So me and Bobby had a super trip up to Antigonish for a couple days - we got the full meal deal on travelling around and seeing everything.
Our most gracious hosts made sure the first stop we had was the most indulgent thing for me - they had arranged with a fisherman friend of theirs to go to his fishing storage hut and take whatever buoys or whatever I wanted out of his building! Can you imagine? When I walked in there it was like I had died and gone to heaven! This is his fishing boat - it was at Cribbons Point
And this is the hut... I didn't want to impose too much - so I just stood there for awhile and communed with the space, and then left with 3 or 4 buoys that I didn't think he'd notice too much and a little bit of rope
This is my new and current collection of buoys now on my deck. Isn't it a beauty to behold - what a treasure!
Me and Bobby got to meet several great dogs while we were away - this is Nova, who is super photogenic as you can tell - and is another in a long line of dogs who looks fabulous while holding a stuffed toy - she is owned by my hosts Betty and Mary and was just a complete love-bug.
This is Dakota - also a family member of my hosts - and he is a basenji - and he is the first dog I've ever come across who didn't want the full width and breadth of the love I had to give him - so I didn't get a pile of photos of him - but he was very good at softening up Bobby's play style, which was a good thing - by the end of our stay he and Bobby were starting to actually seem to maybe start seeming like they might be starting to play - which was great.
A couple more photos of Nova -
She is such a gentle soul - as a lot of greyhounds are
I had to stick this photo of Bobby in here - he's pretty much soaked here - you'll find out later in the post why - and it's pretty funny, because he absolutely hates water, but he proved to everybody that in fact can "walk on water"!
This is Sliver - a yellow lab who lives with my hosts (Betty's) - sister Anne - he was in the top 1% of friendly yellow labs I'd say!
This is Sante - he's an entelbucher, and only 8 months old - and very sweet!
This was Rick - the farm dog at West River Stock Farm and he seemed to have a pretty much perfect life for a dog, and he seemed to know it too!
Another photos of Nova!
This is Cocoa - he belonged to the fisherman who let me have the buoys - he goes out on the fishing boat everyday with his owner - so he's a pretty salty dog - and perfectly happy too! There's some very lucky dogs up there in Antigonish.
This is one of the barn cats from the West River Stock Farm.
I was so lucky that I got to go to a couple horse farms while I was up in Antigonish - one of my hosts - Mary - has family who owns these farms - so Bobby got to see some horses and roll in horse shit - which has to be the ultimate thing for a dog to do.
I had never actually touched a horse or seen one close up - other than at the Fall Fairs out at the Exhibition Park in the Fall, so this was a pretty neat thing for me.
These horses are all used for racing - this is one of Mary's sisters - Claire, and I don't know if you can see that all 4 feet are off the ground on this horse - if you click on the photo to enlarge it you might be able to see.
Some of the horses out in the pasture
This was the sunset the first night I was there, nice eh?
This was a 2nd horse farm that we went to -
This had a mom and a colt -
And a horse named Cheyenne
We did a drive around what is called "the mini Cape" - and went to a spot called "Arisaig" which was beautiful
I don't think I need to say that Bobby had a fabulous time the whole time we were down in Antigonish - he was completely doted on by my hosts, and he got to go offleash whenever we got to a beach - and he was allowed inside wherever we went - the whole area was completely dog friendly - everybody loves dogs in that area of the province - just as long as you stay away from the district of the municipality of Guysborough of course!
These are a couple shots of the beach at Arisaig - isn't it beautiful?
There wasn't much of a sandy beach here - but just a little bit away there was I'm sure - but it's a great spot for beachcombing, and I guess it's a good spot for fossil hunting.
This place here - by Cribbons Point - is dog friendly - and hopefully I'll get to go back and spend some time here with the dogs - they have cottages and it's by a great beach - it's called "Ocean Front Shanties"
These are a couple shots by Cribbons Point and the Ocean Front Shanties - it's an awesome spot - but all along the "Mini Cape" is beautiful
This is a spot called "Crystal Cliff's" - and it was absolutely amazing - not only is it along the Northumberald Strait - so the water was so warm - it was literally almost as warm as bath water, and because of the sandbars - at low tide, which was when we were there - you could walk out really, really far - there were also some pretty amazing rocks there.
The beach was absolutely empty - and there was white sand, and rocks and it was awesome.This was one of the rocks that I brought home
These are some of pictures of flowers that I took - there were of course a LOT of beautiful flowers at all of the places we visited
Last, but not least are a couple photos of a pool at one of Mary's sister's house - Bobby for some reason decided to jump down into the pool - even though he HATES water - but luckily for him (and much to the dismay of Mary's sister!) - it was onto the pool liner that was rolled out over the pool - and once he was on it, it sort of sunk down a bit so that Bobby was getting wet, and Bobby realized he had made a huge mistake - but down on it he was - and so he figured - "well here I am, what am I going to do now?" - and he decided - well I guess I've got to get to the other side - he had great presence of mind - and that's what he did - he walked all the way over to the other side - and from there he was plucked - so Bobby is now known in Antigonish as the dog who walks on water. And the pool liner is none the worse for wear.
Although I hope that Bobby will stay away from bright blue spaces of shining water now.
Here is the slideshow of all the photos I took - we had such a great time!