Pups’ Day Out – It’s a Long Story

Today did not go as planned.

The plan was, to get up early, take the pups for a walk, run by the Farmer’s Market, work on the house and finish a screenplay that has a deadline looming.

We got up early (the pups and I). I wanted to do a local walk because I had a full day planned. Plan A was to go to Fleet Peeples Park before it got too hot and too busy. Turns out there was some kind of run going on that eliminated Plan A, Plan B (Veteran’s Memorial Park next door) and Plan C (walk at least partly around Lake Baldwin). No problem. We would go to Plan D – Loch Haven Park, not too far from our house. Turns out there was an event going on there too.

Fine.

Plan E was go back to our old neighborhood, Dr. Phillips and let the pups play in the dog park there. The girls prefer that one anyway as it has different play areas for small dogs and large ones. So off we went. I had forgotten that there is no shade there either. We walked the fitness trail for a bit, they played for a bit, Gizmo enjoyed the wading pool, then Princess Miyuki, who is not a fan of heat, walked to the gate and said “I am leaving with or without you.” I doubt we were there more than twenty minutes tops.

Plan F – go home, drop off the dogs, run to the Winter Park Farmer’s Market, work on the house, write.

The Princess heard me tell hubby where I was going and decided to come too. Back when it was just us, she and I spent many a Saturday morning at the farmer’s market followed by a stroll along Park Avenue, often followed by lunch at one of the restaurants. She has several servers at our favorite restaurants trained. They bring her a bowl of water (Paris Bistro adds ice – she likes that), she positions herself for maximum visibility and petting potential, and holds court while I write.

Normally we do things as a pack, mostly because there’s not a lot of free time available and it’s tough to leave anyone home, but I’d been thinking they might benefit from tailored outings since their personalities are quite different. Yuki and I started out the door only to be almost knocked flat by Tinkerbell, who let it be known wherever we were going, she was going too.

The farmer’s market is about Tinkerbell’s speed, though she’s a bit on the shy side. So I relented and took her, which didn’t set well with Gizmo, who a moment before appeared to be ready for a nap. I promised him and Jynxie their own outing when we got back. Jynxie played hard at the dog park, so she informed me she was ready for a nap, and we should leave her in the air conditioning and have a good time.

The Winter Park Farmer's Market is crowded

The Winter Park Farmer’s Market is crowded

We hit all our favorite places

Miss Ginger makes the best jam!

Miss Ginger makes the best jam!

Perfect orchids

Perfect orchids

Pups' Favorite Stop

Pups’ Favorite Stop

This is the pups’ favorite stop – the hot dog and sausage guy. I always buy them a hot dog wiener to share.

A popular stop - one of my favorites

A popular stop – one of my favorites

We looked at flowers

We looked at flowers

Then the girls decided it was time for lunch

Then the girls decided it was time for lunch

We have several favorite places along Park Avenue, but I was in a hurry, so today we chose Barnie’s.

We love Barnie's

We love Barnie’s

Thank you for the water. Now where's lunch?

Thank you for the water. Now where’s lunch?

There it is!

There it is!

The Princess alternated between lounging on her chair and sunning within petting distance of passers-by. A professional photographer (judging from the size of his camera and his ease of managing it) did a mini-photo shoot with Yuki, who proved to be a good subject (she enjoyed the attention and he looked pleased).

Tinkerbell stuck closer to me.

This is a very tall chair

This is a very tall chair

Managed to get some writing done during dessert

Managed to get some writing done during dessert

Then it was back home to swap dogs. Gizmo was waiting. He was ecstatic when we headed back to Fleet Peeples.

Are you coming?

Let’s go!

Swimming with the big dogs

Swimming with the big dogs

We had the best time!

We had the best time!

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