Tuesday, October 17, 2017

A Barkley Memory - Visiting the Pet Store

Mom - I need more squeaky toys.  You leave, you're gone for days and you come home all tired out, without any squeaky toys.

I remember that day, my fiance (now husband)  was visiting me in Indiana and we had a few errands that needed to be run before our Fall wedding.

First a stop at the BigBox store for some cleaning stuff ("hey look - the WalMart Brand of foaming bathroom cleaner with "Scrubbing Bubba") and a trip to the UPS store to pick up all my mail.

Then off to PetsMart.  We'd not been to one before.  He had another groomer that was co-located with his doggie daycare, and most of the time when I needed something, I'd order it online.

But here we were, on our first trip.

 I wasn't sure how Barkley would do, as he hates tile floors, but once he saw all the toys and the smells and the other dogs, he just charged right in pulling his "Dad" like some sort of Nantucket Sleigh Ride.
Look! People!
Hmmm, giant tub of dog Cheetos or the chewy snacks. Can I have both?
I think we need the "Beware of Dog" sign to intimidate that wimpy mixed breed terrier next door.
Oh look, it's dog adoption day!  I'm so lucky to have a home, I hope some folks will take these dogs home today and give them treats.

From the distance came the sound of several squeaky toys going off in a single round and the rest of the pictures were just "dog shaped blur"

He did behave himself at the check stand while his treats, a new leash and a  $1.99 sale toy were bagged up. (The duck was on sale apparently due to a pneumothorax.)

See Barkley - you behaved so you get a toy of your own.

squeak squeak squeak squeak squeak squeak squeakkkkkkkkkkk!!!! OK, that's enough toy for now Barkley.
You can have my duck when you pry it out of my cold, cold jaws.

Yes, I think everyone had fun! (look carefully at the sticker on my shirt)

So many good memories Barkley while you were with us, and so many new ones now being made with our Senior rescue Abby Lab.  We miss you every day, but Abby has brought great joy into our lives.
Look Mom - I got a scarf from the PetSmart groomer that matches my squeaky elephant! 

Don't I look adorable?


  1. Ahh, a little bit of deja vu:) We have never been to Petsmart or Petco. Mom is worried we would totally embarrass her:)

    Woos - Lightning, Misty, and Timber

  2. Oh those wonderful memories that bring tears to our eyes . . .

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

  3. Awe, what lovely memories! Thanks for sharing.

    P.S.: I can't tell you how many times I have ended up with one of the stickers from Ruby's toys (or my human daughter's toys) on my shirt.

  4. You look GORGEOUS to ME Abby. Just sayin.
    OMD we love going to PetSmart... Ordering from Chewy.com is grrrrreat... butt one does miss the SMELLS from the Big Bark Store.

  5. I went to PetSmart when it opened here in Winnipeg. I lifted my leg on a box containing a ginormous dog crate. We left in shame (after wiping it up of course).

  6. We don't have a cool pet store close to us, walmart is where we have to get our toys. stella rose

  7. Those kind of memories get cemented in our hearts and minds. 💖


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