Sorry I haven’t posted much. I don’t really have reliable internet at home, so I have to compose posts on my breaks at work or on my phone. I have been composing this post for quite a while.

First, Brian and I celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary in Cheboygan/Topinabee/Mackinaw City/Mackinac Island. We had 10 glorious days off and it was just great. Brian’s family also spent a few days up in Mackinaw City and it was nice to get to hang out with them. It’s so weird to think that Brian and I have been married for 5 YEARS. Yet sometimes it feels like we’ve been together forever.

As always, the dogs accompanied us on our vacation. It was a little rocky for the first 3 days or so because we were staying with friends and one of the people in the house just absolutely terrified Henry enough to where he was shaking and cowering constantly. If anyone knows Henry, they’d know that he’s not like that at all. He’s a happy-go-lucky kind of guy that just loves everything. It was just very unlike him. I’m so thankful for my mother-in-law because where we were staying we had NO cell phone service and she helped us book a room so that we could see them up in Mackinaw. Otherwise, we were just going to go home. After we left Cheboygan area for Mackinaw City, Henry just wasn’t the same. It was almost like he was broken. He was terrified of EVERYTHING. So, we looked up pet stores in the area to see if there were any near us so that we could try a Thundershirt (if you’re unfamiliar with them, click HERE.) I was always skeptical of them, but we were so desperate for him to calm down that we were willing to do anything to get him back to normal. The Thundershirt has a special patch on it where you can spray a calming spray on it and that will also help with calming them. (We bought THIS ONE). Long story, I know… The closest pet store was in Petoskey. Brian offered to go so that I could stay and try to keep Henry calm in his new environment. He got back a couple hours later and we put it on Henry immediately with the calming spray. Within a few minutes he was laying down and calmer. After about a day of wearing it off an on, he was back to normal. We were SO relieved!

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Here’s Henry in his thundershirt.

Shortly before we left for vacation, we found out that Henry has to have a major surgery. I’ll update you with another post about that.

For now, he are some pictures from our vacation…
(Please click on any picture to enlarge.)


Swimmin’! We got the pool all to ourselves.


5 years!


Walking on the trail that goes around Mullet Lake in Cheboygan/Topinabee area.



Mullet Lake


Hen laying around.


Brian made a friend. They pretty much only talked about Legos, Star Wars, and Lego Star Wars. 😉


Carlos catching Z’s.


Heading to the Island from Shepler’s.


The kites at Mackinac Island.


Some cuties at Mackinac. 🙂


Ellie playing at the playground on the island.




The bridge!


Fireworks over Lake Huron.





Charlie at the beach on Lake Huron.


Charlie “people watching.”


Brian and Henry at the beach.


Chuckleberry hound smiles.




Charlie and Henry relaxing on the bed with me.

All-in-all, it was a great vacation. It was nice to get away and not have a schedule.

In my next post, I’ll update you on what’s going on with Henry.

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