Niagara Falls

Justin, Heidi, and I took a weekend away, road trip to Niagara Falls from Maryland. After the first few hours, Heidi got used to being in a car. Our return drive was easy breezy; she knew how to get comfortable, sleep, wander, etc. The drive was around 8.5 hours with a couple of small stops here and there and one tank of $40 gas (one way). We drove straight into the Canadian side where we stayed at a pet-friendly hotel; no issues crossing the border. We wandered through the town that evening. The Canadian side was kinda cheesy touristy/theme park attraction-y. Luckily it is not quite tourist season yet, even though it’s May, so it was not packed and some stuff was not open. Plus it was raining almost the entire weekend and in the 40s-50s. The hour here and there where there was no rain we were getting misted by the falls….so it was quite the wet weekend and my wellies got thoroughly used.

Please enjoy our complimentary photos, with more text and a video below!

Day two in Canada we visited the falls (very awesome), went behind the falls (very loud), and ate at Tim Hortons (very delicious). Then we made our way back into America. We were thoroughly questioned by the patrol guys on our way in since we had Heidi, and they checked her papers (rabies, shots, etc.) and gave her some loving attention, and we were on our way! We took a long stroll in the Falls’ park and enjoyed the views from the other side. Heidi was particularly popular with the Chinese and Russians and will likely be popping up in various social media posts worldwide, as she was photographed a dozen times. People fawning over Heidi is not too unusual, I mean, look at that cute face…and butt. Anyways, we did not spend much time in town on the American side, but it was certainly not as theme-y as the Canadian side. Therefore, I’d recommend the American side more, if one must choose.  Then we drove back to Maryland. Fin.

 

 

Meet our latest addition to the family!

Heidi Ho Johnson has been with us since February of 2015, although she was born on November 13, 2014. We got her from a Mennonite near Lancaster, PA. At the time of posting this, she has recently turned 1. She is a tri-colored Pembroke Welsh Corgi. Heidi is a nice little lady who loves to play with balls, sticks, cardboard boxes, and rope toys. When she is really playful she will do this specific weird growl, it’s pretty cute…can sometimes a little loud and silly. If she wants something she will do these quiet little “moof” sounding noises (it’s her barking when she’s too lazy to open her mouth). It also signals she is too lazy to get a toy that she wants, generally when it’s less than a foot away from her.  She has lots of friends, dogs and humans alike. Her best friend, and possibly boyfriend from down the street, is a fluffy small mix of things named Hobbs. They visit each other almost daily.

In other Heidi skills, she is a talented cricket and bug catcher. She likes to play with them but always ends up killing them…good for bedroom bugs, though. Sometimes she goes straight for the kill and eats them. She once caught a bird who was trapped in our Odenton apartment’s stairwell…I made her let go of it, though. She enjoys going on walks and sniffing poop. She is not a great swimmer yet, but we’re working on it. Currently, she knows fetch, catches balls, shakes your hand (though you have to get really low to the ground for her to reach), stay, come, drops and leaves “it” (moderately successful depending on what she finds), sit, show me your belly, roll over, lie down. I think that’s all. She is a great addition to the family and is very sweet. She is long, soft, super fluffy around the collar, and very short. She also does a fine job of hogging the bed at night. Here is her first year of life with us.