Recently we loaded Maisie and Winn into the car and went on a quick road trip. We were off to visit our daughter who lives about 3 hours away.
It’s pretty obvious that Maisie considers Abigail to be her favorite person on earth. It is always so fun to see their reunions, and this time was no different. Winn loves everybody and responded to Maisie’s energy by wiggling and squeaking while showering Abigail with kisses. A two Newfie welcome can be a pretty overwhelming affair!
We all walked to a little brew pub for lunch and I was so impressed with Winn. She walked calmly and confidently through crowds while staying in a perfect heel. All of our training time really paid off!
We sat down at a big picnic table and our waitress brought a large water bowl for the girls. Maisie loves to sit and watch the people walk by on the sidewalk, but Winn quietly settled right beside me, looked around a bit and ignored the other dog that was barking at us from a table near by. Eventually she crawled under the table and rested her head so that she could see all of the other patio diners.We tend to get a lot of attention when we are out with the dogs, their size makes it impossible to remain unnoticed and most people haven’t seen a brown Newfoundland so we get a lot of questions about their breed. This usually includes: “What do they weigh?”, “How much do they eat?”, “Do they come with a saddle?”, and my least favorite “Do they shed?”. Yes they shed, Newfoundlands shed! Most dogs shed! There are a few breeds that don’t, but there seems to be an increased assumption that one should have a dog that doesn’t shed.
After lunch we walked back to her house, left the dogs with two of her friends and went to a movie. When we returned, we took the girls out again, stopped and got some ice cream and relaxed by the shores of a nearby lake. As soon as we were close to the water, Maisie and Winn both wanted to wander in, but they stayed close by and immediately came when called when they strayed too far away. I was so proud of both of them, they were so well-behaved!It was a lovely day spent with our daughter in the town that she loves and has decided to make her home. It’s close enough that we headed back home as the sun was setting and Maisie and Winn slept the whole way after having such a fun-filled day of activity!