Just like I did last year I decided to head out to the Fair Hill International Event in Maryland a few weekends back. This event at Fair Hill is one of the most prestigious international three day events in the world, and is the ultimate test of a horse and rider. Through tests in dressage, endurance, and stadium jumping the horse and rider teams work together to show that they can compete in the most demanding and highest levels of equestrian sports.
To get to the event you have to ride on a school bus (the highlight for me)!
Over the years I’ve become quite the expert at school bus riding. I mean just look how cool I look, I bet everyone will want to sit next to me!
This year was a little different though, because I got to bring my sister along for the fun! And at just 9 weeks old I got to take her for her first school bus ride!
Before I could give my sister all the cool kid tips we had arrived at the event, I was just going to have to teach her on the fly.
We started off the day by visiting the main arena to watch the horses jumping.
As exciting as the jumping was, I totally couldn’t help myself when I spotted a make-shift hole in the straw bales. It was calling my name…so I made a fort.
After the jumping had wrapped up for the day I took my sister over to the kids play area.
Immediately I was the cool kid in the play area too, even the Alpacas flocked to me for my autograph. 😉
We took selfies, and rode ponies, having ourselves a grand time.
I even started teaching her how to REALLY ride.
As you can see, she’s starting to get the hang of it. No hands already! She’s gonna be a daredevil just like me.
And that’s where my adventure rearENDS. 😉 We had a fantastic fall day at Fair Hill International, and I got to teach my sister how to be really cool.
Who knows, maybe someday I’ll get to watch my sister competing at Fair Hill!
What was your favorite part about my adventure?
When my sister was about 3 weeks old my cousins came to visit from the south. That little white dog is my cousin Sharkie, and the bigger dog on the right is my newly rescued cousin, Scout. And of course you know me and Trooper!
Since it’s rude not to take your guests on fun adventures when they visit you, of course I had to take them to the river for some swimming fun!
And don’t worry, my sister came along for the fun too. Although she was much too young to join in the water activities.
Trooper and Scout became fast friends and took to the water in no time. Especially Scout who I think may be part fish.
Now I tend to be a little more reserved with my swimming, and I usually don’t like to swim unless I have my life vest* on. But unfortunately this was a spur of the moment trip and I forgot to pack it! (Same with the other dogs who have life vests too).
While mom always keeps a watchful eye on me when I’m around the water, she had to watch my sister too.
So my pal Trooper stepped up to keep a watchful eye on me when I finally decided it was so hot that I had to test out the water.
What a great pal, making sure I got to shore safely each time.
Next time I’ll be sure to pack my life vest, but it’s good to know I’ve got friends that will help me out!
Does your dog like to swim?
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Now at first glance this might look like just a cute book about Dogs and Their People. And while that fun smiling corgi is super fun, there is something even more special about this book…
…I’m in the book! As you can see my sister couldn’t wait to help me celebrate my very first “in print” literature.
Many lucky dogs just like me have people that love them very much (like my sister here), so much so that the quirky stories that prove their love are included in this book of collected stories by my friends over at Barkbox!
So I’m sure none of you are surprised that I might be included in this book, after all my mom and dad do some crazy things to show me that they care. (Taking me flying, a road trip so I could walk the red carpet, and documenting my entire life on this blog to name a few)
In the Dogs and their People Book I’ve got an entire page dedicated to me, written by my mom!
So if you’re looking for a cool gift for all your friends this holiday season, or just can’t get enough of yours truly, be sure to grab this fabulous book! It’s got so many fun reads inside that I’m still not finished it completely.
And don’t forget to snag one of the fun toys from the BarkShop. Code AMMO gets you a special surprise at checkout!
Just a few days before my sister was born I attended one last event with my mom and dad as an only “fur child”.
This was the first time I went to my town’s Music in the Park event, and boy was I in for a treat.
See all the children at the event seemed to know that I was going to be a big brother soon, so they took it upon themselves to break me in.
P.S. How cool is this kid’s “Indiana Jones*” outfit, now that would make a cool Halloween costume! *affiliate link
Sticky faces and lots of love, I was pretty sure I could totally get used to this.
One last photo with my mom and dad before we became a family of 4. I had no idea how much better it was going to get.
Then before I knew it, my sister was here – and guess what – I got to take her to music in the park a few days later!
Here’s a short video of me attending the event before she was born, and then again when she could enjoy it too!
I’m thinking I might need to teach my sister some of my sweet dance moves when she gets bigger. I didn’t want to show her up and break them out this time, but next time for sure!
Have you ever taken your dog to a music in the park event? Did they enjoy the music?
Since a lot has happened when my sister was born 2 months ago on August 7th, I have a lot to catch everyone up on! So today I’m going to start at the beginning, the day we first met.
My sister had to stay in the hospital for 2 whole days after she was born. But finally the day came when she got to come home.
It was an agonizing wait for me, as I stayed at the farm with my pal Trooper while my family was in the hospital. It was especially hard when I got to smell her baby blanket days before she came home, but yet still I had to wait to meet her. Then finally it was August 9th, the day she came home.
As you could see in the video, I could hardly wait to meet her. I got to say hi to mom and dad first before she came inside, and I knew things were going to be different after sniffing mom’s belly when she walked in the door. My sister was out in the world now, and I was going to have to make sure she stayed safe.
Of course before I did that I had to open the present mom and dad brought me. Priorities.
(this is what I got*)
But after that, it was love. I went everywhere sister went, and made sure no one was going to hurt her. That’s what big brothers do.
Now that she’s a little bigger I’ve let go a little and I’m not so clingy. I have to learn to let her be independent after all, as there is much to teach her! Don’t worry though, if anyone messes with her I’ve got a pretty big guard dog bark!
Is your dog as protective as me?