Sunday, March 18, 2012

Is it spring yet?

SPRING TIME IS COMIN and I get to be a part of it.
 Our favorite tree in the whole world is one particular Pussy Willow Tree that My Vickie started from a branch taken from her Sister Wendy's pussy willow tree the year she died.  It is the tree that tells us when spring is coming.  It whispers in the wind above our heads as we make our way through the kennels, it gives sweet nectar to the bees, it changes color with each breath of the breezes the tickle its little bud and velvet flower.  It's perfect softness against a blue sky Welcomes The Beginning of all other beauties of The coming Season.
 With it, this year, we meet a new member of our extended family and friends, Rudy.  With it comes the days of playing outside, sleeping in the beams of the sun rays that break through under our huge walnut tree. 
 All good things come with the Spring Time
 Well, not all good things......Like, it was James Dean 's Birthday last Thursday, but he was not feeling well, so we had to put off his Birthday Party until Next Week.  Basset hounds are really sad looking when they are sick.  Actually, Bassetts kinda look sad all the time.....Anyway, we are hoping James Dean is feeling better this week.
 I keep trying to tell Zoey that I have a girlfriend, but she is always trying to sneak in a kiss here and there.  But don't worry Charlotte.....I am true to you.
 I know I already told you but it is worth repeating cause My Buddy Murphy passed his Therapy Dog test last week.  Yeah.   Won't he be wonderful for the patients....?
 So FINALLY I got to go out on a walk with my buddies Goose, Murphy and Annie.  It was so great.  My Vickie made me stay on lead for almost all of the walk and that was a bit of a bummer, but at least I got out and got some fresh air and exercise. 
 While we were walking, we passed a lot of people out enjoying the springlike weather on their bikes.  I was walking way over along the river when a group of folks went riding by and I heard someone call "Bert"  "I see Bert".  I ran over to see who it was and it turned out to be one of the kids from a school I had gone to a few weeks ago to teach about Wilderness Safety.   It is fun to be recognized. 
 On the next day, we went to one of our favorite haunts and met up with a ton of my friends.  I just had to put in a picture of Murphy cause My Vickie thinks he is the coolest looking dog in the world cause he looks different with every step he takes.
And YES.....there was WATER.....I didn't get to be in it a lot but I finally did get to swim a little.  Oh how I have missed my water.

So if your not too board now, here is a short video with pictures of last week.  All my little friends, all my big Friends, and a few other things.....Have a great week everyone.  AND THANKS AGAIN for all your love while I was ill.  I know it made My Vickie fill better....Me Too.


Sagira said...

Wow, you sure did have a fun week. That is so cool that the little girl remembered you and called you.

I hope JD has a great birthday celebration and feels better soon.

That little girl trying to make you cheat on your Charlotte..shame shame. haha

K9 Katastrophie said...

Happy Birthday Jimmy Dean! And congrats to your furend for passing his test! Glad your up and about Bert!


Curt Rogers said...

What a beautiful photo of the pussy willow bloom. It took my breath away when I saw it. Although none of our trees are beginning to bud, the grass is slowly beginning to turn from yellow to green, a little more every day. But we're not counting on Spring quite yet. March and April are the two snowiest months of the year in Denver, and while all our ground cover is gone, even most of the ice on the northward side of things, I won't rest easy until we're well into May.

Blessings to for your weather, for being able to play, and for having such a wonderful Vickie!

Prancer Pie said...

Our Mommy luffed the pussy willow pic! What a great week you had, Bert. It's good to see you up walking and swimming. Those are a bunch of cute visitors (and regulars) you haf right now. Happy Sunday. xoxo

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

♥«´¨`•°..Happy Birthday James Dean!!°•´¨`»♥
Bert, I'm so glad that you are up and about, and feeling better!! And even though I know you don't understand, I'm glad your Mom is making you take it least for now!

Spring is coming, we can feel it on the wind too!!

Suka said...

hey Bert,

Beautiful pussy willow photos! Spring is certainly on its way!

Happy Birthday James Dean! And paws crossed you feel better and can enjoy your pawty!

Awwwww, Zoey is a sweetie! I think her heart is blinded by your beauty Bert! But I know your heart remains true to Charlotte!

Very cool you were recognized! You are becoming a celebrity! Very cute photo of your and your little friend from school! She is a cutie!


GOOSE said...

Yep I've already said it, It's great to walk and play with you again. Next step.... less lead walking.
It's not only Zoey you wants to love you, all those girlies at the Daycare feel the same. I hear them talking.
Do you think we will soon have to put you in a disguise when we go out because of all the little peeps recognized you? Maybe you can wear that floppy hat your Vickie has that she makes you wear sometimes. hehhehe

Schnauzer Days said...

Hi Bert!!! So glad to visit and read that are on the mend, we hope you are going to take it steady, sounds like Miss Vicki won't let you do anything else - at least you're out and about again and seeing all your lovely friends. Dex and Lou xxx

harrispen said...

It's good to see you back with the old gang. Just don't overdo it.

I agree with your Vicki about Murphy. Sometimes when he is running he doesn't even look like a dog!

Keep feeling better.


Murphy said...

Looks like you had a wonderful day Bert. You're getting closer and closer to normal!! Happy Spring!

Frankie Furter and Ernie said...

Happy Birfday James Dean.. I will be waiting fur your big celebration until YOU ARE FEELING MUCH BETTER.

YEA!!! Bert + Water = FUN

Macintosh Mitch said...

I'm so glad that you got out, Bert!
We love the pussy willows too!

Love ya lots,

Bailey Be Good! said...

It's so nice to see you up and around, Bert!! I'm sure you were pretty happy too! :)

Hope you had a wonderful weekend! :)

Woofs & hugs, <3

~Bailey (Yep, I'm a girl!)

rottrover said...

Oh Bert!! How great to see you our and about with your friends!! Keep takin' it easy & and give James Dean a birthday kiss from us!!

-Bart and Ruby

The Cat From Hell said...

Dearest Bert,
me is so happy that yous gets to walking with your friends again and that yous gets to go swimming! It is so nice to see spring!
BTW, me has gived yous the Very Inspiring Blog Award, because Bert, yous inspires ME!!! Stop by my bog and picks it up!

chicamom85 said...

Bert OMD BOL BOL I am so happy for you that I am dancing, I know you can't see it but trust me I am spinning around the room. You got to go out and go in WATER. You were so brave and patient and now you finally have your reward. I feel better just knowing Bert is back. Rest now my pal and dream of future journeys. How cool to be recognized, did you have to give pawtographs?? Happy Birthday to James Dean, have a great day.

Loveys Sasha

zeeFM said...

bert ! good to see you well and barking around again ! =D rudy is a cutie !

Jed and Abby in MerryLand said...

Happy Belated Birthday to James Dean! And we're so happy to see you are getting to resume some of your normal activites and especially your water romps. You look like you're feeling much better.

Jed & Abby

Charlotte said...

Oh my Darling it's so good to see that you have fun! Even Zoey I do like - I see her as a kind of "deputy"... You know my heart belongs to you and I'm sure you feel the same. But as Goose said all the other girls are waiting too - thats something I have to think of but a real great love nothing can disturb!
Happy Birthday to Mr. Dean - and a big Hug and Kiss for you my love! Your Charlotte

IRIS E DONA said...

I'm so glad that you got out, Bert!
and looks like you had a wonderful day with your friends!

2browndawgs said...

Glad you are back Bert!

snoopy@snoopysdogblog said...

Yay Bert,

You're back AND you even got to go swimming in the Spring water!!

That tree is beautiful and such a lovely way to remember your Mum's sister :)

Happy Birthday to James Dean….. :)

And yes, Murphy is gonna make an awesome Therapy Dog!! He's so fluffy!! :)

Have a fun day with all your Munchkins,

Your pal Snoopy :)

Sarge said...

Hey Bert!
Wow, I'm so glad you are feeling better and getting out a little! Gosh, pussy willows are popping, you got walkies and you got to go swimmie! All is right with the world again. Cute little buddies in your smilebox.
Grr and Woof,
Sarge, COP

Golden Woofs! SUGAR said...

Woof! Woof! Oh MY LOVE Vickie's flower photo ... so COOL! Oh how Sweet is Joey. Its been a long time since we visited ... Golden Happy that you are out and to get to play with everyone. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

Jill said...

James Dean is sooo cute. I also just love Murphy too...and you too Bert!!! So glad you are out and about. Pretty cool to be recognized by your fans! Smudge says hello!

The Furries of Whisppy said...

Look at your tail go! We're so glad you're all better and able to be out with everyone else again. Now, remember, STAY AWAY from those pesky tennis balls!

Happy Belated Birthday, James Dean!

Bassetmomma said...

Wow! You sure did have a great week! Happy Birthday to James Dean! I'm so glad to see that "you are back". Yay!

Bailey Be Good! said...

Happy Happy Birthday, JD! :)

And a very happy Monday to you all. :)

Woofs & hugs, <3

~Bailey (Yep, I'm a girl!)

Two Doodles and a Dane said...

Sure looks like you had a fun times (sorry about having to stay on your lead) but at least you got to go out. We love all your doggy friends.


KB said...

I'm so glad that you're back, Bert. Great news!

I love the willow catkins - they are so beautiful and such an early sign of spring. I also love the significance of where that tree came from.

Happy Birthday JD!

Fiona, as typed by Dr. Liz said...

Yay! We're glad you're feeling well enough to go swimming (wasn't it kind of nippy?)! And we'll take your word that spring is coming... We'd like some more snow first - of course, spring and snow and not mutually exclusive in Utah! Beautiful picture of the pussy willow. And yuh, Murphy is a handsome dood! ;-)

*kissey face*
-Fiona and Abby the Hippobottomus

The Thuglets said...

Happy Birthday to James Dean!
Bert it's absolutely fabulous to see you out and about again having fun with all your friends!
Have a great week
Big Nose Pokes
The Thugletsx

Anonymous said...

Bert pal so good to see you out and about and playing with your furiends again! Yay! AND you got to SWIM! Hurray! :D

Mom just luvs your pussy willow :D Happy Happy Spring! :D

Waggin at ya,

Lassiter Chase and Benjamin said...

Those pictures with the bees in the pussy willow tree are fantastic!

Murphy is so cute, glad he passed the test!

Glad you got to get out and enjoy the lake!

STELLA and RORY from Down Under said...

Bert we are soooo happy you are better. We love all your friends and the happy life you have. No worries, and love, Stella and Rory

The Army of Four said...

Woo, Bert! I can tell from the blur where your tail should be that you are HAPPY to be in the water! Make sure you don't over-do! I don't get to do ANYthing for 4 weeks. This is going to be tough!
Sure glad you're getting out and about. We've been so worried about you!

sprinkles said...

I haven't seen any pussywillows in years!

I haven't been able to stop by and check on you but I'm so glad you're doing better, Bert!