Saturday, October 29, 2011

Howl-O-Ween Fest & Other Fun!

We awoke bright and early to very cool airs outside and also my favorite thing about morning which is tasty breakfast food! Just after that, I began to notice the kind of nonchalent activity pattern that a The Smart Boy will associate with a trolley ride!

A trolley ride to the very fun Howl-O-Ween Festival at Bridgeland!
Thank Heavens we had Exhibitor parking passes, and we easily deboarded the trolley and made our way to the GRRH tent. We did not do so directly, as Reuf and I both did BIG BUSINESS right in front of the event greeters. The Mom was terribly embarassed, and with a huge bag [15 pounds of costumes, water, bowls, flyers and business bags] in one hand, and two leashes in the other... she began shuffling about, trying to get to the business bags, when...

The greeters quickly assured her 'No worries, it's a DOG EVENT!', and almost before the business was produced, there was someone there to scoop it up! Wow, I thought... this is like FIVE STAR!
Once we settled in at our tent, I asked that everyone turn their heads... and the Mom helped me dress in my costume. The one issue we didn't address in our rehearsal... was the leash.
We tried several adjustments, as we worked through the various and several wardrobe malfunctions... with little success, but oh well.
My lapel was a little askew, but I made up for it with my adorable freckle.
"Welcome to the GRRH tent. I am very successful GRRH Alumnus, Dr. The Bleu!"
"Yes, You may pet me... And please!"
My patented, 'Armpit Maneuver' where I slip between the arm and the torso, without my intended really even noticing. Thank you, Diana! 
I love this little boy. He gave me very good and tender attention. He really liked me, too.
In fact, the firemen were giving demonstrations just a few feet away, and they were letting children climb all over their truck. This little boy's the mom kept encouraging him to participate... but he wanted to stay with me.
The closest we came to a photo of me and Reuf together...
Just a glimpse of my Cousin Zeke!
Oh yeah... And Reuf rocked his rocket!
The slightly-reserved-always-polite-in-public Reufus... really came out of his shell today.
He was gentle. He did very little jumping up and climbing in laps [Thank you, Tracie... Reuf's favorite trainer... and the Mom for her consistency! This has been little squirt's biggest social problem to overcome!]
Clearly, the rocket has some alignment issues. Must recalculate trajectory data.
Reufus had a joyous time...
He was very gentle and I would say mannerly if he hadn't tumped over this little girl's beverage. No worries as nothing spilled, but her the mom moved the cup...
And our the Mom will be heading out to buy sippy cups for herself in the morning!
I offer you the difference between Reality and the movies (and cartoons)! This position does not lend itself to maximum trajectory but just a circle...
Much better!!!
Sticks or Treats, Sticks or Treats...
Sticks ARE Treats!
... until your little brother steals it from you!
[And now maybe you understand why I crafted for him... a rocket!]
After a while, the Mom undressed us and I have to tell you... It felt good to be naked!
I give credit where it's due, and Reufus wore his costume like a big boy today. I think he just needed to hear people tell him how cute he was and admire it... and he was all good. That said, he also did very much revel in his nakedness.
In case I've never mentioned it, I'm a BIG fan of Thing 2!
Oh, yeah...
It was SUCH a fun day!
There were SO many wonderful costumes on display at the festival,
and the Mom is disappointed that she wasn't physically able to photograph them all.
Here is a teeny tiny sampling...

Winged Dragon... sorta
Sexy Lady... MmmmHmmm...
Ruffled Cuteness
And drum roll, please...
The very very VERY best costume we saw all day...
Worn by the strikingly adorable Gumball...

Banana Split!
I think I speak for all of us when I say...
"I hate to say goodbye to a banana split!"
[The Mom said to tell you that the Gumball had very seductive ears. She could have loved on them all day!]

It was a wonderful day. The festival was well planned and hugely successful. Tons of people and dogs attended. The Mom wished she had been able to walk and shop and eat, because there was a huge range of entertainment, presentations, vendors and eatables... but she just wasn't able. Old gal had what she said are Responsibilities, but Reuf and I call ourselves The Wright Brothers.

We stayed about 4 hours and then the Mom began to worry about the me. Traffic was heavy, and it took over an hour to get home. We were all pretty exhausted, so we laid down for a nap...

The Mom and Reufus would still be sleeping, but I woke them up... HUNGRY! And the dinner foods were served and we all went outside,  and then I parked myself by the nightstand.

You know... the nightstand with the drawer that holds the antlers. And SCORE! Once we settled in for the evening, the Mom being exhausted, delivered the antlers for our evening entertainment
chew chew chew chew chew chew
nom nom nom nom nom nom nom nom
Poor Reufus. What's his problem?
He's got TWO antlers on the big bed.
But again... He wants mine.
We continue to work on Reuf's willingness to share, and we're making progress. It's stressful on the Mom, but we have worked quite hard and are pleased to report very good results. Tonight, though he really wanted MY antler, he did NOT steal it. And that's great progress.

The antlers have now been picked up. Reuf and I have just gotten started on our evening, but the old gal aka our the Mom has just announced that it is night-night-bedtime.

I close by saying... I'm grateful for this beautiful day. I'm thankful for my wonderful friends. I'm blessed!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Friday Night Wrights: Howl-O-Ween Edition

Happy Friday,
and Welcome to Our Dress rehearsal!

I'm Dr. The Bleu,
and I'm wondering what ailment brought you here to see me this evening???... [tee hee]
I may be a Retriever, but I think we can all agree that I rock a lab coat! [That joke never gets old! hee hee].

"They" say "Imitation is the highest form of flattery." And I have two EXTRAORDINARY doctors in my life. I am grateful, beyond words, to each of them... and I'm secure enough to say... I love them dearly.

Dr. Mark Rieger... Along with my the Mom, I could write a book on all the wonderful ways The Mark has cared for us, gone the extra thousand miles, given wise and thoughtful advice... and put up with my the Mom! I know we can always count on him, and it's a comfort to know that he's on my Team The Bleu!!!
Dr. Andrew Novosad... Clearly, when the going gets tough, my the Mom trusts him with her Sweet Boy! We can always count on him to explain our situation, condition and options thoroughly. He truly connects with us personally. He understands my personality, my emotional and physical limitations... and he's customized my treatment day, so that they are as easy on me as possible!
Yes, My Doctors are TOPS! And though I've never had to have surgery... The Luke sure did. And here I am, rocking the Surgeon look!
The Mom says that I would surely bring comfort to a concerned family if I came out of surgery to consult... with my ear inside out, and not to mention my irresistable freckle. [Just saying.]
If that doesn't work, I'll flash them my cute grin!
Yeah, yeah... Enough about MY dress rehearsal. I've hinted around and many of you have expressed wonder as I've dedicated my spare time, crafting a costume for Little Reufus.

And well... here's his dry run dress rehearsal!
Getting a good photo wasn't easy...
He was two bits or so uncooperative!
It's not as simple as POW ZOOM...
Positioning of the rocket is more of a problem than I anticipated... so I've got some more crafting to do!
And with a little time out of the rocket, here's the Reuf in his skulls-n-cross-bones!
He's all about wearing the bady boy muscle shirt... clearly!
Wiggle Wiggle...
Then the thought suddenly occurred to him... and he wondered if the Food Fairy had placed anything in his bowl.
Realizing not... He gave the Mom a grrrriiiiiiinnnnn!
I, on the otherpaw, am chilling in the Howliday neckware...
Reufus has caused quite an unwarranted hub-bub, but I will not allow it to cut into my ZENful  Friday evening situation...
Just saying.
Oh, and I've been saving these next photos since yesterday... for FrEYEday SkEYEday! [Thank you for the inspiration, Miss Khyra!]

Noon. Tend to the Bleu Trolley Tour. North Sky.
Noon. Tend to the Bleu Trolley Tour. West Sky.
5pm. Return to the Trolley Barn. North Sky.
Trolley Stop at Red Light in River Oaks.
South Sky, and The Big Bird appeared FAR larger to the naked EYE!
 Yesterday's skEYEs were awesome.
And I'm happy to report that a bit of liquid fell out of it last night!!!
It's still a little dismal today, but also a little cooler. And I welcome it!!!
We will be heading out in the morning for Bridgeland's Big Howl-O-Ween Fest! Reuf and I will be working the GRRH tent, and if you're in the Houston area, I hope you'll come out to see us! And if not, we hope to take some better photos to share with you!!!

Team The Bleu Members, thank you for your continuing support! Your prayers and well wishes have worked tremendously so far. I've got quite a way to go, so please don't forget me! Teusday is a big day, so some weekend overtime overdrive might be appropriate... if you're up for it!