Monday, March 5, 2012

Catch Up: December 2011

As mentioned before, this and the next post will help you play catch-up with our comings and goings during the past few months!

December was full of all sorts of activities. I'm sure lots of you had a very busy holiday season, as well. I got my mom a webcam for Christmas, so unfortunately, I forgot to take any pictures Christmas day, as we were busy using the cam on Google Chat. The boys love Christmas, and they really like helping me unwrap my presents. I wish I had gotten a few pictures of them with the wrapping paper!

Regardless of the lack of Christmas-day photos, I do have others to share. Swift and Kool got to visit Santa for the first time this year! They got to wear (read "were forced to wear") special holiday collars. I absolutely adore this picture of the boys. I'm definitely framing this and putting it up next Christmas.

Swift and Kool with Old-Fashioned Santa

We also joined a new meetup group called Pups 'N Pints. The group goes to a dog park to have fun and play and then heads to a dog-friendly restaurant or cafe for lunch or beer or coffee. The first meetup we went to, we skipped the park (it was a very muddy day) and just met everyone for lunch at Norm's Eatery & Ale House. Norm's is a bar in Ballard, well-known for allowing dogs. Its namesake, a golden named Norm, was there the day we showed up, wearing a Santa hat.

We knew that Santa was going to show up at Norm's, but we had no idea the kind of turnout Santa would create. It got crowded and hot really fast. We snapped a few pictures of the dogs with Santa and took off.

Hipster Santa (it was Ballard, after all)

After we left Norm's, we headed for University Village, an outdoor shopping mall near the University of Washington. Who knew most of the stores were dog-friendly? (Apparently, everyone but me!) The dog-friendly ones are indicted by a sticker in their window. We wandered around a bit, but we started to get chilly since it was December, and UVillage is an open-air mall. We stopped for one quick photo with all the babies.

Left to Right - Amber, Swift, Kool, and Tag

I think Swift and Kool are starting to get the hang of posing with their buddies. I love Swift's expression - he is just staring right into the camera. Tag, as usual, looks like he's too good for this, and Amber and Kool are looking up (maybe at a treat hanging in the air??).

Hope everyone had a Merry Christmas!


  1. Aw what a cute picture! Dec. was busy for us too, first my Gotcha day, then Christmas shopping, then Christmas the the puppies were born!
    Dachshund Nola

  2. OMG! I just love that first picture with Santa!! Definitely worthy of a frame. :)

  3. .,yep, the first photo is awesome...amazing and an eye catcher..

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  4. Hi Y'all,

    What a wonderful holiday y'all had! Love the pic with the real Santa...(pic #1);) It's definitely a must for framing.

    Belated Merry Christmas to all!

    Y'all come back now,
    Hawk aka BrownDog

  5. Love the update!! University Village has dog friendly stores?!?! Well we'll be darned!!! Mama come read this post! We demand to go shopping! Also we love the Santa pics! We try to take pics with Santa every year!

  6. What a lovely santa picture :)

  7. Look at Swift and Kool in their Christmas gear!! They so look like Santa's little helpers!! :)

    Have fun,

    Your pal Snoopy :)

  8. this sounds like the coolest thing ever: The group goes to a dog park to have fun and play and then heads to a dog-friendly restaurant or cafe for lunch or beer or coffee.

    long island is NO FUN. NO FUN AT ALL! le sigh.

  9. Yes, I also knew the U-Village stores were dog friendly. Ha, ha. I think when we were there for FidoFest that you hadn't been there much. You are excused then :)