Press for 2011. I had 85 new posts, bringing my total to 545.
My busiest day was March 10, 2011, the post was “Not So Fast’ CLICK HERE to read it.
Most comments was on May 2, 2011 for ‘Vineyard Gallery’ CLICK HERE to read it.
Below are my favorite posts from each month.
(click on posts to read them)
January - Vineyard Windows and Doors
February - Final Goodbye (my tribute to the beloved Islander ferry).
April - Three Tabernacles
June - Vineyard Trivia VIII (I have a lot of fun putting these together)
July - Diamond In The Rough (story of my mother’s engagement ring)
August - Old Photo Booklet (postcard book from the 1950′s)
September - 9/11 Tenth Anniversary
October - Grounds For Sculpture (amazing art and life like sculptures)
November - Stage Door (sets by my granddaughter
December - My Vineyard Christmas (my one and only)
Like many towns in New Jersey, my town of
was hit hard by flooding from hurricane Irene.
Today the St Francis Residential Community hosted its fall festival and is generously donating 50% of its proceeds to those affected by the massive flooding.
Denville center is open for business so if you’re in the area c’mon by.