Shortly after they arrived, two of our other Adventureweiner friends, Rufus and Porter, came over to play. We wanted to tire the dogs out (like that is possible with a Doxie) because afterwards we were headed off to another adventure – Pictures with Santa!
Now, this was no ordinary “pictures with Santa” experience. This was more like one of those really extreme adventure races that include mud and obstacles.
First, it was POURING down rain. We had to park about a quarter mile away from where we were going and walk. Well…MOST of us walked. To be more specific, my friend walked her two Doxies and Gretel. I walked Chester and Ludwig but had to carry Charlotte. I don’t know if it was because I was a stranger or it was raining (likely the latter) but she would not budge. Putting it delicately, she a little fluffy and felt like she weighed 100 lbs by the time we got to where the pictures were being taken.
SO….about where the pictures were taken: There is this bar in Seattle called Norm’s. It’s pretty much the only bar in town that is openly dog friendly. I mean REALLY dog friendly. The place is always packed and there are at least as many dogs as people. Santa was sitting in the back of the bar.
The way to the back of the bar is through a 1-foot wide passage between the bar stools and a railing. Besides being a passage way, this space is also filled with waiting pooches and people (mostly with big dogs) trying to come the other way.
We were the first in line when we first got to the back. However, there were a lot of big dogs sitting at a table adjacent to the line and we were immediately surrounded by other people and dogs that came for their Santa pictures too.
So here my friend and I are trying to rally all 6 Doxies into a pack and surrounding them like basketball players trying to block a shot.
We took pictures of each pair of dogs separately. At any time, one of was playing solo defense to 4 Doxies while the other one ran two of them over to Santa’s lap. For the last picture we tried to get all 6 at the same time but my friend and I had to sit in the picture to make it work. I am not sure the ones with the 6 of us turned out.
The way back to the car was the same – lots of rain, mud and the carrying of fluffy Doxie. Usually I try to try off the dogs before putting them in the car when they are wet but I didn’t even bother this time. I haven’t looked at my car this morning but I am sure it is trashed.
So in the end, the question was “are we having fun yet?”. These things always seem like an awesome idea until you are trying to execute the plan. It was a fun adventure (more like the second kind of fun – fun when you are looking back on it) and I can’t wait to see (and share) the pictures.
Here is a video of Gretel playing with Charlotte and Ludwig on the couch this morning