Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Surprise! It's a Dog Parade!



So... what has my life come to when the most exciting thing that happened to me (us) today was participating in the RV park's Christmas dog parade? Let me start off by saying that we had no idea this was even happening until I went out to throw some stuff away in the trash bin across the way and a woman said to me "Hey you are on the parade route!" And I was all... "Parade route? Here? What parade?" And then I had images of Shriners on tricycles and clowns and county fair beauty queens waving from the back of a convertible. All passing by right outside my front door...and I thought, "Ok! This is going to be an interesting cap to the day!" But as it turned out our parade was a dog parade. A small gathering of people and their pets who walked without much purpose or zest through the park accompanied by Santa Claus in a golf cart powered sleigh.

I stooped so low as to tie a green Christmas bow on to Rudy's back. You can imagine his surprise upon arriving at the dog parade. He was not the only one with Christmas decor tied to his body.


So... we walked around. And it looked something like this...



Are you laughing yet? Here's more...



I am sure the people who organized the whole thing had a much more grandiose view of what the actual event would play out to be... I know I had a more exciting visual cooked up in my mind. We needed like 50 more dogs and we needed spectators who could not get enough of us and our Christmas bedazzled dogs cheering us on wildly from the sidelines. I think I counted two people who set foot outside to look at us as we straggled by. We were led by a woman riding a three wheeled motorcycle and Santa brought up the rear in his wagon. When we got to the end of the route they handed out fancy treat bags to all of the dogs which was cute (again...this was a planned out thing with a much larger vision of dog action than what we ended up with.) There were two little girls (about 3 and 6 years old) who had walked with us and they were crying at the end because nobody had thrown candy at them during the parade. No one had any candy. One little girl asked her Mom if the treats were only for dogs. At this point I ran home and got some candy canes to bring back for them. I had to do something. They were gonna end up sneaking and eating dog cookies if I did not.

Sigh. The best outcome of the parade was that Rudy was exhausted afterwards. He has been quiet and/or sleeping all night. I would be in a dog parade every day if it would continue to produce these results at night.

Another amazing fact is that the local paper had sent someone out to document the event. So we might end up with our photo in the local paper. I am keeping my fingers and my toes crossed on that one. I will be sure to post the big news asap if we hit the Kerrville headlines this week.

6 comments:

savannah_rae said...

I posted a comment on Ernesto's Warning....that post made me laugh.

It looks like y'all had fun at the doggie parade. =] Hope you're keepin' warm! Take care.

Hi, I'm Bethany Orbison said...

Hi Savannah_Rae! Your comment on the giant snake was great! Apparently Texas is a land full of big snakes and people who greatly fear big snakes. It makes for some funny stories for sure. We have yet to have a close encounter with a snake that was over a foot long... which is fine with me. Although I had to admit I would not mind clapping eyes on Ernestino's mythological monster snake that supposedly lives here in the Guadalupe.

Thanks for your comments and have a great holiday!

Erin said...

Hi Bethany ~ saw your blog through 1 pic. Had to tell you, since you're missing sushi, that a drive into Austin would be worth it. Uchii on South Lamar is some of the best sushi I've ever had! The shag roll is amazing! Love following you're trip. I'm tempted to jump on the back of your trailer and coast out of this state!! Someday soon...

Bethany said...

Hi Erin! Thanks for the suggestion to try Uchii. I think I actually remember seeing that place when we were in Austin. We are out in Kerrville now so a trip to San Antonio is more likely than driving to Austin but you just never know. I may decide that I need another dose of the shops on SoCo before we leave Texas!

Get yourself a side car and we will hook you up to the rig and gladly bring you along for the rest of the trip! ;)

Sandi said...

Bethany, I found you through 1 Pic. I had to comment on this post. I'm sorry that it didn't turn out "right", but it's a darn funny story.

I love that you're doing this!

Bethany said...

Hi Sandi.... Thanks for dropping by. And yeah, the parade was worth while I think ONLY in that it provided a really funny story to tell afterward!

Luckily... no dogs were harmed, just people's egos. Lol.