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A sunshine vacation!

So Shadow took his folks to Florida and got a serious case of the frizzies.  He enjoyed the million new smells, licked oyster shells and chased insect and reptilian wonders.
Finally, a hammock nap with the blue ball.

A trip from Colorado to Florida sounds like a real adventure Lum!  :)

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  1. what a beauty!

  2. My Lady loves the water. First time she saw the ocean, she waded out and I thought she’d never come back. Probably a water Sheltie.

    • Shadow, on the other hand, got about ten feet into the Gulf of Mexico, up to his shoulders, and FROZE. The pictures are funny. He didn’t understand the rolling of the surf. We think he’d still be right there unless my daughter-in-law hadn’t gone in after him! But unlike my previous two Shelties, he DOES like water …

  3. what a beautiful sheltie!

  4. He LOVED the oyster shells, wet with that luscious briny liquid (momma’s boy!). We were all eating oysters; he only got a little juice. But thanks for the cautionary note, Maida. I’ll look into that for the next time. And BTW, salmon is good for dogs – lots of beneficial oils. It’s the primary ingredient of his regular kibble. He LOVES the flavor.

  5. Thanks all! He went in the cabin of the plane with us and never made a peep! Twice the flight attendants told me I had to put my largest carry-on in the overhead bin (!) and were surprised there was a dog aboard. Shelties are so well behaved and adaptable (he’s our third; the others (RIP) were equally fantastic. He did bring home a little remembrance of his trip, despite advance Frontline treatment: fleas! But they won’t last long here in Colorado. Oh, and did I mention he had never been so WARM? He preferred a bowl of ice cubes to a bowl of water …

    • What airline did you use that is so sheltie friendly? Your baby looks the picture of comfort. At home wherever you are just like mine.

      • Holly, we flew American Airlines. He fit in the airline approved Sherpa carrier (18″ x 11″ x 11″) under the seat in front of me. I had gotten “puppy downers” from the vet but never gave them to him; he was just fine (but he was excited to get to the “dog relief area” at Dallas airport when we had a layover!). All the airlines require a health certificate, which I also got from the vet, but no one ever asked to see it! I’d paid $35 for it, so I begged them to give it a glance, but they really didn’t care! Of course if I HADN’T gotten it, we’d have been in a jam. Oh, well!
        I have to say the most fun was taking him through security. He needed to be taken out and carried through the metal detector while the Sherpa was scanned, and I can’t tell you how much fun it was when all the TSA officials (mostly women) cried “Oh, what a beautiful puppy!” Their fingers were tingling with the urge to give him an ear rub, but they’re not allowed to touch the dogs. I was so proud of my boy!

  6. AH ! THE SHADOW KNOWS ……….. THE BEST WAY TO TAKE A LOAD OFF AFTER A BUSY DAY OF OYSTER-SHELL LICKING AND CHASING FLORIDA INSECTS AND REPTILES ( MANY IN FLORIDA ) IS TO TAKE A SWINGING HAMMOCK RIDE ! THE BALL GAME WILL COME LATER ! WHAT A GREAT VACATION ! SHADOW, YOU CUTIE, YOU ARE MY KIND OF VACATIONER !!! HOPE YOU HAD LOADS OF FUN !

  7. Shadow is beautiful! That is so great to have him take you on a LONG trip. I just wondered–is it safe to lick oyster shells? I have always heard that dogs can be poisoned by shellfish. The only fish I let my Shelties eat is tuna, just to be safe. Take care, dear Shadow.

  8. What a gorgeous photo of a gorgeous sheltie!

  9. Aww what a cutie! We have plenty of insects and reptiles to herd here in Florida!

  10. What a dream…traveling with your sheltie, Love it!

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