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It was time for a visit to Virginia. We’d left the motorcycles and the trailer with our neighbors and chose this weekend to hit the highway headed North to bring them back.

Right after I saw the “Welcome to Virginia” sign – Thin Lizzy’s song  “The Boys are Back in Town” was embedded in my brain…


The lyrics (at least the first verse) seemed so appropriate for this occasion.

Guess who just got back today

Them wild-eyed boys that had been away

Haven’t changed that much to say

But man, I still think them cats Doodles are crazy

This super quick journey was what Doodle Dad calls a “turn-around” trip. #inandout

I knew I’d only be able to see a few places and faces. #notime #doodleit 

  • my human children
  • Olde Towne Pet Resort #batheandplaydate
  • the old neighborhood

I was intrigued to see just what the Boys remembered. True it’s only been a couple of months, but so many “experts” claim dogs only “live in the moment” I wanted to gage their reactions to familiar sights.


I’d like to think so. #makesmehappy

When I dropped them off at the pet resort it was like old times.

What once was a tiny Jaxson for Kathy to hug, has now become a handful!

But they hugged – none-the-less…


Harley has always been a “puppy prop” favorite at OTPR. He’d let them carry him anywhere…

OTPR-1He’d sit and hang out with anyone…


On Saturday, we added “do anything” to that list as he completed Fernando’s sled dog team…


Sunday’s hours were spent on “da- block.”

Jax has always jumped for neighbor Mark, but I don’t think neighbor Mark was ready for a taller Jax…


Brigette and Harley have that quiet relationship. They prefer to just sit together.

You see not much has changed…


Harley and Jaxson’s human companions were super excited to see them too! They quickly reminded me this was “Egg Nog” milkshake season at McDonald’s #doodleliciousstuff – so just like last year, off we went #icecreamforthedoodlesplease


I’m sure you remember lil’ Ms. Finley? #heartthief She’s a beautiful little doodle teenager now…


The re-connection was instant and the two of them played for hours…


When Finley was much smaller and younger, Harley wasn’t interested in playing with her. It’s a different kind of pawty now #doodlemania


While many things do have a tendency to change, just as much seems to remain the same. #friendship

A lesson we all seemed to have learned this weekend. 🙂



How was your weekend?


I am joining the Monday Mischief blog hop brought to you by My Brown Newfies. The Hop that wraps up the weekend.


  • Talent Hounds
    November 23, 2015

    Well that warmed my heart! Looked like a great visit.

  • Jan K
    November 23, 2015

    Oh, what a fun visit! It looks like it was a wonderful reunion everywhere you went.

    BTW…love that song!!

  • DZ Dogs
    November 23, 2015

    They are so precious! And fluffy! They look so happy to spend time with their loved ones!

  • Emma
    November 23, 2015

    We live in the moment, but we remember the past when we are reminded. Take people we haven’t seen in years, we remember them. What a fun little trip you had.

  • Two French Bulldogs
    November 23, 2015

    You are so happy! Cute
    Lily & Edward

    • Cathy Bennett
      November 25, 2015

      Yes, it was a happy weekend for all of us!

  • Dashlilly
    November 23, 2015

    The boys are back in town!!! Lucky doodles! Lucky neighbors. And that Finley is a beauty. Great post. Filled with happiness and smiles — my favorite kind of thing to read!!

    • Cathy Bennett
      November 25, 2015

      Thanks Deirdre, and thanks so much for following the Boys. Your friendship means the world to us, and we’ve got plenty of happiness and smiles coming your way in the future too!

  • Claudette Pope
    November 23, 2015

    That really seemed like a Wonderful weekend. The weather here was nice, but I know it wasn’t as nice as SC.. Thanks again for such beautiful pictures, makes me feel like I’m right there with you guys having fun. I especially like that picture with Fernando, that’s Christmas Card Perfect. 🙂

    • Cathy Bennett
      November 25, 2015

      It was a blast Claudette. I even got to see the Seniors at EBC before their event. It was a great way to spend a Saturday and Sunday!

  • Vicki Green
    November 24, 2015

    It is so much fun to see the evidence that dogs remember people and other canines.

    • Cathy Bennett
      November 25, 2015

      Yes it is! I laughed when Harley ran to our old yard after he finished visiting some of the neighbors. It was like he expected me to open the door for him LOL

  • nichole
    November 24, 2015

    Look at all those happy memories! Love!!

    • Cathy Bennett
      November 25, 2015

      It was the best Nichole, simply the best!

  • Rama's Mama
    November 24, 2015

    What wonderful photos! It looks like such a fun visit!

    • Cathy Bennett
      November 25, 2015

      It really was! It was a quick one, and we didn’t get to see nearly as many as we wanted, but it was wonderful just the same. How have you been?

  • Pamela
    November 24, 2015

    It must have been like a celebrity sighting when you and the boys pulled into the neighborhood. 🙂

    I believe dogs have excellent memories. When my sister pulled up to our house in Ithaca (I heard her from upstairs; Honey didn’t know anything), I said, “Aunt Mel is here” and Honey got all excited.

    She didn’t know my sister was coming. A car pulling up didn’t mean anything to her (since we only had bikes). So I can only think she remembered Aunt Mel and was happy to see her.

    It looks like Jaxson and Harley have good memories too.

    • Cathy Bennett
      November 25, 2015

      The entire weekend was like a celebrity sighting Pamela. While they played at the pet resort – wherever I went, people asked “where are the Boys?” They were the ones who were truly missed, not I. LOL #doodletaxi

  • Jackie Bouchard
    November 25, 2015

    They look so happy to see all their old pals! Great before/after pics!

    • Cathy Bennett
      November 25, 2015

      Thanks Jackie, they were excited the entire weekend. It’s as if they knew this was a special visit and they made the most out of it too!

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