Thursday, December 8, 2011

Christmas Decorations in Colonial Williamsburg

Annie has been enjoying the beautiful wreathes in Colonial Williamsburg. Although it was hard for her to choose she is photographed below with her favorite. I think she picked it because it had Granny Smith apples in it which she probably wanted to eat. The wreathes in Colonial Williamsburg are really cool because they feature all natural products, ie: real apples, pomegranates, oranges, cotton balls, etc. :-)

Annie's Favorite Wreath

Pomegranates, pears, lemons and clementines!

My favorite wreath
Dan's favorite featuring antlers, cotton and feathers

More pomegranates and apples

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Thanksgiving Weekend Battlefields

Dan and I spent a lovely Thanksgiving dinner with friends followed by a fantastic pie party with more friends. We were sitting fat and happy Thanksgiving evening with leftovers in the fridge (including slices of pumpkin, pecan, pear and apple pies). Wowzer! How could we possibly make it up to Annie that she wasn't invited along to these feasts?!?!

We asked Annie how she'd like to spend the rest of the long Thanksgiving weekend and she suggested a trip to Fredericksburg to visit with good friends, the Firsts, and tour the battlefield. Additionally she suggested a walk through the Yorktown battlefield. Sadly we forgot to bring our camera to Fredericksburg so we only captured photos in Yorktown.
Dan and Annie in front of cannon
Annie and Dan at British redoubt 9

Mary and Annie with Chesapeake Bay in background

Yorktown Victory Monument

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Sticks and Trees

Annie loves the autumn leaves. One of her favorite trees is the beautiful ginkgo biloba - she once tried to eat a ginkgo seed (perhaps trying to improve her awful short term memory) and spit it out. Apparently those seeds are pretty nasty tasting! There's an especially stunning ginkgo tree that sits in the Bruton Parish cemetary.

In addition to trees Annie also loves sticks, as evidenced by her poem, "An Ode to Sticks and Leaves".

Veteran's Day

On Veterans Day Annie and I were on a walk through Colonial Williamsburg when we spotted a large crowd up ahead of us:

We were both curious what the crowd was looking at so we hustled over and happened upon a most excellent Veterans Day parade led by the Colonial Fife and Drum Corp and following behind were the true heroes, the Veterans of all branches of the military.

As an added bonus Patrick Henry and George Washington made guest appearances and gave riveting speeches - Annie was so taken by part of GW's speech that she chimed in with a couple barks of her own. And that, my friends, I took as a signal that it was time for us to mosey on and continue our walk.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Fall at William and Mary

Annie and I recently discovered a great new hiking path. It's through the William and Mary woods along Lake Matoaka. The trees have been changing their colors and this hike is a breathtaking walk through the forest. Annie loves this path because it is overrun with squirrels and we even saw a family of deer on our most recent hike!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Fossil Beach at York River State Park

Dan is currently in England on a two week long research trip. His days are now cold and dreary but we are still enjoying a beautiful, warm fall here in Virginia - temperatures have been in the sixties and sunny for the past week. So Annie and I decided to take advantage of the nice weather with a trip back to York River State Park. This time we took a hike along the York River and went to the Fossil Beach.

The Fossil Beach is a really cool place where there are a ton of washed up fossilized shells and rocks. We saw some cool fossils and enjoyed being on the water.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Exploring Colonial Williamsburg

One of Annie's favorite places to walk is through Colonial Williamsburg and down Duke of Glouscester street which is called DOG street by the locals partially because of the constant stream of dogs that parade down the street which is conveniently closed to car traffic. There aren't cars but there are lots of horses. On a recent walk Annie was watching the horses then decided that if hay was a good food for a horse then maybe she would like it too (she didn't).

Another favorite thing to do on our walks through Colonial Williamsburg is watch the fife and drum corps march through the streets:

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Autumn Fun

This weekend Annie was looking a little bored:
So Dan and I took her to the York River State Park where we enjoyed the fall colors and had a nice long hike through the woods and along the river.

As an added bonus part of our hike was decorated for a haunted Halloween hayride that would be taking place in the evening. Annie climbed the haunted ship to chase ghosts:

Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween from Annie. To celebrate she helped Dan and me carve pumpkins (really just ate any pumpkin bits that hit the ground while we were outside doing our carving). Dan's pumpkin was really mean and ate my little pumpkin.
After carving pumpkins we took Annie to a Halloween dog parade. Some of our favorites are below:
Scottie Banana
King Charles Cavalier Spaniel Skeleton and Fairy
 Pirate Dog
Happy Halloween to you and yours :-)

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Homeward Bound

Annie was rescued from Homeward Bound rescue on Christmas Eve Eve of 2009. She moved in with Dan and I that night. The next day Dan and I flew to Colorado for Christmas and Annie stayed with my little brother Alex. She was so cute as a puppy.

I took her in to work at Pure Visibility on Christmas Eve to meet the only other employee working that day, Patrick Francis. As I exited the elevator with the pup in my arms Annie mewed at Patrick like a little kitten - it was the most adorable thing ever. Patrick and I joked that Annie was more cat than dog at that point in her little animal life :-).

Annie will be heading back to Ann Arbor on July 15 at 2:30 EST. Dan and I will leave the 'Burg and be "Homeward Bound". We'll listen to a lot of John Denver as we drive through West Virginia heading home on those country roads.

Annie plans to see her brother, Iggy and her old friends at Pure Visibility. Are there any other suggestions for places/people that Annie shouldn't miss while home in A2 for a brief visit?

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Take your Dog to Work Day

Chasing Bella
Today was "Take your Dog to Work Day" observed at Madigan Pratt & Associates. Mary told me that it was changed it to Take Your Pet to Work Day so that Bella, Catherine's cat could come in to the office too. I was grateful for the change - Bella was great fun to chase around the office. I really wanted to play with Bella but I think Bella was more interested in not playing and looking beautiful. Pictured here I've successfully chased Bella into the boss's office and she's hiding behind his laptop hissing at me. I'm not sure she's used to playing chase at home but I definitely am happy to chase her anytime!
Conference Call

The day started early at 9 am with the humans talking into a technical device to other people who I could hear but not see. Bella got to participate in the call, sitting at the Boss's feet no less! I was an avid observer. Mary got a good shot of me peering into the conference room taking mental notes about business and watching Bella's every move. I think we're gonna be real good friends soon.
Lounging around the MP&A office

To make me more at home Mary brought in my sheepskin rug for me to bed down on. I enjoyed lounging near the MP&A entrance where I could watch the comings and goings of the building. One particular exciting visitor was the water delivery man, Troy. I took my role as guardian of the office very seriously and when Troy came round to replenish our water I told him I was the new guard dog. Troy seemed impressed at first but then bribed me into submission with a peanut butter flavored treat (what can I say, I'm a sucker for peanut butter?!?) I sat, laid and shook for Troy and he gave me a treat. I'd say I got the better end of the deal on that one. I was glad to make another friend.
The MP&A team

Watching Bella
At one point we got everyone together for a MP&A take your pet to work day picture. I was really excited for this picture because it meant that I would get to be near Bella again. Catherine picked up Bella to take her in to the conference room for our team photos so that Bella couldn't run and hide from me. Here's a shot Mary got of Catherine and Bella. I was following them around to make sure they didn't try to hide from me (Bella found a great hiding spot later in the day behind Catherine's computer where I couldn't reach or find her).

Hard at work
Bella's hiding spot
All in all it was a great day at the office. I wrote a blog post and learned so much from Kelly on how to be an awesome office pet. Mary insisted on documenting the day. This photo shows me hard at work at the computer working on my latest blog post and this other shot shows Bella the kitten looking beautiful and hiding from me behind Catherine's computer (can't believe I couldn't find her up there!)

Will you be taking your pet to work with you tomorrow? You should! Please leave me a comment - I love having Mary read my comments to me after I post. Ruff!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Out of Town Visitors

We recently had friends visiting from Ann Arbor, Michigan. Annie was excited to see her old Michigan friends. On Sunday she went with us to Colonial Williamsburg in the heat. She witnessed George Washington on horseback inspiring a revolution. Other highlights included fife and drummers and other dogs to sniff.

On Monday she accompanied Matt, Dan and Diana to Jamestown. Although she wasn't allowed in the museum dogs are welcome at Jamestown National Park. It may have been our nation's FIRST English permanent settlement but it's the LAST place you want to miss on the MIDDLE peninsula. Pictured are (l to r) Matt, Pocahontas and Diana at Jamestown. Sorry we don't have any pictures of Annie at the National Park - she was a bit camera shy that day (something about a bad hairday).

Below are Annie and Matt on our futon. Highlights of the trip for Matt and Diana included a Colonial Ghost Tour (we had to leave Annie at home because she's petrified of ghosts) and soft-shell crab at Berret's Seafood (I wanted to bring Annie along but Dan wanted a night out with adults only). Did you know that soft-shell is the blue crab in its molted state? The molting process means an abundant supply of soft crabs from late spring to early fall, with May through September ranking as the most productive months - here in Virginia we're spoiled to be so close to such excellent seafood. I had no idea about soft-shell crabs so thanks to Matt and Diana for educating me about this Chesapeake Bay delicacy! V.v.V

Next time you're in Williamsburg, Virginia please do let us know and I will arrange for Annie to give you a tour of all the local hot-spots. Whether your passion is kayaking, history, food, shopping, ghost tours or playing Clue the card game Annie would love to bark at you when you enter the Livesay premises and then be your best friend about 10 - 20 minutes later. :-)

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Mary's new job

Annie here. Ruff. Master Mary has started a new job. She seems to love it so far and the exciting part of all this?!?! They have a take your pet to work day on June 23rd so I'll be able to supervise and sit in her lap for one day at the office. I can't wait. Her company's website is: feel free to check it out. Mary says she's an account executive there . . . whatever that means! Her largest client is the - I wonder if they're a pet-friendly hotel? ;-) arf!

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Annie in Rodanthe

Annie spent a great weekend at the beach in Rodanthe, NC in the Outerbanks. We stayed at a dog-friendly house where she laid around with Dan and danced in the kitchen. The beaches and salt water were very good to Annie - she loves the waves and running in the surf.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Announcement from Annie Pup herself . . .

I have a boyfriend!!! It's puppy love. He lives downstairs, and he's tall, blonde, and handsome. He's a bit of a mixed breed (like me) - they say he's a golden-doodle. Alls I know is that he's might f-wine :-). Please tell me what you think of him. Here's KaKuma's photo:
Oh, did I mention that we're neighbors? It's a bit of a secret because our masters don't know all the snuggling we do in the backyard . . . please don't tell mastah Dan or Mary :-D

Friday, April 29, 2011

Royal Wedding watching with Master Mary

Today is a very exciting day for me! As I am half King Charles Cavalier Spaniel this royal wedding is of special interest to me due to my (mixed) royal blood line. I was up promptly at 4:30 am to watch coverage of these fabulous hats, parades, pomp and circumstance. I wonder how many Royal pups have been invited to the affair? I see Elton John and Posh spice in the crowd, but no pooches as of yet . . .

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Annie & Thomas Jefferson

One of Annie's favorite people in Williamsburg is Thomas Jefferson. Thomas Jefferson is an alumni of William and Mary College (for those of you who don't know).
There are a couple statues of TJ in Billyburg that Annie likes to visit on her walks around town. Here she is pictured with Master Dan with a seated TJ in Colonial Williamsburg's Merchant Square. Merchant Square is where we go on Saturdays for the weekly Farmers' Market.

Stuck in Williamsburg Prison

Annie has been locked up in Williamsburg! Her offenses are almost too many to list! There's the constant public urination, barking at bicyclists and probably most egregious was the diamond earring incident . . .

What's that?

You didn't hear about Annie eating my diamond earring? Well, let's just say that we're glad it wasn't my engagement ring and that we searched but never recovered it on the other end . . .

She put in her plea and she has been branded a diamond thief and put in the barracks for public shaming and now she's a free pup again, albeit one who's been labeled a petty thief.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

DC Cherry Blossoms

When Dan and I went to DC in late March for his conference and the cherry blossom festival we had to leave Annie at home. But, not to worry, I did make a new canine friend while exploring the capital with Cara and Alyssa. That is FDR's pup at the FDR memorial on the National Mall. We explored the cherry blossoms at the National Cathedral and had a wonderful visit with old friends, Cara and Alyssa.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Master Mary's Birthday in Richmond

For my birthday we had a roller skating party in Newport News on my birthday observed then on my actual birthday Dan, Annie and I went to the big city of Richmond. First we checked out the VMFA sculpture garden. The VMFA was recently renovated and it is a beautiful, free, art museum with wonderful visiting exhibits, like the Musee National Picasso from Paris. Dan and I went to see that exhibit with good friends a couple weekends ago - Annie is not a modern art fan so we left her at home for that trip to Richmond.
After the art museum we went to a fabulous vegetarian bistro, Fresca, where we shared a pizza and sammy and polished off the meal with an Elvis dessert pizza: chocolate, banana, peanut butter pizza - it was divine!
After that we wandered through Richmond's Carytown (that's not Kerrytown for you astute Ann Arbor readers). Carytown is a trendy shopping area on Cary Street near the VCU campus.

Spring in Billyburg

Annie is pictured here with Master Dan and Thomas Jefferson on Duke of Gloucester Street (or D.O.G. street). This is part of Merchant Square in Colonial Williamsburg. DOG street is a mile long - it runs from the edge of campus all the way to the Colonial capital and there are no cars allowed so it is a very pedestrian (and dog) friendly street. On Saturdays there is a farmer's market here that some like to consider more of a dog show. They let Annie enjoy the market even though she's nothing but a lil orphan mutt :-).