Liz the Dognapper

Do you remember I mentioned that Liz kidnapped a dog while we were in Santa Barbara? She swears she did not do it on purpose, but you can decide for yourself. This is what happened:

As she was leaving the house to meet her cousin, a dog came trotting down the sidewalk. He looked kind of scruffy and had no collar on. No one else was around. Liz thought she could ask about the dog at the house next door, but the gate was tied halfway closed with a piece of string and she could not get in. As Liz was wondering what to do, a lady came walked out from around the corner but said she had no idea whose dog this was.

Liz did not want to just leave the dog, in case something happened to him, and to be honest he looked a little bit pathetic. This was emphasized by the fact he had only one eye.

The lady told Liz about a shelter where she could drop the dog off for the weekend. So Liz took the dog to her car and off they went! He was very friendly and well-behaved. When they got in the car he immediately jumped into the back and lay down on the floor like he was used to riding in a car.

Liz could not find the shelter and she was late meeting her cousin for lunch so she decided to just go to her cousin’s house for a while. The dog made himself right at home, and jumped up on the couch with Liz’s grandma while Liz called the shelter.

Liz also sent a picture of the dog to her friend to ask whether she knew whose dog this was, but got no reply. So off they all went to lunch, where the dog sat very nicely by the table and enjoyed a stroll near the ocean.

Then it was time to go to the shelter. It was about twenty minutes away and just as they arrived, Liz got a text from her friend. It turned out this dog lived next door!

His name was Jasper, and he was in the habit of letting himself out of his yard to go for a walk. He was simply taking his daily constitutional, when Liz just grabbed him and stuffed him into her car! Liz felt very silly about this, but at least Jasper had a nice afternoon. And her friend replaced the string on the gate with a bungee cord so that Jasper could not escape anymore.

Honestly, I think Liz was a little disappointed she could not bring him home with us!


My Santa Barbara Weekend

As you may know, the weekend before last I went on a little trip.  Liz kept telling me we were going somewhere fun. But when she bundled me in the car at 9 pm and then started driving for hours, I had no idea where it could be!

After about 4 hours and a couple of pit stops, we arrived and I realized where we were: Santa Barbara!  I have been there once before.  It was a few years ago but I have great memories of playing with my friend Chloe:

But this time we were in a different place and there was no Chloe to greet me.

Instead, Liz led me to a gate. It opened, and I rushed in, bypassing Liz’s friends Jenny and Ryan and their dog, Alfie, and running straight into the house to investigate. This caused some excitement on the part of Alfie, the resident Norwich Terrier, so we all had to go inside so we could meet properly.

I love going to visit people! Liz and I had our own room and she had brought my bed. Mostly, I did not sleep on it. This is how Liz found me at 6 am:

Ready for action! Liz did not want to get up yet. So I just sat there, looking pathetic:

This is my best “Please please can you just let me out of here??” look.

Finally, she did. Alfie and I went a little crazy for a while.

He is younger than me, but I try to keep up. I don’t think he knew what to make of me because of the funny noises I make. I don’t bark, but I make a lot of snorting and loud breathing noises! All that playing tires me out! And it was only 10 am…

Alfie had an appointment at the groomer’s, so we dropped him off and then Liz, her friends and I headed off for a few hours of wine-tasting.

It was a pretty hot day. I wasn’t allowed inside (even though I like wine very much!) so they took turns waiting with me outside.

I took the opportunity to have a quick snack and a roll around.

The grass was very cool and refreshing! When the humans were finished with their wine tastings, we got back in the nice air-conditioned car and drove to Los Olivos.

Liz, Jenny and Ryan sat down to a really nice meal (I did not get any, and had to just sit on the floor while they enjoyed everything!)

So unfair. But the people at the table next to us were great dog-lovers. They told us they have a pug named Scallywag so of course they liked me. You see, many people who like pugs also like frenchies, and vice-versa. So even though I was being basically ignored by my traveling companions, these nice people took the time to pet me and pay me lots of attention throughout the meal.

After lunch, we went back to the house for a nice long nap.

The next day, Liz left me with Alfie while she went out for a while. In fact she was up to no good. She ended up kidnapping an innocent dog (but more on that later)!

The house was set up very nicely for us. Alfie and I could play and go outside in the yard. I don’t get to do that at home because I have to go downstairs to go in the yard, or Liz has to open the door for me to go outside on the patio.

It was fun! When Liz and Jenny returned home, they found us resting peacefully.

Before we left, Liz took me downtown for a quick sightseeing trip. I met some of Santa Barbara’s citizens, who were very friendly to me, of course.

Then we went on a little walk before heading home!

I was very tired after that weekend of excitement and once we got home I passed out on the office rug for the rest of the day and then slept even more than usual for the next few days. I guess I’m not as young as I once was…but anyway, usually I sleep most of the day and night so what do you expect with all that activity? I had some serious catching up to do!

But in all I am a very good traveler and Liz says we may go back to Santa Barbara again soon!

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