A Big Fish In A Small Pond

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Bunny here at the keyboard writing about my weekend adventure with Flattery.

Dad had this crazy idea that he and Mom should take Flattery and Küster to Bass Pro this weekend for a little walking around and socializing.  I informed him that I needed to have an adventure to write about, so he agreed that I could go and be a role model for Flattery this time.  I’m glad that he at least got his priorities straightened out.  I was glad to get out and stretch my legs a little in a place that was nice and cool, since it’s gotten hotter than a pepper patch on the Fourth of July outside.

In the Tall Tall Grass -- Tales and Tails

In the Tall, Tall Grass

We walked in and right away at the turnstile, people started admiring us.  The lady there gave both of us a couple of treats and I could tell that Flattery already thought it was a pretty nice place to be.  They are very dog friendly at Bass Pro and they always roll out the red carpet for us when we come in.  It’s nice to go someplace where they always give you the royal treatment.  I mean, I am a princess after all, and Dad still expects me to share half of the bed with him.  At Bass Pro, they know how to treat a dog.

We started walking around the store.

There were some boats near the front of the store and Dad needed a few minutes to drool over them.  Several people near the boats started noticing us and I was proud of Flattery for remembering her manners.  It wasn’t like greeting the public with an Infidel by your side, that’s for sure.

Flattery Checks It Out -- Tales and Tails

Flattery Checks It Out

Dad led us around the back side of the store where it was less crowded because he didn’t want Flattery to get overwhelmed by the crowds.  She was curious about a lot of things and checked everything out.  She was very thorough in her investigation.

Eventually, we made our way around to the giant fish tank.  It is one of the best parts of Bass Pro, if you ask me.  You see, each store is unique and they have things in them that reflect the local area.  So, the giant fish tank has fish that are native to Illinois swimming in it.  I’m not sure exactly how big the fish tank is, but I have seen divers swimming in the tank before.  It’s pretty impressive and lots of people congregate there to admire the fish.  When Flattery and I showed up, they all stopped admiring the fish and mobbed us.  Actually, they mobbed me, but then Flattery stepped up and tried to help manage the crowd.  Fortunately, we got a few minutes to watch the fish before the crowd closed in on us.  Flattery was more than a little fascinated by those fish.  She did a great job of handling the crowd.

Finally, the crowd was dispersed and we made our escape so we could keep shopping.  We were just checking out some camping gear when an alarm started going off in the store.  I was not a fan of that alarm, but I kept calm.  Flattery handled it with royal aplomb as well.  It was a proud moment for Greyhounds.  It seemed like it went on for a long time, but it probably wasn’t for as long as it felt like.  I know that I was quite relieved to hear the quiet after they went off, and Dad had the treat bag, so he gave us treats for being calm while it was going off.  That made it a lot less scary.

Fish Watching -- Tales and Tails

Fish Watching

We did some more shopping after that.  We checked out the dog toy aisle.  Flattery is putting the Hyper Pet K-9 Kannon Ball Launcher on her Christmas list, even though she doesn’t understand what Christmas is about yet.  She loves tennis balls more than anything else in the world, though, and a ball launcher is something that was made for her.  I’m sure she’ll share it with Küster, and maybe Morgan if she’s interested.

After that, Mom had to stop and look at shoes.  I’m still hoping we can get her those pink hiking shoes, but it hasn’t happened yet.  In the shoe section, three of the store employees couldn’t resist gushing over me, and I very graciously allowed them to pet me.  They all went on about how soft I am.  Dad and Flattery arrived and they fawned over her, too.  Then more customers came over to admire us, and Mom never did get to do any shoe shopping done.  I guess that means that we’ll have to go back one of these days.  That is fine with me.

Shopping Pro -- Tales and Tails

Shopping Pro

Overall, I’d say that our shopping trip was a big success.

Flattery enjoyed all the sights and sounds and she didn’t embarrass us like another certain Black Tornado.  She carried herself like a proper young lady the entire time we were inside.  Then, we went outside and Mom wanted to take a few pictures of us by some of the neat things they have set up around the store, and the next thing we knew, Flattery was wading in the creek.  I have a suspicion that Dad encouraged her to get in.  I can’t really blame her, it was hot outside and it’s not like she tried to go swimming, she just did a little wading and got her toes wet.  It was a great way to enjoy some time together on a hot Sunday afternoon.

Cooling Off -- Tales and Tails

Cooling Off

Before I go, you might have heard about the Dogs of Blogville Calendar.  Well, I just happen to have a photo entered, and I’d be ever so grateful if you’d vote for me. The money from the calendar will all go to charity, and the dog with the most votes will get to be on the cover.  I would love to be that dog on the cover, that’s all I’m saying!

Rosy Posy -- Tales and Tails

Rosy Posy

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  • MelF

    LOL! Bunny you definitely have a way with words. I suspect storytelling is in your background too. It sounds like it was a terrific time. Thanks for the smiles. 🙂

  • You’re teaching Flattery well Bunny. What wonderful places you have where dogs are welcomed. We don’t have anything like that here. Although I have to admit that Beryl, if given a choice between shopping and tearing around the sand dunes looking for bunnies would choose looking for bunnies!

    • We would, too, but it’s too darned hot outside to enjoy it right now!

  • Sue Dyer

    Sounds like you had a fab time. Lovely photos.

    Will all four dogs ever get to go out together?

    Off to vote, if it will let me as I am in the UK.

    • It’s highly unlikely all four will go out together at this point. Morgan is very reactive and she requires one person to walk just her and be very vigilant if she goes out. Flattery requires the same vigilance right now because she is very interested in anything that is small and furry.

      • Sue Dyer

        Well maybe in time.

  • Puddles

    Hehehehe…oh dat Flattery is learning well as your student. You will teach her well I knows!
    Personally, I can’t imagine anybuddy more suitable fur da cover of da calendar. You was born a supermodel.

    Puddles
    PS: dat pink frame thingy we got at Hobby Lobby.

  • genjiscorner

    Bunny, you’re such a good role model. Hope you make it into the calendar.

  • Goose

    I have got to find one of these Bass places!! You are the best teacher. I bet Kus was super jealous.
    Blessings,
    Goose

  • Sara Blair

    I voted for you yesterday Bunny!

    Flattery is learning from the best, and I’m glad to hear that she is doing so well. What a lucky girl she is to have found such a lovely family.

  • Casey the Boxer

    I’m so proud of how well Flattery did! Good for her! And OMD, Momma keeps saying how much she wishes she had that tennis ball launcher when my aunt Kaitlin was alive. She was a labrador and LOVED her tennis balls. Momma would throw them down a hill so Kaitlin would have to run down and back up it, just to tire her out more, but it never worked. She was ALWAYS ready to chase more!

  • Emma

    I love that Hyper Pet K-9 Kannon Ball Launcher idea, I may need to get that for my cousin Lena who is a tennis ball freak! I find it interesting that you like the fish. My sister and I have no interest in fish in aquariums, we don’t even look at wabbits in the glass cage at the pet store. I wonder why that is as Mom thought I would be so excited to see furry creatures, but I don’t even really look. Good luck on the photo contest, I have a pic entered too 🙂

  • harrispen

    What a fun trip you all had. You must be so proud of how Miss Flattery is doing when she is out and about. That Bass Pro shop sure has a lot of cool places to take pictures. Of course I, Millie, would have preferred to see some pictures of Kuster in the store.

    Have a great day!

    Millie & Walter

  • Roxy

    That looks like the neatest store. Every time you post about going there, I want to go too.

  • Two French Bulldogs

    Mom always tell us socializing is good. But my Lily tends to scream at 4 leggers. Good job taking Flattery around
    Benny & Lily

  • Sounds like a fun time was had by all 🙂 I’ll make sure to vote for the Dogs of Blogville Calendar.

  • Ryker From Alaska

    What a great place to hang out. I am glad that Flattery did not embarrase you to much!

  • Jodi

    Great post Bunny, I wasn’t aware that dogs were welcome at Bass Pro, it might be a good place for me to take the chocolate one. I’m glad Flattery seems to be adjusting so well, no surprise with such a great role model.

    You are doing very well in the calendar contest, keep up the good work!

  • SlimDoggy

    Sounds like Flattery acted the perfect young lady at Bass Pro – of course she has a good example in big sister Bunny.

  • That huge fish tank must be so relaxing to watch! I think you are a great influence and perfect role model for Flattery, Miss Bunny. I like the photo of you by all the suitcases.

    P.S., I think that ball launcher is really on your dad’s Christmas wish list! 😉

  • Lori – What Remains Now

    Of course, I’m casting a vote for Bunny! If ever there was a calendar girl. Glad Flattery got to experience the joy of Bass Pro Shop.

  • Flea

    OMD – I love that y’all are celebrities at the Bass Pro. You’re celebrities everywhere you go. 🙂

  • I didn’t realize Bass Pro let the dogs in. I go to one in Myrtle Beach all the time and never see dogs in there! I’ll have to try next time.

    Love the shot with the old luggage/trunks. It makes me think of the train platform in Harry Potter…9 3/4!

  • Jan K, Wag N Woof Pets

    What a great trip, I wish we had a Bass Pro around here. Don’t you two beautiful girls just draw a crowd….it’s not easy being so popular all the time, is it, Bunny? I think you are getting Flattery trained to be quite the young lady, just like you.

  • Karen Friesecke

    Bass Pro is a great place to go with the dogs. I took Dexter there in the early Summer and he didn’t even pee on anything! The giant fish tank is my favorite, too. I could sit and look at it for hours.

  • Jay of The Depp Effect

    Of course you will end up on the cover, Bunny! How could you not?

    Sounds as Flattery is continuing to do very well learning how to go on in the great Retirement World. Maybe she’ll turn out to be a fitting companion for your loveliness!