Sunday, April 5, 2009

My wonderful Spring Break!

Boy oh boy did I have the greatest time this weekend!

I went to Bucks County, PA with Mommy and one of her oldest and dearest friends who has an amazing old mill house there.

I did a bit of the driving on the way...

Here's the entrance to the house. It's hard to tell in this photo by there was a white tulip magnolia tree in bloom that was really beautiful. Okay, wipe off your feet and come on inside.

Here's the bedroom where Mommy and I stayed. Isn't this the cutest, sweetest room you've ever seen?

And here's the view out the window. Those white rocks are where the old creek bed went when the house was a working mill.

When you walk outside the bedroom on the second floor, there's this cool bridge that overlooks the living room. Let's go downstairs for a better look, okay?

Isn't this a pretty room? This is where I'd hang out when the 2-leggeds went out at night.

Mommy's crazy about this pale sage leather armchairs. They were normal brown leather chairs originally but the sun bleached them this gorgeous color. And look at the blossoming pear branches! It really is Springtime!

Okay, my tongue's hanging out I'm so hungry! Let's head downstairs to the kitchen and dining room...
Since our kitchen at home is literally 5' by 8', this kitchen with all those lovely tiled counters is dreamy. 

Here's the dining room with the great fireplace. Those are two pews that were rescued from our friend's church after a fire. 

Okay, enough with the house, now let's go outside and see the REALLY good stuff!

Grab your tennis ball and follow me. Don't forget to close the gate behind you!

Wheeeee! Look at all this lovely lawn to race around on. Look Ma, no leash!!!

My wise-ish Auntie Bailey has told me that these muddy streams are great fun to roll around it....maybe a bit later. Don't want to be a bad houseguest.

Now folks, just what you've been waiting for...Petey in action! Just watch me dash after that brand-spanking new tennis ball!

Even though I was racing after my tennis ball at the speed of sound, I still found time to stop and admire the beautiful crocus scattered randomly around the lawn. 

C'mon, I'll show you around the property...

There are lots of comfy places to hang out. Like this really mossy chair!

Isn't this cool? It's a terracotta tile from a building on the Biltmore Estate in North Carolina. 

There are several of them scattered throughout the garden. They're about 2' across.

Himalayan prayer flags and the roaring waterfall!  Are we in Pennsylvania or Tibet?

Time for another break. Touring six acres off-leash is exhausting! Need to kick back and enjoy the fresh and balmy spring air.

Here's another view of the old creek bed. That window on the top floor is our bedroom window.

They'd had  1 1/2" of rain the day before, and about that much the day we arrived so the creek was furious and flowing like rapids on a river! There was even a waterfall cascading down the hill—it sounded wonderful but that meant no river bank exploring for Petey!

Sure Mommy and her friend went to lots of parties and saw lots of friends, but we don't have any photos of that. Or of the two dogs I met - one was a 3 year old Westie named Piper. I asked, but he didn't know Hamish. The other was a Briard with lots of lawn to run around on, but nobody to play with. I felt sorry for him. We went on two mile walks every day. 

(Phew, am I tired tonight. Mommy said I was snoring up a storm last night.)

But it wasn't all fun and games... we did some very important shopping at Target and here at Lowe's. "Cute dogs, Aisle 12!"
"Mommy, don't forget to load me into the car!"
All in all, it was a sensational weekend! Now I'm back in the city and can only dream about having cool green grass under my paws again....

Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend, too!


NAK and The Residents of The Khottage said...

All I khan paw is WOW!

Tank woo fur sharing your pawesome weekend in Pawsylvania!


Lorenza said...

Hi, Petey!
You had a pawesome weekend!
That place is beautiful!
Good job "obeying" your mom's commands in the second video! Haaa!
Take care
Kisses and hugs

Asta said...

It looked amazing and wondewful, like I knew it would be. Dashing awound off lead on that fwesh gwass must have been heaven. The house is soo bootiful, and Mommi loves the colow of those chaiws too.
we also love the fwesh flowews evewywhewe. Now Petey, as faw as my quiz is concewned..umm yes,yes, no,yes, no,yes yes! Excellent!!
and the answew to youw question is , you've seen mommi in action, hehehe
smoochie kisses welcome home

Bobby said...

What a pawsome weekend, the house and grounds are fabulous, you might get to stay again for longer if you were good.

Hamish Westie said...

Well done Petey, playing the long game, I see. I think it was a good strategy to keep out of the mud/deer poo on your first visit, that way being sure to secure a second invitation to such a wonderful place. We Scottish terriers can be pretty smart in our own stubborn way.
Cheers, H.

Martha said...

Hi Petey
What a great weekend you had. Great mill house, lovely garden and videos of you running about!
We could not believe how fast you could run.
We loved to see your basset tendencies coming through in the second video. We just ignore those kind of commands too!
Really was a spectaculor place and you suited it so well!! The bridge you describe is what we call a galley - they are amazing features in an old renovated building.
It looked so cosy.
Our mum couldnt help but notice the guy pushing you in the trolley!!! Is he your mum's friend cos mum says her fear of dentists may just have come to an end!!
So glad you had a great weekend - you will need plenty of catch up sleep now.
We missed you
Martha & Bailey xx

Selba said...

Hi Petey,

You really had a very wonderful weekend!!! Thanks for sharing it with us through your wonderful pictures :D

Adele, Vincent & Bella

Tama-Chan, Bibi-Chan, Gen-Chan, Vidock, Violette, Ollie said...

What a fabulous place, Petey! We wish we could have joined you!

Tommy and The Girls

Dexter said...

Momma wants to know if they sell cute guys like that guy in the sunglasses at Lowes because she is so there if they do.

I see you have trained your momma well. Sure she has a hard time guessing which trick you are doing, but she finally got it right "down stay."

That place is amazing! I hope you got to sample the mud at least a little bit.


Clive said...

Hi Petey

That looks like one wonderful weekend you had. The photos of the house interiors are fantastic - little man's mum really loved them, and what a garden for you to run around in. We loved the video clips also!

lots of woofs

Dughallmor Beagles said...

Phew, tired again now :D Aww Petey, it looked amazing, what a beautiful house....and those gardens you got to explore...WOW!
We loved all your pictures but Rosie liked the videos best and will probably watch them a million more times.....what a mover she says! She could have fitted into that shopping cart with you too....or on that garden bench :o)
Anyway, it looks as though you and your Mom had a fabulous break.....we're glad you're back, we missed you, welcome home!
Slobbers xx
With extra slurpy kisses from your Rosie-Posie xxx

Unknown said...

Wow Petey what a beaWootiful place! I am sure you had a great time there. What fun!
-Kira The BeaWootiful
PeeESS Woo- Snoop is swimming to Florida, so if you happen to see him up your way, give him directions to Florida. There is currently and SOS out for him... we are looking...

The 'splorin' Wolfies said...

hehehe! what a fantastic time! we like the rough hewn posts and furniture--looks like we could chew it and it would just add character! Saige and Guinness

Suzuki said...

What a romantic looking place... Maybe somewhere you should take Rosie?
Big licks to you

Gus said...

WEll, Life by the Creek is kinda laid back
So Petey his tennis balls had to pack
early to Rise, Early in the sack
Thank Dog he's a country dog

well He Misses his Rosie, still he stops to piddle
Wishes he had some music for his fiddle
Tennis Ball chasin' is a really hard riddle
Thank Dog he's a country dog.

Well, he wouldn't trade it all for a trip to Pet Smart
Petey is a great dog with a fine heart
He'd rather be with Rosie, but if they must be apart
Thank Dog he's a country dog.

He's got a fine tennis ball, lots of room to run in
Weather was fine so he got a bit of sun in
Smelled him some flowers and the scenery was stunnin
Thank Dog he's a country dog

Kelly said...

Oh Peteeey! I know I said this in your last post, but that house looks just Heavenly!

I love all of the character in that home, the rustic decor, all of it! It's incredible!

I hope you and your Mom enjoyed a much-needed vacation! It looked fab!!

Rosie said...

Hi Petey,
Looks like everyone had a good time this weekend. You stayed in a beautiful house on awesome grounds with a handsome fella. Sounds like a sweet spring break!
Loves from pugs,
Rosie Marie

Stanislaw said...

I would have to snoozel until 2010 to recover from a trip like that!

TwoSpecialWires said...

Oh my goodness, Petey. You've inspired us to TRAVEL! We never thought we'd be an RV kind of family, but maybe that's what's next (after our sister gets outta college! No. That's too long from now. Sooner. Somehow.) What beautiful places you visited!!! And off-leash! In our dreams! We'll come back and visit your pretty Pennsylvania pictures soon!

Jake and Fergi

Anonymous said...

Hi Petey! What a fantastic house and a GREAT place to play tennis! I liked the second video best.

See ya!

Eric said...

Petey. Oh me oh my. Your weekend in Bucks County looks like heaven on a plate!!!! And I can see you were the pawfect house guest restraining yourself with the rolling.Any kittie logs in the garden Petey? Yum. That would be the icing on the cake!!

Mom's been droooling all over the pooter. Tongue hanging out. Eyes on stalks. Ooohing..That divine house.... Those gorgeous gardens. ..Your cuteness on film. (Excellent ball and Mommy control pal. Heeee!!)

I can see you and Mommy had the BESTEST most amazing time. I'm SOOOOO wagging pleased for you. You even manage to look like a country boy apart from your slick city collar of course and maybe you need to loose the New Yawk accent.

Gotta run pal. Mom wants to surf Bucks County house prices and rush to the local agents before it closes.

Wiry wags best pal, Eric xxx

Daisy said...

Oh Petey, I wants to live there!

Nibbles Treats said...

Petey - looks like you had an amazing time in the country. Nice change of pace from the city. You'll have to visit more often.

Tinkerbell, Oscar and Tucker

Simba and Jazzi said...

Hope you had a good weekend. So much to catch up on.

Simba and Jazzi xx

Lacy said...

w00f's, wow, whatt a pawsome time u had...mama iz oooo ing and ahhh ing over the house and cood run and run and run there...

b safe,

Rocky Creek Scotties and Rocky Creek Ramblings said...

Looks like you had a pretty pawsome time - our huMom loves the house.

Happy Trails and Waggin' Tails,
Rocky Creek Scotties

Agatha and Archie said...

We're BACK!!!!! Sorry we have been MIA (pooter probls and stupid work) but here we are....We would just kill to run around in ayard liek that..We have LOT of catching up to we are agoing to read all the posts we have missed( Arch is mad we have missed so much gossip and have been out of the loop) I am mad becasue we missed some GREAT parties!! but here we are...ready to go!!! Love and kisses A+A MUAHHHHHHHHH

Molly the Airedale said...

OMG, what a fabulous weekend you had, Petey! Mom says thank you so much for the house and grounds tour! They're just beautiful!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Sophie Brador said...

Petey! What a gorgeous place. That friend of your mom's is pretty cute too, but not nearly as cute as you are. Did you hear? I'm going to NY to visit you in person. Mommy and I are staying at the Standard. I'm going to make all those poofy poodles jealous with my extraordinary good looks.


Sophie Brador said...

Hey Petey, Maybe I can bring you some Canadian tennis balls too. I'll be there from May 21 to 26th. I can't wait! I really hope I'm nice to everyone. Sometimes I can be a little grumbly, but not usually with small dogs. I love small dogs. J'adore les petit chiens et les ball du tennis.

See you soon!


P.S. Did you see my Ode to Petey post?

Mason Dixie said...

What a great trip, that cottage is absolutely beautiful. Thanks for the tour

Hero said...

What a beautiful place to spend your spring break! The gardens in particular look gorgeous. Thanks for sharing all those pictures with us.

Joe Stains said...

omdog, it looks like wonderful fun! You really got zooming with your new ball! You are so good to listen and be allowed off leash, we don't listen so well. Anyway, I have never been in Lowes, it sure looks fun. The whole trip looks like fun sheesh. We don't get to do anything cool here!

Baby Rocket Dog and Hootie said...

Petey, Bucks County is SO beautiful! Looks like you had a great time. Your friends house is very cool too. It looks like Mr. Toads house from Wind in the Willows!! Our Mommy is from Sullivan Co. PA and she said it's green there too. Phoenix, Arizona has a different kind of beauty. We haven't figured out what it is yet though. Great post here!
Smooches, BabyRD & Hootie