Independence and the Dog

Hi everyone!  We’re out on the deck today, and I’m trying to help Mom because she’s a little upset with me.

It all started yesterday after I had that super fun-tastic ride in the police cruiser.  I thought she would be happy to hear about my adventures, but ever since the nice policeman (who really liked my kisses) left, I’ve been in the doghouse!

I also happen to know that there will be food out here soon.  Oh, here it comes now!

I see brie, muenster, camembert, and even that spicy cheddar jack.  I know it’s spicy because I snitched a piece.  Mom didn’t like that either!  She had to redo the entire platter, even though I only touched one!

I don’t know why my family needs those little flags for picking up the food.  One good lick and I could wipe out the entire platter if I wanted to.

Strawberries and grapes go very well with cheese.  A grape can keep me busy for a long time.  They are very hard to chew when all your teeth are designed for meat!

Yum, there’s salsa and dip too!  Will (he’s my boy) loves salsa.  If I sit near him I know he’ll slip me a few chips.

Lemonade in Mom’s special blue pitcher!  Better keep my tail under control so I don’t knock it over. 

 Need to watch out for the glasses, too.

Oooh…lemon slices.  Tried one of those once, too.  Never again.

Blue flowers in Mom’s spatterware pail.  
We picked these today.  My job was to romp through the bushes looking for the biggest blooms.  I really don’t know what Mom would do without me.

White flowers over here, next to the lantern Mom and I painted yesterday.  I helped by putting my tail in the paint (look for little brown doggy hairs). Then my nose.  Then I decorated the yard with red paw prints.  
Very festive for the 4th!

I wonder if there’s any chance of taking a snooze on the sofa?

Or maybe on this one?

I’ll have to wait until Mom’s not watching.

I think it’s game night.   Here’s the pen bucket, and some maps.

Can you label all the states and write the abbreviations and capitals?  Mom can.  She’s smart but NOT as brilliant as I am. 

Because I’m going to get some of that cheese!

I might share it with my little pal, the blue dog of happiness.

It’s getting darker and I know what happens then.

The candles are lit as the blue hour approaches.

I hope these aren’t firecrackers.

So far, no big bang!

Hug your dog!  
Play some games!  Pass the chips!

And celebrate this great day!

Happy Independence Day!

We’re joining The Tablescaper for
(she has some nice dogs)

and StoneGable for
(even though she has a CAT)

Love, Nellie xoxo
(for my mom, Linda) 🙂
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43 thoughts on “Independence and the Dog

  1. hi Linda, I love your adorable story with the sweet dog, Lab I think? Sounds like someone was a bad pooch yesterday. Whatever it was, glad pooch is back home safely. I think he is well behaved, he hasn’t gotten into the food yet, good boy! Your deck looks so festive with all the red, white and blue. Amazing quilt with the stars and oh how I love the pillows, especially the one with stars. Lovely tablescape, perfect for this July Fourth weekend. Enjoy……

    The French Hutch

  2. Hi Linda, nice to meet you, thanks for stopping by. I love this post. Nellie did a fabulous job! I love your firecracker candles, never saw those before. Everything is just beautiful. xo,

  3. Oh, woman…you outdid yourself on this one. It is BEAUTIFUL…I am really loving all your pretty red white and blues…the food looks amazing..and I love your dog. :))

  4. I love your post! Omg, i’m in stitches from the laughter. So we took a special ride huh? OMg and then the red paint. How fun. She is a pretty baby though.. happy fourth, many blessings, marlis

  5. Oh how I love how you wrote this post…such a cutie! And I adore all the pictures… those star lantern look so beautiful at dusk.. and I love that quilt tablecover…those blue hydrangeas in the spatterware pail make a magnificent centerpiece. Thanks for sharing this beautiful patriotic tablescape with us. Visiting from The Seasonal Sundays party. Wishing you a safe and Happy Independence Day!~Poppy


  6. Well, hello, Nellie! Now you’re going to have to tell us about your ride in the Police car! Your mommy has set a beautiful spot on the porch and you be really sweet and don’t get into the food or chew on the pillows! Tell her I said hi!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia 😉

  7. O my….this post is great !!! love that dog !!! he is so sweet !!…beautiful to sit there…love it !! enjoy…..love Ria….xxx..

  8. What a great post! Sounds like your furbaby had an adventure! Loved how he wrote this post filled with fun ideas. Happy 4th to you and yours!

  9. Nellie is adorable. So many wonderful temptations are everywhere – can you blame her for sampling a bite or two? Your setting looks beautiful and appropriately patriotic.

    Riley says hello to Nellie.


  10. Very cute post, Linda! Your 4th of July decor is SO pretty! And no, I cannot label the 50 states and capitals. I’d get about 46 right. I get confused when we start heading northwest on the map! lol {Hangs head in shame.}

    Happy 4th!

  11. I love your festive decor outside. Cute post and I don’t know about for your cute dog, but grapes are on the toxic list for my dog. I love those firecracker candles in the potted flower. Cute cute and Happy 4th!

  12. You set such an inviting table with the appetizing food and the inviting decorations, you can’t really blame Nellie for wanting to take part in the party! Dianne

  13. Hi lovely lady.
    I love this post you have put together for us all. Your table is Beautiful with all the colors of the 4th of July.
    My Great Dane!!! Ate our pizza last night right out of the box it was on the counter top in my Kitchen for five minutes !!! She is in the doghouse also.I hope you have a Great 4th sweet lady.
    XXOO Diane

  14. This is a great post! Thank you. I’m glad your fur baby is home safe. Love your blue pitcher. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I hope to see you again.


  15. I love your post. happy 4th July. I went to Washington DC 2 years ago on this great day and I really enyojed that day, it will be in my best memories. hugs Alessandra

  16. I loved this! I have to admit I loved your lemon pic…but was intrigued by your blog name! I love anybody who loves dogs and dislikes laundry as much as me! Needless to say…I am happily following you now! Happy Happy 4th!


  17. Linda, Your post is just adorable! I love your dog…the look on his face is priceless! Your blue hydrangeas are stunning and your deck, food trays etc look great. In the interest of dog safety, raisins and grapes can be lethal to dogs, resulting in kidney failure. Here’s one article regarding this: http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/grapeandraisin.htm
    I really did enjoy your post and I wish you a happy 4th.

  18. Hello linda, I’m following you back now. I love your porch setting and all the dishes and photos. My lab is a chow hound, too. She is 14 yrs, how old is Nellie? Oh, I saw you are from CT, my husbands family is from there too. Cheers

  19. What an adorable dog and post! YOur table is ready for a big patriotic celebration! What great decor too. I LOVE those pillows! Where did you get them?
    Nellie, you are a super star! Who could ever get mad at that sweet face.
    Thanks for participating in ON THE MENU MONDAY!
    xo Yvonne

  20. Totally love this post from the red and white pillows to the quilt. What a great deck. Thanks for sharing and I hope your 4th is perfect! Can you share where the red/white pillows came from? I have a bit of a pillow obsession…

  21. Oh, you dog, just keep your nose out of my share of the goodies because I’m really looking forward to them. Your mom did a great job making sure the 4th is a special celebration.

  22. I truly love this post. First off, as told by your sweet doggie, it’s adorable. The tales my Scotties could tell!

    I love, love, love the blue quilt and your pillows. The cheese/fruit plate looks yummy and the flag picks are perfect. I really like how you have set up some lovely dishes and accessories on the table. What fun!

  23. Linda, what a lovely table and food you prepared. That blue quilt is just a stunner! Everything is so festive. The candles are great and you certainly captured the beautiful twilight. What a lovely event! Happy 4th.

  24. Dear Nellie, what a great helper you were preparing for the 4th!! What would “mom” do without you! You helped her set a fantastic table, and the decor for your patriotic celebration is awesome!! I have four quinia pigs, and two geckos. They might be a little nervous with you at first, but they’ll warm up to your mischevious “smile”…

  25. Oh I want to hug your dog! Too funny, I so enjoyed his delightful commentary & point of view! Love your cozy & festive setting with your pillows & fun candles in your planter! A few dog hairs never hurt anyone 🙂

  26. I love how your pooch presents your patriotic celebration! And I love that quilt on the table!!!! Thanks for bringing it all to Seasonal Sundays.

    – The Tablescaper

  27. What a terrific spread for the forth! I sure hope puppy got something to eat! What a great looking dog……and what a great story teller he is! Hooray for the red, white and blue~gorgeous!

  28. How did I miss this post! Ha, ha! That pooch knows you have a soft spot for him! I love that blue quilt. I have a soft spot for quilts and have a fantasy of some day dressing all the beds in my house with quilts.

    Everything looked so beautiful and relaxed. I hope you had a great 4th!

  29. Linda, I’m having such a good time this evening as I go back through some of your posts. I obviously have missed some of these. Love this one with all the red, white, and blue. Do you recall where you found your star and flag pillows? ~ Sarah

  30. What an adorable doggie. How great that he occasionally gives you a break from blogging :). Your 4th of July celebration looked picture perfect. You spared no detail. I am glad I happened upon your blog.

    amy @ whilewearingheels.blogspot.com

  31. Linda~ I’m still chuckling revisiting Nellie’s dog-gone cute commentary! I love you bits of Americana~ especially your spatterware pail & wonderful quilted table topper! Happy 4th 🙂

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