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Fountain Walk in Duluth.
Mom discovered I love to walk on paths. This path went right through a fountain.  Watch me go!
 
 
We hung around the hotel in-between walks and field trips. The girls are coloring in their doodle books but I had a different idea:


 
 
We spent a lot of time on the shore of  lake Superior. Every day we walked around the lakewalk. There was so much to see. There were quad-bikes, horse carriages, skate boards, street musicians and more! My people got excited when a ship made the lift bridge go up. There were lots of horns blowing as the bridge went up but I got used to it pretty quickly.
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Coast guard ship in Duluth
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coast guard ship
Every day we walked out to the light house on the right.
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Duluth lift bridge.
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Oh boy, I'm standing on a buoy!
We went to the beach every afternoon. I got to run and play all I wanted! 
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Running around on the shore
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Hey, whatz up?
Little girl loved climbing on the breakwater rocks. So mom let me climb on them too!
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climbing on the breakwater rocks
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Look at me! I'm standing on a mountain!
I keep a pretty good eye on little girl. One time mom asked me to "find little girl" when I was 100 yards down the shore. There were lots of people along the beach, and half way there I kinda forgot what I was supposed to do, but mom said it again and I went running right to her! There she is! Mom had to run to keep up with me. See my pack sitting there? I understand I get to play when I'm on the long leash but stay with my people when the pack is on. I love Duluth!
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I am Rocky the wonderdog!
 
 
On the second day at Duluth we went to a state park called Gooseberry Falls. We had a picnic lunch and then went to play in the river. I've never seen such a thing before!  My pack carries leashes and a water bottle. I thought this place was really cool. Mom puts me on a long leash when I get to play and puts my pack on when we go onto the paths.
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Gooseberry Falls state park
Mom let me explore the river while Dad tried to keep up with the girls. The water was cold but fun to explore. 
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The girls and me playing in the river.
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Oh, oh, what is over here?
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Slurp...that tastes good!
 
 
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Playing in Lake Superior
My family went on vacation to a place called Duluth. I noticed they bought a second, smaller kennel and let me hang out in it for a week before we left. The day they loaded it in the car with a bunch of other stuff I knew something was up. I was happy when they put my favorite pillow and toys in the kennel and loaded me up when they left, but after about 15 minutes I got nervous and started to whine. They pulled over shortly after and  after several minutes of sniffing around and woofing at some birds I did my biz. Then I felt better. So they loaded me up again and off we went. They stopped every hour or so at a rest stop so I could stretch my legs. I understood what to do by the second stop.  

By late afternoon we arrived at a hotel called the Suites Hotel in Canal Park. We all waited in the lobby for our room to be ready and everyone was impressed with how well I parked. This was the last day of a huge blues festival so the room was not ready for over an hour from check in time!  There were other people and dogs waiting too, but my family picked a corner and arranged their stuff and a chair to make a quiet little cove. The girls and I got lots of treats while we were waiting.  

Our suite was finally ready and off we went. They all stepped into an elevator and to tell you the truth I was kinda freaked out. This little box made noise and vibrated! The next two times I balked at getting on, but by the fourth time I was an expert at entering and sitting down. 

Our suite was really cool. They let me sniff all around but after I jumped on the beds they kept the bedroom doors closed. My kennel was in the main room with the couch, table and kitchen.  Mom went to the restaurant next to the lobby for food because they were not allowed to leave my alone, and then we went to see lake Superior!
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Look at me, I'm swimming!
 
 
Trainer lady says I'm ready to start learning to follow commands without a leash on, indoors of course. So mom had me follow her into the laundry room and upstairs a couple of times. Mom also asks me to find little girl in the house when it is time to eat. Of course I'm so focused on getting her to feed me I ignore the toys in the playroom and don't cause any trouble. I touch my nose to her, even when she is hiding under a blanket. Then she jumps up and we run to the kitchen together. 

Mom likes the Gentle Leader and the Easy Walk harness. But she is looking forward to a time when I follow along without these tools. I get so excited when I meet new people and want to sniff stuff that I pull pretty hard. I am learning though!
 
 
I love to play and chew on my toys. When I first got here I was loosing my teeth and liked soft toys. But now my teeth rip up toys pretty quickly. Mom tried all kinds of toys for me to chew. Oh, Oh, these didn't last very long. 
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Rubber toys don't last long.
These toys are some of my favorites. I like squeakers. I ate the ear off the george, but mom is going to sew it up and give it back to me. I like the pink one because it has squeakers in every bubble!  The fox is nice because it doesn't have any stuffing for me to choke on. I like the way it shakes and wiggles in my mouth.
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favorite soft toys
These are my favorite outside toys. My family throws them and I capture them. Now that I have some teeth, I'm getting pretty good at catching a tennis ball in my mouth! Hey, wanna play fetch with me? I like squeaker balls best.
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Jolly ball, flying squirrel, kong and elastic duck.
 
 
Mom took little girl and me to the playground today. I got to sniff around for a while, then mom took me to the play equipment since there were no other children there.  She has me walk right beside her while she weaved in and out of poles, went up ramps and crossed a suspension bridge.  Then little girl would hide and I got to "find" her. I love this game, especially the yummy reward treats. One time little girl went to the tallest tower and I ran around two ramps and up a bunch of stairs to find her. Mom had me on a long orange rope so I can go as fast as I want. Next we went out to the trees and little girl hid behind different bushes. I found her every time. Mom probably guessed I was peeking as little girl ran to hide, so I knew which direction to go, but we had a fun time anyway. Now I'm ready for a nap. ZZZzzzz