Thursday, November 26, 2009

There's Sand in My Turkey!

OK, the turkey was actually sand-free, but I thought the statement was a catchy way to introduce the slightly unorthodox way that I spent part of my Thanksgiving.

Jess, Marge and I took TWO walks down to the beach.  Since we were having company, I wanted to get Marge some exercise beforehand.  That was the first walk.  It actually would have been longer if not for offleash dogs on the beach that I thought it best to avoid.  So, we just barely scraped the sand on that walk, and headed back through the field to home.

On the second walk, too, we spotted an offleash dog on the beach in one direction, and a huge throng of people in the other, so we got to walk on the sand even less. Again, we figured it was best to avoid the scary things and have a short, but enjoyable, time.  But we (mostly my sister) got some cute shots on this walk, since we were now appropriately armed with the camera.

Pretty sunset view!

Marge sniffs the beach wood and rocks.

A trail of wet MargePrints in the sand.

She poses on the back "wall" of sand behind the beach. If it looks like it drops off suddenly, it's because it does. Recent storm surges have caused the water to swell higher than usual, pulling the sand away from the bank. Kind of scary!  Marge had to jump 3 or 4 feet to get up there.

One more pose atop the bank..

And then a sandy plummet down!

Posing in the warm glow.

And, a gorgeous sihlouette!

Our time on the beach was short, maybe ten or fifteen minutes at most.  We did, however, play around in the field before returning home. 

There was ANOTHER offleash dog (they were all out today, it seems), and, although Marge actually looked like she wanted to join in his little running game, I called out to the owner and said that she is not so friendly, so we kept away from each other.  The situation hyped her up, and she proceeded to run a few laps of zoomies once we moved farther away.

Her tail looks funny in this picture.

And, she ran some more.

One last pic -- here are those pesky geese-like birds that I was looking for an ID on a couple of weeks ago. Anyone have any ideas? They are pretty birds, but I don't appreciate having to wade through their poop all the time!

And that concludes the tale of our Thanksgiving walks.  In terms of the actual food, Marge didn't get TOO much, but I've promised her some yummy leftovers to use as treats during our agility practice on Saturday.  I think it's a fair deal.


NAK and The Residents of The Khottage Now With KhattleDog! November 27, 2009 at 12:38 AM  

What a fun day!

Tank woo fur sharing your day!

PeeEssWoo: Mom says woo might want to follow this blog

Cinnamon and Mint November 27, 2009 at 4:01 AM  

Love those sunset photos!!

As I am not familiar with birds' names, I don't know what those in the last pic are called. But, they look distinctive, so hopefully someone can tell it!

Sara November 27, 2009 at 6:49 AM  

How dare scary people and other dogs invade YOUR beach! The nerve. LOL. Glad Marge got to have some fun regardless.

Love the paw/foot print photo.

Dexter November 27, 2009 at 8:04 AM  

Jumped up three feet? No problem for an athletic gal like you.

Sometimes those off leash doggies do not have good manners so you were right to avoid them and enjoy your private zoomies.

Happy Thanksgiving.


Ms. ~K November 27, 2009 at 10:10 AM  

Sandy paws...we're so jelly-ous!!!
Wrooo wrooo!

Gus, Louie and Callie November 27, 2009 at 10:13 AM  

Looks like you had a great time on your short walk. It is better than no walk right? Great photo's..

Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus, Louie and Callie

Two French Bulldogs November 27, 2009 at 10:40 AM  

Now that seems like a fun day. We don't understand off leash doggys either. It scares us. Cool pictures. Have a happy Friday,
Benny & Lily

Golden Samantha November 27, 2009 at 1:31 PM  

Lovely to have walkies on T-day! Sorry to miss your Thanks post - hope you had a good Thanksgiving. Your beach pix are just gorgeous - amazing day for the "north"!!! Good idea to use turkey for treats too!
Hugs xo

The Army of Four November 27, 2009 at 2:46 PM  

Wow! What a great way to spend the day! I love that paw prints on the beach shot. We don't have sand at the Kansas Ocean - can you believe that!?!?
Play bows,

Kathy Mocharnuk November 27, 2009 at 3:41 PM  

I wanted to take my mom and her dogs to the beach and on the holiday weekend that was what I was afraid of-too many loose dogs ;-), looks like the time may have been short but it looks like fun. PS I LOVE the title of your post today, very cute!

Martha November 27, 2009 at 4:08 PM  

That just sounds like the perfect Thanksgiving Day to us!
We thought your pictures were beautiful today.
love and kisses
Martha & Bailey xxx

Carolyn November 27, 2009 at 8:27 PM  

Holidays are for FUN! Sounds like you had it!

A belated Happy Thanksgiving!



RILEY AND STAR MY MALTESEKIDS November 27, 2009 at 9:22 PM  

Hi Marge,

What a great way to spend Thanksgiving!

We luv ya,
Riley and Star.

tula monstah November 27, 2009 at 10:43 PM  

A walkies on the beach to start your Thanksgiving day- perfect! we avoid offleash doggies too.. i'm known to get a bit rowdy!

Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving,

D.K. Wall November 28, 2009 at 7:54 AM  

Some excellent walkies there, even if you had to avoid others.

Roxanne @ Champion of My Heart November 28, 2009 at 10:19 AM  

We had the same issues on Black Friday on our fav trail in town. Seems like lots of dogs with ZERO leash manners were out. Lots of reactive dogs bouncing around on the end of flexi-leashes.

Carolyn November 28, 2009 at 2:03 PM  

I think I've got your goose! Lol!

Scout and Freyja November 28, 2009 at 4:59 PM  

I have a suggestion for you. I noticed what a great set of footprints Marge left on the beach and it reminded me of something a friend did years ago.

The next time you go to the beach take along some plaster of Paris and fill in the best print. You will have a reverse print of hers and, believe it or not, they are so cute! In the spring when Scout and Freyja leave prints in the mud, yes, mud, I plan on filling them in and then making a shadow box with their prints and photos!

Just an idea!

Lorenza November 28, 2009 at 8:16 PM  

Sure those two walkies were great!
Sure you enjoyed them a lot!
Kisses and hugs

Kari in Alaska November 30, 2009 at 1:38 PM  

Looks like you got lots of playtime! I love the shot of the paw prints :)

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