If you live in the Northeast as I do, you know what this past winter was like and you also know what a treat it is to finally have some beautiful weather. The winter was not only difficult for humans but for many pets as well. Mickey is not a fan of the snow so he is loving life these days and I am having fun getting out with him and exploring our state. Our most recent excursion was to Gillette Castle State Park in East Haddam, CT.
Gillette Castle was built in 1914 and was the residence of actor William Gillette. In addition to the castle itself, the grounds include smaller buildings of equally impressive architecture, hiking trails and picnic areas.
We spent nearly two hours exploring different trails, wooden bridges and outdoor buildings but there were many additional areas of the park we only got to experience through the car window as we were driving by.
We will definitely be back to visit more of the park and next time we can even take the ferry to get there!
When we got home it was time for some homemade doggie ice cream! If you have never made it, it is super easy. This batch was pumpkin, peanut butter and low-fat plain yogurt. Just mix the ingredients in a blender, pour in paper lined muffin tins and freeze. You can substitute banana for the pumpkin or whatever your dog likes. You really cannot go wrong!
Our adventures will continue until the cold weather returns. We will be going on hikes, to parks, beaches and any other interesting, dog-friendly places we can find. And if we are not on the road we can always enjoy the nice weather in our own back yard. Yes, when the weather gets nice, it is good to be Mickey and it is good to be me too!
About the Author
Sue Torres is an animal advocate, rescue volunteer and proud owner of a previously abused pit bull who was slated to be destroyed for being tense and fearful in the shelter environment.
Inspired by their resilience, devotion and ability to forgive, she now devotes herself to restoring the image of these once-esteemed and cherished family pets. She works tirelessly to promote the adoption of pit bulls in our nation's shelters and change perceptions about this extremely misunderstood and unjustly maligned breed.
She lives in Connecticut with her rescued pit bull, Mickey. Her first book, Loyalty Unleashed was published in May, 2014 and is avsailable in paperback and e-book formats. Loyalty Unleashed II (her second book) is now available, also in paperback and e-book formats.
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