Angel Jake at the RBC (Rainbow Broadcasting Corporation)

Angel Jake at the RBC (Rainbow Broadcasting Corporation)

Thursday, August 14, 2008

"Take Us Out to the Ballgame!!!"

To pick up where I left off, I eagerly awaited Ms. Asta Marie's arrival from Pittsburgh. Thanks to my trusty feathered friend, the Heron-Cam, she did get here safely. I asked her how she enjoyed the ride, but I'll let her tell you all about it herself. I think she did fine, though.

As soon as she had recovered from her flight and gotten her land paws, we took off for Dolphin Stadium (the professional football stadium that is used for baseball too). We had great seats, just a few rows up right behind home plate, so we could see everything.

We got there early, in time to see the groundskeepers getting things ready. We counted 28 men on the field, with brooms and blowers, hoses, and other equipment. Frankly, I had to contain myself, because I go a little nuts when I see equipment like that -- but in view of the special occasion, I took a deep breath and remained quiet.

We saw the manager talking to the umpires before the game.

And best of all, we saw my favorite player, Albert Pujols. A little later, 'cause Asta Marie wanted to see if she could catch a ball, we moved over to third base and guess what, soon after, a ball came right into our section.

The game was a tense one, right up to the last out of the ninth inning -- but my redbirds won and I knew Dogdad and Mom would be really happy. Not to mention my pal Gussie over there in Mayemphis and anyone else who is a Cardinals fan.

Asta Marie was the perfect companion. Since we're just about the same age, we had lots of things in common to talk about -- even though we've grown up in very different places. We ate hot dogs, and soft pretzels, and we even shared a carton of Edy's slow-churned ice cream (vanilla, of course). What a treat!! And she barked just as loudly as I did when the Cardinals scored a run!!!
Interestingly enough, right in front of us were two guys with Red Sox hats and t-shirts -- we thought perhaps Agatha and Archie had sent them so that we'd remember there are other teams contending for the playoffs in that other league. (Not to mention that the Red Sox had walloped the Cardinals in 2006 when they both were in the World Series, but never mind.)

Then came my dilemma. Since the game was such a good one, we stayed right until the end -- which meant that Asta Marie would have to travel home in the dark. I discussed this with Mom when we got back to our place, and she thought it would be safer to ask Asta Marie to spend the night and fly back to Pittsburgh with the Heron-Cam in the morning. Asta Marie thought about it and when we assured her that she would have her privacy, she agreed.

We all had peanut butter kong bedtime snacks and then Asta Marie curled up downstairs in Just Harry's comfy crate while Just Harry and I went upstairs. First thing in the morning, after breakfast, a few barks, and a little walk, she put on an adorable chapeau and flew home with our Heron-Cam (lucky guy!!).

So yes, pals, I had a swell time and the minutes with Asta Marie just flew by. I hope she felt the same way; but discretion prevents me from saying more, other than that I was honored to have my very first date ever with such a beautiful, fun-loving wire lady.

Thank you Ms. Asta Marie. Thank you Cards for giving us such a sweet evening.



Agatha and Archie said...

Well that sounds like THE MOST FUN EVER!! (of course any ball game is!!) Maybe those were Red Sox spys!!!!Because we were at the Arboretum fighting and battling off coyote( well really just digging and swimming) HmmmmmCOULD THIS BE SOMETHING!!!!!????Love and kisses A+A

Molly the Airedale said...

What a fabulous date and you guys had the absolute yummiest food!
Asta Marie looks so beautiful in her fancy hat!

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

Moco said...

Baseball has to be the best date of all. You look as if you had the bestest time ever. This is going to be the start of a lovely relationship.
Those kongs with p-nut butter are best taken in the crate so as not to mess up something that your mom does not want messed up.

Unknown said...

Ahhh, what a sweet date! I think you did much better than I did, Jake. I just an earful about ex-husbands (there's a third one, did Dewey tell you that?) but maybe it's because I'm a Cairn and she's a WFT.

Gee, Archie staking his claim on Lacie, you and Asta Marie are having overnight dates...I may still be single at the end of The Bowchelor!

Your pal,


Misadventures of Widowhood said...

Your date sounds fantastic. Hope your pawrents got along as good has you two.


Scottie the 'Cutie' said...

Wow, that was some COOL date! Asta Marie looked gorgrous in that it! Glad to hear that you had such a great time at the ball game...makes me want to go too! Sadly, baseball is not a popular sport here in Malaysia...*sigh* Another time maybe...=)

Love the Kong story...maybe I can get Mom to give me a bedtime snack too! hee!


Lizzy said...


Yes, we do live right by Vancouver, it's a grrrrEAT place indeed, at least most of the time!

Wow, your date must have been a BLAST! Asta-Marie is so beautiful! What a wonderful time you two had together!


The Zoo Crew said...

Hi JH--- Mom says I'm gonna have to hold off on dating because my big bro, Kai, is not doing well at all. She's not sure how often she'll be able to help me blog plus her heart is breaking right now, so just know that I am still flattered that you thought of me to be your girlfriend. You're a mighty fine fella!


Dewey Dewster said...

Why Jake...

I give ya a heads up ta take my Mom out again...she had a swell time and is still barkin' about the hot dog, Pretzel and Ice Cream...the evening woulda been perfect if she coulda caught one of those balls......who knew there could be so many balls in one place and ya can't get one fer yerself....she was a bit queasy after the Heron-cam ride since she said ya could see every cloud in the sky right under yer feet and feel the wind in yer hair but she got her sea-legs about 'er already and she's runnin' 'roud lookin' fer a new bunch of hats ta pack away fer the future....GIRLS...

Hope ya have a great evenin' Jake....

Dewey Dewster here.....

Willow the Black Dale said...

Woohoo sounds like a great night for the WFT's at the game!!! I am so proud of you for being a gentledawg!! Ice cream, oh you had ice cream! This must be love!!! I am sitting here on the edge of the chair waiting to hear more. Oh I must run to Asta Marie's blog.....
tail wags,

Simba and Jazzi said...

That does sound like a great time. You know how to show a girl a good time.

Simba x

Kyanite said...

You sure know how to give a lady a good time - glad all went well & there the prospect of romance in the air!!!

Love, pats & pets

Noah the Airedale said...

G'day fellas,
Looks like you all had a great day out.

Noah Willow Tess Lucy

Eric said...

Jakey Boyz! What a swell date you and Asta Marie had. And how pawfect you look together side by side. Isn't Asta Marie so pretty? Foxy and sweet and the way she curls up in ball, and those kiss curls of fur over her eys...

You were most caring and solicitous Jake, I see Dewey approved.. just got to win over Gram and Paps next pal. Then you are on the home straight or whatever the phrase is for that ball game.....

Whens the second date? Wags, Eric

Joe Stains said...

I would have had a thing or 2 to bark at those Boston fans hehe. Glad you guys had a fun date, I think Asta Marie was probably very impressed. You had me at Peanut Butter Kong... ;)

Jackson's J1 and J2 said...

Sounds like you had a great date! Will you be seeing her again? J x