Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Fall 2012 Florida Keys Adventure - My Travel Journal, Part II

Part II: Key Largo

Day 3 - Key Largo
Mom, dad and I went on a sunrise walkie.  We walked all the way across the island to see the ocean!  During the morning, I napped while mom and dad went swimming.  Dad overcame his fear of water and learned that he is part fish!  He learned to use a mask and saw a bunch of fishies and a starfish!  

Napping on the balcony

Then during lunch at the Blue Cow Cafe, I made a new friend named Buoy, and Buoy's dad gave me a treat!  Then I made friends with Bentley who works in the boutique nearby.  

Me and my new friend Buoy


For dinner, we all went to the Conch House, and the very nice lady there gave me BACON!  After dinner, we stopped by Divers Direct and a guy in the store said I could come inside too.  I'd never been in a dive shop before.

That night I had very active dreams -- I dreamed I was hunting bacon on the plains of Africa.

Day 4 - Key Largo
We started the day with another sunrise walk across the island to the ocean.  

After lunch at the Blue Cow Cafe, we went into the dog-friendly UPS Store because in the window they had a sign that piqued our curiosity -- it said "we send coconut postcards".  The very nice lady in the UPS Store gave me treats and explained that a "coconut postcard" is when you put an address on a coconut and ship it to someone.  This is why I love the Keys!  Every place is dog friendly and everywhere I go, they give me treats!  And they do crazy things like ship coconuts to people instead of a postcard!  We wanted to get a coconut postcard for Grandma Joyce, but the only ones they had said "Happy Birthday" and it won't be her birthday again until next July.  But I got treats, and that's all that mattered.

Me and Hector in front of the Blue Cow Cafe

I LOVE this place
Excellent service at the UPS Store

I was very proud of Daddy-Dog because he was learning basic swimming and was rapidly gaining confidence in the water.  Mommy-Dog tried SUP (stand-up paddleboarding) for the first time ever and paddled a couple miles down the shore and back.  She "totally rocked it" according to the 18-year old SUP dude.  Momma was quite proud of herself at receiving such high praise.  And her newly-mended-with-a-titanium-plate-and-8-screws arm didn't bother her AT ALL, which is really amazing, considering she broke it into a bunch of pieces only a little over two months ago.

Day 5 - Key Largo
We had an early morning walkie, then went to the Blue Cow Cafe for breakfast, where we saw my new friend Bentley.  Everyone who walked by admired me and petted me.

Dad continued to amaze us by trying stand-up paddle-boarding.  He didn't fall off and was actually able to keep up with Momma.
During lunch at the Blue Cow Cafe, we saw my new friend Buoy.  The UPS Store lady brought me treats so I did some tricks for her.  Then Buoy had to show us HIS tricks.  Then we met Uncle Randy & Aunt Cara at Snook's for drinks.  It was great to see them!

The Blue Cow Cafe is VERY dog-friendly (and people-friendly!)

Buoy and Hector make sure everyone
knows dogs are welcome

Buoy has the best eyebrows EVER

We went back to Snook's later for the MarrVelous Pet Rescue Yappy Hour.  You wouldn't believe the number of dogs there!  You can see some photos at Yappy Hour at Snooks.  I REALLY missed seeing my buddy Southernmost Moose though.  Hopefully we will see him next year -- if not before.

Me at Yappy Hour

More scenes from Key Largo:

This little dude was walking across the driveway of our hotel
Lizards were EVERYWHERE
Relaxing on the balcony of our sweet suite

Big jaws at Shell World

Now this is just silly

Stay tuned for Part III: Key Largo to Key West


  1. What a pawsome trip you guys are having! We luv the pics and the great dog-friendly places you go. Have a great Thursday, furriends. xoxo

  2. OMD that is the coolest place ever!!! Dogs can go everywhere. I am gonna beg Mommy and Daddy to take me there. It is so pretty there also, I am glad you are having such a blast!!

    Loveys Sasha

  3. Yikes those jaws Garth! Looks like you are having a swell time. Liking all your new doggy friends and all those treats and bacon too. Have a terrific Thursday.
    Best wishes Molly

  4. How cool that they ship coconut postcards! Hopefully next time you're in Key Largo they'll have more variety in messages :) You got ice cream at the Blue Cow Cafe?! Paradise fur sure ;)
    Heh Heh Heh luv the photo of you bein walked by Jaws :)

    See ya at your next stop in Key West pal!

    Waggin at ya,

  5. Wow..stand up paddleboarding? We think that is cool. Of course...our pawrents are very old and can just barely boogie board, so we prolly will never see them try the paddleboard thing.

    Thanks for letting us live vicariously

    gussie n teka

  6. I love your sunrise walkies!!! They look so beautiful. The lizards and crawly crabs though - not my scene!! Looks like you are having a marvelous time and we can't wait to see what else you get to see!

  7. Wow, that's such a pawsome time! How cool that your dad is part fish. I hope that doesn't mean he starts to smell in a few days. I love places that are so dog-friendly.

  8. Mom always wanted to go to that place you sure are making her jealous. It is as beautiful as we thought
    Benny & Lily

  9. How nice! Having dog friendly places to visit really make a vacation awesome!


  10. SOunds and looks like you are having a wonderful trip. Love all the photos and it's great that all the dogs are so welcome. SUP is something I have on my bucket list, hopefully the next time we are in HAwaii I can give it a go :) Can't wait for the next Key Largo vacay installment.

  11. Wow what an adventure you're having. I love the yappy hour and all your new doggy pals. You will have to be carefull you don't put t much weight on with all those treats and bacon.

    Take care Sheba.

  12. what an amazing trip! I's so happy that you gets to go to so many dog-friendly places. it looks so fun! and all those treats? somehow i gots to convince my mama to take me there!


  13. Hi Garth,
    My name is Jane and I'm with Dwellable.
    I was looking for blog posts about Key Largo to share on our site and I came across your post...If you're open to it, shoot me an email at jane(at)dwellable(dot)com.
    Hope to hear from you :)