IMG_1281Today I get to introduce Remington, a 3 month old Giant Schnauzer. Right now he is topping the scales at 40 lbs.

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.





16 responses to “Remington

  1. Ahhh, he’s adorable! I’m so glad you shared him with us. We’ll get to see updated pictures as he grows into his full height, right? Congratulations to Kris and all of you for the newest addition to your family.

  2. Trip was so fun! We all bonded with this adorable pup – It was obvious Kris was smitten from the go…
    I’m grateful they included me in this memorable trip!

  3. Valerie J. Patterson

    Aw, he’s so cute! And HUGE! So glad you had safe travels and a grand time! Welcome Remington! 😛

    • This is the first time I’ve puppy sat with him and he has been such a good boy. I had to laugh this evening because he had company that came to meet him and just before they came he went into a terrible two’s time. Tore up the mat he was sleeping on and now he doesn’t want to use it anymore. He sat by the door after company left like he wanted to tell them come back. Then settled back down to be the perfect little dog he is. He’s got an amazing personality.

      • Valerie J. Patterson

        I love that you equate his little tantrum with being a toddler! Shows he’s a real part of the family. I’m glad he’s enjoying himself with “grandma”. 😛

  4. Oh, Remi is gorgeous! Love the photos of him, what a handsome boy! I just read your last comment and am laughing out loud as I type this. Too funny. He sounds a real little character. Give him a big cuddle from me 🙂

    • Just gave him that cuddle. He slept until 7:30 this morning and then went right out and did his thing. For just over 4 months he seems to have where to potty down pat. He is starting to talk. He sort or rolls sounds around.

  5. what a sweetie. I’m sorry he got sick but glad he got a lot of cuddles! AND 750 miles in one day? MAN! That is rough, rough! Happy new puppy!!

  6. What an adorable puppy. Hope I get to see him !! Have fun dog sitting !!

  7. Remi is gorgeous. I’ll come over and puppy sit if everyone else is busy! Sounds like you had a marvellous time on the trip, if a little icky on the way back. I love olives too, but prefer the fat black ones.

    • He’s growing by leaps. Last week weighted in at the vets at 51 lbs. That’s a lot of puppy. He’s so sweet will be a gentle giant.

      If you like ripe black olives you’ll love ripe green ones. It was hard for me at first as I associate the taste of the green ones with ‘green’ olives and expected that taste.

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