Chickamauga Battlefield, Tennessee River, Thor and Marco Polo

How is that for a title?  But it does sum up a very long day.

We took off this morning for the Chickamauga Battlefield, as recommended by our pals Scout and Freyja.  It was great because there were lots and lots of trails. The coolest part though was that Natasha was able to pick out a souvenir that she wants to take home in order to maintain control of The Herd:


Can I have it, dad, please?

When we got back to the RV area, our humans decided we needed a little more walk, so we went from the hotel down to the river front and back – another 3 miles of hiking.  We got to meet lots of interesting people who sit out on park benches and drink smelly stuff from bottles in paper bags.  Oh, yeah, we are supposed to be showing you the scenery.

IMG_4586Natasha looking through the bridge at the Tennessee River


Tennessee River looking west from the bridge


Tennessee River looking east from the bridge

IMG_4594Rusty doing the tourist picture pose

We should explain Rusty, if we could.  When we walk, Rusty must explore everything.  So as we walked down city streets, Rusty ran up and down every flight of steps, climbed planters, and generally acted like a good country dog in awe with a city.  This was one of many pictures we made of Rusty being Rusty.

And as we were back at the hotel out for our final walk of the day – you know, the business walk – we ran into Thor, Marco Polo and their mom as well as Sue and one of the Barbarians.  Pretty cool, huh?


  1. Steve and Kat on September 30, 2009 at 11:54 pm

    I’m so jealous that you get to meet all of these blogging/internet pups! If your dad is a good dad, he will get Natasha anything she wants. That’s what dads do for their girls. I have my dad wrapped around my little paw. Of course, I have mom wrapped even tighter.


  2. Wild Dingo on September 30, 2009 at 1:31 am

    Nice shots! did the canon make it into the RV?

  3. Mochi on September 30, 2009 at 1:18 am

    That’s so cool that you got to meet them!

    Great pictures and I love how Rusty has to check everything out! 🙂


  4. Norwood on September 30, 2009 at 12:15 am

    You can take the dog out o f the country but not the country out of the dog Cool pics and it’s fun running into blog friends- isn’t it?

  5. Holly and Khady on September 29, 2009 at 9:53 pm

    Wow! It sure looks like you are all having a great time! Especially Rusty! He and Samuel seem to have a lot in common it seems.

    My mom has met Thor, Marco Polo and their mom a couple times, and they are all pawsome!! Did you get pics of them?

    Holly and Khady Lynn

  6. Stella on September 29, 2009 at 9:13 pm

    How insistent was the Evil Queen that you bring the Cannon home? Did you have to make promises?

    It all looks lovely, your pics are great, I’m another member of Rusty’s Fan Club, and I am dazzled at people who will take six dogs on a week’s vacation. . .Triple wow!


  7. Huffle Mawson on September 29, 2009 at 6:56 pm

    Being back home in NC will seem so boring after this wonderful trip.

    Huffle Mawson

  8. Scout and Freyja on September 29, 2009 at 3:04 pm

    Our momma had tears in her eyes when she saw that alla’ you’s went to Chickamauga Battlefield. When she lived down there her boy ‘beans were in elementary school and they used to go there lots and lots just to walk and to think and to eat a sandwich or to dream. It was a furry special place fur our momma and to see you’s there – right there- brought a tear to her eye. If we may, could we use the photo at the battlefield of you’s on our blog sidebar with a link to you’s?

  9. the Army of Four on September 29, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    Rusty really IS Zim’s long lost twin……. really.
    Our dad went to the Chicamauga Battlefield – he thought it was really pretty there.
    No pix of Thor and MP?
    Tail wags,

  10. Woodrow, Sweetie & MJ on September 29, 2009 at 1:04 pm

    We wuv Rusty – that would be sweetie on top of everything up and down the stairs having a ball misbehaving – looks like a great time – TN is sucha great state

    Woodrow – Sweetie – MJ

  11. Brownie on September 29, 2009 at 11:30 am

    wow, you can see the effect of all the southern rain on the Tennessee river!

    What a cool walkie!

  12. Denns the Vizsla on September 29, 2009 at 11:07 am

    Wow, lots of cool walkies!

  13. Khyra on September 29, 2009 at 10:15 am

    How khool to meet them!

    From what Mom tells me, The Herd and The Barbarians would be a great team – and if by chance they ever khrossed the trail of a Hooligan: WOW!

    Great pikhs!

    PeeEssWoo: Mom says thanks fur the Unkhle Tupelo earworm fur the day!

  14. KB on September 29, 2009 at 9:43 am

    Rusty is my guy! He should meet my R. They’d be an awe-inspiring pair!

  15. Brice on September 29, 2009 at 9:26 am

    We love Rusty’s unique style! He’s just a silly boy in love with life.

    Princess Eva

  16. Kira on September 29, 2009 at 8:46 am

    Wooos! I love it Rusty! I can just picture woo running up and down all of the stairs… he, he… my favorite little boy!
    -Kira The Beawootiful

  17. The OP Pack on September 29, 2009 at 8:27 am

    What a beautiful city with so many things to see! Rusty is just like a little kid with unbounded enthusiasm – we love it! How fun that you met Marco Polo and Thor, AND a Barbarian. Have some more fun today.

    woos, the OP Pack

  18. NCMountainwoman on September 29, 2009 at 8:25 am

    Chickamauga is such a gorgeous place. It staggers the mind to imagine them getting those cannon up the hill. Oh, I think Natasha doesn’t really need one. She seems to do just fine without extras.

  19. MAXDOG on September 29, 2009 at 7:28 am

    Hey there guys.
    That Tennessee river looks rather wide. Did you guys try to swim in it at all (just asking – since Im a golden retriever!)
    Thanks for sharing your walks and adventures. Its gonna take us a while to get familiar with you all, but we are enjoying your blog.

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