Posts Tagged ‘Black Lab’

Sometimes a little beach time with a four-legged pal is just what the doctor ordered.
The beach area across the street from our house, locally referred to as ‘Slabtown Beach,’ has been busy all summer. We regularly make the trek across the Parkway to be refreshed by the bay whether it’s for a quick dip to cool off, a paddle in our kayaks or to tack back and forth in our small sailboat. With a summer as hot as 2010, we have definately been taking advantage of being so close to the bay. Afterall, it’s why we live here, right?


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It’s a dog’s life

Our dog is the alpha male in our household. Wyatt is a big black lab who sleeps in our bed, wakes us up at 6:00 a.m. for one of his three (yep, that’s three) walks a day! He has even managed to manipulate us so that he gets eight biscuits after each one of those aforementioned W-A-L-Ks. He gets four snaps and four milkbones. Talk about one spoiled puppy!

Needless to say, Wyatt comes along on road trips with us. However, this year now that my brother lives in Traverse City, we had another passenger in the car. Wyatt decided to sit on Dave’s lap for half the trip.

For the other half of the trip, he had his head out the window!

Even David’s mom bought presents for Wyatt that he opened on Christmas morning.

Although I hate to admit it, I actually taught Wyatt to get on my lap. I wanted a cat so I could have someone to pet on my lap, but you see, David is allergic to cats. So, I “made” Wyatt into my lap cat. Now that Wyatt is just under a hundred pounds and has no idea how big he is, he can be a bit unwieldy. But we love our big dopey dog with all his quirks –even in the middle of winter when I’m donning my snow pants for the frigid morning walk. Without him getting me up at that hour, I would never know the quiet stillness in the park after a fresh blanket of snow. It’s kinda nice to be the first set of tracks on the park’s trails day after day. Thanks Wyatt.

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Meet Mae, a female black Labrador Retriever puppy living in downtown Traverse City.
Wyatt and Mae (5)
Mae is a total cutie pie. Wyatt met her first a few weeks ago. Since then, she has doubled in size. For all of you regular readers out there, forgive me for indulging in a little dog love diatribe here…

Wyatt and Mae (9)
Mae likes Wyatt more than he likes her. She kept prompting him to play, but Wyatt was only interested in finding new places to hide.
Wyatt and Mae (6)
Mae, on the other hand, only goes for brief  respites under the bench in the yard. Be on alert at all other times, because she is ready to play!

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Wyatt NWBank (9)I walked home from a recent visit to my local bank with a smile on my face. The bank, Northwestern Bank, is a short walk from my house. I walked there with Wyatt, my black lab, to deposit a check. I didn’t feel like tying him up outside, so I brought him in. As I was filling out my deposit slip, a tennis ball rolled across the floor to Wyatt’s feet. The bank manager had rolled it from his desk on the opposite end of the building. The desk clerk gave Wyatt at least 3 biscuits and oohed and aahed over what a cute doggie he was.

Wyatt NWBankWe left the bank and went for a quick walk on the Leelanau Trail. On our way back home, I stopped by the grocery store that happens to be located next to Northwestern Bank, tied Wyatt up outside, and went in to grab a few items for dinner. When I came back outside, this yellow “I can do that” frisbee was in Wyatt’s mouth. He was wagging his tail waiting for me! “I can do that” is the motto for the bank. The bank manager must have seen Wyatt sitting there and gave him a token before heading home.

Wyatt NWBank (6)Proudly, Wyatt carried his new toy home with him. And I walked away with a greater appreciation for my local bank. I mean, who does that? …goes out of their way to make my four-legged friend’s day? He’s just a dog! I love my bank. It’s a perfect example doing business in a small town. Thanks NWBank!

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Morning walk (2)A morning walk along West Grand Traverse Bay never ceases to amaze me. My usual routine includes walking Wyatt around the neighborhood to Ashton Park or to Hickory Meadows. I love the parks, don’t get me wrong, but the bay-front walks are truly special!

Morning walk (10)On the way back to the house, Wyatt and I walked in the sand. And would you just look at that pups happy grin! Dogs live every day like it’s the best day of thier lives!

Morning walk (12)On the way back, I noticed a few clusters of this beautiful yellow beach flower among the beach grasses.

Morning walk (13)And finally, we ended up at ‘our beach’ that is across the street from our house. There is even a break in the rock wall (just outside the lens view) so we can easily wheel the kayaks down. Thanks for sharing our morning beach walk with us!

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