Pepper Visits Armstrong Park- Downtown New Orleans

Now that Pepper has fully recovered from her adventures at summer camp, we are continuing on our quest to visit different areas for our walks this summer.  Today we went to the French Quarter for our morning walk. We stopped into Armstrong Park, which is on the north end of the Quarter, for a wander around. 

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The park became quite run down a few years ago, but as been re-vamped in recent years and is a nice space to wander through now.  It has water running throughout, with various bridges and fountains.  Of course, Pepper went for a quick swim to cool off….

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And then practiced her Broadway stage pose by the fountain…

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We wandered around the different statues and art installments…

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We found some ducks (that I wouldnt let her chase!)…

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And hid from a quick rain shower and drank some water under one of the massive oak trees.

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It was a very relaxing Friday morning!

The Day Pepper Met an Armadillo

Today Pepper and I decided to break away from our usual walking routine and we drove out to some nearby nature trails at The Woodland Conservancy.  We did a nice 4 mile loop and my city hound got her first real taste of nature. 

It was beautiful and peaceful and not too hot, as we were shaded for most of our walk.  Tucked away at the halfway point of the loop were some old WWII ammunition bunkers. They were really interesting but a little eerie so we didn’t walk the extra half mile loop around them, we just turned to head back. 

Pepper was a surprisingly good trail dog.  She stuck right next to me and was actually nice and quiet so we were able to encounter a few creatures as we strolled along. We saw a bunch of lizzards, some frogs, a few turtles, and one pretty big snake (but it darted off of the path as soon as we got close so I couldn’t tell what species it was).  However, the most exciting encounter of the day was the armadillo!  We were able to stand and watch him for a minute or so before he noticed us and then he darted across the trail to shrubbery on the other side.  Pepper was completely baffled and couldn’t understand why the strange cat was wearing body armor.  After seeing one armadillo, she got very excited when we came across more armadillos and was constantly on the lookout for them.

Here are some of the pictures from out adventure.

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Pepper watching the armadillo

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Our armadillo friend

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Tree balance beam

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A hot selfie

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Some awesome fungus

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Cyprus

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Ammunition Bunker

Monday Mosey

Now that my next semester of nursing school has kicked off, I really love Mondays. No, not because I’m that eager to learn, but because it’s my day off! 

My days off usually involve some studying, some housework, but also a nice long walk with Pepper.   Today there was a (slight) break in the heat so Pepper and I took a long walk along the Mississippi River.   Of course, we had to stop and take some selfies half way through.

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I manged to snap a couple pics before one of us (not me….) bolted off to chase some birds. 

Now, off to work on pharmacology.

Happy Monday!

Weasel Voodoo?

One of Pepper’s favorite hobbies is finding fun treasures to bring home from her walks.  Usually it’s a stick, sometimes an old tennis ball, and last week it was a pretty nice furry green squeaky toy.  Today’s treasure, however, has given me cause for concern. 

Behold!  Creepy voodoo doll toy!

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(Ok, I think it’s actually an old Mardi Gras throw,  but it could have voodoo powers). 

With the naturally destructive nature of my sweet Weasel Dog, it isn’t really a stretch to assume that voodoo would be right up her alley.  There a few people that I wouldn’t mind her voodooing or if she wants to use it on the neighborhood cats, that’s fine too!  But she hexes me, she’s off the p-o-u-n-d because goodness knows I don’t need anymore bad luck!

To be on the safe side, I’ll be feeding her extra wet food tonight!

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Pepper’s Morning Out in the French Quarter

This is my only week off for the summer before school starts back up next week, so Pepper and I are living it up!  Today we decided to hop over the Mississippi River from our neighborhood and do our morning promenade in the French Quarter.

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“Yay, ferry ride!”

We jumped on the Ferry, conveniently located a block from our house, and off we went.

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“I’m so excited!!”

Pepper does enjoy a breezy ferry ride. 
Once we got to the Quarter we were off to take in the sites of our awesome city.

We picked a great day because the Quarter was nice and quiet.

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Strolling down Royal St.

Pepper visited the George Rodrigue Blue Dog gallery and felt right at home. I tried to explain to her they weren’t actually interpretive paintings of her, but she didn’t seem to believe me.

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“Paint me like one of your French dogs, George”

Next we visited St. Louis Cathedral.

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And then ran into the mules that are used for carriage rides through the city. Pepper was quite unsure as to what these overgrown creatures were.  This was as close as she got before she decided she didn’t need to get any closer.

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As we headed back to the ferry, Pepper decided to browse for her Mardi Gras mask for next year…

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“I’m thinking green with lots of sequins…”

And was also very upset that her favorite French Quarter bar, The Kerry Irish Pub, was not open yet.  Both her and I were ready for some AC and a cold drink.

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Lastly, we swung by Canal Place and longingly looked at some jewelry through the window. Pepper has now requested a diamond studded collar for her Christmas present.

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As you can tell my the length of the tongue, we were quite hot by this point, despite multiple water breaks.

We had a great morning.  I think this might be our new Monday morning tradition on my day off once school starts.   But for now, we’re both ready for a nap!

Mudding!

Pepper made a new best friend today.   I was finally able to set up a play date with Pepper and Maggie, a black lab mix that is one a week younger than Pep.  These two became instant best friends and even shared a mud puddle together!

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After the mudding, they jumped in the river together and came out a lovely shade of river mud brown.

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Needless to say, when we got home it was time for a bath!

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