Oliver and Emerson's First Vacation

We took Oliver and Emerson on their first ever vacation.  We went to Rhode Island.  We were lucky enough to have a wonderful petsitter, Miss Sarah, who was willing to take on chickens and Cait during our vacation.  She's a saint!  It makes it so much easier to go away when you know all of your "kids" are being cared for.

All-in-all we had a great time.  After loading up the jeep we gave Oliver his motion sickness pill.  An hour later we hit the road.  Within 2 hours he threw up.  An hour later he threw up again.  Poor guy.  I don't think he was prepared for the 4 hour drive, because on the way home the medicine seemed to work.

They absolutely LOVED the beach.  Emerson would like a backyard full of sand please.  Once he realized what nice and easy digging he could do he was hooked.  From then on out, each time we went to the beach, the moment his little feet hit the sand he and Oliver were running, rolling, playing and digging.  They were absolutely thrilled.

Finding a place to stay, as you read in an earlier post, was our first obstacle.  I thought traveling with dogs would be a little easier than it is.  We were so fortunate, however, to have found Tower House Bed and Breakfast in Narragansett.  It was beautiful and the hosts were absolutely wonderful.

The B&B is owned by Chris and Mary Beth.  They have 4 children, 1 is still living at home, and live in a huge 3-story home.  Mary Beth is one of the most genuine, friendly and all around wonderful people I've ever met.  She has the perfect personality to own a B&B.  Although we only saw Chris for a couple of short periods of time, he seemed a perfect match.

They were so gracious and welcomed us and the boys with open arms.  We felt comfortable from the moment we arrived.  Jay and I judge B&B's perhaps by odd things:  a feeling of warmth/comfort; a good shower head (I will admit that we from time-to-time bring one that we change out during our stay. Hey, there's a lot to be said for a good shower!); and a great breakfast.  This place passed all 3 with flying colors.

Lucky us.  During our stay Emerson decided he really does like barking.  Wonderful!  He and Oliver loved barking at noises, people, dogs, and just about anything really.  It was a tad stressful because I didn't want the others staying to have to listen to their big mouths.  Mary Beth continued to assure us that they were fine, but I don't like to go on vacation and listen to barking dogs, so I didn't want others to have to listen to ours.

Our solution?  Take them to the beach and wear them down.  In the process, of course, it also exhausted us.  But it was the beach - what better place to get exhausted?  The first morning we walked the boys, fed them breakfast, then prepared to go down to breakfast ourselves.  We would be leaving the boys in the room with a ton of toys and treats in their kongs.  No sooner did we get down the stairs then we heard Emerson and his amazingly loud voice whining like a 2-year old child. 

He moaned and whined and moaned and whined.  Next he started throwing himself on the floor and whining.  I told Jay to go ahead and start without me and up the stairs I went.  He stopped when I opened the door, but wouldn't show any interest in his kong or any toys.  I closed the door again and the whining, moaning, and tantrum started all over.  Wonderful.  Mary Beth was kind enough to assure us that no one else was in the B&B so we were able to enjoy breakfast.

They have put an enormous amount of time, energy and money into fixing up this wonderful home.  I fell in love with the gardens.  Mary Beth made little "rooms" all around the property.  It was just beautiful.

And then there's Otis.  He's Mary Beth and Chris' dog.  What a nice boy he was.  He's the size of a small horse with the personality of a teddy bear.  We introduced the boys to him and Oliver thought he was quite the smarty pants.  He started chasing Otis like he does Emerson.  When Otis turned and started chasing him, Oliver didn't quite know what to do.  He opted for running behind Jays legs and hiding.  Scaredy cat!

We typically vacation in this area every fall.  It's the place where Jays parents are both buried at sea.  We love going in September because the tourists are, for the most part, gone for the year and the weather is still beautiful.

Oh yes....the big news is that we caught a HUGE lobster!!

Poor Oliver.  What he won't allow me to do for amusement.  He's a great sport.  This is his Halloween costume, and I thought it only fitting that a lobster should be photographed on the beach.  Yes, I've become one of "those people" it seems.  Not that there's anything wrong with dressing your dog up, but I never thought in a million years I'd be doing it.  I hate to admit it but Emerson has a costume as well.  He'll be dressed as a pig.  Pictures will be coming, I'm sure.


Maura @ Lilac Lane Cottage said...

Hi Staci!
What great photo's...the 'boys' are so cute! I especially love Oliver's costume LOL...what a good sport to not try and tear it off like our Chelsea would. Looks like you had a wonderful vacation and such a beautiful place to stay too. If only more B&B's could be like this one. I hope you have a wonderful Wednesday...
Maura :)

Flat Creek Farm said...

Oh my, your boys are just too cute! And what a beautiful place you stayed. I can just imagine it was a teensy bit stressful at times keeping those fellas occupied and quiet ;) But sounds like you had a great time, and I love the lobster outfit! Thanks for sharing. Now I want to go there! :) -Tammy