Thursday, July 05, 2007

We Love Maine

Hi all! Things are rolling along just fine for us here in Southern Maine. While our actual campsite is tighter than a tin of sardines the surrounding area is absolutely gorgeous. We are right along side the Scarborough Marsh and a good long section of the Eastern Greenbelt biking/hiking trail. We take Rudy for a walk there pretty much every day. It's a great place to walk him because he meets a lot of other people and dogs AND we take a ton of photos while out on the trail. We witnessed an awe inspiring sunset tonight while out walking. Hopefully these pictures will offer a taste of what we saw...





We spent the 4th up in the little town of Freeport which is well known because it is home base for LL Bean. Their "mothership" store is there... open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. It's a super cool place to visit and shop your ass off. This year is LL Bean's 95th year in Freeport so they put on a big shindig for the 4th. The Robert Cray Band played a free concert and the fireworks were pretty darned snazzy. We brought Rudy and he survived being the cutest puppy in town and was groped and oogled by no less than 42,891 people over the course of the night. I overheard one woman exclaim "OH! Look at the little MAN DOG!" He really does look like a grumpy old man trapped in a floppy puppy body. It's pretty silly looking.


Tomorrow we are taking him to a dog park in Portland. It will be his first off leash experience. Hopefully there are a few dogs there with social skills sharp enough to cut through his tough guy image and teach him to simmer down a bit. After that we are going to hang out in Portland for the day. I dig Portland... it has all the requisite stuff...indie book stores, lots of coffee houses, an great Indian restaurant, a cool waterfront and an amazing market where you can buy fancy cheeses, breads, Asian groceries, wine, goodies, etc., etc. I'll try to remember to take lots of pics to share this weekend.

6 comments:

StefRobrts said...

I love the new banner! Rudy is adorable!

Bethany said...

Hi Stef! Thanks for acknowledging the new banner! I have been meaning to make a new one for awhile... How is the Summer going for you?

StefRobrts said...

Hot! 100 plus, which is pretty hot for the NW where we're not used to such things!

I'm eager to hear how Rudy does traveling with you. I have found it difficult when we take the dogs along, as they have to stay in the car when we want to go into places like museums, and it can be too hot for that sometimes. So it's always a bit more challenging with the dogs.

Also, I just wanted to give you a tip - the best dog training book ever is Communicating With Your Dog by Ted Baer. It's out of print but you can find it on Amazon cheap. We used it to train our puppy 12 years ago, and everyone has thought she was a genius ever since :)

Bethany said...

Thanks for the tip on the book. I will try to lay hands on one. We have been looking for the right book and they all seem to be the same. We are doing pretty well with him so far... but the campground we are in has the "no dogs left home alone" rule as I am sure many of them do. Our biggest issue with him is going to be separation anxiety since we are with him 98% of the time. We need to start leaving him alone here and there so he can get used to it and not freak out. *Sigh* It's been a lot of work but it is getting a teeeeny bit easier every day. If I could get him past needing to go out for a pee at 5 am I would be positively euphoric!

Yikes! I don't envy you the 100 degree heat! That is rough! I can't take anything over 80 anymore without wilting. Maine is nice in that it really cools off in the early evening even if it has been hot most of the afternoon. It's just the bugs that are hideous!

StefRobrts said...

Aw, ours have that problem too, since we work at home they are with us all the time. We actually had a boarding kennel say they couldn't take her anymore because she gets too upset - so now she's either with us, or at home with a friend checking in on them.

Hopefully he'll learn to hold it and sleep in past 5am :-)

Missy B said...

I love Rudy!