Saturday, April 21, 2012

WOW #65: The Waddle, Part Two

In our last episode Bimmer and I had just arrived in Ocean City with our humans in tow and had settled in for the night. We now join the action the following morning... When we got up the next morning, after a sort of rocky night (It's not EASY sleeping in an unfamiliar bed! Mummy said Bimmer and I could sleep with her, but I jumped down and went to sleep on the bed she brought with us. Made it feel a little more like home.)we went for a little morning walk. Then Mummy and Auntie A went out and when they came back they brought us a surprise! Bacon! It smelled SOOOO good! We could hardly wait while Mummy made breakfast!
As soon as she got it ready I dug right in! Yuummm YUM!
After that we had to wait while Mummy and Auntie A got ready. Humans take FOREVER to get ready! Ever noticed that? I tried to prod Mummy along a little. (Here's your shoe Mummy, right over here!)
FINALLY we were Waddle Bound with flags flying!
The Meet and greet was SO much fun! We met LOTS of new friends and saw some old ones.
Here's the next Derby winner! We think that's John Velazquez up!
Here's a hound who's super ready, you can tell! That's Baxter's lovely and wonderful mom in the background helping with registration.
This next guy we were very excited about! Mr. Beach....The HOUND! Bimmer was very thrilled to meet such a celebrity!
Mummy said this was a VERY handsome hound. HUMMMMPH! Bimmer and I took a few moments from the mixer to have close up portraits done.
AND we finally got to see the debut of Baxter's super secret costume:
Do you know what he is? Some people didn't get it, but I did. So did Mummy and Auntie A. (He's a CHICK MAGNET! Aren't we all?) Baxter won second place in the costume contest. We all thought he should have had first! His costume was so clever and original!
Here's a picture of some of the homes we passed in Ocean City.
When we got to the boardwalk, I had to greet a lot of fans. I LOVE greeting fans! PREE-SENT Bell-EE! (Heehee, get a belly rub whenever you can, that's what I say) Bimmer and I asked Mummy if we could have some ice cream....
....but she didn't think it would be good for our tummies after all that excitement. (Sighs loudly) After a while we went back to the motel and Baxter and I talked cars for a while.
Bimmer was a little bored with all the guy talk. She said she wished she'd brought Lambchops along. But THEN we got the best surprise of all! My Aunt Amy and Uncle Jim stopped by! I was REALLY excited. I met them last year and we've been friends on Facebook for a long time but didn't know we'd met before until it was nearly time for THIS year's Waddle!
I LOVE my beautiful Aunt Amy! Bimmer liked her too:
Then I said "hi" to Uncle Jim. He's really cool too!
Me and Uncle Jim were busy talking and we both forgot we were supposed to be posing for the camera. We turned our heads at exactly the wrong moment!
Aunt Amy says my paws are as big as her hand! She LOVES my paws! :)=) We wanted them to stay and stay, but they were on their way home, so we had to let them go. It was very sad.
We went up to our room and took a little rest. Bimmer got on the bed with Mummy... ...and I TRIED to get in my bed....
...but Mummy had folded it up...
...and it was just....
...IMPOSSIBLE!! (snorts)
So the next morning after another delicious bacon breakfast, we packed up the car and headed for home, back across all those wells...
...and now Bimmer is dreaming dreams of next year's Waddle!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

WOW #64: The WADDLE!!! (Part 1)

Greetings friends! I hope you're all well and have lots of cookies and bacon! I had SUCH an exciting trip last weekend! It was SO fun and so full of adventures, I think it'll take me TWO entries to tell you all about it! Bimmer and I got to go to Ocean City, NJ to be part of the Basset Waddle! It was so fun! We took Mummy and Auntie A with us so they wouldn't get into trouble while we were gone. I even let Mummy drive the new car. We started out by loading all the luggage in the car. It took hours and HOURS! I can't imagine what Mummy wanted with all that stuff! She even packed food for us, can you believe it? I thought we could just go out and get something on the Boardwalk or maybe at Five Guys when we got hungry, but she had to pack all that food! After we FINALLY got everything in the car (in the way back-the part Mummy wanted US to sit in, heh heh!) we went to Auntie A's house to get her. And SHE brought MORE stuff! Honestly, what do they need with all that stuff? (THEN when we got there, Mummy kept complaining that she forgot to bring this thing or that thing. I really can't imagine where we would have put it all if she'd remembered everything!) Here we are at Auntie A's house waiting for the luggage to all be loaded.
And we waited...
FINALLY they showed signs of actually getting in the car!
Then we went to Hardee's and had sausage biscuits...almost like my dream! Finally we were ready to hit the road. Bimmer and I thought that would be a good time to take a nap. So we did.
At this point, I would just like to say, NOBODY EVER MENTIONED ALL THE WELLS!!! We had to cross all these LOOOOONNNNG bridges over some of the BIGGEST wells I've ever seen! Just LOOK at all that water!
Here's one of the bridges...
I do NOT like driving over top of those giant wells!
In between bridges the trip was pretty uneventful. Would you believe it? Mummy missed her turn and we had to drive and drive and DRIVE to get back to Ocean City! I finally had to take matters in my own paws and help her find the way! We'd ALREADY missed the Basset Olympics, I didn't want to miss the whole Waddle!
It took a VERY long time, but we did finally get there're NOT going to believe this! Ocean City is actually sitting out in the MIDDLE of one of those giant wells! We had to cross ANOTHER bridge to get there! It wasn't even FINISHED yet! And then there we were with water....
every way we turned!
Fortunately, the water wasn't in our motel! Here it is. Isn't it cute?
When we got to the motel I was able to meet up with my good friend Baxter Frisch! We've been friends on Facebook for a long time now, but this was the first time we got to meet in the fur.
Baxter just loves a good laugh! (Wait'll you see his Waddle costume!) It was late by the time we finally got settled in, so we just took a little walk around and then went to our room to watch a little TV and get ready for bed. And so the first day of our Waddle adventure ended! Stay tuned! To be continued....