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Great Scott! Devoted Pup

We are back!

As we mentioned in our brief post last week, we’ve been on a bit of a hiatus as Gilligan’s humans (who happen to include your faithful author) have been away gettied married and going on honeymoon.

Gilligan spent some time with several excellent sitters, and we will bring you some glimpses into his time there in the lap of wiener luxury, but first…

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One tale from Edinburgh, Scotland that is sure to thrill you dog-lovers out there, is that of Greyfriars Bobby.

Bobby was a Skye Terrier who lived in the 19th century. Legend has it that when Bobby’s owner passed away, leaving him behind, he spent the rest of his 14 years of life sitting in front of his owner’s grave and guarding it. Locals who passed by the grave on their way to and from the nearby pub came to know and love Bobby, and they would feed him bits of food when they saw him.

Then one day, Bobby passed away peacefully by the side of his owner’s grave.

Eventually, this tavern was named after the renowned canine, and a statue erected in his honor.

Just a “wee bit” of Scottish lore for you today for Black and White Sunday! Stay tuned for many more stories of the adventures our hero Gilligan and his humans have been getting into.

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Ween Serving Love

Game Point!

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Rain Showers to Mayflowers

It’s mid-April, and boy has a lot been going on for our hero Gilligan this past month!

Gilligan’s Mama just returned from an international trip to the Middle East and Southeast Asia, and he’s super glad to have her back!

Beyond that, after a painfully snowy, cold and wet winter, it is finally Spring! All of the snow has finally melted as of this week, and Gilligan is back to enjoying his favorite parks in all their glory (see what the park looked like before the thaw here).

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“Wow! Looks like some of the leaves never fell!”

The onset of Spring means another thing: motorcycles are back on the streets! While Gilligan’s Mama and Papa find the vehicles to be too dangerous and have refused his pleas to let him ride (even in a sidecar, sorry little guy), after a great day at the park he did get a chance to visit a friend’s garage and pose in the seat of this rad red Suzuki. Hopefully this will not become further fuel for Gilligan’s “bad boy” self image. 😉

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Awakening the Hibernating Park

Today’s Wordless Wednesday’s theme is “Pets Gone Wild!” Since we won’t be doing a very good job of being “Wordless” today, we’ll at least do this theme justice by once again featuring perhaps the wildest photo of Gilligan ever taken, which we showed you in a post entitled Drink of Choice: Puptrón.

Behold! Weenzilla!

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And now for our feature story. 🙂

The Thaw Continues

We’ve been celebrating the onset of the Spring thaw after what was a record-breaking blizzard season for us here in the Boston area. As the snow has gradually melted, we’ve been showing you that Gilligan has been able to gradually go for walkies again without being defeated by the cold and ice.

Now, we celebrate another baby step: getting back to the park!

You’ll notice we say “to the park,” and not “in the park.” That’s because the park itself, despite some significant thawing, is not yet accessible; only the walkways around the park have thawed sufficiently for us to navigate.

Today’s post will show that after the intense winter we had, the thawing of the park is a bit of a process, which we will compare to the slow awakening of a hibernating giant.

Compare our photo from the first frost, to this week’s photo of the same patch of pathway around the river:

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The photo to the left shows another angle of the riverside area where Gilly was situated in the first photo.

In case it isn’t clear enough: Gilligan can’t even stand where he was standing in the first photo anymore!

And so we must be content to walk around the park, until it thaws sufficiently. For another enlightening comparison, let’s look at a photo we took of the basketball court area of the park when it was too wet to navigate a few months back (before the snow), as compared to the utterly snow-locked state of things this week:

 

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After! Look at the little BENCH off to the right, by the base of that tree! Crazy, huh?

We’ll leave you with one last (and certainly NOT least) photo showcasing how ridiculous the snow coverage at the park remains. Good luck trying to open the gate and get into the court for a round of tennis!

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Sepia Surprise – Epic Reprise

The weekend is here!

Yesterday, we told you all about our adventures on Gilligan’s Epic Walk… well maybe we didn’t tell you all about it…

Today we’re going to share some additional unreleased photos, and another element of the story which we didn’t discuss in the original!

We told you yesterday about a near-fiasco that happened when Papa dropped Gilly’s bag of treats. What we didn’t tell you about was something else that he dropped: his cell phone…

into the river!

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Above is Gilligan at the site of Papa’s dropped cell phone. Lucky for him, the particular brand of phone was durable and waterproof enough where it was completely fine, even after being submerged in water for about fifteen seconds (we will give you a photo and more detail about this wonderful phone in a follow-up post, provided that Samsung contacts us about an official endorsement)!

Below is the original cover photo for yesterday’s “Over the River and Through the Woods – Epic Walk!” post. As you can see, it very much matches the title, however it takes the sepia touch to really make this photo come alive.

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Next, a more contemplative take on Gilligan’s stop at the South bank of the river.

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And finally, please enjoy this series of sepia-style photos from Gilly’s stroll down our favorite wooden footbridge. We think you’ll agree that the sepia tones give it an idyllic and magical quality.

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Gilly’s Peak Foliage Adventure

Ah, Autumn in New England…

As the leaves turn brilliant gold and red and orange, and fall from the trees into piles of rustling play-fun, and the temperature drops slowly but surely toward the chill of winter, Gilligan gravitates more and more to the warmth of family and the coziness of home. As he watches television in the den with cousin Mitzie, Papa, and Pop, the holiday spirit seeps in, and Weens starts to reflect on what he’s thankful for.

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Turkey is right around the corner, and certainly Gilly is grateful for yummy foods, but what he’s most thankful for of all things, is adventure! So before the weather gets too cold, before the snow blankets the parks and Gilligan follows suit by retreating under his own blankets at home as often as possible, it’s time to set out in search of the most beautiful day of the year: The Peak Foliage.

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Papa brought Gilligan out to his favorite park early, while the sun was shimmering across the fallen leaves and colorful canopies. They started the day with selfies to commemorate the good times. Surely this was the best day the season had to offer, the pinnacle of autumn beauty.

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As the walk continued, the views got more and more breathtaking.

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I’m so happy to spend this lovely day with you!

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The next day began gray and with light showers. The temperature had dropped down to sweater weather. Gilly set out on his daily walk expecting things to be just a little less warm and sunny, a little less ideal, dreaming of the morning before. Surely the winter was on its way now, and each day would be a little less pleasant than the last. Surely, the peak was over.

Miraculously though, the grayness cleared, and the sun came through the leaves of the trees in even more brilliant color than the day before.

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If the day before was Peak Foliage, this day was Foliage Mount Everest! Gilligan had to take a minute to just sit on a park bench and stare, letting the sun’s rays warm him through his cozy green sweater, marveling at the rainbow of leaves…

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Rainbow sunshine… even the shade of this tree, its branches hanging wiener dog-low to the ground, was warm and golden.

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It is a wonderful life indeed. 🙂

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