What if Dogs Planned Summer Vacations?

Honey the golden retriever is sad when camping.

What do you mean it’s too early for s’mores? It’s NEVER too early for s’mores.

If your dog planned your summer vacation, how would it be different?

♦ Instead of calling “shotgun” to see who rides in the front, dogs would bark and the last one to let out a woof has to drive while everyone else gets to chase the car.

♦ The people would go to the kennel and come back smelling like shampoo and dog biscuits.

♦ Tours of historic sites would include where the first dog chased a squirrel, the Catsylvania battleground, and monuments to Lassie, RinTinTin, and Benji.

♦ They’d already have tickets to the big summer music festival, Barkaroo, featuring Sir Paul McBarkney, Tom Petties and the Heartbreakers, and the Icelandic singer, Bjärk.

♦ The cooler of food for the camping trip would be empty by the first rest stop.

♦ To get a break from the daily grind of snacking, napping, and sniffing, the dogs would “staycation” at the office.

♦ Everyone would complain about the long lines to meet Goofy and Pluto at Disney World.

♦ The local science museum would hire extra security for their new exhibit on bones.

♦ Every holiday snapshot of the family would be a butt view.

Honey the Golden Retriever fetches her ball in Flax Pond.

I’m so glad I found a beach where people are allowed to roam off leash.

♦ People would only be allowed on the beach if they were attached to their dogs by a six-foot leash.

♦ Long hikes would never end at the trailhead because the deer, chipmunks, and squirrels everyone would chase just wouldn’t run in that direction.

♦ After returning home, another vacation would start the very next day. After all, why shouldn’t you have fun more than once a year?

 Your Turn: What kind of vacation would your dog plan?

Update: Some people had trouble seeing the graffiti on the lighthouse in yesterday’s Find the Puppy Wordless Wednesday post. I’ve blown up the image and include it here.

A pop-eyed pug decorates the Cayuga Lake lighthouse.

Graffiti of a pop-eyed pug decorates the lighthouse marking the inlet on Cayuga Lake at Ithaca.





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  1. Wow, what a great idea, whee will have to do a piggies version of a holiday me thinks!

    Nibbles, Nutty, Buddy & Basil

  2. Slimdoggy says:

    I think SlimDoggy would plan a vacation where he gets a nice big breakfast, then he hikes with mom and dad all day, off leash of course and is allowed to chase and catch all the critters he wants and then come home to a big barbecue feast and then go to sleep. He’s a simple dog, eat, play, sleep.

  3. I love this post! Boy vacations sure would be different, more relaxing and a lot more fun! We would take mom in the woods “off road” searching for critters with intermediate stops for swimming in a lake. It sure would be fun and we would probably leave the computer, cell and camera at home too so there were no distractions!

  4. Sue at The Golden Life says:

    Callie, Shadow, and Ducky would definitely say leave the computers and phones at home. Well, maybe not the cellphone since I almost never use it anyway…it truly is mostly for emergencies, like when I lock my keys in the car (which I haven’t done in years). I don’t have a “smartphone” b/c I have no use for it. When my little pink Motorola RAZR finally dies on me, I guess I won’t have the choice of a plain cellphone; but I’ll cross that bridge when I get to it.

  5. Great idea and we did love the idea of the natural history museum having additional security for the bone exhibits. Mine would be go to a squirrel farm. Have a terrific Thursday.
    Best wishes Molly

  6. Our dogs would definitely want to go to a cabin on a lake. Sheba and Cricket could swim and chase the ball all day, and Moses and Kobi could just hang out on the porch with the cooler. Which, yes, would be completely empty before we even got there!

  7. Rita’s life pretty much already is a vacation, but to make it even better she’d wish that daddy was around all the time, joining us for our long walks and for her naps.

    And thank heaven we don’t have to do “butt view” snapshots!

  8. Kol is a bit of a “homedog”. His ideal vacation includes me, chained to the stove, cooking for him at a breakneck pace.

    Felix on the other hand, wants to go to every street fair, festival, park and event EVER. He loves the action and is an amazing city dog.

  9. At 13 BJ would focus on food and treats and would plan a relaxing time at a barbecue with chicken, steak, liver, and peas and of course treats. It would also include car rides.

  10. I would totally be game for Barkaroo… :)

  11. I think — I *hope* — our vacation is exactly the one our dogs would plan for themselves.

    Because we plan it specifically for the dogs!

    We head to Lake Anna every summer where the dogs (Labradors and Lab mixes) have 10 days of off-leash, out the back door access to the lake. There’s nonstop retrieving, swimming, dock jumping, boating, island exploring, and napping in the sun! And even a a little Jet Skiing if they are so inclined.

    We actually pack double their normal food because they’re so active. It’s crazy fun!

  12. My holiday would all be about treats and bellyrubs :-)

  13. Fun! Wherever my dogs would go, they’d like to stay in a pet friendly hotel where all sizes and breeds are welcome, and they don’t put you in a smoking room. Oh yes, the hotel must have room service.