January 12, 2016 prompt: "Play Date: You know the story about all work and no play...How did you play with others this year? Let your hair down and share how you escaped for an hour, a day, or more."
How I Play
How I Play
I work hard and I play fun! I love Play Dates. Most of mine include some sort of game: board games with friends or my three favorite adopted kids (I haven’t adopted—their families have unofficially adopted me), a variety card games (Spades, Liverpool Rummy, etc.) with the Spadettes—we named ourselves after our favorite game, a mindless dice rolling game called Bunko, informal quarterly get-togethers with College chums (that weren't quarterly this past year), cheering my alma mater to NCAA D3 football victory (we are usually top ranked going into the season and make it into the playoffs each year—and have gotten as far as The Stagg Bowl—Go Cru!), and creating objects d art at a couple of painting/crafting places (That Art Place Belton, and Painting With a Twist—I have painted with them all over the country—although some might disagree as to the art-worthiness of my paintings and art projects.
Since I love play dates and Bandit, my almost 11-year old Chinese Crested, loves, loves, loves playing with the German Shepard or Yorkie on either side of us, so you would think a romp in the local dog park would be right up his alley. You'd be wrong. He has come a long way from the "scared of everyone and every dog" pup he used to be—but he still does not play well at the dog park. He would much rather walk the fence perimeter sniffing and peeing on every blade of grass, ignoring the other dogs. You know how they say dogs take after their owners? I don’t walk the perimeter sniffing and peeing, but I also need my alone play time.
However—I periodically Google “pet friendly activities” because my favorite Play Dates are with Bandit. We have attended all sorts of Dog Activities:
- Barkus (the only official dog parade in NOLAs Mardi Gras line-up)
- Atlanta Brave Bark in the Park games (won a resort package during one of jumbo-tron games, and lots of anonymous shots of him)
- Texas Rangers Dog Day (didn't know he was on the jumbo-tron anonymously until a friend watching the game on TV called to say she just saw him, also interviewed for the Durant Democrat)
- Fantastic Caverns in Springfield MO (the only one of four jeep toured caverns—which were found by a Golden Retriever and has a fascinating history as an underground honky-tonk during Prohibition),
- Odessa Jackolopes Dogs and Ice Night
- Flamingo Casino, Las Vegas (he didn't get to go to The Donny and Marie Show—but Mommy did!)
- Austin Great American Dog Walk (benefiting an organization that takes shelter dogs and trains them as service dogs—win/win—saving two lives for the price of one)
- The Manitou Cliff Dwellings (the grounds and resident wolves are dog friendly)
- and losing in The 2014 Ugly Dog Contest in Petaluma CA (I told them we came to lose, because Bandit is just too cute to win that particular contest).
Bandit has also accompanies me on all my vacations—New York for conferences, Maine, Oregon, cabins in Ruidoso NM and Ellijay Georgia, a yurt in Hot Springs, beach condos in Florida…any place that is dog friendly is open for consideration.
One day we hope to make it to Canine Camp Getaway and Blog Paws.