THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL | WORDLESS WEDNESDAY

If you’ve dropped by Doodleville in the past, you are well aware that Harley plays with ALL the kids in the neighborhood. On any given afternoon children will ring our doorbell and ask if he can come out to play. And if you think that’s funny, you should see him go out there and do just that – play!

A few days ago, an invitation arrived at my door. I was speechless and honored to find out one of the “mother’s” thought to include me in a “Ladies Breakfast” to celebrate the first day of school…

I cracked up when I looked at the time and it said "as soon as the kids get on the bus!”

I cracked up when I looked at the time and it said “as soon as the kids get on the bus!”

Simone, our hostess, really outdid herself with a table full of delectable breakfast goodies. I met the sweetest newborn, and a few new ladies from the neighborhood. One in particular was shocked when she asked me if this was my child’s first year at school. With a serious expression, I replied – “oh, Harley isn’t allowed on the bus, he has four legs.” For a split second she was speechless, then she realized I was the lady with the “white dog.” It was a wonderful morning to gather for food and fellowship with new and old friends…

BREAKFAST

Those strawberry cupcakes with lemon icing were Doodle*Licious with my coffee – Yummmmm

Simone thought of everything, she even picked up cupcakes to hand out to the children as they exited the school bus…

Trust me when I say they taste twice as good as they look

Trust me when I say they taste twice as good as they look

Harley and I strolled to the bus stop later that afternoon to render our assistance with the “set-up” in preparation for his furrends…

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The table was set, the goodies were coming and the Doodle was ready…

It was so festive hanging out with all the parents, and other siblings gathered at the bus stop…

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There were kids everywhere – Harley didn’t know which way to look…

The table was full of cupcakes, push-up popsicles, watermelon slices and cold water. I loved watching Harley in the thick of things like he belonged there…

And as the parents assembled the children for a group photo, multiple voices exclaimed: “Harley, come on, get in the picture.” Amongst popsicles, watermelon slices, cupcakes and smiles sat my “Doodle Bug” in the midst of everything, like he belonged there…

And we're off - another school year. God bless them all...

And we’re off – another school year. God bless them all…

Thanks Simone for a lovely breakfast, and thanks to all the wonderful people in our neighborhood for loving Harley 🙂

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40 Comments
  • Scottie
    September 3, 2014

    Awwww…. much needed! Will/need to be by soon to talk. It’s just a little beyond crazy right now…. BIG HUG to Harley for me 🙂

    Thanks!

    • Cathy Bennett
      September 4, 2014

      Scottie, we are always here!

  • Rama's Mama
    September 3, 2014

    That is absolutely wonderful!!!

    • Cathy Bennett
      September 4, 2014

      Rama’s Mama – I feel so blessed to have the type of neighbor’s that we do. It was a great day…

  • DashLilly
    September 3, 2014

    I love your neighborhood! I love Harley! What a great day!

    • Cathy Bennett
      September 4, 2014

      Hey Dash / Lilly, our neighborhood is pretty special. They have helped Harley and I tremendously this summer!

  • Tiffany's Diamond Dogs
    September 3, 2014

    That is absolutely fabulous and so sweet! =)

    • Cathy Bennett
      September 4, 2014

      Harley and I both thought so too!

  • slimdoggy
    September 3, 2014

    How sweet…Harley’s right there with the rest of the gang…and you too!

    • Cathy Bennett
      September 4, 2014

      Yes we are Slim, in the thick of things!

  • Jenna Drady
    September 3, 2014

    Oh wow!!! That is so great!!!!
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

    • Cathy Bennett
      September 4, 2014

      Thanks Jenna – Harley had a absolute blast!

  • Suzanne TheDogTrainingLady
    September 3, 2014

    How awesome is that. Hope a good time was had by all.

    • Cathy Bennett
      September 4, 2014

      Suzanne, they all had the best time. Harley slept like a doodle-log that night. He snored and everything 🙂

  • Sharon S.
    September 3, 2014

    It looks like the first day of school was a success for everyone.

    • Cathy Bennett
      September 4, 2014

      Sharon the first day of school in our neighborhood was a huge success. Not sure what to expect on the last day of school. BOL

  • Mark at DBDT
    September 3, 2014

    What a wonderful day for both of you!

    • Cathy Bennett
      September 4, 2014

      Yes it was Mark, it has been a long and difficult summer w/o Leo. It warms my heart to see Harley finally coming around. There’s something magical when children and dogs get together… Thanks so much for stopping by.

  • Miley's Daily Scoop
    September 4, 2014

    How cool!!! What a great day, thanks for sharing it with us!

    • Cathy Bennett
      September 4, 2014

      It was a great day indeed Miley, thanks for stopping by 🙂

  • Pamela
    September 4, 2014

    Wow, you have an awesome neighborhood!

    I think it’s so cool that you were included in the mom’s first day party. Online there are so many squabbles between people who have kids and people who have pets. It’s nice to know that in your neighborhood they recognize that love is love and dogs are wonderful neighbors too.

    • Cathy Bennett
      September 4, 2014

      Pamela – you’ve touched on a blog post I’m working on. There is so much cohesiveness in my area – I can’t imagine living in a neighborhood where there is that sort of tension – life is too incredibly precious and short!

  • Sheila and Finnley
    September 4, 2014

    You must live in a wonderful neighborhood. Your family and Harley are very blessed. Never mind my cupcake question on FB. It was answered when I red the blog. Have a wonderful fall. Hugs to you both ♥

    • Cathy Bennett
      September 4, 2014

      Hey Sheila – we are blessed “abundantly” they have all rallied around Harley and I with so much love and kindness these past couple of months. I am overwhelmed with gratitude. Hugs and licks back to you and Finnley (my hugs and Harley’s licks BOL)

  • Tenacious Little Terrier
    September 4, 2014

    What a lovely party! You must have startled that woman for a minute lol.

    • Cathy Bennett
      September 4, 2014

      Oh my little Terrier friend, she was a bit shocked but only for a few minutes, then she laughed with the rest of us. A good time was had by all 🙂

  • Amanda
    September 4, 2014

    What a great post! Thank you and Harley!

    • Cathy Bennett
      September 4, 2014

      So happy you enjoyed reading it Amanda – please come back and visit again soon!

  • Dory's Backyard
    September 4, 2014

    That is so awesome!!!! What a great way to celebrate the first day of school, for Moms and kids!!!

    • Cathy Bennett
      September 4, 2014

      I couldn’t agree with you more Dory!

  • M. K. Clinton
    September 4, 2014

    What a wonderful gesture to include you in the Mom’s breakfast for back to school. That is so special and I’m sure Harley will be waiting for the bus each day! ♥

    • Cathy Bennett
      September 4, 2014

      MK – it meant more to me (and Harley) then those families will ever know. I love my neighborhood ….

  • Susan and the gang from Life with Dogs and Cats
    September 4, 2014

    You have the most marvelous neighbors and neighborhood. I love how Harley is just one of the gang.

    Wags (and purrs) from Life with Dogs and Cats.

    • Cathy Bennett
      September 4, 2014

      Just like Spanky and Alfalfa, Susan 🙂

  • Talent Hounds
    September 4, 2014

    What a great post and great neighbours. So nice to include you both, and they are lucky too. Very heartwarming start to the school year. Have a great week X Kilo and Talent Hounds

    • Cathy Bennett
      September 4, 2014

      Thanks Kilo – we are blessed to have so many kind people living around us. Harley is truly one of the “little rascals”

  • Pawesome Cats
    September 6, 2014

    Harley is awesome and it sounds like you live in a wonderful neighbourhood.

    • Cathy Bennett
      September 8, 2014

      Thanks Pawsome Cats – we love our community, and since our tragic loss of Leo this summer, I have really witnessed the love they have for Harley. It is truly overwhelming. We are blessed!

  • Andrea @ This Pug Life
    September 11, 2014

    Sounds like a wonderful neighborhood!

    • Cathy Bennett
      September 12, 2014

      Thanks Andrea – we are blessed with a wonderful little community!

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