Monday, March 2, 2015

Two Golden Retrievers and a Yellow Lab -- 2/26/2015

Pets like a walk in the morning, so David heads out early with puppy Trapper and is joined by Herb walking Annie, the older yellow Lab.  As they return, Herb takes pictures of 'our house' next door with the new snow from yesterday.

When we lived there the newspaper was always thrown to the area at the left of the photo, and Dr. Jake retrieved it each morning.  He had been known to retrieve the neighbors' newspapers when he found them.

We also had a Shih Tzu mix named Dr. Pepe LePew MD., who went out with Jake and usually returned without being chased.  

So many happy times in this neighborhood.

Herb next gets a photo of David and Patti's house with the roof and yard blanketed in the still pristine snow.  It has begun to melt on the driveway, leaving some icy patches.  At this point little Trapper is leading and is not seen in front of David.

He then takes a walk down the driveway behind their house to see the lake and fountain in the distant background.

While Longview is 'home,' we have many memories farther to the northeast in Texas, and take a drive today to enjoy the rare snow scenes along a hilly highway.

Over the river and through the woods....

The end to a perfect day is a visit by Randy and Dee, owners of a beautiful female Golden Retriever, Molly.  She was Doctor Jake's girlfriend, although she may not have known it.

The six of us enjoy recalling when we first got our puppies.  David got Gunner, a yellow Lab, Dee got Molly, and Herb got Dr. Jake C. Harleton MD.  As soon as the pups were old enough, all went to a group obedience school.  

The owners were trained.

It was hilarious.  Patti, Randy and I sat on the sidelines and very quietly giggled.  After each weekly training session, we had lunch at our favorite Italian restaurant.  When the six week class ended and all dogs were as perfectly obedient as they would ever be, we held graduation exercises in the circle driveway between our houses.  

Each owner demonstrated the commands learned in obedience school, and Bob and Myrna (neighbors up the hill) were invited to judge.  We were pleased to learn that Dr. Jake won "Best Male Golden Retriever;"  Gunner won "Best Male Yellow Lab;" and Molly won "Best Female Golden Retriever."  Bob presented them with certificates that we framed.  Our Dr. Pepe LePew MD received a "Purple Heart" certificate for putting up the puppy antics while they were in training.

Tonight, recalling our memories and thinking Italian, we make reservations at Uncle Joe's, and are seated in a private dining room.  Do they expect we would have too much fun to be in the main dining room?

Uncle Joe's is a BYOB, so we grab a couple of bottles as we leave David and Patti's.  We brought Secreto from Port Isabel, which has an interesting label. Sometimes I choose a wine beginning with the label.

Secreto - label - check!    Variety - Malbec - check!    Origin - Chile - Check!

After opening the bottle, I was especially happy to see Dee pass it on down the table to share with others!!!

Willie of Willie's Tug,
   and of Walldog, Willie and Jake
   Thursday, February 26, 2015

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