A Herd of Happy Westies

As Meredith and I were getting ready to start walking back from the Jefferson Memorial, we saw what looked like a small flock of lambs in the distance. Turns out it was a group of no less than eight white terriers, all leashed up and meandering around their owner. It’s a wonder that he was able to avoid being totally entangled. Of course we had to stop by and say hello! These dogs looked so happy with their tongues out… but then again, maybe that’s just us projecting our emotions on them? They could have been miserable for all I know; it was pretty hot, they all had shaggy fur coats, and weren’t even able to sweat. They definitely seemed to be enjoying all the attention though, which was certainly not in short supply. I mean who can resist a bunch of Westies?

Guarding the Vines

Last fall I was in the Northern Neck area of Virginia for a friend’s birthday and we all decided to do some wine tasting as part of the celebrations. On our way out of White Fences Vineyard we stopped by the entrance to take some pictures in front of one of their gigantic 25′ tall corkscrew statues. That’s when we noticed this guy, who was sitting just behind a fence and gave a few little howls and barks as we approached. We could tell he was shivering, which was no surprise considering what a cold and misty day it was, but he stood his ground and watched us attentively as we left.

By the way, if you’ve never had White Fences wine you should check them out. It’s easily the best wine I’ve tried from the Northern Neck, and one of my favorites from Virginia in general. Hopefully we’ll see them at this year’s Virginia Wine Showcase next weekend, so when we get a tasting I’ll see if I can find out this dog’s name.