Sunday, June 6, 2010

Bon voyage, Big Earl!

It's finally time!  Big Earl came home!  We've been sort of AWOL for the last week, but it's been for a good reason - getting the coach all ready for travel!

My husband Paul woke Big Earl up last week, saw to it that he had a full check-up, then guided him home.  Since then the boys and I have been busy cleaning, restocking and generally readying the coach for our big Earlventure out west!  As soon as Brutus had a chance, he hopped in and didn't want to get out of the coach - guess he's ready to go!

So with a little help and a lot of supervising from my Frenchie, I set to work.  This is our biggest trip yet, so lots of preparations were needed.  We plan to travel through no fewer than 12 states, visiting some family, as well as stopping at several National Parks.  I don't know if Brutus was worried we'd leave him behind, but once he was in the coach, he didn't want to get out!!
Nothing gets in here without passing my inspection!

Here's Brutus helping out with some of the basic preparation.

Made the bed, mom!

Couch is fluffed and ready to be used for cuddling!

Bathroom cleaned - although I still don't understand this big white throne...  If you guys could just go outside like me & Mason, we could use this space for better things!

Our friend Courtney even stopped by to wish us Bon Voyage!  She brought pressies!  Oh boy!

Can we open it, mom? Can we???

Ooohh! Dog treats, new stuffies, chew toys, even a game for mom and dad!  Wow, Aunt Courntey is the bomb!!

I was too scatterbrained to take photos of all the fabulous gifts inside the package, but take my word for it, Courtney really took care of us all!!  

It took a few days, but we got everything all packed up and ready to go.  So here we go, out onto the open road!  Piloted by Captain Paul, with the help of his #2, Mason!

I'm the chief navigator, and Brutus is chief of security.  All systems go!  We're outta here!!

(biggify to see a parting shot of Brutus!)

So stay tuned for many updates from the open road! Wild West Earlventure, here we come!!


houndstooth said...

Happy trails to you! Have lots of fun!


Mollie Jo and Bobo said...

WE can't wait to see what ya'll get into on this big adventure!

Wags and Licks,
Mollie Jo & Bobo

Sonic said...

Wow... Big Earl is really big!

We don't have anything like that in Singapore!


Kapitein Haakje said...

big earl hahaha funny name :D

cant we come with ya?

El'bow & Hauwii

Rocky Creek Scotties and Rocky Creek Ramblings said...

Here's hoping for a safe and fun trip.

Happy Trails and Waggin' Tails,
Lilly, Piper, Carrleigh and Ruairi

Lola and also Franklin, too said...

Ah, the open road. Enjoy and we look forward to pupdates from the road.

wags, Lola

agent99 said...

Have a great trip, we can't wait for updates. I have always secretly wanted to hit the road in a big ol' RV!

Smushie Ranch said...

Safe travels everyone and take care of my special boy, Brutus!


The Adventures of the LLB Gang said...

such excitement!! We can't wait to hear about all of your big adventures Brutus!!!

Smileys and Snuggles!
Dory, Bilbo and Jacob

The Oceanside Animals said...

... these are the voyages of the roadship Earliprise ...

Frankie Furter and Ernie said...

Brutus + Mason + Big Earl = FUN

Kitty+Coco said...

We will be sorely disappointed if we don't see Brutus in a pic with a giant tumbleweed..
Safe travels to you.
10-4 Mr. Mason. Over and Out.
Sighs (Kitty), and Snorts (Coco)

Sam said...

Westward ho! Have fun, guys!

Lorenza said...

Have a nice and safe trip!
We will be waiting to know about your adventures!
Kisses and hugs

Two French Bulldogs said...

Lily and I sure are jealous. Big Earl is awesome. Way to go Brutus helping with all the cleaning, packing, restocking.. we see momma did nothing to help except write about it. Oh well. Get your spot on Big Earl. Hope you guys have the best time ever.
Benny & Lily

Mayzie said...

(Waving!) Bye bye! I hopes you all have lots and lots of fun and many Most Great adventures! If you comes to Collie-rado, just ask somebuddy for Mayzie's house. They all know where I live.

Wiggles & Wags,

Cheryl, Indiana, Shingo and Molly said...

Have a pawsome trip!

Woofs and Kisses!
The Fiesty Three

Cassie said...

BigEarl looks mighty cozy!

Joe Stains said...

If you could housebreak the humans you could fill that white throne room with treats!!!