Cullen Park in Houston, Texas

The Corps of Engineers agreed to lease a huge piece of land in 1973 to the City of Houston.  This is now Cullen Park.  It’s over 9,200 acres.  The acres however, are chopped up a bit with various access parts into the park.  There are baseball fields, soccer fields, pavilions, picnic areas, grills, paved trails, an old, historic cemetery,  multiple playground areas, water playground and even an archery range.

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Soccer team are always out in full force every weekend

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City of Katy Off Leash Dog Park

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Since I was recently in Katy, Texas with Max to check out Mary Jo Peckham Park, I decided to go next door to the City Of Katy Off Leash Dog Park.  They have a little pups area that is more for dogs Max sized and then the big dog area.  Max loves to go to the big park area as it’s so much more room to wander, so a let him as long as I don’t see any ruff  🙂 pups and I leave his leash on but let it drag behind him in case I need to grab him quickly. IMG_8791-1

Max loves to just spend forever sniffing! Whatever makes him happy 🙂 IMG_8950-1

Met all sorts of friendly little pups there.

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Doggie Party On The Plaza (Saturday, April 1, 2017 from Noon – 5pm)

My perfect little pup, Max (co-author of this blog), is a rescue dog.  I thank God for him everyday and can’t imagine life without my buddy!!

Every year now for the past 7 years, there’s an event in Houston, Texas called Doggie Party On The Plaza.  This year it’s April 1, 2017 – the 8th event – yea!  If you love dogs,  you have to go and bring your best friend with ya!!

Here are a few of my older photo’s but I hope to make it this year to see all the cuties!!! The “Rescue Me” Parade begins at 2:30pm and the pups and floats are all always adorable!  As usual, Citizen’s For Animal Protection will be there as will Rover Oaks Pet Resort, which are of course personal favorites of mine as without both of them I wouldn’t have my best buddy today..Max!! I try to support them both any time I am able! You can get a FREE 5″x7″ photo of you and your best friend, watch the parade, see what over 80 vendors have to offer, participate in the K9 Costume Contest, visit “Rescue Row” and learn about our city’s various rescue organizations and learn how you can help, get some FREE give-aways, eat, drink, get your face painted, play games, watch demonstrations and just have fun walking around and seeing all the cute pups!!!

P.S.   Just sayin’ Citizen’s For Animal Protection has a link on their site under the DONATE tab where you are able to set up recurring monthly, quarterly or annual donations of ANY amount and I know every cent helps 🙂 or you can do a one time donation. Thank you folks out there that are doing whatever you can to help out in ANY capacity to help Rescues!!

Doggie Party On The Plaza in Houston Texas
Doggie Party On The Plaza in Houston Texas

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Thanks for taking your time to read this and helping these pups!

Max and his Human Elizabeth

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Max says, “Come on out and make some new friends!”

 

 

Alligators-Too Close for Comfort?! Am I a TOTAL Idiot?!? (Anything for a photo!) Brazos Bend Park (photo overload)

What’s a girl to do when she sees a gator a mere 2 feet from her?? Yep, take a photo (sssh…don’t tell my children as they were mad at me last time I did this :)). That said, I was pretty much shocked as later in the day, I saw a grandfather position his 7 (ish) year old granddaughter about the same distance as I was earlier in the day with her back to the gator for a photo! Guess I felt it was one thing for me-an adult to have “risky behavior” but not a kid!!! Luckily, Grandma came trudging along and well, Grandpa should feel fortunate HE’s still alive – if looks could kill, well…Grandma was NOT happy about the “photo shoot”!

Anyway, the day at Brazos Bend State Park in Needville, TX was slightly humid and sky’s kept looking like rain all day but I only got drizzle a time or two. Sorry, the photos reflect the yucky but fun day. Now it’s time to soak my feet!!! I’m exhausted!!

P.S.  This park also has the George Observatory – it’s pretty incredible to see the moon from there on a clear night!!! (And I’m not even all that “into” that but it REALLY is cool!!)

P.P.S. If you have little ones and want to see other things nearby, the George Ranch Historical Park is very close by!

Trivia:  Alligator eggs become male or female based on temperature, you’ll have a female in colder weather and male in warmer weather.

Alligators like to stay in groups call congregations.

Alligators can’t internally control their temperatures so they bathe in the sun to increase their temps.

As long as there’s an incline, they can climb! Better start looking in trees!

Warning Sign! Alligator Safety. (I saw this AFTER I snuck my "risky" photo) at Brazos Bend State Park in Texas
Warning Sign! Alligator Safety. (I saw this AFTER I snuck my “risky” photo).
They aren't kidding! Lots of Gators in this park!!!
They aren’t kidding! Lots of Gators in this park!!!
Today I am gifting you with this lovely (being sarcastic) Turkey Vulture photo from Brazos Bend State Park in Texas - NOT gonna win ANY Beauty Awards!!!
Today I am gifting you with this lovely (being sarcastic) Turkey Vulture photo from Brazos Bend State Park in Texas – NOT gonna win ANY Beauty Awards!!! Notice this hole in his nose area…weird..they don’t have septums so their nostrils are perforate! I also learned if they feel threatened they vomit their stomach acids…ok, looks gross, is gross!
After getting lost (and NO I won't admit this to ANY of my family members! ha!) I had to take a break!
After getting lost on the trails (and NO I won’t admit this to ANY of my family members! ha!) I had to take a break! Seems Boy Scouts have donated a vast majority of the benches throughout the trails and parks – nice 🙂
Why can't the water look less like Galveston, Texas' beaches! Gross!
Why can’t the water look less like Galveston, Texas’ beaches! Gross! (But just “keeping it real” 🙂
Beautiful trails are throughout the park. Suggestion: GPS where you park your car so you don't get lost like me!
Beautiful trails are throughout the park. Suggestion: GPS where you park your car so you don’t get lost like me!
Very tranquil and not a bunch of people!
Very tranquil and not a bunch of people!
Bad photo but thought it was funny :)
Bad photo but thought it was funny 🙂 These ducks eyes are creepy red!!
See those red eyes - dude...Visine!!!
See those red eyes – dude…Visine or Clear Eyes!!! This is an American Coot.
And here we had another charming character that scared the Cr#p out of me when I looked up and saw what had just used the potty above me!!!
And here we had another charming character that scared the Cr#p out of me when I looked up and saw what had just used the potty above me!!! This is a Black Vulture who thank God didn’t poo on me!
Great Blue Heron. This guy was super quite and I almost missed him! They like to hide in the water weeds
Great Blue Heron. This guy was super quite and I almost missed him! They like to hide in the water weeds.
Blurry shot of the Great Blue Heron flying away - they're huge!
Blurry shot of the Great Blue Heron flying away – they’re huge!
More of the Brazos Bend State Park
More of the Brazos Bend State Park
White Ibis at Brazos Bend State Park, Needville, TX
White Ibis at Brazos Bend State Park, Needville, TX
One big old Gator!!
One big old Gator!!

 

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This, come to find out this morning is an immature White Ibis! Found a super cool app – Merlin Bird ID and it showed me immediately – yea!!!

 

This one was a real show off
This one was a real show off (I think this is a Black Bellied Whistling Duck)
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Screened shelters at Brazos Bend State Park
The playground is near the Screened Shelters
The playground is near the Screened Shelters
Beautiful picnic area at Brazos Bend State Park
Beautiful picnic area at Brazos Bend State Park
You really can't be bored here!
You really can’t be bored here!
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Nature Center
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Happy Trails!!!

Me in 2015 holding a baby gator

Me in 2015 holding a baby gator

Thanks for visiting!

Elizabeth and Max

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I told Ma she can’t post ALL these photos without one of ME!!!

 

 

 

Review: Dog Boarding and Doggie Daycare in Houston, Texas

If you are a complete lover of your little pup, what do you do when the person you normally rely on to take care of your furry child is going on a trip with you and you’re forced to board your pup?? Luckily for me, that’s a no-brainer! (And no, I am not getting squat for saying any of this in any way, shape or form!). Max goes to Rover Oaks in Katy, Texas.  That’s the ONLY place I will use!! Are they cheap? That would be a nope! But will you have that worry that your precious fur-baby will be shoved in a crate all day? Nope! There are numerous packages dependant on what your individual pet’s needs may be, etc.   – including nightly tuck-in service! Yes, my pup Max is a Chihuahua mix and gets super cold very easily.  Now MOST dogs like this learn to burrow in their blankets…not mine! So did I get that service last time…you bet I did! He’s my family!!! Some of you may think that’s ridiculous but you haven’t met my Max and fallen in love with him then 🙂 . Are the vet records REALLY required or do they somewhat turn a blind eye like so many will do? No, you HAVE to have your little bundle of fur current on all required vaccines and they must undergo a temperament test (well, I forget what they call it but more or less that’s it), they want to ensure ALL the animals are safe.  Upon your arrival they will ask you all sorts of questions to be SURE your pet is treated as close to how they would at home! That ALL makes me feel good and like I can actually ENJOY myself and not have to worry that my Max is safe AND HAPPY!!! I’d asked around a few places and mentioned to a few (as a test really, as I am hysterical about being sure Max is always current on his shots and heartworm and flea preventative), and told a few he didn’t have this or that shot and when pressed, they all said it was ok this time but next time I’d need it.  Ok, cross them off the list! I don’t want my best friend getting sick because of something that could have been prevented.  I want the BEST I can get for Max – I feel SUPER strongly that Rover Oaks will always provide that and treat him like I would.  Their staff always seems to be the same, (a really good sign right?!) and the Owner over at the Katy, Texas location is a wonderful person that REALLY truly cares and is instrumental in helping Citizen’s For Animal Protection in doing doggie make-overs for those abandoned and left at Citizen’s looking a hot mess and always seems to be generously donating her time, money and resources to help pets all over! I want to ALWAYS choose to support a person/company like that! I HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend them! We were even able to get our Santa photos while we were on vacation – what a nice surprise! If you’re new to Houston and looking – look no more! Feel free to email me any more detailed questions or comment below.

Thanks,

Elizabeth and Max 🙂

 

Meet Max – My best Valentine!

Max has been a little peeved that he hasn’t had a post yet so this one’s for you Max 🙂

Max is my perfect pup! He’s my “Heart Dog” and best buddy! He has gone through a lot in his life, escaping death, etc. and I thank God for him surviving through it all every day and finding his way into my life!! I couldn’t find a more perfect and wonderful friend!!

Happy Valentine’s Day Max!!

Happy Valentine's Day!
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Don't you think this is a good perfume ad photo? Or maybe I should sit beside Matthew McConaughey in one of his car commercials?!
Don’t you think this is a good perfume ad photo? Or maybe I should sit beside Matthew McConaughey in one of his car commercials?!
Max of Houston Photo Journey
“Serenity Now!”
Max of Houston Photo Journey
I’m bored…let’s go to the Dog Park Ma!!
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Not too sure about this Ma but give me a treat and snap that box you drag around and let’s bust a move to the Dog Park!

Let's Go Houston Rockets!

Goooo Rockets!

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Do I hear treats being opened??
Cute Max The Best Pup In The World
I’m ready for my close up
Max of Houston Photo Journey
Really Ma?! This is embarrassing!
Max of Houston Photo Journey
I need coffee like Ma gets!!!