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Hanging Out In Uptown | GBGV | Mischief Monday

May 13, 2013

Katie, mom and I were hanging out in Uptown the other day. When we first moved to Minnesota, the first lake mom took us to was Lake Calhoun. We drove there to walk once a week for several months and we really liked it.  We haven’t been back in like 4 years because the lake is in Uptown which means we have to drive through lots of city to get there and it is usually super crowded. Uptown is the “in” area, so I think I should be here all the time but mom is not big on being in the city, so we rarely go there.  Mom had a showing just a few blocks from the lake, the weather was perfect, so she took us along.

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Minnesota is the land of 10,000 lakes and there are actually more than that. We have water all over the place plus puddles to get all messy in! Lake Calhoun is one of three good sized lakes pretty much right in the city. On one side of Lake Calhoun is Lake Harriet and on the other side is Lake of the Isles, the three lakes are in a row so you can just cross a street and be at the next lake. We like lake Calhoun the best so we walked around that one. Some of you may know the Mary Tyler Moore show from waayyyy back in time, mom knows it, but she is super old. On the show Mary lived in a house about a block off of Lake of the Isles and there are often scenes of that lake in the show but of the three, that is our least favorite.  It is neat to be on the water with parks all over the place and you can see the Minneapolis skyline.

Emma the GBGV Water Rescue Hound

Emma the GBGV Water Rescue Hound

Some of you may be shocked to see me as a GBGV water rescue dog! I bet you figured you would find a Newfoundland in a lifeguard boat and not me?  Well, I figure if the boat fits, ride in it. I can swim with the best of them, I love water, so why not try to be a water rescue hound…think outside of the rescue boat…that is the trendy way to be.

The Calhoun Beach Club is behind me in the distance.

The Calhoun Beach Club is behind me in the distance.

Lake Calhoun is 3.1 miles around on the walking path. It was a super sunny day but it was only around 60 degrees, nevertheless, with a fur coat it was a bit warm.  Mom took us out on one of the fishing piers for a short break.  I was posing next to Katie and then I could smell something as she was panting…I wanted to get a better sniff…did she eat something nasty or did she forget to brush her teeth…geez, that is some smelly dog breath there, Katie! Yes, I admit it, I am the rotten little sister sometimes but Katie loves me! She was totally enjoying the walk, though…look at her photo, she looks like a 2 year old, not a girl that is almost 11!

Man Katie! You have some Bad Dog Breath!

Man Katie! You have some Bad Dog Breath!

Katie is one happy Kuvasz!

Katie is one happy Kuvasz!

There are several beaches around the lake.  As we were about 2/3 of the way around and were getting really warm, mom finally caved in to our cute little faces and let us take the first swim of the year. Remember, we just had ice out a week ago, so it was icy cold water, but boy did it feel good. Even Katie waded in up to her tummy. She never goes farther than that but she was really enjoying the water.  I was also swimming but I got in all the way up to me neck and then I climbed into another lifeguard boat. If you look closely you can see my wet fur.

My sister's idea of swimming, I call it wading!

My sister’s idea of swimming, I call it wading!

Come on, get this GBGV Water Rescue Boat moving!

Come on, get this GBGV Water Rescue Boat moving!

It was a lot of fun! We had a good hour walk before breakfast and then this walk was about 1:15, so when we got home, Katie and I crashed. No worries, mom has 2 of all our beds but Katie often prefers to sleep on the floor, don’t think I am being a bed hog, she has one too but chose the floor!

Tired dogs are good dogs! zzzzzzzzzz

Tired dogs are good dogs! zzzzzzzzzz

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  1. mollieandalfie permalink
    May 13, 2013 06:09

    It looks wonderful and I’m sure Katie you haven’t got bad breath..Bawahawaaw xxooxx

    Mollie and Alfie

    • May 13, 2013 06:27

      I know…I am just a pest sometimes…the bad little sister 😉

  2. May 13, 2013 06:11

    aw what a beautiful day…wish I had tired dogs tonight 🙂 sadly, not the case!

    • May 13, 2013 06:28

      Mom gets frustrated because we always seem to be worn out…we need someone to wear out mom out – LOL!

  3. May 13, 2013 06:31

    I think Michigan is right behind Minnesota in the “lake” department. We have TONS of them!!! They are sooooo beautiful!!!

  4. May 13, 2013 06:57

    You and Katie are so cute together, Emma. Looks like you had a great time! 🙂 A tired dog is a happy dog!

  5. May 13, 2013 06:59

    That sure looks like a super fun trip and all that water to swim in! Pretty pictures near the water.

    • May 13, 2013 09:27

      I love water and swimming, I don’t mind the ice cold water at all…hope to do more swimming soon!

  6. May 13, 2013 07:34

    Emma, what a great walk. Even though I’m a water dog, I’m not crazy about water, but I bet if I lived there I would learn to love it as much as you do! Maybe I can get mom to move…

    • May 13, 2013 09:28

      Spending puppy hood on the North Sea Coast I learned to love water right away. MN water is not quite as exciting but I still love being in the water UNLESS it is for a bath 😉

  7. May 13, 2013 07:58

    You live in the Land of 1,000 Lakes and i live in Lakeland Emma…We have a lot in common! There’s 38 named lakes just in our town and 554 natural fresh water lakes in our county! The one I live on is Lake Hollingsworth, and it’s 3 miles around just like Lake Calhoun! Momz is super old too and she remembers Mary Tyler Moore Show well 🙂 Your momz made a great gif and Katie looks fabulous and not a day over 6 🙂 I sleep on the floor too sometimes, mostly cause it’s cooler than my bed…You had a great walk Emma…Thanks for sharing all the lovely photos

    • May 13, 2013 09:30

      Isn’t water great! At least with lakes you can often walk around them unlike oceans. We might be going to FL next winter but we never get to the water when we are there, the only places we found said no dogs. Mom will have to look into it some more, but we would be in Fort Myers if we go.

  8. May 13, 2013 08:11

    That looks like a great time, what a beautiful lake. I bet that swim felt good. We leaped from winter to summer here too.

  9. May 13, 2013 08:34

    What a fun adventure! I just love that picture of you in the lifeguard boat Emma! Katie sure looks like she enjoys wading:)

    • May 13, 2013 09:31

      As long as only her legs get wet and she can walk and drink she is happy!

  10. May 13, 2013 09:10

    What a beautiful lake! Such a great outing, no wonder why everydog needed zzzzzzzzzzs afterward!

  11. May 13, 2013 09:19

    That place looks like so much fun, but that much water would make me a bit nervous!

    • May 13, 2013 09:32

      I don’t think it is a good place for kitties but for dogs and humans it is great!

  12. barkandchatter permalink
    May 13, 2013 09:39

    Wow, what a great adventure! But I think that boat was out of gas!
    Finn sleeps on the floor a lot too, when his bed gets too hot!

    • May 13, 2013 09:58

      I love being all warm and snuggled in but Katie seems to almost always prefer the floor. We want her on a bed because of her arthritis but she just likes bare floors.

  13. May 13, 2013 09:51

    Rooo Emma – what a pawsome time you had! I would feel totally safe with you as a rescue doggie – looking good in that boat! *Waggy tail*

    • May 13, 2013 09:58

      All I need is one of those rescue rings…dogs would love that touch I am sure!

  14. May 13, 2013 10:12

    Beautiful pictures! You must have had a very good nap after that =^.^=

    • May 13, 2013 10:19

      Lots of snoring on my bed and lots of twitching in her sleep with Katie…fresh air and exercise is a great combination.

  15. May 13, 2013 10:18

    Beautiful photos… we esp love that second shot! We think you guys should star in the Sperry Topsider catalog!

  16. May 13, 2013 11:28

    I’m so glad I stumbled upon your blog. I am a border collie named “Kirby” and my mom is orgingally from Minneapolis. She used to ride her bike down to the lakes when she was growing up so she’s very familiar with the lakes. I wish I could go there for a visit but we live in Tennessee now and it’s a long drive!!! I am actually named after one of the greatest Minnesota Twins player “Kirby Puckett” My sister is also named after a former Twins player “Tori Hunter” It’ good to meet you and hope we can be friends!!!

    • May 13, 2013 13:51

      I’m so happy you found my blog too! Welcome! My mom knows those Twins players, she said she really cried when Kirby suddenly died. We drove through TN on our way to FL last year…it was a long drive! I look forward to seeing you on my blog in the future! Woofs and howls from the Twin Cities 🙂

  17. May 13, 2013 13:36

    Great photos – looks like a perfect day. I love that second photo in the boat and that gif had me cracking up.

    • May 13, 2013 13:52

      Thanks – glad I could get you laughing and thanks for sharing that gif tip a while back, it is perfect for times like this one 🙂

  18. May 13, 2013 15:23

    The lakes look like they would be beautiful to hike around. Looks like all the hiking sure can wear a dog out!

    • May 13, 2013 16:06

      We sleep a lot when we are at home…we have a high energy mom that keeps our paws almost too active!

  19. May 13, 2013 15:57

    Ems you make such a great life guard!

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    May 13, 2013 19:28

    What a great place…and cool for a hipster like Emma! 🙂 Oh, I loved the Mary Tyler Moore show! You know I think Katie is just a beautiful little girl too – soo pretty!! What a pair of personalities you have with those two! Great post!

    • May 14, 2013 05:51

      Thank you…mom loves Mary Tyler Moore too…watches it on cable still!

  21. May 13, 2013 20:49

    luv the photo of you on the lifeguard boat… x0x0x Vanilla Bean

  22. May 13, 2013 22:47

    Lovely! I’ve never been to Minnesota. Would love to come see a few hundred of the lakes! Katie definitely looks more puppyish than like a senior. You are both so adorable! Looks like she is very patient with you.

    I’m old too – I used to love the Mary Tyler Moore show! Ah, the old Saturday night lineup – MTM, Bob Newhart and the Carol Burnett Show. The best!

    • May 14, 2013 05:53

      Mom still watches those on cable sometimes 🙂 It is a very nice place here in MN, sometimes the winter is tough but we do like it here!

  23. May 14, 2013 03:09

    Looks like a briliant walk!

  24. May 14, 2013 13:30

    awww Emma and Katie you guys looked like you had so much fun!!! Looks like such a nice day out and you certainly looked like a captain on that ship Emma!

  25. May 15, 2013 08:26

    That looks like fun Emma! We especially like the one where you are smelling Katie’s breath! That is so cool that your mom animated the picture. Our mommy tried to do that once but it didn’t turn out 😦 Maybe she will have to try again!

    • May 15, 2013 09:17

      It works best if you use burst mode so you have a nice succession of pics.

  26. May 16, 2013 12:44

    I’d like living somewhere with that many lakes. I agree with Katie, I usually choose the floor!

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