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A Visit to Jamestown Settlement December 7, 2008

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Holly The Newf and Family at Jamestown Settlement

Holly The Newf and Family at Jamestown Settlement

Kim couldn’t find the directions to go to the Newfoundland Draft test today, so instead, we went to the Jamestown Settlement. It turned into another great day of dog and family fun. Jamestown Settlement National Park was also very dog friendly. The nice DNR lady at the front desk made arrangements for me to go in all the buildings. I even got to watch a wonderful movie on the Jamestown Settlement with my family. Kim put me in a down stay in a space that is usually reserved for wheelchairs and I was very quiet through the entire movie. Then we got to go outside and tour the settlement area. It was very interesting. They also let me go in the museum. Our pass allowed us to also go to the Yorktown Battlefield, but we had to head for home. Again, the whole family agreed this was a wonderful place to not only learn about history but include everyone in a great day of fun, including me.

A Day in Colonial Williamsburg December 6, 2008

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Holly The Newf and Family in Williamsburg

Holly The Newf and Family in Williamsburg

After the Williamsburg Christmas Parade, my family and I spent the day in Colonial Williamsburg. I didn’t have one person tell me that dogs weren’t allowed! Colonial Williamsburg is a very dog friendly place. I got to walk all over the grounds. I was even invited into a special section of the Garden Tavern Restaurant where dogs are allowed to join their families for lunch. It was a bright, clear day and my family didn’t mind eating in the special section outside. There was a wonderful lady that greeted me with a big dog biscuit that I enjoyed very much. Then a very nice man brought me a bowl of water. My family was very impressed with the wonderful service and they said their food was very good too. After lunch we enjoyed a fife and drum corps that was made up of children. They were very good. I got to meet many new people who wanted to know what kind of a dog I was and wanted to pet me. Kim always makes me lay down to meet new people so I don’t jump on them or knock them over. I had many children that wanted to meet me. I had one that even gave me a kiss! Several people asked to take my picture. I felt just like a movie star. My family and I all agreed that we would like to come back to Williamsburg, VA.

Thanksgiving means food, family and fun November 27, 2008

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Holly The Newf and Mr. Kitten Britches

Holly The Newf and Mr. Kitten Britches

Whew! I am exhausted. Thanksgiving was a whole lot of fun for me and my new kitten, Mr. Kitten Britches. We were very excited to see all the human people that came for Thanksgiving dinner and even more excited to see Jenn’s dogs Royal, Bernie and Big Sandy, the Australian Shepherds. The dogs and I ran around the back yard and wore ourselves out. Then a bunch of us went on a very nice walk on the Allegheny Highlands Trail, which is a great scenic walking and biking trail. After all that wonderful exercise, we were allowed in the house where Kim said we behaved very well. All the humans seemed to have a good time and Kim seems less stressed now. Well, it’s time for me to catch up on some sleep now. Happy Thanksgiving to All!

Outer Banks..here I come! September 10, 2008

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holly_royal_outer_banks_092008This week is our annual family beach trip. I look forward to this trip all year! All the members of our family come for a week at the Outer Banks (including seven adults, two kids, and five dogs). It’s a great chance for me to play with my best friend, Royal, the Australian Shepherd puppy and spend time with my family. Royal is very playful and really likes to romp with me. The other dogs think I’m a bit too big, but not Royal. We  like to race around the family room in the morning.  When we get too frisky  Kim and Jenn separate us. Once the kids get up, we get to walk down to the beach to go swimming.

Being a Newfoundland, I love the water more than anything. Kim brought my favorite water toy, the Wubba. She probably threw that Wubba a hundred times this week. I play fetch while the kids swim in tholly_outer_banks2_092008he ocean. Even when I’m playing, I’m always on the lookout for the safety of my kids when they’re in the water. I usually stay pretty close to them to make sure they are safe. After a few hours at the beach, I’m ready for a nap. It’s been great to get away to the Outer Banks.

Today, I was a frontier dog! July 13, 2008

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fort_ligionier_summer2008Today my family and I went to Fort Necessity and Fort Ligioner. I was very excited that both places allowed dogs to visit. My family was very appreciative. We were considerate guests and did not leave behind any “packages”. The kids are studying the French and Indian War in home school this month. Fort Necessity had a real Indian encampment this weekend so we could see how Indians lived in the 1700’s. Fort Ligioner was a bit larger and had guns and reinactors that we could visit with to ask questions. Kim reminded me that Newfoundlands have an important place in history. Probably one of the most famous Newfoundlands was Seaman who accompanied Lewis and Clark on their expedition. I was a very tired dog by the end of the day. I would highly recommend a visit to both forts to learn more about our past.

 

For more information on the Newfoundland, Seaman, who accompanied Lewis and Clark, check out The Four-Legged Member of the Corp of Discovery.