What a wild ride Bear and I had this morning on the ferry! Bear usually gets on board, flops down, and is out like a light until we dock in Mackinaw City. Not today! He’d get settled down, we’d hit some rough water, and the ferry would do a quick bump bump up and down. He’d get up and come put his head in my lap. After three trips from floor to lap, he finally just tucked his head inside my jacket and stood there for the rest of the trip.
I dropped him off at Bark, Bath & Beyond, where he was to be pampered by Kim all day. They L-O-V-E Bear. I spent a few hours at WalMart, another hour looking for an Alltel store in Cheboygan (I was sent from one end of town to the other, and finally told there wasn’t one there anymore), and about 30 minutes in a furniture store dreaming about replacing our “came with the condo” furniture, which is adequate, but not cozy. That’s my dream for next summer – new, comfortable furniture for the great room and the TV room in the loft. I might need to get a job in Georgia over the winter to make it happen – we’ll see.
I picked up Bear and hurried to catch the 2:30 ferry. Now that the ferries just run once an hour, it is a lot more important to not be late. Spending an hour on the ferry dock is not fun – especially when it’s cold and windy. But we made the ferry, and I called for a taxi. When we got to Mackinac Island, Jeanine was waiting for us in her taxi, but she already had four people aboard, and two of them were in the seat right behind her. So Bear didn’t get to ride behind his favorite taxi driver. He pouted the whole way home.
When we got to the condo, Ted and Maddie were just about to go for a walk, so Bear and I joined them. Bear had been either in a tub, in a drying cage, or on the grooming table all day. He was ready to run. We took the tennis ball, and went down to the big field behind the school. We threw the ball for him for a while, then walked downtown to get a newspaper.
The dogs have discovered that if a store allows dogs to come in, they usually have treats behind the counter. So once they are inside a store, Bear puts both his feet on the counter, and Maddie sits up beside him like a little circus dog. So cute – and it gets them treats everytime.
Some days are just days, and today was just one of those normal, stuff to do, things to take care of days. So I’ll close with a few photographs that you haven’t seen – with captions. The last four I shot on our walk to town and back this afternoon.
October 1. I can’t believe it. On November 1, we will leave. I can’t believe it.