No matter how much you love something – separation and/or distance can be healthy from time to time. The same holds true for me when it comes to “The Boys.” No one who reads our stories could dispute my unconditional love for these two creatures, but at least once or twice a year I must vanish to “replenish.”

DD (Doodle Daughter) is my “escape from Doodleville.”. Although she lives only a mere 41 miles away, weeks will sometimes add up before we see one another. We talk every day – countless times a day. She has an infectious laugh, and a smile that will light up any room…


…along with a comedic wit entertaining enough to be shared on stage.

When she announced she was working from home Monday and Tuesday we decided time together was way overdue!

Generally I pack up The Boys and we ALL motor over to her house for an overnight gab session, but this time I decided to be selfish! Doodle Mom was rolling out solo.

The more I thought about it, the more I liked it. 36 hours of not having to:

  • Walk a total of 150 lbs headed in two different directions at all times
  • Wipe eight nasty paws after those walks
  • Toss “Wilson” for hours on end
  • Dole out Greenies, treats, food, fun, back rubs, and tummy tickles

Listen – I couldn’t pack fast enough!

I hollered and laughed out loud at the thought of not waking up at the break of dawn to roll over and see this staring back at me from the side of the bed…


As the car rolled out of the driveway, I waved goodbye and kept reciting in my head “you deserve this” while the“three amigos” stood in the doorway as if I was never coming back…

The three amigos

Of course I asked DH (Doodle Husband) to take plenty of pictures and of course he did. Allow me to pupaphrase and describe what probably took place with each photo:

“If it’s outside you want, then it’s outside we will go”...


“Leo, do you really expect to play ball all day long? I’m not your momma”


“Harley, is this all you’re gonna do?”…


“Leo – gimmie a break will you – let’s rest a minute?”


 “Okay now, make sure you’re really ready to go inside, I’m not going through this paw wiping drill again”


“Okay, okay, I give – let’s go downstairs and get your Greenies”


Meanwhile, try as I might NOT to miss them too much – I failed. Tiffany and John took me to The Blue Ridge Grill (beautiful atmospheric, super “pet friendly” restaurant) on the most gorgeous night ever. And what did I do? Zeroed in on the most adorable 5 month old Wheaten Terrier named “Maui”…


I walked over, introduced myself and talked my head off about The Boys to her pet parents Matt and Caryn…


“Yes”, I showed pictures, “yes” they were very kind and looked at ALL of them. I really enjoyed meeting them, and during our conversation, I found out they too use Olde Towne Pet Resort – but the other location. Thanks to me and my incessant talking – Maui just might start Agility Training soon!

Dinner was nice, I loved listening and catching up. John surprised me and joined us, and that’s always “the best!” My little girl is all grown up now, she seems very happy, and I’m delighted….


And TWO of my Three Amigos? They just hung out – chilled out – and waited for me to come home…


I love all my days with Harley & Leo, and I also love those stolen moments away from them – I’m one lucky Doodle Mom…

Thanks for reading…

  • Pam Casey
    July 29, 2013

    As always, I enjoyed reading about “the boys.” This time, however, they must take a back seat because I really enjoyed hearing about Tiffany. I’m so happy that she’s happy because I know that makes you happy. The life of a mom and the life of a doodlemom is hard work!

    • Cathy Bennett
      July 29, 2013

      Tiffany is doing well. I am always amazed at her strength, courage and faith. I will definitely let her know she beat out the boys in popularity with this post. Thanks so much for reading.

  • Lonnie Shapiro
    July 29, 2013

    It is always nice to have a little “girl time” with a daughter and you definitely deserve a few days away from the boys! Your daughter is so beautiful and looks like you! I loved when you said, “I couldn’t pack fast enough”! A few weeks ago I went to San Diego to visit one of my dearest friends and I had those same feelings, but after four days I was missing my DH and Libby so much I couldn’t wait for that plane to land! Seems like your DH did a great job with the boys and then made “points” with the surprise visit. You are blessed Cathy! How fun to meet up with Maui and visit with her parents! She is a cutie!

    • Cathy Bennett
      July 29, 2013

      Trust me when I tell you that I know I am blessed, but last week I REALLY needed some “me” time. And the great thing is that I sincerely enjoy time with Tiffany. DH did a great job, I knew he would – he always does. He is generally more attentive than I because he wants to make sure nothing happens while I’m gone. The Boys adore him, so they hang out, and have just as much fun as if I was around! I cannot tell you how cute Maui was in person. And her coat – soooooo soft. She was just the cutest little thing. Hugs to you and Libby, from me and the boys!

  • Tiffany
    July 29, 2013

    Had a great time with you too Mommy.

    • Cathy Bennett
      July 29, 2013

      Next time, I might share you with the Boys!

  • Laverne
    July 29, 2013

    You deserve some me time.I am glad you and Tiffany had quality time together. Looking forward on your visi to Charleston.

    • Cathy Bennett
      July 29, 2013

      The Boys and I are chomping at the bit to get to Folly Beach – just waiting on DH to clear his schedule…

  • Mayra Ruiz-McPherson
    July 29, 2013

    OMG the photo of The Boys and their eyeballs has me ***ROLLING*** LOL … just an adorable post. Sometimes you have to take time out for you and clearly, who better to do that with than with your loving DD? 🙂 Great post.

    • Cathy Bennett
      July 29, 2013

      Try looking at them up close and personal at about 6:30 in the morning! Always happy to hear we made someone laugh! Have a pawsome day, and please keep reading..

  • Caren Gittleman
    July 29, 2013

    THANK YOU for giving me the most BEAUTIFUL smile while I was reading this.
    Your daughter is just beautiful too (she looks like her Mama!)
    I laughed so hard at the “3 Amigos” standing by the door and “Doodlemom has left the building”
    Loved how Dad “isn’t Mom” and will NOT incessantly throw the ball!
    The photo of your daughter with her honey was GORGEOUS and last but not least, you remind me so much of myself gabbing my head off to total strangers and then photographing them no less!
    You are a GEM!

    • Cathy Bennett
      July 29, 2013

      Caren! So doodle happy to hear we made you smile – that’s made my day!!! Thanks for the comment and kind words. Tiffany is a jewel, and her “honey” is pawsome too! Yes, the three amigos tried hard at the door to make me feel bad, but I held strong and kept it moving. Wouldn’t it be pawlarious if all pet momma’s across America rallied together and took the same day to “escape?” Thanks again for reading, and give Dakota a treat from us!

  • Kimberly Gauthier
    July 29, 2013

    Because I no longer have a relationship with my mom, I just love love love the relationship you have with your daughter. Big hugs to you both; I love that you cherish each other and a great friends.

    I can’t wait to see and hang out with you again!

    • Cathy Bennett
      July 29, 2013

      Trust me, I do not take my gift from God lightly! How are you? I too can’t wait to hang out with you also! Did you register for the conference in ATL in Aug? I didn’t 🙁 so bummed. How’s your crew doing? What have you been up to?

  • alice henley
    July 29, 2013

    loved the post! its nothing like time with our kids is it. especially girl time, i have three boys 23,20 and 7 yes 7!!! and still call them every day( the oldest) and if i miss a day they calling me to see why i havent called, boys will be boys:) the boys l;ook like they really missed you and they knew you gone too. i like the pictures of there eyes they are so sweet. you have a beautiful daughter she looks like you. i’m suprised she doesnt have a doodle already….its coming who could not have one ..right. take care and stay cool nikki n kash

  • Cathy Bennett
    July 29, 2013

    Hi Nikki! How’s Kash doing? Everybody loves the picture of their “eyes” but I wonder how many would still feel that way when they saw it “first thing in the morning!”
    Tiffany once said she wanted to get a doodle, but have me raise it for the first two years so he/she would turn out like Harley & Leo – my question to her was “ARE YOU NUTS?”
    As always, love to hear from you – thanks so much for writing. Take care

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