In this case the spelling is correct(aid) because these 3 young entrepreneurs are donating their cash receipts to Cancer research. Mr. Buddylee, during his Sunday afternoon walk along Middle Street in Portsmouth, couldn’t resist some homebaked cookies and his leash holder(not the one in the photo) added a few garden fresh tomatoes. We forgot to try the lemonade! In the background is Genevieve, the mom who helped organize this pop-up refreshment stand. The Happy Hound thanks all of you for this thoughtful, non-profit venture.
Mr. Buddylee spotted an unusual looking city pet being offloaded from a small SUV on Congress Street in downtown Portsmouth. We watched for several minutes, as the owner tried to coax the animal down the ramp by dropping little pieces of kibble in front of her. The, leash tugging, hound was ready to make a new friend but the pig’s owner stopped us in mid stride. She asked us to stay away because little piggy didn’t like hounds (dogs in general). We switched direction and met the parking meter reader several feet away who said “Buddylee had visions of pork chops and bacon”. He then took a snack biscuit out of his pocket and had the Happy Hound sit for his treat.
It was 90 years ago that a five year old Portsmouth, New Hampshire resident cut the entranceway ribbon of the then new Memorial Bridge, linking the states of Maine and New Hampshire. Today, August 8th, 2013, the same resident, Eileen Foley(former Mayor), at 95 years of age cut a second ribbon to the brand new Memorial Bridge and Mr. Buddylee (about the same age as Eilleen) was there! The Happy Hound will never get another chance to pose this close to the double yellow line. Here is another photo.
and watch the VIDEO HERE
It’s the first day of Summer in this part of the world and Buddylee is going for a dry swim on the rocky coast of Kittery Point Maine. Perfect timing for the Happy Hound to explore this, almost completed, swimming pool. There is no way you would see our Bassethound doing the dog paddle across this concrete swimming hole because he just about tolerates getting his kneecaps wet. He can moisten his short legs a few hundred feet down the road at Seapoint Beach.
Thanks to all who sent their suggestions. We tried them all on the little orange man. His tail wagged happily and he wheeled right over when we called “Here, Woody”… Seen with Woody is Uncle Wart who was made by Corbe’s Uncle Art.
Woody seems to fit right in, no thoughts of wandering away. He has even started a house acappella group to sing back-up for BuddyLee: “Woody and the Wannabees”. In addition to Woody & Uncle Wart, please put your hands together for the HushPuppy Boys (D. Dumbo, May) and Hong Kong Louie.
Welcome, Woody! We love our bassets.
Thanks to friends Barb and Howard this new addition to Mr. Buddylee’s family was left by our door tethered to the Happy Hound’s cable tie-out. It’s difficult to tell how accepting Mr. BL will be, but the new member is low maintenance and consumes zero kibble and none of his treats. We are now accepting suggestions for the new playmate’s name. Please click on the grey comment bar.
Mr. Buddylee was recently in Concord, New Hampshire, the capitol of the Granite State.
It’s a bicycle friendly city with bike lanes on Main Street, but if you are traveling on the sidewalks you will see instructions stenciled on the concrete. The flashing “dog” is the Happy Hound’s addition who always stays on the sidewalk, except to inspect an occasional curbside food morsel.
We were directly across from an architecturally bland office building, but when we looked at the top we saw an unusual engraved granite insert. Typically it’s the location for a building name or construction date, but the single word followed by an exclamation point made us smile. Click here for the building image.
Mr. Buddylee was looking forward to his first of the season, early morning, riverside dog park walk in Portsmouth, New Hampshire today. A traffic accident and major vehicle back up on the local turnpike changed the game plan. Spending a half hour walking through the nearby frisbee golf park was much better than sitting in traffic and we even got to meet several dogs enjoying their morning stroll. It was too early to be in the way of many players, but by the time we completed the course we were dodging a couple of plastic discs.
Already spotted on the streets of Portsmouth, Mr. Buddylee has only been back in Town for a couple of days. The Music Hall was built in 1878 and now it’s a showplace for films, music, theater and lectures in the downtown shopping district. Mr. B is waiting patiently in the lobby while tickets to an upcoming event are being purchased. Several years ago there were extensive renovations and this is the result. He is walking by the front entrance on Chestnut Street, just off Congress, one of the main retail streets in Town. The Happy Hound also spent this sunny afternoon saying hello to his shop keeper friends as well as creating other Bassethound converts along the way.
Most of Mr. Buddylee’s grazing, in our yard and along his roadside walking routes, is on the Lantana plants. Although we have heard that the plant is mildly toxic to humans and animals, the Happy Hound seems to thrive on the leaves of this wonderful looking plant. We used to be concerned about his enthusiastic munching, but it has been over 11 years that he has been attracted to this plant, and he is in perfect health. He only gets to consume Lantana during the 6 months he spends in Florida. As soon as he jumps out of the van, when we arrive in November, he is attracted to the plant beds. It’s now time for Buddylee to head North and his days of eating Lantana salad are numbered. He seems to know this, so we find him with head buried in the foliage more than usual. Next week we will be on the road and taking a break from Blog posting. Buddylee will be back in late April.