Our dogs brought us together. First as avid readers of each others pet blogs and now – face to face #allofus

Hi Cathy,

We were thinking of spending about a month in Charleston. Looking forward to meeting you and your husband and of course, Harley and Jaxson. And look forward to showing you our floating home.



After a few email exchanges over the course of a couple of days, Doodle Dad, the Boys and I were headed to the Charleston Marina…


As we parked the car, I felt giddy with anticipation. I was about to meet someone I’d communicated with for more than two years – yet never met.

I was excited at the thought of having lengthy conversations with her “in person” vs. typing single paragraphs back and forth in the comment sections of our blogs.

The pet blogging community is large yet it’s so personal you quickly forget its size. Our pets are the link #punintended and they grant us instant acceptance into the group. #petparentsunite

When I started reading Pamela’s blog: Something Wagging This Way Comes – she lived in a house with her husband Mike and their Golden Retriever – Honey.

Like “hooked on phonics” – I read her blog posts regularly. Slowly she started to write about moving. When I realized she meant moving IN and living ON a boat – I thought “this is different.

I was intrigued as to how one –

  • get’s rid of almost everything
  • lives with her husband in small quarters
  • teaches her dog how to walk a plank ramp

As she prepared for this major transition in her life, she chose to share her experiences with her readers. I loved her honesty about their journey.

Now I get the opportunity to sit and hear –


Pamela’s husband Mike met us in the parking lot while Pam & Honey stood in the adjacent field.

As only pet bloggers would do – we approached the “meet & greet” for the dogs like we were filming a “how to introduce your dogs” video for our blogs #sonerdy

Jaxson was the first one released from his leash, then Honey…


Harley remained tethered to a human. There were a few bicyclists riding near us and we all know how he is around wheels #gottaget-em

Jaxson was “smitten” with Honey from the start…


He followed her everywhere…


Since all three were getting along so well…


…it was time to see the boat.


Harley refused to walk down the ramp to the slips…


How in the Doodle would we get him onto the boat?…


Pam suggested we let Honey lead the way!

First Honey…


Then Jaxson…


But not Harley, he wasn’t budging…

DSCN4955One Doodle don’t stop no show! The men stayed with Harley and the party got underway with two vs. three. Treats were served and devoured…

DSCN4972Harley must have caught a whiff of something iced with peanut butter and reevaluated his fear of ramps…


With very little coaxing he made it onboard…

DSCN4994After a while the rhythm of the boat had a serious calming affect on the Boys. As they rested and the husbands continued their conversations – Pam and I found time to chit-chat.


We talked about EVERYTHING

  • blogging – nothing specific just how much we enjoy it. We shared our blogging dreams and aspirations 
  • living on a boat – for Pam & Mike they are living their dream, seeing the world from a different perspective and meeting new people along the way
  • dogs – how our lives evolve around them AND how fortunate we both are to have husbands who understand, accept and support our obsession #loveyouguys

The gracious hostess planned a picnic lunch for us #supersweet When she went down below to put it together, Jaxson watched intently with the expectation of getting a little nibble…



It was time to leave. Time really does fly when you’re having fun, but even good times have to eventually come to an end 🙁

They’ll be docked here in Charleston for a few more weeks and we hope to get together again before they set sail.

I remember meeting our first Groovy Goldendoodles™ reader two years ago. Deirdre and her two doods Dash & Lilly.

Pamela, Mike and Honey were our first blogger “cross-over” and it too was a doodle*tastic moment.

So If you read us and you’re coming through Charleston – #holla


Make it a great weekend – be safe and be kind to someone

  • Pamela
    March 4, 2016

    Thanks for letting us relive our fun visit.

    I really want to hear more about your motorcycle riding. There are definitely some similarities with sailing–it’s rewarding, it makes you confront the outdoors, and it’s a physical way of traveling that leaves you tired at the end of the day.

    And how proud am I of Harley? Honey did not recover from her fear of ramps so quickly. It shows what a strong base of confidence you’ve given him that he can try something new and succeed so quickly.

    • Cathy Bennett
      March 4, 2016

      It was a special afternoon wasn’t it Pamela? I would love to incorporate more of my riding into my blog but I can’t take the boys with me, so it really doesn’t quite fit my niche. I was super proud of Harley. He’s always trusted me, and I try not to push him. It does take a while at times but he feels such a sense of accomplishment – like he did on the boat. Love that Dood!!!!

  • Dashlilly
    March 4, 2016

    Love this! Looks like it was a wonderful day.

    Oh Harley — Lilly is the same way about walking on a bridge or anything that isn’t quite terra firma!! Thank goodness for doodle dad to pick up the baby boy.

    What a great meet up. Bravo!

    • Cathy Bennett
      March 4, 2016

      Deirdre – Harley was lucky indeed – because I can’t pick him up AND walk. #noway It was really nice to finally meet. And everyone (two and four legs) got along famously. The husbands even bonded #goodtimes

  • Sand Spring Chesapeakes
    March 4, 2016

    Oh my gosh what a fun visit. It’s always so cool when bloggers get to meet up. Thanks for sharing your visit.

    • Cathy Bennett
      March 4, 2016

      It was everything I wrote about and so much more! Have a great weekend JoAnn

  • Emma
    March 4, 2016

    How fun! I guess Harley wanted to be stubborn but when he realized he was missing out on the real party, he reevaluated!

    • Cathy Bennett
      March 4, 2016

      He sure did Emma – I told Doodle Dad eventually he would change his mind and when he saw the party had already started he found some doodle nerve and walked right on up onto the boat with no problem.

  • Two French Bulldogs
    March 4, 2016

    This place is filled with lots of good people
    Lily & Edward

    • Cathy Bennett
      March 4, 2016

      Starting to look that way – when are ya’ll gonna come through? We’d love to meet you both!

    March 4, 2016

    That looks like so much fun.

    There’s nothing like hanging out with someone who shares your interests. It’s like coming home.

    • Cathy Bennett
      March 4, 2016

      Well put Kimberly – and you don’t have to keep apologizing about talking nothing but dogs LOL Have a great weekend!

  • Rachele Baker, DVM
    March 4, 2016

    What a great experience for all of you! Thanks for sharing, Cathy.

    • Cathy Bennett
      March 4, 2016

      It was a great day Rachele!

    • Cathy Bennett
      March 4, 2016

      It was a great day Rachele – I wish I could meet all my blogging friends – you included!!!

  • DZ Dogs
    March 4, 2016

    So much fun!! So far i’ve met two blogger friends “So Fly” and “Walks with Rama”. Living in Oregon I keep hoping to meet up with ZoePhee for a fun hike, but i’d love to do a cross country trip sometime and see people! I wish I had known about your blog when hubby and I drove through the Carolinas!

    • Cathy Bennett
      March 4, 2016

      Well – not sure what year that was but remember we just moved here in October! You’ve met some of my fav bloggers! I would love to hike with Jaxson in Oregon (Harley would wait for us in the house I’m sure BOL). One day – keep hope alive. The next time you’re in the area PLEASE give me a call. Have a great weekend my friends

  • Callie, Shadow, and Ducky's Mom
    March 4, 2016

    WOW! That sounds like such a great afternoon!! I wish I could have been there, too!

    • Cathy Bennett
      March 4, 2016

      Great memories!!! Having you all there would have been the icing on the doodle*licious cake!

  • Tenacious Little Terrier
    March 4, 2016

    We’ll let you know if we ever pass through your area! There seems to be a fair amount of bloggers in the PNW so we’ve met some here and there.

    • Cathy Bennett
      March 4, 2016

      You are lucky Mr. N. I know you had good times too. Bloggers know how to party…

  • Jackie Bouchard
    March 4, 2016

    I was just reading Pamela’s post on your meet-up. How fun!

    If someone would get on it and invent that Beam Me Up technology, then we could all meet up whenever we felt like it!

    • Cathy Bennett
      March 5, 2016

      Isn’t that the truth Jackie! When your weather is crappy and mine is great – you could “beam” right on over…. Have a great weekend my friend 🙂

  • Denise Gruzensky
    March 5, 2016

    Meeting IRL is so much fun!! I really enjoyed the last time Jackie and I were able to get together! It looks like you guys had a wonderful day! Glad Harley overcame his fears to enjoy the rest of the day as well!

    • Cathy Bennett
      March 5, 2016

      It has always been a dream of mine to meet as many friends from blogging as possible. Just heard from someone else who may be coming through – so excited. Harley is a good study and will work stuff out on his own as long as he’s not rushed or forced. I love that a little guy.

  • JeanneP of bichonpawz
    March 6, 2016

    Oh my goodness! I SO enjoyed reading about your adventure!! Isn’t it FUN meeting another blogger in real life?? I remember the first time I did that and now…we are very close friends and she lives only 1/2 hour from me! I just adore your Doods and still wish I could add another furry friend to our mix…I will keep hoping!! Also wanted to ask you if you could send me a note and let me know where you got the artwork done on your “Subscribe to Groovy Goldendoodles” badge over there on your sidebar? I just LOVE it! Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful visit on the boat. I love that he finally decided to walk the plank once the food came out! Isn’t it amazing what they will do for food??? Happy Sunday!

  • nichole
    March 6, 2016

    Well, sure looks like it was a fun time!

  • Jan K
    March 6, 2016

    What a wonderful visit you had! Thanks for sharing it with us. Harley did great…I can totally see my crew being just as hesitant where he was. Good for him overcoming his fear, and for all of you letting him do it in his own time. What fun…it was great meeting other bloggers at BlogPaws but with so much going on it’s hard to get that one on one conversation for long….something like this is better.

  • Monika & Sam
    March 7, 2016

    What a pawsome visit for all of you! That was a big hurdle Harley crossed, literally and figuratively! Good job. ღ

    • Cathy Bennett
      March 7, 2016

      Yes it certainly was Monika – I was very proud of my little man 🙂

  • Lindsay
    March 7, 2016

    Just look at those faces. Pure joy and bliss. 🙂

    • Cathy Bennett
      March 7, 2016

      So much fun Lindsay! Pamela is exactly as I predicted her to be – funny, interesting to talk to and best of all – a sweet spirit #itwasagreatday

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