Saturday Morning at the Dog Park

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Good morning! Happy Saturday! Murphy and I just got back from a wonderful trip to the dog park. It was a beautiful fall morning for a walk in the park.

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Mal needed to be awake bright and early this morning for Saturday school, so I got up and ate breakfast with him. I had a Sweet Breakfast Scramble (minus the squash/pumpkin) with a scoop of Teddie peanut butter and a TJ’s pumpkin butter.

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After breakfast, I said goodbye to Mal and then took Murphy for a ride in the car to the park.

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I made sure to grab the Beer-Bones for this trip because Saturday mornings are typically busy, and Murphy’s tends to have more “selective” hearing with so many dogs around. The mention of a “beer-bone” will almost always get his attention. He now responds to it like he does the word “chicken.”

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The park was gorgeous this morning””all of the leaves have changed color and started to fall and the sun was still rising in the sky. Murphy and I arrived a little after 8:30, so it was still sort of quiet.

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Before heading to the park, I stopped by Marylou’s for a decaf Hawaiian Chocolate Nut with milk. Mmm! So delicious!

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I didn’t end up needing the Beer-Bones, but I made Murphy work for one by doing some tricks. Pug high-five!


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All in all, a trip to the park with my favorite pug friend was a great way to start my Saturday.

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What’s on your agenda for today?



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  2. Sounds like a nice start to a Saturday. I’m working extra hours this morning (blah), but I have big plans to do some working out and meal planning this afternoon. I am determined to take control of my health. At least the sun has finally come out. This entire week has been rainy and gross in the midwest.

  3. As soon as I can get my lazy butt out of bed I plan to head to the dog park myself, it’s pouring rain and windy here tho so I’m not feeling very motivated

  4. Happy Fall!!! Just got a new little kitten – so staying inI and playing. Raining here in Seattle and its my anniversary.

  5. You got some great pics of some beautiful fall scenery! On my agenda for today is a Zombie Dash! I’ve been looking forward to it all month, but now I’m starting to get a little scared haha. Zombies are going to be chasing me while I try to run a 5K. Did I mention it’s at night?!

  6. That park is beautiful! Where is it? We spent the morning on Boston Common at a dachshund Halloween meet-up…insanely adorable. It’s a beautiful day!

  7. Beer bones?!?! What are these delectable nuggets? Our boys will be in HEAVEN! (They’ve been known to get a little poured from the bottle). Shhh! Love your pictures – love it all. Looks like a wonderful day. Enjoy!! – M

  8. So weird seeing something other than peanut butter wonderful in the marylou’s cup! 😀 Finally got sick of it? :p

  9. I LOVE looking at fall pictures. I could do that all day long. 🙂

    Tonight I am running an alumni dinner/auction for the high school I work at. We’ve spent the past 8 months putting this together & I can’t wait to see how much money we can raise for our school. We’ll have over 400 people there for dinner. Wish me luck!! 🙂

  10. Love your shoes too. Since I’m on coastal Georgia I don’t see Fall leaves anymore – so pretty there. And Murphy? Priceless. Love the pics of his tricks.

  11. Thanks for the gorgeous pictures of Bare Cove- we used to live nearby and LOVED taking the dog there. Such a great place. I could cry looking at those pictures, I miss it so much!

  12. That’s one of my favorite parks – my dog and I spent the past few Saturdays just getting lost on the different paths. Absolutely gorgeous and fun meeting other pups out!!

  13. how did you train murphy? we just got a new puppy and are trying to crate train him/do the whole bell on the door thing for when he goes out… what did you do? did murphy have mistakes in the house? what worked best for you? and how long did it take? i know… lots of questions, sorry! xo

  14. Wow, those leaves are gorgeous! We’ve had a pretty dry couple of years in Memphis, so our leaves haven’t been too vibrant recently. I would love to visit the east coast one Autumn, if not just to experience the leaves!

  15. Those pictures make me so sad that I always miss fall in Mass. It really is magical seeing all of the amazing foliage, although a few of my friends told me Sandy’s winds have knocked off a lot of the beautiful leaves from the trees already. Really need to drive to the TJ’s thats 30 mins away to try some pumpkin butter, sounds amazing.

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