Angel Jake at the RBC (Rainbow Broadcasting Corporation)

Angel Jake at the RBC (Rainbow Broadcasting Corporation)

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Just Harry Tells Tennessee Thanksgivukkah Tales

So, there I was. 
My muzzle and beard combed. 
Toys and kibble in a Happy Thanksgiving bag. 
Waiting at the door, tail awag, in my best sit-stay while dad went and opened the car door and beckoned me to come jump in the car.

And where did I wind up? At camp for six sleeps while the folks went  off to Tennessee to see my human brother and sister-in-law and their two adorable small persons for Thanksgivukkah.

I might quibble over my kibble about this abandonment if I hadn't already met one of these adorable small persons (and even confiscated one of her toys on her July visit to us) and saw the six-month tummy bump for the other one and knew the folks would have taken me on this trip had they been gone for a longer enough time so that driving made sense. That's pretty mature of me, right?

Anyway, here's what they told me about their trip and the fun times they had with the little ones. First, out came the  sweaters and gloves and scarves because the temperatures hovered in the 20s. Jake and I experienced those temps twice over Christmas in St. Louis so we understand. Mom made us struggle into our Irish oatmeal sweaters just so she would feel warmer!

The town is on the Cumberland River, which is really pretty when it stays in its banks. Barge tows go up and down the river, which mom always likes to see.

For Christmas, the river was dressed up with all kinds of lighted trees and images, including a fascinating tunnel with blinking lights that was exciting to walk through. Again, 21 degrees, just right for two Floridians!

Mom and dad appreciated the cardinal!

And a ship!

And a bundled up Olivia!

But, now comes the really important part. Mom and dad discovered that Ms. Olivia, all of 18 months now, actually knew who they were when they arrived: Grandpa Jack and Grandma Joan. She has a picture book with all her relatives in it and she was practicing before they got there. 

Olivia has also been paying a lot of attention to her little sister, Phoebe, who was celebrating her one-month birthday when the folks arrived on November 26.

Olivia helps her mom take care of Phoebe and is very gentle with her.

I think my mom and dad really like this grandparenting stuff! They spent hours playing with Olivia, reading books, identifying colors and animals, and enjoying what a smart fun little girl she is. Also, she gives lovely kisses on request.

But let's not forget the animal members of the family. My pal, Marcy.

And two C.A T.S, Mistletoe and Holly. I heard mom actually spent quite a bit of time with those two felines, but I forgive her because she probably just missed my furry presence.

In addition to feasting on turkey, everyone went on two foodable excursions. The first was to a pub that brews its own beer.

 Olivia had to check out the flight of beer that mom ordered. 

The second excursion was to a Japanese restaurant, where Olivia tried sweet potato sushi and practiced her drumming skills with the chopsticks.

There's lots more to say. I just hope the next time mom and dad feel the urge for this grandparenting stuff that they take me along. After all, am I not smart and fun and don't  I give great kisses????? And of course I do recognize them on sight (or sniff)!!!!

Just Harry


Bocci said...

Oh Harry, we wish you could have joined in all the fun! Next time for sure! Your cousins sure are cute...

Hope you had a good time at your camp!

Dewey Dewster said...

Well, Just Harry.....I must tell ya that it appears that ya missed a great trip. Those little people are sure cute.....but if ya were like me n Toby....when our little people come over.....we get shoved inta the basement. Only my Mom gets ta see the little peepers up close. But I can tell that yer Mom n Dad had a good visit....hope they had some great turkey fer Turkey Day. Maybe we'll see ya sometime this winter.....we're headin' south on Friday.

Dewey Dewster here......

White Dog Blog said...

Just Harry so well groomed and all packed to join the are so mature about understanding the circumstances. I am proud of you, but hope that you get to visit in the summer and can run and play with the wee ones in the warm sunshine for a good long proper visit!

rottrover said...

Just Harry! You got shafted, dude! You had a much more mature perspective about being left out of the fun than we would have had. We hope they brought home presses.

Bart, Ruby and Otto

WFT Nobby said...

Harry you most definitely absolutely have to go along next time. Big quibbles over the kibbles, I say.
Toodle pip!
OK, so I reluctantly admit, Olivia and wee Phoebe are clearly formidable rivals in the cuteness stakes. And clearly Olivia has learned an important lesson, one well known by all canines, that there is almost nothing humans like better that being greeted on arrival with joyful recognition.

Asta said...

Angel Jakey woold be so vewy pwoud of yoow matoowe attitoode towawds being left out of this wondewful twip. You did look so vewy handsum all combed out and weady to go..i do hope you had sum fun at camp while Yoow pawents enjoyed being gwandpawents to those clevew and bootiful hooman pups. I know they will take you next time because no mattew how nice it was, wifout you, ithe family is just not complete
Smoochie kisses

Gus said...

J. Harold! The indignity of it. We will be experiencing being left alone at Christmas! Fortunately, we will only be at the trainer's place 4 nights, we will be sprung on Boxing Day!

If you are in similar circumstances at that time, what say we have a poker game?

Gus n teka

Pssst...those two human pups look soooo much alike!

Two French Bulldogs said...

What a fine story! Those little puppies are adorable.

How Sam Sees It said...

You need to demand to go next time!

Monty and Harlow

Molly the Airedale said...

What a bummer that you missed all of the fun, JH. It looks like everyone had a wonderful holiday! We just love the picture of Olivia tending to Phoebe!

Love ya lots♥
Mitch and Molly


Bowsers, you had quite a adventure. We loved all the pawtographs.

Sherman & Dog Dad

World of Animals, Inc said...

What a lovely post. You have some really pawsome family members. We love the Christmas light decorations photos. Thanks for the share. Have a fantastic upcoming weekend.
World of Animals