Bella Goes to Austin
The Hubby and I woke up at noon yesterday thanks to some great Tylenol PM pills that we both took. We were trying to make up for some lost sleep this past week. But when I woke up, I was ready to go do something. Anything. Especially since The Hubby has SDO again today and I knew I would be cooped up in the house again.
We decided to make a trip to Austin and plan it to be dog friendly so that Bella could come exploring with us. She could hardly contain her excitement during the car ride.
Our first destination was the Zilker Botanical Garden. We ran across this bench and I immediately told The Hubby to place her on it. Being the loving man that he is, he complied.
We continued to see adorable benches so we decided that this would be a "Bella on Benches" photo shoot.
We purchased a head halter called the Gentle Leader and it has done wonders for our walks. We wouldn't have planned a trip with her if we didn't have this new collar. I highly recommend it.
However, we could hear people whispering that we had a muzzle on her and strangers were definitely more timid to go by her. Someone even asked if it was okay to pass by and another young woman literally screeched for us to stay away. But there were still plenty who wanted to pet her and make compliments.
The Hubby told me to just let the leash go to see where Bella would walk. As soon as I let go, she RAN. The Hubby just laughed and took pictures instead of helping me grab her.
As soon as we heard the sound of running water, Bella panicked and refused to go near it. She's more of a human than a Labrador, really. Labs are supposed to love water. I guess she gets it after her mom.
Watch out! There's a dinosaur behind you!
The Hubby's artsy picture
Eventually we gave up getting Bella to sit on benches and just posed her next to them. We're pretty lame. You don't have to remind us of it. We know.
The Garden was really wonderful and made us think of our engagement picture shoot at the Huntington Library back in California.
Our obsession with "Lost" has really altered our lives. The following picture just screams to me: Taking Vincent across the Island to get away from The Others.
It was about 91 degrees and we were all sweating bullets, but I continued to make The Hubby pose with our cutie patootie of a dog.
Bella was HOT after the longest walk she had ever had in her entire life.
She drooled everywhere on the blanket. The Hubby was disgusted.
Next, we finally made the trip to the State Capitol. It was really beautiful and of course we had to take a picture in front of it, but Bella refused to look at the camera.
This bird stalked us the entire time, flying from one place to the next just to stay close to us. It did this at least ten times and always flew so low that it almost brushed my head.
There's the bird again!
There was a missing statue, but I filled in.
Bella was so tired and laid down on the cool grass on her own. I took this chance and left her with one of the girls.
Bella was not impressed by the Statue of Liberty. She thought that it would be much larger.
We tried again for a good picture of Bella in front of the State Capitol. Brandon got her to look at the camera by asking, "Are you hungry?" Success!
Goodbye, Birdy. We hope you find another happy family to stalk.
We grabbed lunch at Torchy's Tacos in the South Austin Trailer Park and Eatery. I had searched Yelp for best Tex Mex food and this was top rated. It was such an expensive disappointment, but at least the Trailer Park was really unusual and fun.
We went to the Zilker Hillside Theater, which had a free performance of "Annie". Their website said that leashed and well behaved dogs were allowed, but throughout the waiting time the announcements said that no pets could be in the seating area. However, Bella was gellin' like a felon and behaved better than some of the adults there so we waited it out.
There was a great vibe and I had never experienced anything like it.
Right before the show, they made yet another announcement that no pets were allowed because they may distract the dog Sandy. We saw about two dozen people turn our way when that announcement was made. But it was too late. We were surrounded by blankets and coolers.
And we drove an hour and a half to get there and had already been waiting for more than two hours for the show. We were staying, darn it!
It was a wonderful production with some truly talented actors. Bella slept almost the entire time and was hidden behind some chairs.
And this was the picture taken when I realized that my flash was on and I tried to turn the camera off immediately. We were those people who couldn't follow directions. Brandon was incredibly embarrassed as I hung my head in shame.
We left at intermission because it was getting late and Bella started to get her energy back. As we were leaving through the large crowd of people, we heard some shout, "It's Sandy!" but then they were disappointed when they realized that it was just a silly yellow lab.
It was a good day.