To The Arbor

Hello good readers. This is Tucker the Much Better Vizsla than Dennis. Lately there has been a lot of talk about my health problems, but I do still have my good days. This was one of them. It started when Mama and Dada were going to the garden center to buy some trees. I wanted to go with them and help pick plants.

My keen senses tell me that this door leads outside.

Needless to say, Mama and Dada could hardly turn me down. After all, I’m old, and I don’t always feel well, so if I want to go out, they are morally obligated to take me.

Ah, the taste of freedom.

Just me.  Not Dennis or Trixie.  Me.

What’s that I smell?  Is it Dennis?  No.  No, it’s not.

Of course, I still have to wear that boot on my foot.  It’s not a sign of infirmity; it’s a fashion statement.

The car is that way. Let’s go.

It is just a short car ride to the nursery where they sell trees and pots and manure.  It seemed to take longer to walk through the parking lot to the front door than it did to drive there.  However, this could be because I slept in Mama’s lap for the whole drive.

I call this The Tucker Trot.

I had almost forgotten how nice it is to go to the store and meet my adoring fans who are all there in the hope of seeing me.

Hello, Hoody Dude. Pleased to have made your day.

It may look like we are being followed by an astronaut in a giant helmet, but that’s just Dada’s absurdly large hat casting an absurdly large shadow.

My keen senses tell me the trees are this way. Also, this is where they are selling strawberry ice cream. Hint hint.

I helped Dada find the trees.  And also a very interesting wooden post.

If Dennis were here, he would probably pee on that. Barbarian.

I make fun of Dada’s hat, but it really was quite bright that day, and Dada is well known to be pathologically allergic to sunlight.  Obviously this is why he lives in Southern California.

Have you seen Spicoli? I’d like to borrow his sunglasses.

We continued to wander amongst the plants.  Note the continuing absence of Dennis.

Lots of greenery here.  Is this still California?

I very much enjoyed being able to sniff around at leisure.  You never know what you might discover hiding under a plant or a shrub.

I found Smurfs under here. They were delicious.

Dada was pulling a cart the whole time, but he didn’t offer me a ride.  Not cool, Dada.

That doesn’t look as comfortable as my wagon anyway.

Among the pots and bags and posts and whatnot, there was the occasional patch of ornamental grass.  Being a civilized sort, I just looked.

If Dennis were with us, he would totally pee there, too. Philistine.

One nice thing about being a small vizsla is that I can walk underneath tables without ducking.  Tables often conceal food that has been dropped by people.

No scraps to be found under this table. Great disappointment.

By now, due to the warmth, the bright light, the lack of getting to ride on that industrial style cart, and Dada’s inexplicable failure to think of buying some ice cream for me, Dada was beginning to get tired.  Dada was, not me.  I could have kept shopping for hours.

Me? Worn out? No, I’m fine. But why don’t we get going before YOU fall asleep on your feet, Dada?

So it was back to the car with our new trees (a pear tree and a tangerine tree) for the short ride back to the house.

Home, James. ZZzzzzZZzzz ….

It may not have been the sort of trip I used to take, where we would go to the woods or the park and I would run and run for hours, but, sadly, Dada is just not up for that sort of thing anymore.  Oh well.  None of us is as young as we used to be, right Dada?

Except for Mama, of course.

22 thoughts on “To The Arbor

  1. Since I am an only dog, Tucker, I feel I miss the companionship of other pups in my home, but I am glad you got some solo attention if that is what you crave, along with foodies dropped beneath tables! Its probably just as well you didn’t find any of that anyway, considering. Tell your DaDa I know how he feels getting older and less energetic.



  2. Tucker did you get a Partridge fur your Pear Tree??? So glad that you left Dennis the Barbarian home fur this Super TUCKER ONLY Outing. He fur SURE would have had his Pee Shooter in High Gear.


  3. It won’t be long until dogs all over the world will be wearing one boot. You are such a fashion leader. But you really should mark your territory more clearly.


  4. Looks like you had a fun time out Tucker…and you look really styling with you single boot! I think your parents are not thinking much lately though…first the tease Dennis and Trixie with cake, and now they take you somewhere and forget your strawberry ice cream. Maybe someone should have a word with them.

    P.S. I think it is really sweet that you nap with your mom during your car rides. That’s the best way to travel – with someone you love. 🙂


  5. Mama & Dada only time is fun, isn’t it? Glad to see you had a great time at the “arboretum”. I think of your one boot look like Michael Jackson’s rhinestone glove. Soon all the poseurs will be copying you.
    XO Tuck Tuck 😀


  6. Dude! How NICE to get out without having to deal with that psycho, erm, energetic brother of yours! But we are SHOCKED that your Dada failed to buy you ice cream. As you so sagely pointed out, you are not as young as you once were – you should be given all the ice cream you want, whenever you want. That’s one of the perks of being a senior non-barbarian citizen! We think you are looking very stylish with that boot, BTW!

    *kissey face*
    -Fiona and Abby the Hippobottomus


  7. Tucker!
    Sure it was great to go there…. only you… we all know you are a super duper well behavied boy….
    Take care
    Kisses and hugs


  8. Oh Tucker! I am SO glad I am not the only one who has to be seen in public occasionally with a Philistine! Your outing sounds pretty darned fantastic to me, especially the part about the adoring public. You are one lucky Vizsla!



  9. Good think you came along, Tucker – they may have picked a terrible tree! Like brocolli or a radish tree…

    Monty, Sam’s younger and much better looking brother….


  10. Tucker – we love seeing you out and about. And seniors always should get to enjoy some time without those bouncy young-uns around.

    P.S. – Our hu-dad wears a big obnoxious hat too. It is so embarrassing to go out in public with him.


  11. Oh Tucker – I LOVED this post of your solo adventures!! And I can SO relate because now that I’m a very senior doggie, I too have – er – a human who gets tired very easily too! 😉 So I know all about pottering around and having a sniff and not doing the long hikes that we used to.

    I think you still look great for a senior guy, Tucker!

    Honey the Great Dane


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