Tuesday, May 06, 2008

A New Dog Run, Dixie's 2nd B'day and a Flower Show

Yesterday was Dixie's 2nd Birthday (Children's Day in Japan) and day 1 of our little getaway. We went to the mountains to a dog friendly hotel in Karuizawa, Nagano. Before going to the hotel we took Jazz and Dixie to a dog run that was part of a farm center, complete with cows, goats, horses and chickens. They ran around and had fun rolling in the lush green grass before the rain set in. We went over to introduce J and D to some of the farm animals, most of which Dixie has never seen and all of which both Jazz and Dixie were a little scared of! After that we headed to our hotel in heavy holiday traffic and rain but made it and were welcomed warmly by the manager. After a run in the hotel's dog run in the fog and drizzle we went back to our room to celebrate Dixie's 2nd Birthday with cakes and a little present for the birthday girl. Of course she shared both the cake and her new glove toy with her big sister, Jazz. I can't believe Dixie is already 2 and Jazz will be 5 in two weeks!
This morning after a very fine Japanese breakfast we checked out and let the girls have their last run in the dog run before setting off. On the way back to Tokyo we stopped in Takasaki City which was having a flower show in the parks and gardens so we got out to take a walk around the beautiful gardens with Jazz and Dixie. We all had a great time, a special thanks to the driver!
I also posted some pics on my Holidays in Japan blog.


The Army of Four said...

Happy birthday, Dixie! Wow, that dog run looks FUN! How close to the farm animals did you get?
Beautiful flowers, too.
Play bows, Zim

Sparky said...

Happy Birthday to you,
Happy Birthday to you,
Happy Birthday dear Dixie,
Happy Birthday to you!

I hope you had a grrrrEAT birthday, Dixie! That cake look delicious.

Looks like you both had a BLAST at the dog run. Such fun you girls have!


Lorenza said...

Hi, friends!
Happy Birthday to Dixie!
Sure it was nice to celebrate her in that nice place!
Yummy cake!
Kisses and hugs

Kess & her mama said...

Happy Birthday Dixie. What a lovely birthday treat. You're a good gal to share your pressies with Jazz. I love the motion pic of you gals running.Check out the muscles!

Girl Girl Hamster said...

Happy belated birthday to Dixie. You gals sure can run very fast.
The cake looks so nice and yummy

~ Girl girl

Noah the Airedale said...

Dixie girl, happy barkday to you!!!! Hope you had a great 2nd birthday. The cakes look delish.

The dog park looks like heaps of fun.

Hugs and tail wags
Noah Willow Tess Lucy

Anonymous said...

Happy 2nd birthday Dixie, it looks like you and Jazz are having an absolute balL!!


Kess & her mama said...

It's me again. A pal tagged me for some Jap homework and I thought it may be fun for you gals to try it too. Maybe you can tell me if the names means anything in Japanese. Come by and pick up the tag. Cheers.

Harry said...

Happy belated birthday Dixie, looks like you had an excellent day!

Toodle pip
Harry x

umekotyan said...

Good evening Jazz.
Congratulations on the birthday of DIXIE.
It ..Karuizawa.. yearns.
It is a wonderful place.
Running is comfortable.
Wonderful time is important. :)

from loved ume tyan

Truman Tales said...

Happy Birthday, pretty Dixie! Looks like you and Jazz had a wonderful time running around and lounging in the grass.

And Happy Birthday to Jazz next week! Such a lady!

Riba said...

Happy birthday, Dixie! Luna also celebrated this week - she was 3 years old on 6th of May :o)

Jackson said...

Happy birthday Dixie looks like you had a great day- wonderful holiday as well woof! woof! M

BenTheRotti said...

Happy Birthday!!

wow those cakes look absolutely YUMMY!!

those are some awesome pics of you both!

love, licks and tail-wags,

Ben xxxxx

Gus and Louie said...

We want to wish your mom a very Happy Mom's Day. Canine Mom's and human Mom's are very special people.. Be sure and give your Mom extra kisses on this very special day!!

Happy Mom's Day!!
Gus and Louie

e said...

Awww we are so sorry we missed your birthday, dixie.

E will make it up to you!

We have good news and until our next meet up, I'll wait to tell you.
I think we might be seeing each other more in Komazawa.

Fei and E

Buster the Wired Fox Terror said...

Wow you girls sure can RUN! Did you get to eat any of the flowers the second day?

Bussie Kissies

Nano Frontera. said...

Son igualitos Dios mío! Feliz cumple Dixi y bien por la corrida de los beagles, no nos gana nadie!!!!! guabesos.

umekotyan said...

Good evening jazz.
Congratulations on the jazz birthday.
Please spend the fantastic weekend under the wonderful sun. :)

from loved ume tyan

Opy - the Original GruffPuppy said...

Now it's your turn for a barkday Jazz :)

Happy Barkday buddy - hope you have a wonderful day :)