Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Benny on a Road Trip and Post of the Week

Benny loves going to the cottage. Let me amend that to "Benny loves BEING at the cottage." The trip to and from are another story.

Despite how the pictures below appear, he really doesn't mind being in his crate. He gets inside of it quite readily and is happy just to know that wherever we're headed, he's going with us. It's the long drive which gets him antsy. He's fine when we're zooming along the highway - he'll sleep most of the way, but as soon as he senses that we're getting closer to making a few stops (to get worms, to buy groceries and to acquire our usual goodies from the liquor store), he starts getting restless. He has a full repertoire of sounds which range from soft whimpers, vocal pants and bird-like chirps which change in range before your very ears, from very high-pitched to deep low growly sounds. It's quite the symphony of canine sounds.

Of course, while he's entertaining us with his vocal prowess, he's not just sitting or lying still. He's often facing forward, imploring us with his eyes, to understand that he can not wait a moment longer and must be at the cottage right now lest he implode.

One day, I'll record Benny's symphony of sounds but for now, the following three photos will give you an idea of his sense of urgency.


benny save me
Are we just about there yet?




Benny save me 2
Please! Can't somebody help me?




Benny save me 4
For the love of dog, please stop this car.


And now, without further delay, here are the Posts of the Week. The icon below is yours for the taking if if your blog post is named as a POTW.


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A Good Read

I'm Britney?
by Gary
at Follow Your Bliss

Empty Hands
by Fiona
at Lady Fi

The Prune One
by Moannie
at The View From This End

I Can't See That From Over Here
by Christopher
at Christopher's Views

Funny Stuff

Would You Rather...
by Michelle
at House of Lime

Hurricanes: How to Prepare (or Not)
by Crabby
at Cranky Fitness


Photographic Gems

Sunset Sunday
by Scott
at Just Used Pixels

Monarch Butterfly - Egg Laying - Ovipositing

by Kerri
at A Little Piece of Me

Please drop by their blogs for a visit and leave a kind comment if you have the time. Also, please feel free to add your own choices (for any blog except this one) for a specific blog post in the comments section below, where others can see them.

Thank you.

52 comments:

Midlife Jobhunter said...

I just had the worst weekend with my cat. No kids at home so took her to the lake. Miserable. When she wasn't lost and found way down the road or nixing the litter box, she was whining and crying. Guess an overload of food and water placed in the backyard and all her friends - the possum, squirrels, and the resident skunk -- keep her happier than being with my husband and me. Works for me.

Will check in on your POTW later this week. Still recovering from the weekend.

Dawn said...

Oh what a sweetheart! I just KNOW how he feels!! But he handles the "waiting game" much better than I!;D

Kelly H-Y said...

Oh, those pics are adorable ... that first one was my absolute favorite. What a little personality he has!
Congrats POTW!!!

the Bag Lady said...

I can almost hear him in those photos! (Oh, wait, that's the Princess doing the vocalizing - she does the exact same thing!)
Adorable pictures!

Daniel said...

It's amazing how animals are able to express themselves in different ways.

Here's another dog who happens to have a knack for self-expression.
http://youtu.be/2c8MMiytwNs

Glo said...

Whine, Whimper and Song ~ Benny's hymn as he clasps his paws in prayer. :) His prayers are answered when the cottage is reached. Beseeching Benny's photos' are most endearing.

Congrats to POTW - and thanks for sharing them with us.

Anyes said...

Hilary, Who would have guessed the vocal range of such a cute little dog. How hard must it be to resist his pleas ;-)

Dave said...

Pets can be nearly human sometimes. Imagine a child in the car getting restless. Our cat Alfie always meows to thank us for opening a door for him to come in or go out. He talks in other ways too - Dave

ethelmaepotter! said...

My dog is the same way - he loves GOING, but after a few minutes he wants to BE THERE!

Bob Bushell said...

Oh, poor Benny.

ADRIAN said...

A beautiful set......I'll have to get one of those crates.

Laura~Pretty Pix said...

Too funny.
Impatience beautifully conveyed!

SueAnn said...

What adorable pics!! Impatience never looked so darn cute!!
Love it
I am traveling right now to Ohio!
Going to see my mom..woot!!
Hugs
SueAnn

Kappa no He said...

Benny belly is my favorite! I love that pup. ^^v

Gary's third pottery blog said...

OH BENNY!

That Janie Girl said...

LOVE that dog. I love his poses!

Some cool posts, I'm going to be visiting! Thanks for doing all the "research"!

Maggie May said...

Poor Benny! Not the type of dog to be cooped up for long. I expect he more than made up for it when he eventually got out..... racing around!
Maggie X

Nuts in May

Zuzana said...

Oh my goodness, poor doggy.;) Joking aside, these are simply the cutest pictures of a dog.;) He looks like he is just sitting back and stretching his paws.;) Hilarious.;)
Congratulations to everyone mentioned here, now I just need the day to have 48 hours so I can visit everyone.;))
xoxo

Out on the prairie said...

I like the sounds he makes. I put a bed between my seats, but my dog wants to be on my lap.Eventually she finds her bed.

Crabby McSlacker said...

Benny is such a drama queen, isn't he? You can tell he's quite happy but he sure knows how to strike a pose.

We used to travel with our cat cross country in our van and she was affectionate, patient, and content... until it got towards evening and she judged it was time to stop. She'd start pacing howling nonstop if we took too long to find a campground. We may have technically taken the wheel, but she was often the real "driver."

And hey, thanks so much for the link!!

TexWisGirl said...

some really great posts once again, ms. hilary!

and i adore your neurotic benny! :)

DJan said...

I just love Benny. He's my favorite dog in the world, and he would be my friend in a jiffy, if we ever met in real life. Glad he gets to go with you, even if he does have to suffer a bit!

Elizabeth Grimes said...

Lol. Oh Benny. My dog does surprisingly well in the car, better than me on long trips! :) Congrats to all the POTW!

Daryl said...

Oh that Benny is such a scamp ... lots of good posts/photos this week!

Brian Miller said...

aww benny...smiles...fun hilary...

congrats to everyone...def on lady fi's post...really enjoyed that earlier this week...will check out the rest...

Kerri said...

I think I'm in LOVE with Benny :)


PS - Thank you for your kindness with the POTW! Very much appreciated!

ladyfi said...

Oh my - those photos of Benny had me laughing out loud!

Many thanks for the honour of a POTW and thank you for giving us so much good reading every week.

Betty Manousos@ Cut and Dry said...

aw, poor benny!
he's such an adorable dog!

beautiful series of photos.

...and thanks so much for your lovely comments.
they are much appreciated!

betty xx

Scott said...

I know how your little dog feels. Cute photos of him. I'm glad you liked my Sunset Sunday shot, thanks for the POTW award.

Gary said...

Benny is so adorable! Man, oh, man, I just love dogs! Thanks Hilary for including "I'm Britney?" as a POTW. I so appreciate your support and kindness.

Susan in the Boonies said...

Benny's so cute!!!

Moannie said...

A gob-smacking surprise for me, Hilary. Thank you, thank you so much.
This morning I thought I was on the way out; such pain...think it was a twisted costal cartilage...so did not log on till, well, now.

Benny is a star.

Lisa RedWillow said...

What a sweetie and so cute. The photos are adorable Hilary.
Thanks for stopping and your kind words.
Have a lovely week xo

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

Your Benny is adorable!! What cute poses. I am a big believer in crates. They offer much comfort for our furry friends. Ours used to go in the crate like it was their den, their quiet place.

Congrats to the POTW-ers! Looks like some interesting ones....hope to get by later this evening.

Jillsy Girl said...

Our Simon is pretty much the same way...the high speed lull will keep him sleeping but the minute we get off the highway and start making turns and stopping at lights....the ants-in-the-pants begins!

Cedar said...

Ha, for the love of Dog....

That poor Baby...

Tammie Lee said...

Benny is so very cute. Wishing you a wonderful time at the cottage (or maybe these are older photos?).

blueviolet said...

Oh my goodness, he's such a pathetic little guy! I'm sure the cabin made up for it!

Joanna Jenkins said...

I'll be Benny goes for a long, fast run when he arrives at his destination :-)

Thanks for the great reads... I'm off.

xo jj

christopher said...

I use to be able to drive forever without getting restless, but that is no longer the case. Now, after about six hours, I resemble Benny.

Thanks very much for the POTW mention.

I lost power for 2 1/2 days from the storm...have it back now...but internet at my home is down so I'm online sporadically as I can find wireless...will come back later to read rest of the POTW's.

yaya said...

Wow, he's a cutie! We had a dog that loved to travel and was such a good traveler and guest! Much better than boarding him...he really let us know how unhappy he was the only time we did it!

lime said...

hahaha, well i am glad my ridiculousness gave you and the others who stopped by a good chuckle. you just never know where inspiration will strike and in what manner!

benny is as entertaining as ever. too :)

SandyCarlson said...

Benny just made my night. I love that little convict act! Clyde does that though not with the same charm. What a hoot!

Linda said...

He's adorable, and I can feel his sense of urgency. I've felt that myself...are we ever going to get there. Those last miles are the longest.

Barb said...

Oh, Benny - who can resist you? That face, those eyes, that little sausage body. Hopefully, you got lots of treats for your trouble.

Bonnie said...

THIS IS THE CUTEST DOG EVER.
The caps were completely warranted in this case. Your puppy butt is adorable!

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Unknown Mami said...

Benny is gorgeous.

beth said...

okay...that just totally cracked me up !!
xo

Hilary said...

Thanks for stopping by, everyone. As always, your kindness and support that you show to me and to the folks mentioned in the POTW is very much appreciated. You're all terrific!

Barbara Shallue said...

Benny's such a doll! And is it Wednesday again, already? Yikes!

Indrani said...

The look in his eyes! They speak. :)
The sunset photo is terrific!

Jayne said...

Hilary- haven't been here (or anywhere!) for too long. I miss your photos. Benny is just adorable--a balm for weary hearts. :)