Barb and I went down with Kristi to get him from Skansens a kennel just north of San Francisco. I know this picture doesn’t show it but she was so happy that we caught ‘happy’ from her and had a fun, albiet a quick trip.
Skansens is about 750 miles from us but Kris and I got a jump on the day by spending the night at Barbs. We left there around 5:30 in the morning and made it to the 7 Feathers Casino for breakfast/brunch. Barb and I discovered the art of casino jumping on our first trip south. The food/lodgings are great and reasonably priced and we have the benefit of playing a little at the stops. That morning Kris came away a winner.
Next stop was the Olive Pit. A must stop from now on. On the last trip Barb and I made, we missed it, and promised ourselves, next time. The Olive Pit is past Redding in Corning. It’s as you might guess, the land of olive orchards and has been there for decades. I stopped as a kid with my parents and Jack and I in turn stopped with the kids when they were… well kids. They have everything Olives, with honey and peanuts and yummy stuff thrown in. Kris loves olives but especially the ripe green ones vs the ripe black ones. You don’t see these in most stores. They taste like the black ones except a smoother texture and flavor. She got 2 cases. Did I mention she loves them?
We got into the motel in Santa Rosa at around 8:00. A long day but with Kris still happy, happy, happy we weren’t all that tired. Of course she couldn’t sleep. And, we had a very long day coming up as we were going to do the trip back in one day. We hadn’t factored in a puppy that got car sick plus the extra almost 200 miles from Barbs to home. Silly us.
So the next morning oblivious to the day ahead we got up around 7:00 and met with friends of Kris’s that had relocated about an hour south of where we were staying. Had a great breakfast and headed for the kennel. I could write an entire blog on this place. Remi is our 3rd dog from Skansens and we’ve never been disappointed. Nicky was astounding, Hoss is our clown and loves life and everybody in his. Remi is already showing himself to be another giant with a huge heart.
We pulled out of the gates at 10:15 and into home at 3:00am. Remi experienced car sickness, the first not so bad the 2nd we were thankful we were back on I5 and a rest stop was just ahead. After that Kris took him out of the kennel and took the chance to hold him. It worked and he bonded big time. I think he thought she’d saved him from that awful sick feeling.
The pictures don’t do Remi justice. He’s black and especially with the white bandages on his ears makes getting a good picture nearly impossible. He’s grown in the 3 weeks we’ve had him. He’s already amazingly smart. Do I sound like a proud grandma. You betcha and I’m puppy sitting for a few days this week and so looking forward to it.