MV Obsession

My obsession with Martha's Vineyard.. phototography..genealogy and life in general and this and that…


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Chappy’s 3 Guest Posts …

Been thinking a lot about Chappy and of course how much he is missed and what a void he has left.  Along with the memories and the thousands of photographs of Chappy I also have a few guest posts from him on this blog… you see where I’m going with this right 🙂

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Here in Chappy’s own words, post #1 – MV WITH PETS

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Hi, this is me in the car going to Martha’s Vineyard.  I know I look all relaxed and eager to get there but in reality I’m a nervous mess.  I don’t like car rides, especially the 1000 hours it takes to get there from NJ.  OK, maybe not 1000, more like 6 but in dog hours it could be 1000.

Once we arrived I could stretch my legs, have a bite to eat and get settled in. See, this is me very, very settled in… in fact I’m so settled I’m almost asleep.

The Island Inn is a great place to stay with your people.  All the accommodations have kitchenettes in them… I love that, I think it’s very important to always have food nearby.   The people there have their own dogs who help us 4 legged guests check in.  Everyone is super friendly and nice.  We like it there a lot.

I have to say that at first I thought the dogs and kids were a little aloof and then my mom explained to me that this is something called a sculpture.  Wow, what a relief that was, I mean there wasn’t any scent I could pick up and it freaked me out.

I love walking around on the Vineyard, the scenery is so pretty… like here in Edgartown near the lighthouse.  Even though I can’t see all the colors I’m still amazed at the beauty of Martha’s Vineyard.

And the shopping… the Vineyard is so dog friendly that I’m allowed just about everywhere.  There are lots of good stores for dogs… I think my favorite one is Good Dog Goods in Oak Bluffs.   The owner Kerry Scott and all her people who work there are so nice.  They get right down on the floor and play with me,  and offer me treats… I like that in a person.  We always bring bags of treats home to NJ with us… I like that too.  And I like this sticker.

So let’s see… I’ve mentioned where we like to stay… and where I like to shop… and how dog friendly MV is… all that’s left is for you to experience MV yourself.

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This is me on the way home… I am so totally and happily exhaustatated that I’m actually sleeping.

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Post #2 – GOING TO THE MV FIBER FESTIVAL

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Hi, I’m Chappy and I just popped over to gram’s blog  to tell you about another wonderful trip to MV. Actually, I posted here in January about pets on MV, it was so much fun that I’m back to guest post again.

   Bradys NESW inn in Oak Bluffs is where we stayed.

  This is Amie, she is Brady’s dog and the official greeter for us four-legged guests.  She showed us right to our room and clued me in on the good things to sniff and check out.  She’s really nice.

  Our room had a window seat, I wasn’t sure what that was although I’ve heard mom say time and time again that she’d love to have one.  Now I know why, they’re wonderful.. I mean really, a big window to look out of and the sun pouring in to bask in… what more (except food) could a guy ask for.  Once in awhile I actually shared it with mom… see how happy she looks… I do too.

The first morning we were there we went for a walk after breakfast.  The beach and the water look so pretty but it was too cold to dip my paws in the water.  I met another dog friend, she had only been with her adopted mom a few days and was getting used to her new home… she was nice.

Then we went to the MV Fiber Farm festival.  I had never seen sheep and goats before and I just didn’t know what to make of them.  They sure didn’t smell like any animals I ever met before.  I was perplexed and they seemed to be too.  “Hey, you lookin at me!”  Yup, they sure were, they kept a close eye on mom and me, wherever we moved to they followed us… it was like a game after awhile.

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I got to meet two more dogs… Fritz, a sheltie and
also a brown spaniel.It was fun getting to know them and we played each time we saw each other.

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This is mom and me relaxing a little bit.  She’s of course knitting and I’m fighting to keep my eyes open.  I lost..teehee.  It was a really, really full and fun day.   But the fun wasn’t over because the next day..
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… we went to see the baby goats that weren’t at the festival.Look at me !  I’m sniffing a goats behind !!  I can’t believe it either.

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They’re so cute and smaller then I am, but not for long. They were so friendly, they came right up to us and they let mom and gram pet them…… mom even KISSED one !

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This is mom and me sitting in the Campground while gram takes a few pictures.  We were all happily tired.

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We did manage to visit a few new people while we were on MV and of course we ate some good food too.  I love eating in mom’s car which we call Cafe Volvo. I always get some of what mom and gram are eating and that makes me very happy especially when they have chicken… or donuts… or hamburgers… or anything.

Thank you gram for letting me visit your blog… this is Chappy signing off.

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And lastly post #3 written on his 11th birthday, July 7, 2012 simply titled..IT’S CHAPPY

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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:)

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I hope you enjoyed Chappy’s posts, I wish he had stopped by more often, he really had a way with woofs and words.  Love you Chappy   ❤


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Beloved Chappy …

Chappy

July 7, 2001 – April 14, 2016

Boykin Spaniel

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How do I even begin to write this post about our beloved granddog Chappy.  What can you say about a dog that has been part of your life for nearly 15 years and gave you nothing but love, enjoyment and devotion.  He was wonderful, pure and simple just a dear sweet soul of a dog.

I was with my daughter Deb, the day she picked him up.   He was a little ball of fuzz, not sleek and curly like some of his liter mates but he was charming and cute and determined to come home with us.  Here he is with his liter mates… and saying goodbye to his parents Buddy & Tawny…

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…and start his life with his mom Deb and a family who adored him.

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There’s so much I want to say about Chappy and so many, many hundreds of pictures of him I’d like to share but I could never fit it all into one post, or even ten for that matter.

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Please take a moment to CLICK HERE and read my daughter Deb’s tribute to her beautiful Chappy.  Thank you.


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Cherry Blossoms In Branch Brook Park…

Newark, New Jersey

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My creation

Branch Brook Park is located in my hometown of Newark, NJ.   Branch Brook Park was created in 1895 making it the first county park in the nation.  It has the largest collection of cherry blossom trees in the world… more than Washington, DC and more than Japan.  The cherry trees were a gift donated in 1927 by Caroline Bamberger Fuld. BBP is 360 acres and has almost 5000 cherry trees.  The Cherry Blossom Festival runs for two weeks April 9 – 24, 2016. The Bloomfest is Sunday, April 24th… during which time the cherry blossoms should be at their peak

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Some of the cherry trees are along Second River which forms the border between Newark and Belleville.

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(CLICK HERE for Branch Brook Park website)