Wednesday, August 13, 2008

The Excitement Never Ends!

Oh man, how can I ever thank you all enough? I've now won not only one gold medal in the Paw-limpics, but two gold medals! This one I earned in the Diving category...

And my winning photo...

Again I'll say it, I am still in vacation mode and totally forgot about my other entries in the Paw-limpics. Man, what a shock I had when you all started congratulating me again in my comment box! Thank you!

And now, to continue to share my pictures and adventures of my holiday at the beach...

So, after we arrived at the cottage, we unpacked all our stuff, including my 4 tennis balls, 2 orange balls, 2 rope toys, 2 ring toys, my purple piggy (the last surviving stuffie from the 4xBs), my long dead and deflated loofa stuffie which I still love and will not let my humans put in the garbage, and my hot pink frisbee. Oh, and we also unpacked all of my bandannas, dog food, and cookies. Man, I almost have more stuff than the humans!

It was already getting late, and we didn't have anything prepared for supper, so we took the 15 minute drive to the town of Powell River to pick up some groceries and eat supper there. We came back, met the people staying in the cottage right beside us (who also have a dog but didn't bring it, though they said they would next year), and then we all (including the dogless neighbors) sat by a fire to roast marshmallows on the beach. We slept well that night after our long day of traveling, and the first thing we did in the morning was get up early to see the beach in the bright sun when the tide was going out.

I stayed behind on the logs a moment, just to take in the view of the beach...

I couldn't contain myself any longer, I just had to run on that sand! So off I went, finally on the beach, where I could run free all day, all week long! The only time I ever needed a leash for the whole holiday was when we went into town a couple of times, and when I saw a bear in the forest and wanted to go after it. Otherwise, it was a great, dog friendly place!

Of course, I had to stop to sniff every shell and rock and seaweed and starfish I saw, and pee on them too if I felt the urge.

There was lots of wildlife around too, as I mentioned before of the bear, but also tons of starfish, and tons of Bald Eagles as well.

The tide gradually went out further and further, and let me tell ya, the ocean water at this beach is like no other water near the Vancouver beaches! This water doesn't have a spot of murkiness in it, but rather it is so clear you can still see the bottom some 20 feet below the surface, and the water all has a blue/green tint to it, and the sand looks as if someone threw gold flecks all over it! Even my photographer Lizzy could not catch the true beauty of it all on camera.

Now, this dog here was an interesting one! He came out on the beach at about 9:30 in the morning, and stayed belly-deep in the water 'till sometime after 7:00 at night. We don't know who his owners were, no one seemed to be with him, yet all he did was stand in the water, wag his tail, smile, and occasionally bark. It looked like he wanted to play, but whenever the humans came close to him, he just bounced off further into the water with that goofy smile on his face. He didn't want to chase a stick or a ball, didn't want anyone to touch him, and didn't want to play with the other dogs around... I think he just decided to take a day off from his humans and relax in the cool waters of the beach for the day, hee hee.

Anyway, we had a wonderful first day on the beach, and later in the evening my oldest human brother and his wife came to join us for the week at the cottage. I loved having all my humans around!

Now I've spent long enough on the 'puter again, and I shall share more of my holiday adventures in my next post! There's so much to tell you all, I don't know how I'll ever get it done!

Oh, I almost forgot, my wonderful friends Princess Eva and Brice awarded me the BFF Gold Card Award! Thank you friends, I feel very honored once again!
Now the rules are that I have to give the award to 5 of my friends. Four of my friends must be dedicated followers of my blog, and one should be a new blogger that lives in a different part of the world. Each awardee must link back to whomever gave the reward, which in this case would be me!

Okay, I give the BFF Gold Card Award too...

Dozer and Cooper
Toffe and Riley
Sophie Brador , and

Oh, I almost forgot again! This is my entry for Amber-Mae and Faya's picture contest, "How I Love My Kong".

"I honestly didn't mean to put a hole in my kong, it just appeared there by itself after I was chewing on it! It wasn't my fault, really!"

I hope you all have a GRRRReat day!


Scottie the 'cutie' said...

Whoa! Congrats on yet another stunning photo of you doing your diving stunt! And your vacation sounds SOOO awesome, I wish I was there too! I haven't been to any beaches yet...*sigh* Mom hasn't been able to bring me, and apparently there aren't many beaches that are dog-friendly...=(


Khyra The Siberian Husky said...


I'm gonna khontinue to live vikhariously via WOO!

I've got two kong wubbas - one of them khould look like yours with the right TLKh!!


Lorenza said...

Hi, Sparky!
Congratulations! Medals and Awards!
More great pictures of your vacation!
Kisses and hugs

River said...

You do have some spectacular leaping action photos! You totally deserved to win, congrats!! Nice beach pictures and of the little chow mix. Good luck with kong contest. My mom still hasn't gotten me one.

love & wags,

Sophie Brador said...

Oh wow! Thanks Sparksteroni Macaroni, for giving me that award. That was really nice of you. Your vacation sounds fantastic. I sure wish I lived closer to you so we could go swimming to together. We'd have a blast! That star fish sure was pretty, but stay away from those bears, Sparkster. They might not be so keen on you peeing on them.


Randi Lyn A. said...

Hi Sparky! Thanks for vising our blog! Wow! Whatta vacation! We've always wanted to visit the beach.

Woooo woo rar rar rar,
Kayla and Maebe

Asta said...

Youw vacation looks beyond pawfect!!! what a bootiful place, I wish IO was thewe swimming wif you.

CONGWATULATIONS on youw well desewved gold medals!!! You awe a twue athlete, and the smile on youw face makes it even bettew
smoochie kisses

Groovy Dogs Just Wanna Hv Fun said...

Hi Sparks,
Woww...that's alot of balls you took along for vacation man. Wish i could join u...chasing after our balls and dipping in the clear cool water. Thinking of the beach really makes me drooling now.
Stay cool Sparks.

Groovy Groovy

Amber-Mae said...

Man, the beach water looks sooo clean & clear! I really wanna go there!!!!!

Butt wiggles,
Solid Gold Dancer

Hero said...

Congrats on your second medal, Sparky!!! It's been a while since I've been to the beach. All your pictures make me want to have a long hard run on the sand and surf. I love your Kong picture. My mom just bought me my first Kong, but since I'm not a big fan of feasting or chewing it still lies ignored in my toy basket. I can't wait to hear more about your beach adventures!

powder-puff said...


Wow congrats on all the medals and awards!

Oh and look at that purple starfish how pretty!

lots of love

Lady Kaos said...

What a fun trip! Congrats on the medal and your award! I didn't know there were purple starfish! The beach is a beautiful place!!

Deetz said...

Those were awesome photos of the beach. I wish I could have gone with you. I have never seen a purple starfish before! That other doggie sure was pretty and seemed to be able to take care of himself for sure. Too bad he didn't want to go diving with you.
Thanks for sharing
Oh, Congratulations on your Gold Metals

Fred said...

Glad you're back! Great pictures, and congrats on the medals!

Asta said...

We will make suwe that we toast you and celebwate you on the plane tomowwow!! You awe a faboolous kid, and I'm so happy you'we my fwiend!
smoochie kisses

Dozer and Coop said...


Congrats again you gold medal winner! And thanks being our BFF!

What do you mean you cannot help Howee? What exactly are you doing to the cats and does it involve BBQ sauce? I'll put you down as an alternate on the posse.

Your bud, Dozer

The Girl said...

Hey, Sparky! Congrats on your gold medals! And on your vacation - it sounds like it was just perfect for you! I myself don't like the water, but I do like the beach, all those great smells and birds and dead stuff to roll in!

My Girl wants me to tell you that she thinks you are absolutely adorable. I myself would never say something so cutesy-tootsy, but she did let me read blogs today, so I'll say it just for her!

Brown dog kisses,
Dannan (and The Girl)

Chloé said...

Hi Sparky!!!! Congratulations!!!!
You are the best, in swimming...
and i want to write for say to you... HAPPY B´DAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY SPARKY!!!! i hope that you pass your b´day with your family and friends and you´ll received much gift...


Lacy said...

w00f's Sparky, watt a fun trip to the beach u had...that looks like a pawsome, me wood like to b there runnin wiff u...congrats on ur medals u water doggy u...and congrats on ur award...

b safe,

pps mama wuz thinkin bout changing the yellow on the bloogy to a more subduded one, but a lot of u like the new look...

Toffee said...

Oh so much to say...fabulous pics! Congrats on the medals! Thank you for the (p)award! What an interesting fellow doggie on the beach - what kind of dog doesn't want to chase a stick or a ball?? Oh wait - I don't even swim so I shouldn't comment...

will post on the award soon...


Woof Sparky

Congrats on the gold medals. You did good. Are they gonna put your picture on a box of Wheaties? Or maybe Milkbones?

Desert Pups

Gus, Louie and Callie said...

Congrads on your gold metals. You may catch up with Mr. Phelps!!
We love the pictures of the beach. Three Heelers could have an awesome time there..

Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus, Louie and Callie

Joe Stains said...

That is too funny about that random dog just hanging out in the water. The beach looks like it was a fun place, we have never seen a purple starfish again!!

Jake of Florida said...

Wow, Sparky,

You deserve those awards and we are so proud to know you!!!

We also loved your Kong entry. We had a brief encounter witrh a wubba, but it's not as sturdy as the original kong.

Come back and visit soon again1!

Wirey woofs,

Jake and Just Harry

Pee ess: Vancouver is one of Mom;s favorite cities. Are you close?

Abby said...

Hi, Sparky...

Your vacation looks like it was pawsome...

Congrats on the Gold Medals & the Awards...

Abby xxxooo

Moco said...

You are having the best vacation. Congrats on your gold. That Michael Phelps has nothing on you.

CoCo said...

Great vacation pictures! Congrats on your Gold Medal for Diving! That was an awesome pic! I'm glad you are/had such a wonderful time at the beach! Your are one lucky pup!!!


Super Boy & Baby-Licious said...

Congrats on your win!

We believe you about the kong wubbas.

Boy n Baby

Mango the Maltese kiddo said...

Hi Sparky,
Long time no see!
Congrats on your winning medals, your life is filled with fun and excitement.
Happy Birthday, Sparky!
Happy 8-15!
Your photos from trip to the beach are very pleasant to look. Did you color the purple starfish? I've never seen one gorgeous like that before!

T-man said...

What a beautiful place for a vacation!! That water is so clear..I'd love that too!

Congrats on your award! Maybe you and CC-man can form a synchronized diving team for the next Olympics ;)

George the Pup said...

Congrats on the medals Sparky! That's Pawesome!!!

Wow does the beach look fun - I've never seen an ocean beach, just the great lakes. I think I'd like to check out a beach like that!

Pacco de Mongrel said...

i think u truely deserve the gold medals...!!

n thanks for the award...

Sharon said...

Sparky it looks like you had a great vacation! Where is this beach you went to?

Thor said...

Congrats on your gold medals! Great beach pictures!


Georgeous said...

Your Kong entry is the best!
Congratulations on your golds!
Love George