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So before I go on to share with you the other things that I like training my humans on, I will tell you about last weekend.

One of my Grandmas, my Daddy's Mom, turned 80 years old and Daddy and my Aunties and Uncles decided to have a party for her. This party was to take place at a big park on the beach called Rathtrevor Provincial Park in Parksville, British Columbia, and to get there, we had to go on a boat called a ferry.

Daddy and my human brother went over there a few days ahead and Mommy and I traveled together on Friday morning. Mommy was a great travel companion, you know? She put me in my harness and my seat belt and she was talking to me all the time and explaining what we were going to do and telling me about the big boat and that we might see whale puppies in the ocean. She made sure I had water and treats and took me for walks during which I made new friends, both canine and human. There were a couple of human puppies that got all excited when they met me, I think they thought I was a teddy bear or something and they wanted to hug me. Mommy told me to be gentle, which I knew already because human puppies are very fragile and sometimes get startled easily. I also met a couple of fellow Golden doodles and their humans told Mommy that I was very tall (and handsome, but I'm not supposed to say that on my own blog!).

Anyway, it was a long day of travel, but we finally made it to this park where humans actually do something called "camping" and Daddy and my human brother had got this little house on wheels that was kinda funny smelling and I didn't like very much. They called this little house an "RV"... I don't know why we would go and live in a little house like that where my bedroom -that I was supposed to share with Mommy and Daddy- and the dining room and the kitchen and my human brother's bedroom were IN THE SAME ROOM! There was a little potty for my humans in there too, but from I could see, it was really small too. Then my humans sat outside and I started visiting with the rest of the human family. Mommy and Daddy tied me to this long lead from a thing that was stuck on the ground and that gave me some freedom to explore around there, but at the same time, I couldn't get away too far. So if Mommy or Daddy or my human brother decided to go somewhere, I just had to bark at them to let them know that didn't make me happy!

Mommy and I were very tired from our trip and we went to bed. My dear humans thought that I'd want to sleep on the floor of the RV little house, but it was too hard and I was tired so I jumped on the bed and shared it with Mommy and Daddy. The three of us on it was not very comfortable, but I didn't stretch all the way across and we made it work.

The next day, we had Grandma's party and it was a picnic and my cousins Bruce and Riley were there and all the human family and friends of Grandma, who was happy to see everyone. There was food and sun and there was even a bunny hiding in the trees! I didn't chase him because... well, because Daddy had me on the leash and he wouldn't really let me. Grandma had cake and we all barked (humans sang) "Happy Birthday" and she was very happy. She got some presents and although they were not squeaky toys or meaty bones, I guess she liked her presents.

Later that day we went to the beach and I got in the Ocean for the first time. I thought I might meet some whale puppies then, but no such luck. I swam for a bit with my human brother and my human cousin and then I dried off. Mommy said I was a stinky wet pup but she still hugged me and gave me a kiss. That night it was back to this "camping" thing. Daddy barbecued some chicken and an apple pie and again we spent time with the family. Mommy got bitten by a bunch of mosquitoes and bugs and I was very tired from all the activity. We again shared the bed the three of us (my human brother had his own bunk bed) and I was so tired that I think I wasn't giving Daddy and Mommy too much space. But you see, I don't understand why we were sleeping on this little bed when we had a perfectly good bed at home!

The third day it was more of the same "camping" stuff although I saw some squirrels and chipmunks and I wanted to go play with them so I kinda dragged Daddy around trying to catch up to them, but they're so fast!

That night, finally Daddy decided to turn the table in the little RV house into a bed so I could sleep on it on my own. That way I didn't have to share with me and we all had a better sleep. But I was happy to learn that Mommy and I would be coming back home the next morning! This "camping" thing was fun, but it was exhausting. "Camping" is no vacation!

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Comment by Toni G on July 21, 2011 at 1:46pm
What a great story! Really enjoyed reading about your vacation.  I showed my Bonnie your pic, and I think she's in love.
Comment by Tamara ~Mama Doodle on July 19, 2011 at 1:08am

Pedro you are the cutest "stinky wet pup"!


Comment by Grace and Pemon The Gentle Giant on July 16, 2011 at 12:32pm
Very, very enjoyable!  I love your stories Pedro.  I think if they let you loose you could have show them a thing or two about real camping.  Then maybe Dad could have been barbequeing a rabbit or squirrel and save a lot of money on store bought meat!  Haha.  This is one fabulous picture.
Comment by Bruce Anderson and Ginger on July 16, 2011 at 12:08pm
Pedro....thats a great story....and the most fantastic picture I have ever seen !  There's something about a wet, dirty dog that is just so wonderful !  You KNOW they are happy !  If only we humans could learn that trick !
Comment by Charlie Bear & Mari'na on July 15, 2011 at 8:31pm
Pedro what a wonderful story of your camping adventure. Thank you for sending it to us, you are indeed a very handsome boy. Have a great summer Pedro and Alessandra.

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