Mom and Dad had Yet Another Car Race (yes, there was a race last weekend in Pocatato, too...). While the weather has been great, most of the leaves on the trees are gone (only the aspens are left - and they are always the last trees to 'go') which means that summer/fall is coming to an end and we could see snow (seriously) at any point now. So the autocross season is coming to a hasty end (we have one more weekend - and I say 'we' because we are taking the House With Wheels out to Miller Motorsports Park for the event) and Mom and Dad are trying to sneak in the last few events.
Anyhoo, our regular dog-sitter (Jessi, the lady who is teaching Mom to feed us turkey hotdogs) had other commitments, and Mom had to find someone else to take care of us. Since she knew about this in advance, Mom found a local "doggie day care". Being a Sunday, the doggie day care opens at 8am, and closes at 5pm. Unfortunately, an autocross day starts much earlier than that (Dad was running the event again, and left the house at 6:10am), and by the time Mom and Dad get home from Salt Lake City, their day ends about 6pm.
So.... Mom brought us to the day care a few times in advance to make sure that we liked it (we do - I've got some pictures to show you in a few moments), and discovered that there is an older couple (the parents of the people who own the place) who lives on-site, and takes care of the doggies who are boarded during non-business hours. Mom, being Mom, met the woman who lives on site and chatted with her for a while, and
Here is the entrance to Doginhaus, the day care place:
I don't know if we are really 'well-heeled', but Abby and I both passed the 'temperment test' (i.e. we play well with others and don't run with scissors). And the place is great. It's a got a huge indoor area, and another huge outdoor area, and we get to mingle with all sorts of doggies. The people running the place took the pictures, and so they didn't get pictures of the myriad of other doggies, including an Irish Wolfhound (who makes me look like a Chihuahua), a very handsome St. Bernard, and a very cute Rottweiler...
Abby and I have a great time there, and it doesn't make us miss Mom and Dad so much while they are off doing their zoomies.
Here we are inside...
And chaos outside! As you might be able to tell, there are a number of other 'doodles, so we fit right in. As if we wouldn't fit in anywhere, any way!
Yep, we have a GREAT time at day care!
Heehee! And since yesterday was Such A Long Day for us (usually we just go for 4 hours or so), we got fed both lunch and dinner, so by the time Mom picked us up (around 5:45pm), we were fed, and tired and happy doggies. Of course, we were very happy to see Mom and Dad, but we had a great day while they were off doing their thing...
And speaking of Mom and Dad doing their thing... Dad set the course, and Mom was doing all sorts of 'organizational stuff' (getting the computer set up for timing and results, etc., etc.) and then they drove together, so, of course, they didn't get any pictures of themselves. However, other people got some pictures and Mom likes to post zoomie pictures, even if they aren't of her or Dad, so here goes...
This is one of the faster cars in the region (and if you can't tell from the picture, this was a very technical course - everyone had fun, but it was tough!).
Mom likes this car, particularly for the amount of rubber (i.e. the width of the tires) you can get on this thing. Mom also has a secret desire for a muscle car, and this "prepared" Camaro fits the bill.
Uncle Charlie going Very Fast in our "prepared" Miata. "Prepared" apparently means being gutted and then having the biggest possible engine you can get stuffed in it.
Heh. Notice the cone that was knocked over? It was a pretty technical course, and a lot of cones were "killed" as people tried to figure out how to go fast.
And the course workers were pretty busy all day!
But it sounds like a good time was had by all; Mom and Dad certainly had fun. They were tired, but it sounds like they had a lot of fun, too! So it was a busy, but good weekend on all fronts!
I hope everyone else had a good weekend, too!
-Fiona and Abby the Hippobottomus
PeeEss: For those of you who have been paying close attention, Abby did get her "bath", and she is now back to her normal color.
Pretty nifty "bath", huh? At least now she doesn't look like she's trying to be me! :-)