nights of lights st augustine

For New Year’s Eve we travelled to St. Augustine, Florida to see the Nights of Lights. St. Augustine, founded by the Spanish in 1565, is a small city in Northeast Florida. It served as the capital of the Spanish colony for nearly two-hundred years and still today shows its four-hundred year history beautifully. It was even a central location of the Civil Rights Movement, where supporters conducted marches, sit-ins and peaceful protests. This rich history has made St. Augustine a major tourist attraction. While there, we attended the New…

willie with the hooters girls in port richey

We stopped by Hooters Restaurant in Port Richey, Florida at the end of December 2013. The beautiful weather on their waterfront patio along with their friendly service and great food made this the perfect end to an eventful year. A little history: Hooters is a restaurant chain that started in Clearwater, Florida and celebrated its thirty year anniversary in 2013. It was an idea dreamed up by six friends with no previous restaurant experience that wanted to create a space where they could get their favorite “manly finger foods”…

willie with santa

We drove into Florida just in time for the Christmas Parade in Melrose. This annual celebration of floats, food and fun took place on Saturday, December 14th this year. Lucky for willie, the theme happened to be “Furry Friends,” focusing on pets, animals and those who provide care and services to them. Willie fit right in! After watching the parade, we took a break for lunch and willie got to meet up with Santa. Poor Santa’s sleigh broke down in Starke, Florida (about 18 miles/29km away) so he was…

willie at battleship memorial park

While heading east to Florida we stopped to take a stretch on the beautiful beach of Gulfport, Mississippi. This is the closest beach to New Orleans, so as you can imagine, it’s very popular. We then headed a little further to Mobile, Alabama, where willie got to walk around Battleship Memorial Park. Both stops were just off of I-10, so they really helped to break up the long drive. We both had to go to the bathroom anyway. Battleship Memorial Park is a park and museum filled with notable historic military…

willie with dr. bob and george

We had the honor of meeting New Orleans folk artist, Dr. Bob, the last time we were in willie’s my hometown of New Orleans. Dr. Bob’s Art Gallery is located on Chartres Street in the Bywater, right near where we were staying. When we stopped in we were lucky enough to meet Dr. Bob himself as well as his friend, George (pictured below). Dr. Bob, half Crow Indian and half French/German, is a self-taught artist born in Kansas, but eventually relocated to New Orleans via Lake Pontchartrain. His utilization of found objects…

While visiting the Big Easy we had to start planning for our next great adventure. Unfortunately, the government requires canines to be current on their rabies vaccination twelve months to twenty-one days prior to our travel date. Since willie hate needles, his last rabies shot was a three-year vaccine. This vaccination was still valid for another 6 months, but we were required to get another one as it had been over twelve months since that one was given. It just so happens that one of our favorite vets, Dr. Adriana Sagrera – DVM, practices just…