Overdue: Best Weekend

I just had one of the best weekends I’ve had in quite a longtime. I have been blessed with the friendship of great friends. We got together on Saturday night and played Texas Hold’em. Great times (An evening of screwing around with a buddy’s Siri hahahahaha) even though I was out of the game forty-five minutes into. Let’s just say, if I gambled and had a spouse: I would totally be in the doghouse… Or maybe even twice divorced… (I’m not bluffing either (SHADDAP!))

However this wasn’t the highlight of my weekend overall. I love the fellowship of my best friends. I have known one for 12-15 years and the others slightly over or under a decade. I know many of you have been made quite aware on social media or even in person that I’m a dog lover. I’m enthusiastic and I’ll always try to talk people in getting a canine.

We had quite the weekend here at the Wittrock Estate. First, on Thursday to Friday we looked after a Chocolate Labrador Retriever named Maggie. She was totally adorable and delightful to look after. I think when her owners dropped her off the first thing I said was, “She looks like milk chocolate”. I’ll admit, I probably said this in comical voice causing my mother and them burst into laughter. She was a total sweetheart. Emmadale and her played for the whole time she was here.

God, I loved throwing the ball for her. She’s such the retriever when playing ball. Emmadale has that mentality not to retrieve and run around playing keep away. Maggie wouldn’t have any of this so luckily we have enough balls to keep her going back and forth (all day long if it was up to her!). Emmadale has tried to have two balls in her mouth but she just can’t. Yet hysterically to watch. My mom looks after two of her friend’s kids and they had a hoot with the dogs in the backyard. They even chased Emmadale around in the backyard! She enjoyed that but since she’s a great spirited dog she dropped it for them to throw it again. 🙂

On Saturday Ben the Collie came over. This dog of course is no stranger to me. In fact a few summers ago when my sister wasn’t living on the East Coast was dog-sitting him one summer. Since she also had a research assistant job at a local university she had to drop him off here. When the time came for him to go back to his house. He’d come running down to my bedroom, plop himself on the bed and look at me to hide him. I was his accomplice, his P-I-C, his partner in crime. I think one night I threw my blanket lightly on top of him. When my sister walked in asking where Ben was. I told her I had no idea. Then when she got suspicious of the moving ball under my covers and Emmadale barking. I exclaimed “ITS A TRAP” in my best (yet very horrible) Admiral Ackbar impression. Let’s say we were made. My sister in good humor chuckled (she probably didn’t get the reference) and they went on their way. It’s been a long time since I last saw Ben so it was a total treat! However his story was pretty uneventful this weekend (sadly). However I did enjoy many many snuggles with him and watched the dogs play in harmony together (like dogs do).


I finally met Sunshade & Jaffa’s Mom (ghostwriter for her Airedale Terriers Sunshade THE SUPERDALE and Jaffman and Family). My mom and I along with a Superdale of our own (Emmadale, duh!) went on a road trip to the metropolis known as Vancouver Kitsilano (har-har). I have been following Sunshade until a fellow Airedale Terrier owner told me about the blog back in 2008 and I’ve followed them both ever since then. Sadly the SUPERDALE herself wasn’t in attendance but I got to meet the Jaffa! What a dog! Jaffa is quite the handsome boy and quite the character (typical for an Airedale). My mom, Sunshade & Jaffa Mom, the dogs and I discussed how lucky we all are about having these clownish critters in our lives. Sunshade & Jaffa Mom is the encyclopedia full of Airedale knowledge. While Emmadale was getting clipped we tried going down to Granville Island. We couldn’t find a parking spot anywhere so we found a White Spot to grab a bite to eat. We adventured the Kits area until we heard that Emmadale’s haircut was finished.

Then I fell in love.

Sunshade Mom’s friend Saphira Mom brought Sapphira. Sapphira is a very very cute three month old Airedale Terrier that I totally fell in love with. Sapphira is quite the dog and a smartypants for her age too! However, we were instantly in awe of each other. Since I’m a dogperson I sat down and while being ambushed by Jaffa (Emmadale was more interested in what my mom was doing – she’s a momma’s girl) I had a lap full of Sapphira. She INSTANTLY got comfortable. I have one of those laps where if a dog is a lap dog. They won’t leave even if I ask. She clung to me. My mom, Sapphira’s Mom and Sunshade and Jaffa’s Mom were all amused along with me. She was so sweet.

I want another one so badly but momma says no. “Dogs are a lot like potato chips, you can’t just have one.” (Unknown) So true!

I wished we could have arranged a play date with my two other favourite dogs, the Bernese Mountain Dog brothers Fenway and Bosley. However, I think Emmadale would have been tuckered out. And if we lived close probably even Maddie the Goldie!

Love Airedales? Please find your local Airedale Terrier Rescue Network and donate today! (And don’t forget your local SPCA too!)

3 thoughts on “Overdue: Best Weekend

  1. Lovely story. I definitely stay away from any golden retriever adoption events at our local market by a local golden retriever rescue group. I’d want to come home with all of them. Your relationship with Ben is adorable.

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