Stinky and apparently yummy fish chews

by Steve, Kat, & Gus


A new pet store opened up by the new HEB near our house. I stopped by there recently and got a bag of The Honest Kitchen fish chews.

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Kat is so picky about what she will and will not eat, so I didn't know if she would like the chews, but it seemed like she did. She took it eagerly and actually chewed it rather than just guard it from Steve and Gus.

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Gus was the one who was most excited. While I was opening the bag, he ran through all of the commands that he knows. Sit, down, back to sit, waving his paws in the air trying to shake, even though I wasn't holding out my hand, jumping in a circle, you name it, he did it. After all that, I thought he deserved a good chew.

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I was impressed that the chews lasted longer than I expected. I figured that the pups would chomp down and the chew would break into pieces. It took them all 5-10 minutes to finish. In this house, that's a long-lasting chew!


Happy Birthday Steve and Kat!! (alternate title: How are Steve and Kat 11???)

by Steve, Kat, & Gus


Today Steve and Kat are 11 years old. I don't know how that is possible! I'm so thankful that they are still happy and healthy.

The pups started the day by sleeping in with David.

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This morning, the pups' pet sitter who retired at the end of August dropped of some birthday balloons and treats for Steve and Kat. While things are going well with the new pet sitter, we all miss Dayna (and her husband Mike who helped out) and it was so sweet of them to remember Steve and Kat on their birthday.

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This evening we went over to Lake Travis for a hike.

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No hike is complete without some swimming!

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Once we were back at home, it was party time! The pups celebrated with some cookies, cake, and ice cream.

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It was quite the birthday bash. Here's to many more birthdays for Steve and Kat!


2017 Cruise #2 - Extended Vacation

by Steve, Kat, & Gus


We arrived back in Port Canaveral early Sunday morning. On Saturday, Southwest emailed me that our flights were cancelled due to the hurricane. We were originally connecting through Houston. I had moved us to flights connecting through Dallas, but on Sunday morning, I woke up to another email from Southwest that those flights were cancelled as well. By that point, the earliest flight I could get us on was a Tuesday morning flight.

After we got off the ship, we were picked up by Hertz and taken to their facility to get our car. Again, I can't say enough good things about how convenient the car rental process was with Hertz. They ran lots of shuttles, so we waited about 2 minutes. I would definitely use them again if we take another cruise out of Port Canaveral. After we got our car, we headed back to Orlando. I booked us a hotel from my phone, but it was too early to check in, so we went to Disney Springs to walk around. Right after we got there, it started raining.

David waiting for the Star Wars Galactic Outpost to open.

David waiting for the Star Wars Galactic Outpost to open.

On the bright side, David bought a light saber umbrella, but I was sad that it was raining. I would have loved to go to Disney for the day or Universal Studios to the Harry Potter parks. However, the park tickets are so expensive that neither one of us wanted to spend money on it if we were just going to have to walk around in the rain.

Sad face for being in Orlando  in the rain.

Sad face for being in Orlando  in the rain.

We ended up going to a movie Sunday afternoon and then I worked in the hotel room most of the day on Monday while David watched TV. We were happy to get to go home on Tuesday morning.

We had a really great cruise. We loved the Oasis. We booked another cruise onboard with NextCruise to go on Symphony of the Seas next year. It will be fun to be on a brand new ship. We also discovered that we could still book with Costco through NextCruise, so we got the onboard booking deal (which was about $300 less than what I looked up on Costco), the $100 per person onboard credit offer from NextCruise, plus all the Costco perks. I didn't expect to be able to get both the NextCruise deals and the Costco perks, so we were pleasantly surprised.

I can't have a dog free post, so here are a few pictures of the pups surviving the remnants of Hurricane Harvey.

Mike and Dayna were able to get Steve and Kat out during a break in the rain.

Mike and Dayna were able to get Steve and Kat out during a break in the rain.

When it rained, Kat made do with playing some ball with Mike and Dayna.

When it rained, Kat made do with playing some ball with Mike and Dayna.

At Gus's dog ranch, we have to pay extra of we want Gus to be a VIP pup where they post pictures of Gus every day on their Facebook page. We decided not to pay extra, but luckily Gus is a good photo-bomber and made it into a lot of pictures that the ranch posted of the the VIP pups. We were able to catch a glimpse of him just about every day to see that he was still having a good time. Below are some of his best "bombs."

At Gus's dog ranch, we have to pay extra of we want Gus to be a VIP pup where they post pictures of Gus every day on their Facebook page. We decided not to pay extra, but luckily Gus is a good photo-bomber and made it into a lot of pictures that the ranch posted of the the VIP pups. We were able to catch a glimpse of him just about every day to see that he was still having a good time. Below are some of his best "bombs."

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2017 Cruise #2 - Sea Day and Nassau

by Steve, Kat, & Gus


Friday of the cruise was a sea day. We didn't do too much except relax. We watched the comedy dive show in the afternoon and did some reading on our Kindles. I might have taken a nap too.

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That evening, we went to see the music and dance show, Come Fly With Me. While it was another show with a mystery story line, it was very enjoyable. The dance numbers were good and the acrobats were also good.

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At 11 pm, we went to The Quest. It's a game show, but the whole audience gets involved. It was super fun and our team won. Once again, Cruise Director Tim made the shows really great. David and I both laughed so hard at various points in the show.

On Saturday we docked in Nassau. We didn't plan an excursion for Nassau because we didn't see any thing that really spoke to us and our other excursions were more pricey than what we did on our February cruise, so we thought we'd just save money. We did get off the ship to do some shopping. I like to get Kasyn and Lakyn a postcard and something from every stop. I try to get them something from local vendors, but Nassau was so hectic. It was so hard to get out of the port area because so many people were trying to get visitors to go on an excursion or rent a scooter or whatever. We ended up buying shirts for the girls at a chain store and hurrying back to the peace and quiet of the ship.

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Also on Friday and Saturday, we started hearing about Hurricane Harvey hitting Texas. Our local weather person was predicting 50+ mph winds in Pflugerville and torrential rain. I was really glad to have internet service once we heard about the storm. Steve and Kat's pet sitter was in constant contact and went above and beyond to bring in some of the things we had outside. My mom called the ranch to check on Gus and they were also set for the storm. When we left, we thought Harvey was going to Mexico and didn't plan for it to head to Texas. Luckily the dogs were all safe and well cared for.

 

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