Saturday, August 14, 2010

Final Winners!

We've reached the end of our summer road trip and it's time to announce the final winners. Yesterday's secret location was Charlottesville, Virginia and the first correct guess came from Team Husky! Way to go!

Here is a wrap-up of all of our daily winners:
Day 4: Wild Dingo
Day 5: Turbo
Day 7: Lorenza
Day 8: Mango
Day 9: OP Pack
Day 10: Team Husky

We also took everyone else who commented on any of the summer road trip posts and drew two names for additional winners. The winners are Edda and Jack & Moo.

Let's take a look at our final map.
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As you can see, we travelled all the way across the country in the 10 days of our summer road trip contest. We spent several days at our Missouri grandparents' house before continuing our journey to Virginia. You might be wondering why we decided to go to Virginia where it is almost 100 degrees. The answer is because our mom is going to start law school at the University of Virginia next week and we had to help her move! Of course, we have moved with her. So we are beginning our journey as law dogs.

To go along with our new jobs as law school canines, we are also changing the name of our blog and moving to a real domain name. Please update your links so you can still follow along with us. We will now be over at Blawg & Disorder. See ya there!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Summer Road Trip - Day 10

It's the final day of our contest! Monday we were at the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri and the first correct guess came from the OP Pack! Congrats pups! The arch was pretty nice, but it was hotter than two Siberians could stand there. Mom wanted a picture of us sitting nicely at the base of the Arch and this is what she got. We were too hot to sit.

Let's check the map!
Picture 3

We are going to change the grand prize contest a bit since we have only received a couple guesses for our final destination grand prize and those guesses weren't even close. We have decided to give away two more $10 prizes instead of one $20 grand prize. Anyone who has left a comment on any of our road trip posts and hasn't won a prize yet will be entered into a drawing for a $10 Happy Hearts gift certificate and we will pick two winners from the drawing. We will email out the gift certificates to all winners next week (in case you have won and wondered what happened to your prize).

So now for our final secret location picture. We are on the grounds of the only university in the United States to be a designated World Heritage Site. What city are we in?

Note: Don't let the letters on the steps behind us throw you off. If they mean anything, we don't know what that might be, so it's not critical to figuring out the clue.

Thanks everyone for your patience with the delay of this last post. We had been using Dad's iPad for all of our travel blogging and on Tuesday morning, the iPad decided to forget that it has a sim card and it will no longer connect to the internet via 3G. We finally got Mom to go to a Starbucks so she could post this using their WiFi.

We will give everyone until 6PM Pacific Time tomorrow night to guess today's secret location. We will post the winner of today's secret location as well as the two winners from the drawing on Saturday. We will also let you know why we were tortured with a 3000+ mile road trip!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Post delay

Due to some technical difficulties with the camera, the iPad, and just general blogging from the road things, our post for today will be delayed, probably until tomorrow. Stay tuned!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Summer Road Trip - Day 9

It's the second to last day of our road trip! Yesterday we were at Stockton Lake, Missouri and Mango was our winner! Congratulations!

Once again, let's check the map.
Picture 2

For today's clue, we think you can get it from the picture alone. What city are we in?

The answer and tomorrow's clue (the last!) will be posted at 6PM Pacific time.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Summer Road Trip - Day 8

It's day 8 of 10 of our summer road trip! Yesterday's winner was Lorenza, who was the first pup (who hadn't already won a prize) to guess that we were in Fort Scott, Kansas! Here is another picture Mom took of us while we were there.

Let's check the map. We're getting quite a few pins in southwest Missouri and southeast Kansas.
Picture 1

For today, our secret location might be kind of hard to guess, but we did have a lot of fun while we were there. According to the website of this destination, it is ranked in the top 10 sailing lakes in the United States and boasts 25,000 acres of clean, clear water. Where are we?

Answer and the next clue will be posted at 6PM Pacific time tomorrow.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Summer Road Trip - Day 7

We're getting close to done with our summer road trip. Just three more days after this post! The winner for yesterday is Kira and Scampi for correctly guessing that we were in Overland Park, Kansas at Thunder, Phantom, and Ciara's house. It was so fun to meet some of our friends in person and Kat and Thunder definitely made a love connection!

Let's check our map again!
Picture 2

Our picture for today isn't very good because it was getting dark, but hopefully you will get the idea. We are at a fort, established in 1842 and was active until 1853 and then again during the American Civil War. What city are we in?

As you know by now, the answer and the next clue will be posted tomorrow at 6PM Pacific Time.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Summer Road Trip - Day 6

We're halfway done with our summer road trip contest now that it is Day 6! Yesterday's winner was Turbo, who correctly guessed that we were in Lamar, Missouri, at Harry S. Truman's birthplace. The "S" in his name isn't actually an initial of a longer middle name, it's just an "S"!

Here is our map.
Picture 1

For today's secret location, we will accept either the city and state of our location or the name of who's house we are visiting. Hopefully this will be a pretty easy one.

Good luck! Answers and Day 7's clue will be posted tomorrow at 6PM Pacific Time.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Summer Road Trip - Day 5

It's Day 5! I guess our clue for yesterday was a bit too difficult because no one got the right answer. We were at Prairie State Park, just outside of Liberal, Missouri. Since no one got the right answer, we used a random number generator and it picked #8, which means that Wild Dingo, who left the 8th comment wins for today!

So now that you know where we were, let's check our map.

For today's secret location, we are going to give another clue along with the picture:
We are at the birthplace of a US President, who had a middle initial, but no middle name. What city are we in?

Leave your guess in the comments and we will reveal the answer and the next clue tomorrow at 6PM Pacific time!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Summer Road Trip - Day 4

Here we are, Day 4 of our Summer Road Trip contest. Our winner for yesterday was Huffle Mawson, for being the first to correctly guess that we were in Mitchell, South Dakota. The building behind us in one of the pictures is the World's Largest Corn Palace. It had some really neat murals made only out of corn. Who knew corn was so artistic! We were sitting on the bench in another picture with a guy who had a sign next to him that said "Do Not Touch". Luckily it didn't say "Do Not Lick" because Kat got a couple licks in before Mom caught her. The person in the pictures with us is our Aunt Kari. She is super stylish and cute, so we had to up our game so we were still cuter than her. :-)

Now that we have revealed our location for yesterday, let's check the map! Does anyone have a guess as to our final destination yet?
map day 3

For today's secret location, we are going to give out a couple pictures and supplement the pictures with this clue:
In this picture, we are standing in the largest remaining tallgrass prairie in a certain state, where less than 1 percent of the original prairie remains.

We're not in this picture, probably for obvious reasons.

Good luck! The answer and the next clue will be posted tomorrow at 6PM Pacific Time.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Summer Road Trip - Day 3

It's day 3 and we have our winner from yesterday - Kayla and Maebe! Way to go! Now we have had two days of winners, who will be next?

The secret location from yesterday was, of course, Mount Rushmore. Unfortunately pets are not allowed very close to the viewing area so our picture wasn't very good. Now that you know where we were yesterday, let's check the map.

Our secret location for today is more obscure, so we are going to give you three photo clues.

As always, good luck and we will post the winner and the next secret location tomorrow at 6PM Pacific time.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Summer Road Trip - Day 2

Wow! We had lots of great guesses for yesterdays contest. Lots of guesses of Idaho, which were all right. However we are going to have to award the prize to The Bumpass Hounds, who were the first to guess that we were specifically in Coeur d' Alene, Idaho. Great job to all the guessers!

Here is our road trip map so far. We will update this every day.

Today's secret location is probably going to be a bit more obvious, so we will only give one picture today.

Good luck! We will post the answer and the next clue at 6:00 PM Pacific Time tomorrow.

Note: this post is late due to bad 3G coverage for the iPad. :-)

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Summer Road Trip - Day 1

Welcome to the first day of our summer road trip contest! Today we are giving you two clues to our location. Leave your guess in the comments and tell your friends to play along too!

We will post the answer, as well as tomorrow's clue at 6PM Pacific time tomorrow! Good luck!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Just put one paw in front of the other

We have been working hard on a new trick. We are learning how to crawl. Apparently human puppies learn to crawl before they learn to walk, but Steve and I did it backwards and decided not to crawl until now, when we are three years old. Mom took a page out of Wild Dingo's blog and used a tripod to video our demonstration.

So what did you think? I think I'm way better at it than Steve, but I'm smaller and more agile than him.


Saturday, July 24, 2010

Ice Cream Hangover

As you saw in my Wordless Wednesday post, I was given the big job of licking the ice cream container clean. It's really a hard job, but somepup had to do it, so I stepped up to the plate. After licking out ice cream containers, sometimes a pup feels a little hungover.

Kat says the best medicine for an ice cream hangover is a nice, long walk, so we suited up for one. I think maybe Kat thought that I wouldn't make it so she really twisted us up so I had to keep pace with her.

I guess that's what's nice about having a sister. Sure, they boss you around a lot, but they are always there to help you get through a walk.

Also, don't forget! One week until the start of our Summer Road Trip contest.


Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

Can't talk now, busy.


Sunday, July 11, 2010

Ice Cream Run

Yesterday we went on a family outing to a place called Husky Ice Cream.
They make all their ice cream in the store and with a name like "Husky" you know it's going to be the best. What we didn't know until we got there was that the neighborhood was having a street fair, so the place (the ice cream shop and the streets) were packed! That doesn't bother Kat or me though because we like being admired by all the people. What it does mean is that Mom didn't get very good pictures because there were so many people around.

When we first got there, Dad left us with Mom and went inside to decide what flavor he wanted. He picked Oreo. While he was inside, Kat and I were very good and sat next to Mom. She could hardly believe how good we were but mentioned that the summer heat has it's advantages, whatever that means. After Dad picked his flavor, he came back outside and gave his order to Mom and then stayed outside with us while Mom went to get the ice cream. At this point, I was getting kind of worried, because Mom didn't ask me for my order.

I shouldn't have doubted Mom though because she came back out of the store with two bowls of vanilla ice cream for Kat and me, Dad's Oreo ice cream cone, and a chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream cone for her. We never knew she could balance so much ice cream! Right away, Kat and I got to work eating our ice cream so it wouldn't melt.
I think Kat started to worry that I was going to try to take hers because she picked it up and moved.
About this time, Mom's ice cream cone was dripping on her hands, so she stopped taking pictures.

We really loved our ice cream. It's the first ice cream we've had that wasn't soft serve and it was delicious and took us a lot longer to eat, which Mom and Dad both appreciated. So I say, if you're in the area, go get yourself some!

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Mount St. Helens

Yesterday we went to Mount St. Helens. Perhaps I should really say that Steve and I just rode in the car, got out at the parking lot, walked around the parking lot and got back in the car while Mom and Dad went to see Mount St. Helens. Pets aren't allowed in most areas there, so it was kind of boring for us. Dad did take a picture of us in the parking lot.
That's not Mount St. Helens in the background, it's just some other spot. Here's a picture of Mount St. Helens.
As you can see, Mom and Dad didn't get to see the top of it, but I guess they got the idea of the whole thing. At any rate, it's better than what they saw when we went there a couple weeks ago during our camping trip when they saw this.
Even if we didn't get to actually see Mount St. Helens because of the no-pets rule, a day of riding in the car is much better than a day at home listening to fireworks, at least if you ask Steve.

We hope you are all having a Happy Independence Day if you're in the USA and if you're not, we hope you're having a happy July 4th!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

We're having a contest!

Beginning the first of August, we will be heading out on a road trip. The destination is a secret, as are the stops along the way. Each day, we will post a picture of us at a secret location and our readers can guess where we are! The next day, we will reveal the previous day’s location, as well as post a new secret location.


Daily Prizes (for guessing the secret location each day) - $10 Happy Hearts gift certificate

Grand Prize (for guessing the final destination) - $20 Happy Hearts gift certificate

Here are the ground rules.

  1. No previous knowledge of the Washington Woos is required to play. We have not mentioned any hints on our blog as to where we could be going, so tell all your friends. Even if they haven’t read our blog before, they still might have the right answer.
  2. No pictures will be photoshopped, except if the name of our location has to be blurred, for example, if we are standing in front of a sign. This means that we will physically be in every location.
  3. We will be travelling only by automobile. That is a good hint because we can only travel the distance that a car can travel in a single day. Of course, our parents could be speed demons or slow pokes, you just never know.
  4. We will be departing from Seattle, Washington, USA.
  5. We may or may not travel the same distance each day.

Here are the contest rules.

  1. If your human is a friend of our mom on Facebook, you are not eligible to win the grand prize, but you are still eligible for the daily game. This is because our mom has mentioned the final destination on Facebook but not the secret locations along the way.
  2. The first commenter to correctly guess the daily secret location will win the prize.
    1. If no commenter correctly guesses the daily secret location, we will award the daily prize to one of the commenters, based upon a random drawing.
    2. Please only make ONE guess on each post for the daily prize.
    3. We will reveal the winner on the next day’s post, so guesses will only be eligible to win if they are left within 24 hours of the posting of the photo clue.
  3. The first commenter to correctly guess the final destination will win the prize.
    1. If no commenter correctly guesses the final destination, anyone who left a comment on any of the Summer Road Trip posts will be entered to win the grand prize and we will award it based upon a random drawing.
    2. You can guess as many times as you want for the final destination, as you might get some clues as to where we could be headed as you learn more about our secret locations along the way.
    3. We will reveal the final destination (and the winner) in our last post of the series, which will be on August 11, 2010.
    4. You may leave your final destination guesses as a comment on any of our Summer Road Trip posts, just make sure you say that it’s a final destination guess.
  4. All prizes will be distributed via email, so if you are a winner, you will have to provide us with your email so we can email you the prize.

That’s it! Let us know if you have any questions. It’s not too complicated, but we want to make sure we are clear with the rules. Please spread the word because the more players we have, the more fun it will be!

The fun will start on August 1, 2010!!!

Monday, June 28, 2010

Camping, Wilbur Style

While the furry beasts were camping the other weekend, I did a little camping of my own.
This is me, camping out on the furry beast cage. I don't normally sleep here, so that's why it's camping.

Look how dry and warm I am.


Friday, June 25, 2010

Camping = Wet

We went camping last weekend. As the old saying goes, it was real, it was fun, but it wasn't exactly real fun. It rained the entire time. Rain doesn't deter Mom though, so she still look pictures of us.

We tried to channel The Thundering Herd with our new tie-out line. The only problem with it was that Dad hooked us to the line with our leashes and our leashes got super gross with dirt and water. I don't think we had been home for five minutes before Mom had the leashes in the washing machine. Next time, Dad is going to use something else to hook us to the line.
At one point, Mom looked over and saw Steve giving himself a pawticure in his water bowl. I think he looks pretty zen.
We were able to do some hiking near the campground, where the forest was thick enough that we didn't feel the rain drops. We crossed a trippy-trap bridge, but the little camera had some problems with the picture since it was dark in the forest.
We also found some huge trees that had fallen over. For some perspective, look how tiny Steve and I look on the top of this tree!
Next we came upon a river. It had some pretty good rapids. We were doing a lot of thinking next to the river, as you can tell in the picture.
Finally, we found this tree that was sort of hollow in the middle. Mom tried to get us to pose in the tree, but as usual, it didn't quite go as she had planned for me, but Steve was the perfect model.
After the hiking, we retired to the tent, or as I like to call it, the giant crate. I quickly claimed my spot.
I don't know what Steve was thinking because he laid down on the floor instead of on the other cot.
We're going camping again in a few weeks and Mom sure hopes it doesn't rain all weekend next time!