My weekend in paradise!

Hey from Venice…I know, I know. It was just a random weekend thing so here we are.


I’ve been trying to update since we got here Friday nite but unfortunately it’s been storming off and on and the internet has been a little sketchy. Well, there’s that, and the fact that it’s sort of borrowed anyway. Our little secret, okay?

So anyway, we got here Friday nite and the dogs immediately took their positions. Hank decided to nest on his bed in the big lazy boy chair.

Hank Sleeping
Boomer decided he wanted to sleep on the bed in the Nautical Room. If you ever wondered just how big Boomer is, keep in mind that this is an oversized Queen bed he’s laying on.

Boomer Sleeping

Yeah, he’s that big.

Saturday morning, I got up to run and MacGyver decided to head out for some early morning fishing. He had better luck than I did and ended up bringing home 13 of them. He actually had to go out and come back in quite a few times because he kept ‘limiting out’. There are limits based on the type of fish you catch, per person, and what you can have on your boat at one time. For mangrove snapper I believe it’s 5 or 6 per person, but obviously much less than MacGyver’s overall total hence the multiple trips.

Anyway, while MacGyver was catching dinner for the next 3 weeks, I went for a run. I wanted to do 10 miles and I left around 7am. It was ridiculously hot with 100% humidity but I was up for the challenge because I decided to play it safe and wear my hydration backpack instead of my belt.

Around mile 8 I spotted a really cool looking bird on the bank by the bridge, so I stopped at the 8 mile mark and started climbing down the bank to take a picture. That’s when I had a major fail. My foot slid on one of the wet rocks and I fell on my ass. I scared the hell out of the bird, (which happened to be a pigeon by the way). Guess I’m a little too used to seeing exotic birds and didn’t recognize the common MacDonald’s variety pigeon. On the bright side I managed to provide some awesome entertainment for two bicyclists and a few fishermen in a nearby john boat, so life is good. And, I walked away with only a minor scrape a bruise on my butt.

Here’s the scrape:

scrape on leg

Sorry, no butt picture.

After the run fail and MacGyver’s fishing success, we decided to take the dogs out for some afternoon fun in the water. They love the water and the boat. Boomer wore a new hat today. He was totally a ho dog for one of the brands Daddy’s company offers, ho dog, get it? Way to represent Boom!

Boomer in another hat

We put Boomer in first and he swam around for a while, then we put Hank in with him and Hank immediately tried to climb on Boomer’s back to ride. That’s when we got the idea to teach Boomer a new trick:

the dogs new trick

See the raft that Hank is in? That’s my cooler raft for my paddleboard but Hank fits in it perfectly. Then we tied a rope from Boomer’s collar to the raft. Next we threw the bottle out for Boomer, who can never resist a good game of ‘fetch the bottle’ and the rest is history.

It was so cute to watch all the people on the Island taking pictures and filming it while Boomer pulled Hank around. Then the passing boats starting taking pictures and filming. Pretty soon, MacGyver and I realized we better film it too and beat these people to the YouTube windfall. This is our golden opportunity, these dogs are our chance at retirement…

In case you want to see the cutest video ever, here it is, from my facebook page.

After we returned from our boating and swimming adventure, MacGyver made me the most awesome Fish Chowder ever! My favorite thing in the world is the Fish Chowder from Left Coast Seafood Co. and MacGyver attempted to make it for me only his was even better. He says he wants to make it a few more times to perfect it, but once he does, I’ll post the recipe but don’t tell him, okay?

All right, that’s all I got, I’m going for a run.

Do you have a place you go to when you need to get away for the weekend?
Do you put videos of your pets on youtube or facebook?