Saturday, April 27, 2013

A Few Highlights From Howlidays

The hotel where we stayed is located in Gulf Breeze.  It is pet friendly and even has its own private beach.  Which is a good thing since you can't take your dogs on the beach in Pensacola.  Until this year, that is.  They opened a dog beach this year.  We were pretty excited, even though Sadie isn't crazy about the water.
We made a special trip to the dog beach on this particular day.  Now Sadie is a pretty laid back girl.  Not much upsets her.  But she did NOT like the beach on this day, at all.  The waves were huge!  She took one step off of the boardwalk and put on the brakes.  All I can think of is that I want her picture by the sand dune!  So this is what I got.  Not the best picture either.  Oh well, the beach was actually smaller than the one at the hotel. 
You can see how rough the waves were in this picture.  The sound was pretty loud, so I can't blame Sadie for not liking it.  She was such a good girl for this entire trip though.
Crashed back at the hotel.  She's laying on my hoodie that Bec from Greytglass made for me.
Now to one of the most exciting parts of the trip!  At least for me anyway.  Last year when they announced the theme of the event, I was bound and determined to enter the costume contest.  My original thought was to make an ensemble for Sadie and Boris (my sister's greyhound).  Sadly, Boris passed away at Christmas.  So, I got the wheels turning!  I am a huge fan of Gone With the Wind and knew I wanted to do something from the movie.  So, I present, Sadie-Scarlett O'Hara!  She won too!  The prize was a pretty silver shiny collar to add to our collection.  I was so excited to win.  I had so much fun making this and Sadie was such a ham!  She loved all the attention.
This beauty is Vivie.  I like to pronounce her name like VEE-VEE, with a little French accent!  She just walked into the sand and laid down.  Her and Sadie were best buds.  Vivie is with our group, so they can see each other again before next year.  Vivie and Sadie were also in the Fashion Review on Saturday night.  However, I am waiting on pictures.  I didn't have the brains to ask someone to take pictures of the dogs that evening.
Hooray for Howlywood was the theme this year.  GPA-EC did a wonderful job with the decorations too.  Of course, Sadie was too busy looking at the people who weren't petting her to look at the camera! 


  1. The beach looks great! The costume from Gone with the Wind is really beautiful on your hound.

  2. This whole post is just packed with fun. I love stuff like this and know you have a wonderful time.

  3. What a hoot! I love her costume!!! Sadie is the perfect Scarlet! LOL I love the drapery fringe on her dress. You thought of everything.

    Do you remember when Carol Burnette did the spoof on GWTW and dressed in the curtains with a curtain rod sticking out of her shoulders? I will never forget it. Such a riot it was.

    Glad you and Miss Sadie O'Hara won.

    Looks like a great time was had by all. Her friend is a pretty girl, too.

    My Min Pins loved the beach. The stormier, the better. isn't that weird. They loved to bite at the seam foam that had been tossed on the shore. And they would run and run and run on their leads. We kept them on them at all ties, naughty things that they were.



  4. Congrats on winning the contest. The costume is great!

    It sounds like you had a wonderful time!

  5. The costume is great!!!! You should come to beach Bound Hounds!

  6. LOVE her costume. Reminiscent of Carol Burnett in her Bob Mackie original. Bob has nothing on you! A deserving win. Congratulations!

  7. Sadie is a perfect Scarlett! Congratulations on winning, well deserved :) Hope we get to see the silver collar some time?