Autumn Chewy.

It’s been a few months since Chewy and I sat down to write and we’re sorry it has taken so long. These last few months have been super busy! Currently our condo is being renovated and Chewy has been spending a lot of time with grandparents during the week. Although she would like to help the construction guys, she kind of gets in the way. Now that the main work is done, it’s back to normal business for the Stark’s and the 3 of us are back home together.

It’s taken a few years to become accustom to the cold Seattle weather but I’ve finally embraced the fall and Chewy and I have been having a lot of fun. She loves watching the yellow and orange leaves fall and running through them once they are all raked up and in neat piles. We were very lucky this weekend to get a bit of snow. We got out of bed at 5am and went straight outside. She put her nose to the air and was shaking her face in glee like a Polaroid picture. To say she loves the snow is an understatement. The cold weather was worth the happiness I could see in Chewy’s waging tail. Autumn has been a busy but fun time for us and we’re excited for holiday season.

Chewy and I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and that all of her furry friends had fun with their family and friends.

Autumn leaves make the best backdrop.
Autumn leaves make the best backdrop.
Chewy in the snow
She posed for 5 seconds and then continued to play in the snow.

16 days of summer to go…

The sun has been shining, the temperatures are high and Chewy has kept me on my toes all weekend! We ran around the dog park, frolicked in the lake and strolled along the Birk-Gilman Trail. From chasing the squirrels up the trees (and yes, I was at the other end of the leash) to swimming laps around me, we are two content girls that are ready to take on the upcoming week.

Chewy has been busy.
Chewy has been busy.

Woof Camp.

Chewy; companion, happy, dog.  How does any owner explain their four legged friend. There usually is a lot of referencing to how they are so adorable and cuddly, which they are for the most part, when they’re not sniffing one another’s bum or rolling in something that has started its final stages of decay. Chewy does most of those things, however she does excel in a few areas that I would like to think some other dogs cannot. Don’t let her inner city upbringing and dainty demeanor fool you. She is a hard-core camper and hiker, even if her bug-eyed, unhinged look of empty headed-ness might seem to tell you otherwise. Chewy is happy to go and be anywhere with my wife Sam or myself.

We spend most of our time hiking around Monte Cristo, which is an abandoned mining town about 30 minutes drive from Granite Falls. Chewy leads the way and I wish I had at least a quarter of her energy as she will run up and down cliffs after some scurrying creature. Or dive’s head first down an escarpment to get to some water, which can be entertaining. Chewy will keep the party moving. She even has done a few of the hikes that exceed 20+ miles without tiring until we are safely back at the car. She has hiked Glacier and Gothic Basin’s multiple times. She has down the arduous Bald Eagle Loop which is a 29 mile jaunt through the woods. She has been to Goat Lake and swam with the water fowl. Chewy is a seasoned hiker to say the least.

My wife was kind enough to let me and Chewy get out of the house and go for an overnight hike. I wasn’t sure if she would be ok with us being out until she said she would finally have some time to relax, so that was my “go ahead.” So the fuzzy beast and I left for Twin Lakes up North off Mountain Loop Highway. Suffice to say it was a beautiful day that Northwestern Washington only has the honor of having 2-3 months out of the year. We arrived at our destination and Chewy was the first one in the lake. She’s an avid swimmer. We even encountered some sort of mountain marmot, which unfortunately crossed paths with Chewy. We were able to make a fire and then slept outside. Chewy was of course hard to see unless you shined a light in her direction which would illuminate her eyes like some sort of predator, however she would run up tail wagging. It was great. She spent the night asleep by my feet growling at any noise coming from outside of camp. We’ve had many trips like this and she keeps a good eye on me. She truly is a great companion and hiker.

Chewy going to Glacier Basin.
Chewy going to Glacier Basin.

Making the most of summer.

With summer coming to a close, Chewy isn’t missing a beat! We’ve been out and about playing in the tiny bit of sunshine that is left. When you live in Washington, you know the drill – sun is out, you are out! As Chewy has been camping and hiking with her dad, I thought it would be best for the oh so handsome and talented Cody to be a guest writer. His post is coming very soon…Enjoy!

P.S. Before you read about Chewy camping, check her out below playing dress-ups with her mummy!

Real ladies wear pearls.
Real ladies wear pearls.

Swimming is fun!

Chewy is my little salmon. We have spent the week swimming in Lake Washington and have loved every second of the sunshine. When I swim out, she is right on my tail (pun intended)! We’re excited for another week of swimming and summer.

Chewy takes me swimming.
Chewy takes me swimming.

We love summer!

Summer is in full swing and we love it! Chewy, Cody and I have been swimming and playing in the sunshine at every opportunity. We are so lucky to live across the road from one of the best parks in Seattle and Lake Washington.

Soaking up the sunshine.
Soaking up the sunshine.

A busy fortnight.

Sorry for the late post! This fortnight has been a busy one. With the long hours at work and trying to make the most of the Seattle sunshine, the Stark’s have been on the go.

Over the last two weeks, Chewy has been running with her dad, dropping me off at work in the wee hours of the morning and picking me up at even crazier hours. Even while writing this, I’m trying so hard to stay awake and Chewy is sound asleep in the lounge room. I promise, next week will be more exciting and full of action. We’re heading to Rattle Snake Lake on the kayak and hopefully heading out on the trail. We’re all excited for next weekend!

Although these last few weeks have been exhausting, seeing Chewy’s face makes it all worth it. She is my definition of unconditional love.

All tuckered out.
All tuckered out.

4th of July adventures.

This weekend was fabulous! Chewy, Cody and I kicked off our 4th of July weekend with a BBQ and fireworks with family. I’ve never seen a backyard fireworks show before, so this was a very exciting moment for me (and thankfully nobody lost a finger). Chewy loved the pretty lights but didn’t really like the loud noise…totally understandable! She would bark then wag her tail with excitement.

The rest of the weekend was pretty awesome too. We made our way to the lake, the museum and ate great food. To finish off her 4th of July adventure weekend, Chewy went on a big hike with her dad. Now that Chewy is sleepy, I’m able to take a nap myself.

Chewy loves to hike.
Chewy loves to hike.

 

Weekend away.

This weekend was filled with fun and sunshine. My husband and I took a quick trip to LA, to visit family and get some Summer sunshine. Chewy was excited, as this meant she could spend the whole weekend with her Grandma and Grandpa.

Chewy loves to stay with her grandparents and they affectionately refer to her as their grand-puppy. It’s adorable and as a doggy mum, it’s the best feeling to hear that others love Chewy just as much as I do. Her favorite activity at Grandma’s and Grandpa’s is to watch the squirrels…for hours! When we got home, our Chewy update was pretty much just that. With all the other fun activities she got up to, squirrel watching was and is definitely her favorite.

We’re all happy to be home together and I can’t stop hugging her. Being in a pool for a whole weekend is exciting, but hugging Chewy is much more fun.

Chewy's favorite hobby is squirrel watching.
Chewy’s favorite hobby is squirrel watching.