Hello and welcome back to the traveling Dogpound. That is right…I took my first extended vacation in a long time and I survived. It...

Hello and welcome back to the traveling Dogpound. That is right…I took my first extended vacation in a long time and I survived. It was worth it because I actually got to meet my Master for the first time. I know it sounds strange, after so many years, but in my defense, I have made an effort, but for some reason I was always missing him…barely…but still no contact. I did wonder about the open swinging doors and the squeal of tires, but the staff was always reassuring that I would catch him next year.

Despite all that, we did finally meet up for lunch…and you know…he is not as mean as they say….LOL…only kidding…he and his wife are super people. However, I was a little disappointed that the promised balloons, red carpet, and marching band were delayed [per the Master], by the big NASCAR race traffic in Richmond. I guess it could happen. Anyway, to make up for that, we walked over to Sheila’s Hair Salon, where I got to meet one of my big fans…Judy…special shout out to her and to Sheila’s friendly staff…and I also got to give out my first autograph. Hang on to that Judy…this will be worth something…some day. LOL We also took in the National Zoo in Washington, DC….nice zoo but hate the traffic. Unfortunately it was a very hot day…like 97 with high humidity, and many of the animals just did not want to come out and play…and I can completely understand that. We almost had another melt-down…we were following my oldest daughter Tina and she missed a turn. She texted me that she was going to find a parking space. I assumed that she meant we were going to find the zoo parking space…instead she meant any parking space…and all of sudden on a very busy and crowded street she pulls into an open parking space. Yikes! What am I supposed to do now?! Fortunately…and very fortunately, there was another street parking spot just five cars further down the street…otherwise…with no idea how to get around town…I might still be there circling and circling. LOL

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
“Zoo animals are ambassadors for their cousins in the wild.” Jack Hanna

A FEW BLONDE JOKES
A blond goes to the vet with his goldfish. “I think it’s got epilepsy,” he tells the vet. The vet takes a look and says, “It seems calm enough to me.” The blond says, “Wait, I haven’t taken it out of the bowl yet.”
An Italian tourist asked the blonde guide: “Why do scuba divers always fall backwards off their boats?” To which the blonde replies: “If they fell forward, they’d still be in the boat.”
That is all I have today. As always, be good, do good, play safe, and remember vacations are good for the soul as long as you can find a parking space.

JR