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Monday, November 8, 2010

today is my 2nd birthday!!

i'm so so full of the excitements cuz i'm 2 years old today!!  

pretty please ignore the stoopid pink pawty hat.

yuppers, i'm happy happy joy joy that it's my totally special day and also that i'm officially not a puppy anymore!  remember how tucker was woofin' that it takes hooge doggies a longer time to grow up?  well, mama said that was true for me, too.  so fiiiiinally, i am a grown up 'n manly labradude!!   
now i gotta be honest like...i cheated a teeny tiny bit cuz i actually celebrated my birthday on saturday.  i have a super good reason, though!  see, mama had asked me what i wanted to do for my birthday, and i decided that i wanted to go on a mega hike with swimmies.  we couldn't really do that today since mama and daddy are lame-o and have to work.  but enough about that...let's woof about saturday! 
bright 'n early on saturday morning, me and asa and mama and daddy got the car all loaded up and drove for 50 gazillion hours to a far away land called table rock state park.  


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there are bunches 'n tons of trails at table rock state park.  we all looked at the map and thought the table rock trail looked interesting.  this is what the map informational said: 
"the table rock trail is a 3.6 mile, highly strenuous, out-and-back hike...ascending 2000 feet to the summit of the imposing granite dome, table rock mountain (3157 feet).  the trail ascends steeply through an open forest strewn with boulders. along the way, you will see vegetation typical of the southern appalachians: dominant oak and hickory trees with scattered pines and hemlock. as you might guess, the strenuous hike offers the reward of spectacular views from the summit."  
mama was a smidge worried, though, because she wasn't sure if me and asa could handle the strenuosity, but we convinced her that we were totally pro!  so we got strapped in our harnesses, and off we went!

goin' up!
me and daddy on one of the super hooge rocks!
mama and asa wanted to climb the rock, too.
stoppin' to take a peek cuz we're almost to the top!
the view from the top!
isn't it pretty like?
mama was all panic-y that she was gonna fall off the cliff.  BOL!

we enjoyed the view at the top while mama and daddy ate their super delish PB&J's.  they did share some snidbits with me and asa.  mama also gave us some special way yummy treatsies that i will woof about in my next post.  teehee.  unfortunately, we didn't get to sample some of the steamy hot cocoa that daddy had made in the thermos.  boohoo.

then we hiked back down to the beginning of the trail, and boy howdy, were my muscles all rubbery by then!  it's a good thingie we were headin' to the creek for some swimmies!


asa wouldn't come in the waters and play with me.  she kept woofin' that it was too cold.  whatevs!  i got out anyways and sat with her on the bench so i could dry off my furs.

oh, and you know what happened next?  i saw the head park ranger dude!!  i begged mama and daddy to let me go meet him, and they said yes!  i ran over to mr. head park ranger dude, but then all of the sudden, i got filled with the nervosity cuz he was so important like in his super fancy uniform and hooge hat.  i wanted to make sure i was all full of the manners, so i did the bestest down-stay evarrr! 

i couldn't have asked for a better birthday celebration!  i had so much funsies!  i was so super pooped that i slept in the car all the way home!!


3 doxies said...

I'm furst...I'm furst!
You is 2 years old today! HAPPY BIRFDAY BOOKER!!!!!!!!!
Nows my feelings is a little hurt...I lives like 20 min from Table Rock, if evens dat far. Dat would haves been super cools to haves met you furs your birfday. I prolly couldn't haves handled all them rocks though.
I'm glad ya'll hads fun though and you had a wonderful birfday withs your family!
BTW, I just can't gnore da pink hat.


Terrorzinhos said...

You have so much fun!!!!
Happy birthday!!!
The hat makes you so charming!

Jack, Kaiser and Farrusquinho

Mango said...

That was an awesome hike. You sure are athletic. Yeah, labradorks are still teenagers until they are two so I guess you are all grown up now. Time to simmer down and get a job.


Aksharaa said...


WE love u heaps...slurpppy, gooeeyy licks and nose kisses.
Mumy n Daddy sends heaps of hugs too.
What a pawsome pawsome day. Those rocks look super exciting! And the view from the top is just out of a dream.

Glad u had such a lovely pre-barkday celebration.
And btw, U look absolutely handsomestest even in that silly pink hat!!
AND BOL BOL!!MUmmy here is like forever scared she will fall of ANY high place! And she worries about US falling off too, which is like the silliestest thing ever!

Thanks so much for ur Diwali wishes. U aren't late u know. Diwali celebrations go on for days and we haven't yet taken off the blinky lights.
And Thanks so much for the encouraging comments about Woof. We are just too excited over him! He is such a tiny puppy and doesn't know a thing!We will have to work really hard to make him a gentle-doggy. But he is such a sweet heart and such a funny little boy.
And please could u ask your Mummy to mail us those empty kleenex boxes? We have finished tearing up ours:)
Have a great barkday,
Gingin & Buddy...OOPs, we almost forgot..Woof too!

JD and Max said...

Booker - dude! Happy barkday - what a great celbration you had, we could see you had so much fun! And what a polite boy you were with the ranger too - your maturity is simply shining through! We can't wait to hear about all the treats you got too - yummy!

Big schnauzer snuggles - JD and Max.

Priscilla said...

Happy 2nd Barkday, Bookerman! A grown up now, BookerMAN!!!

Don't worry about the pinky pawty hat, we know it's not your fault at all. Those hoomans!!!

What a big celebration and the fun hike you had. You're so lucky to have such a sweet family!!!

Bella the Westie said...

What a great birthday celebration !
We are so happy for you and we send you our best wishes.
Love from Bella and Ollie.

Maggie Mae said...


Happy 2nd Barkday my furiend! It looks like you celebrated your special day havin' lots of fun!

Woofs and Licks,
Maggie Mae

PeeS I couldn't watch da videos so I will be back to try again

Anonymous said...

Happy, happy, HAPPY 2nd birthday, Booker! Oh, gosh, it looks like you had the bestest early birthday celebration EVER! I woulda just luved to go on that hike with you. Wouldn't that have been the BESTEST?

Oh, and I think it takes a total studly grown-up labradog to wear a pink pawty hat and make it look all manly and stuff. Sigh. You just gets more handsome every single day.

Wiggles & WAgs,

PeeS. Be sure to visit my bloggie today, okay?

Mack said...

I think you had the bestest barkday celebration ever! I bet you and Asa and momma and daddy slept real good that night!!

Minna Krebs said...

Happy Barkday Booker!!!

I'm over here doing da Snoopy Happy Dance just fur YOU!!!!

What a pawsome way to spend your barkday!!! The mountains were just beautiful!!!
Now just cuz you celebrated on Saturday, don't let them cheat you outta cake and a special barkday dinner tonite, okay? okay.
MinnaK least they could have bought you a manly color party hat!!! Was that pink one a hand-me-down from Miss Asa??? heehee

The Heartbeats said...

Booker! What the heck? We are wif Puddles. We live reeeeeaaaallll close to Table Rock too! In fact Momma and Daddy got married there last year!!! I gots that same picture wif my Momma on dat rock. I will post it so you can see! Dat is one TOUGH hike.


Madi and Mom said...

Happy Happy 2nd barkday Booker you handsome devil!! Your beautiful lady friend out in Collie-rado told us it was your special day. If the long distance relationship gets to be a drag...remember I'm only one state away from you and I'm older and wiser. MOL JUST Kiddin'...I would never every try to steal my BFF's beau besides my heart belongs to Cap'n Ripley out in Collie-rado!!! Happy day to you, Hugs Madi

houndstooth said...

Happiest of Birthdays! That sounds like the kind of celebration Morgan and I would like. You had one awesome hike and swimming party! We hope that you get to celebrate many, many more wonderful birthdays!


Cupcake said...

Hi Booker, I am a very close and personal friend of Miss Mayzie. OK, I've never met her but she is fantastic and if you are her beau then I know you are fantastic too. I want to wish you a very Happy Birthday!!

Love, Cupcake

Sam and Pippen said...

Happy Barkday, Dude! That look like a most awesome hike!

Sam and Pippen

Emma Rose said...

Happy, Happy Birthday! You really got the royal treatment - hiking and swimming! Wow!

Have a super fine week. Keep celebrating!


giantspeckledchihuahua said...

Booker! Happy Birthday from Dirtville! What an awesome way to celebrate!

If anyone makes fun of that birthday hat, just let Stumpy know. she'll take care of it, for you!

Anny said...

Happy 2nd Barkday Mister Mister Bookerman :) That's one really swell birthday treat. Yous mommy and daddy sures love you lots to take you on such a great trip. I am all envys now.. all.. envys. Hmms.. you should probbly go visits Puddles Duddles if yous go there again. She got a big stash of Kool Aid :P

Don't lose the pinky pawty cap.. *BOL* It looks good on you :D

woofs & licks,
Dommy & Piper

Hound Girl said...

Mr Bookerman

whoa you look ..ummmm.... cute in your pink hat :)

Happy Birthday you sweet BOY!!! Your day with your mommy and daddy and ofcourse Asa looked wonderful and it seems you got to do everything that would make a lab happy! Happy Day to you!!!

jen said...

Happy Birthday Booker!!
Turning 2 is the best! That's when you become a man!!!
Hope you have a wondeful day!!!

Sugar the Golden Retriever said...

Woof! Woof! Happy Happy Happy Birthday! Being 2 is a great age ... What a FUN adventure you had. Wishing you lots of Golden Woofs, on your Birthday, Sugar

Ruby and Penny said...

Happy Happy Birthday Booker
May bones rain from the sky today.
Love Ruby & Penny
Pees - what a great way to celebrate your birthday. Did you take a shower under the waterfall?

Marg said...

Happy Birthday to you Booker Man. It looks like you had a great day. We love the picture with you with the park ranger. You were such a good boy.
And guess what, we live in South Carolina too. Isn't that fun.
Take care and have a great day. We love your blog.

Frankie Furter said...

Happy BIRFDAY Booker MAN!! Notice I said MAN beclaws you are all grown up and now are a MAN Dawg.
Esp. since you have that gorgeous GirrrlFurend and all.
Now I'm thinkin you are in the Dawg House.. with PUDDLES though. And that is NOT a good thingy. What a shame you did not get to Meet Her in the Real Furs. Maybe you can go BACK AGAIN.

hero said...

Happy 2nd Barkday, Bookerman!... and many more to come. What a way to celebrate your big day than go outdoor for a hike at such a beautiful park.

Licks, hero

Mr. Pip said...

Happy Birthday Booker!!!! Looks like you had a great day!

Your pal, Pip

Ina in Alaska said...

Happy Birthday sweet Booker! We enjoyed the lovely views from your hike! GORGEOUS! What a fun way to spend a day... now we are all snowy... we have about 6-7 inches of snow on the ground this morning... Hugs to you and Asa from Auntie Ina and the Alaskan Cousins! xoxoxo

Anonymous said...

Yowsers Booker dat sure wos a fun filled day yu had dere.
Me n Ronnii wishes yu da happiest ov 2nd birfdays my furiend

Richie & Ronnii
xx xx x x

Dennis the Vizsla said...

Happy birthday, Booker! Looks like a great way to celebrate!

Cocorue said...

Happy Happy second birthday and what a way to celebrate!!!!

here's wishing you many many more, you gorgeous hunk!!!

coco and tiffy

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

Happy Happy Birthday, Booker - two is a grand age to be. That hike was pawesome - so glad you had a wonderful celebration day.

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

rottrover said...

Happy Happy Birthday Mr. Booker Man!! What a wonderful birthday outing you had. You are sooo handsome in your swim suit!! Miss Mayzie is a lucky girl!!

We especially like the picture of you and Asa looking at the view with the pretty autumn trees in the background.

Best wishes!! Gizmo, Bart and Miss Ruby

Piappies World said...

Happy Happy 2nd Barkday, Booker!!! You look so handsome even with the barkday hat. *giggles*

Thanks for taking us with you and Asa to your hike. The place is really beautiful!Enjoy the rest of your barkday week!

Piappies Fudgie, Princess, Frappie, Mocha, Sugar, Wai-Pai & Wai-Max

George the Lad said...

Happy 2nd Birthday Booker, what a place to go that view, wow it was worth climbing all them steps for, and you did so well going up them, some times I have to take a run just like you did, paws up to you booker.
See Yea George xxx

Remington said...

Happy 2nd Birthday, my friend! I hope you day is filled with lots of treats and many, many hugs! Enjoy!

scotsmad said...

Happy, happy birthday, big boy!

Man, that was hard work dragging the camera woman up those steps! You are a strong dude, and no mistake.

We're so glad you got your birthday wish.

XXXOOO Daisy, Kendra & Bella

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday, Booker!! So now you have to grow a beard, get a job, get a house, get a wife, and have little labradudes and chicks since you're an adult now! No? Maybe it's better to stay a puppy!

Elyse and Riley

Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...

What a pawesome way to celebrate BOOKER Day!

What a great bunny hop khlimb!

The views were PAWESOME!

As fur the pawty hat...well, I do hope it got woo extra khake!


Ann said...


You had some great celebration, that looks like a pawsome place to visit.

Sagira said...


Looks like you had a great time celebrating your birthday!

Oskar said...

What an awesome birthday, despite the pink hat! My people have been to Brevard, NC if that's clse to where you were, that's super cool.

I hope this is your best year ever!

Nubbin wiggles,

KB said...

Happy Birthday Booker Man!!! You're amazing. What a hike and swim - I can't imagine a better birthday present. But then, you even got to wow the head ranger dude! Way to go buddy!

I think that TWO is the bestest age ever so enjoy every minute!

Teddy Bear said...

Happy Barkday, Booker! Looks like you had a pawesome celebration.:)

Teddy Bear

sprinkles said...


And yes, I did have to type that in all caps just so you know how excited I am for you.

You look cute in that pink hat.

What a fun way to celebrate your birthday! I used to love to hike but now my hip bothers me and it hurts to walk long distances.

Great videos.

Anonymous said...



Many More!!!!!

woo woos, Tessa

Hoke said...

Happy Birthday to you!!!! What a nice walk you got too!!! Hope you got cake!! I love cake!!

Lola said...

Oh, happy, happy birthday, dear Booker! It sounds like you picked a most pawfect kind of day to celebrate and I'm glad you had such a wonderful time. Congratulations on not being a puppy anymore, too. Although, really, being a puppy isn't so bad. Now you've got responsibilities, right?

lotsa licks, Lola

Lorenza said...

Happy Happy Birthday, Booker!
You are now a big boy!
Sure you had a pawesome celebration!
Glad you all enjoyed the hike!
Kisses and hugs

PS... you look adorable wearing the pink hat!

Benny and Lily said...

happee Birthday Booker. You look purrty cool sportin the pink hat
Benny & Lily

Two Pitties in the City said...

What a great adventure. Happy birthday!

Asta said...

Happy Biwfday bookew Man
It looks like you had a most pawfect way to celebwate!!! I hope you have many many mowe biwfdays and adventoowes and love
smoochie kisses

Jed and Abby in MerryLand said...

Happy Birthday, Booker Man! Looks like you had an awesome celebration. Bet Miss Mayzie would have enjoyed that romantic waterfall swimming place.

Jed & Abby

Maureen and HoneyBuzz said...

Happy Barkday Bookerman!! Iz sorry Iz is late but my momma went on vacationz and left me with a babysitter! BABY?! Who she callin' a baby?! Hmph! But anywayz, Iz is to wish you much happiness on your special day!!

Sending you extra big birthday slurps, HoneyBuzz

bichonpawz said...

Happy Birthday Booker!! We are so happy that you had such a great birthday celebration!! We LOVED actually getting to watch you on video....we even felt like we were There!! Don't worry about the least you got some PB&J!! xoxo Chloe and LadyBug

Cheryl, Indiana, Shingo and Molly said...

We are always late, lately! :) We hopes you had a furry happy birthday, Booker!! Looks like you had a pawsome hike!

Woofs and Kisses!
The Fiesty Three

Madi and Mom said...

Booker MOL at the comment you left for me today.....spoken like the true Southern Gentleman you are!!!

Hugs Madi

Alien said...

Happy Birthday. And I like the hat.


K-9 Katastrophe said...

Happy Birthday Booger.... I mean Booker! Haahaa! I love water too! I will climb into our troughs at home all the time! Haahaa in your video it looked as if Asa was trying to get ahead of you!! Were you cutting toots or somethin? BWAHAAHAA! Happy Birthday Brother in law... i mean... hehe... Booker!


Zona said...

I'm late but I wanted to wish you the most fantastical belated birfday! It looks like you had a great day!!


Deborah said...

Happy Birthday! Great post and great pictures!!! I'm so glad you had a great day and you got to meet the ranger dude! How cool is that!

BRUTUS said...

Happy (slightly belated) birthday Booker!! I didn't know I was older than you (I turned 2 in July) - such a young pup! Mom agrees that 2 is a big turning point for us doggies, she says I've really grown up since then! Looks like you had a totally awesome day. Not sure my little leggies could have kept up with yours! Hope you are all rested up now - but as they say, a tired dog is a happy dog, right?

Birthday Snorts-
Brutus & Carmen

Anonymous said...

Don't worry about your party hat, Booker -- just pretend it's an awesome ranger hat like Mr. Head Park Ranger Dude had. Because everybody digs a man in uniform.
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Kristin G. said...

Happy 2nd birthday to you!! I'm glad you had a super-fun road trip! Take care my friend.

The Thundering Herd said...

Happy Birthday! And it has been a long time, but we have been to that park as well.

Anonymous said...

Booker Man! Happy #2! What a fabulous place you went for your Birthday Celebration! A super hike AND a crik with a waterfall?! Wishin I could've been there with yaz :)

Waggin at ya old guy ;)

Those Elgin Pugs said...

Booker Man!! Happy Birfday!! Sorry we's late to 'da pawTy... we's were out shopping for a diff hat for yous, but we's only found a different shade of pink...snorts!!

Looks like you had a great day!!

Josie, IzZY, TriXie and Anakin Man

road-dog-tales said...

We're a couple days late, BUT we wanted to wish you a HAPPY BIRTHDAY Booker Man! Wow, that is some fantastic hike you got to go on!

The Road Dogs

Anonymous said...

Happy Belated Birthday Boomer!!! We loved the "stoopid" hat! It takes a real man to wear pink.


CreekHiker / HollysFolly said...

Oh Booker!!! Sorry we missed your special day! Mabel Lou sez it sure looked like an extra special day. She would've went swimmie with you for sures!!!

Glad the family had such a special day planned for you!

The Strawberry Mallard said...

You still look like a pup to me and the Beckaroooooooooo...BOL!!!

Scout 'n Freyja said...

We are so furry sorry that we missed your most imPAWtant day. Our momma was so busy workin' that she didn't get around to let us bloggy. We wish you a furry ♫Happy Belated Bark-day♫.