Let’s see – our Friday Night Lights blog post should have left you hanging like the famous Dallas soap opera mystery: “Who Shot JR.” And although my weekend may not have involved someone getting shot – it did have a lot going on packed with memorable events.  So as I promised, here’s our weekend wrap up with a little bit of Monday mischief sprinkled on top!

This was the weekend of birthdays, and celebrations. No it wasn’t Harley’s birthday, but you would have thought it was. He was the center of attention during the activities, and not necessarily in an endearing way!  My Doodle was obsessed with taste testing human food. He was unusually interested in food, any food, anybody’s food – every single minute!

The weekend birthday extravaganza began with Harley’s “partner in crime” Marshall from next door. Marshall’s birthday was earlier in the week, and I’d pawmised him a “secret outing” with only he, Harley and of course myself as transportation operator and ATM manager.

I am well aware from prior conversations that both he and Harley share this ravenous appetite for ice cream. Therefore it made pawfect sense to chauffeur the two down the road to the Frostie Moose


Harley knew all too well why I was inside, so he immediately started “working the window” for “cute” points from the staff thinking this will get him a little “sumpin-sumpin” extra in his cup…

It worked, they gave him more than usual...

It worked, they gave him more than usual…

I will say this, he was very patient as I took his photo BEFORE he devoured his “pup cup” complete with doggie bone…

Hold it Harley, just one more photo PAWlease

Hold it Harley, just one more photo PAWlease

Do you think he ate the entire cup…



And once he finished his, he started “eye balling” Marshall’s.  They talked furever, and hung out later at the house…


Look at him, watching my every move in the kitchen


Friday evening was all about me!

August 1st was my birthday and Doodle Dad created the magical twinkling wonderland on our patio. Again, Harley thought this was all about “him”

Cream Cheese Carrot Cake and wine - yumm

Cream Cheese Carrot Cake and wine – yumm

He seemed fascinated by the candle, I told him he could help me blow out the candle but there would be no licking the sides of the cake…

He is such a huge part of our lives

He is such a huge part of our lives


I was whisked away by my son for a day of shopping (loved that) and “linner” (late lunch – early dinner) at a Japanese Steak House. I drank Sake for the first time. Let’s just say it’s an #acquiredtaste


In the afternoon there were friends for me and anipals for Harley at one of my favorite local places to spend an afternoon – Barrel Oak Winery

I adore events like these...

I adore events like these…

Poor Harley spotted a Golden Retriever and thought she was a long lost cousin on his mother’s side, so he chased after her…

"Hey, hold up - aren't we related?"

“Hey, hold up – aren’t we related?”

Such a busy-body-doodle. If he wasn’t scheming on how to grab some food…

Look at him - casing the table!

Look at him – casing the table!

He was pulling children…


Or chewing up chicken infused napkins under the table…

He's not hungry, I brought plenty of treats and food for him

He’s not hungry, I brought plenty of treats and food for him

But really – Could you get angry at a face like this?…



I know – you can’t!

My family truly out did themselves this year, and I love them so much more (if that’s possible) because of it. It was a great weekend, and Leo was with me the entire time – because I carry him in my heart!

Harley even tried to play ball with me this weekend, he tires easily…



Thanks for reading, come back again soon, Harley and I will always have stories to share…


I am joining the Monday Mischief blog hop brought to you by Alfie’s BlogSnoopy’s Dog BlogMy Brown Newfies.

  • Christine & Riley
    August 4, 2014

    Wow! What a great weekend, so much fun!! I just loved how you took Marshall and Harley for ice cream, so cute and sweet! What a great weekend!

    • Cathy Bennett
      August 4, 2014

      Christine, Marshall and Harley have been getting closer since Leo’s death. Helping Marshall, help Harley in turn is helping me. It was a good time for us all.

  • Emma
    August 4, 2014

    Happy belated birthday, DM! Sounds like a fabulous weekend for all! Mom tried Sake when she was flying since she was always in Japan. She said it was the worst tasting stuff ever, but some people love it. Maybe it is an acquired taste.

    • Cathy Bennett
      August 4, 2014

      Thanks Emma – I love birthdays, doodles and family events. So it was a wonderful weekend 🙂 My son says I need to give Sake one more try – I dunno….

  • DashLilly
    August 4, 2014

    That face on Harley is just too much! Too Much! I love the ice cream visit. Happy Birthday!! I hope the whole month is just wonderful.

    • Cathy Bennett
      August 4, 2014

      Dash and Lilly – Do you know how to give the “Harley look” when you want something? I bet you both do! Thanks for the Birthday wishes.

  • Flea
    August 4, 2014

    I was reeeeeaaaaally hoping someone would get shot. I guess cake, ice cream and Golden Retrievers will have to do …

    • Cathy Bennett
      August 4, 2014

      Flea, you sound like Leo! That’s something he would have said 🙂

  • Hawk aka BrownDog
    August 4, 2014

    Hi Y’all!

    Wow what a wonderful, fun weekend y’all had!

    Have to go talk to my folks more about includin’ me in the people stuff!

    Y’all come by now,
    Hawk aka BrownDog

    • Cathy Bennett
      August 4, 2014

      What’s going on Hawk? Coming to visit later this evening, want to check out what you’ve been up to. Talk to your people and see what they say. Don’t forget to reciprocate and take them to some doggie spots too!

  • LeeAnna Paylor
    August 4, 2014

    oooh I keep wanting a doodle. I have a standard poodle and he’s a handful. He especially loves food infused napkins. Umm paper. LeeAnna and Cole at not afraid of color

    • Cathy Bennett
      August 4, 2014

      I understand LeeAnna, I have a love for most any animal, I think they are incredible creatures. I especially have this soft spot for doodles, so I understand completely. Who knows you just might come across the PAWfect one for you 🙂

  • Caren Gittleman
    August 4, 2014

    HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY TO YOU!!!!! Ohhh your hubby is a GEM to do all of that! The lights were so romantic! BTW I LOVE Sake! That’ some potent stuff!
    Harley was too cute eating his ice cream, he was quite neat about it too!

    • Cathy Bennett
      August 4, 2014

      Thanks Caren – How’s Cody feeling this week? Yes, Doodle Dad is definitely a keeper. And so are my two adult children for that matter! My son says I need to give Sake one more try, so I will one day soon. I’ll let you know how it goes!

  • Rama's Mama
    August 5, 2014

    What a great weekend! Ha! We have “linner” (and call it that) a lot, too! LOVE the sparkly birthday setup on the porch! Happy belated birthday!

    • Cathy Bennett
      August 5, 2014

      Rama, “Linner’s” are the absoDOODLE best meal of all times. It was always a favorite with my kids!

  • Jackie Bouchard
    August 5, 2014

    What a great weekend! Happy belated bday! That cake looks amazing! So funny that there are 3 pups getting ice cream in the hop today! I guess it’s been hot and perfect ice cream weather!

    • Cathy Bennett
      August 7, 2014

      Jackie, this is the PAWfect season for ice cream!

  • Susan and the gang from Life with Dogs and Cats
    August 5, 2014

    That was a fun-packed weekend.

    I love love love “AbsoDOODLEtutely…”

    Wags (and purrs) from Life with Dogs and Cats

    • Cathy Bennett
      August 7, 2014

      It was a great weekend Susan. It was a fun-packed weekend. “AbsoDOODLEtutely” is part of our “Doodle Dictionary”, we use it a great deal here in Doodleville!

  • snoopy@snoopysdogblog
    August 7, 2014

    Harley, you’re so cute! What a fab weekend you had!

    You look adorable together with Marshall, besties!!

    That ice cream didn’t stand a chance,

    I hope you’re having a fun day,

    Your pal Snoopy 🙂

    • Cathy Bennett
      August 7, 2014

      Snoopy, I can honestly say that Harley had a Doodle*Tastic weekend. Thanks for stopping by!