Hi. My name is violet. I am a seven year old schnauzer and poodle mix. This blog is about me and my adventures in Atlanta as a dog about town.
Here I am out to dinner, enjoying a glass of fine wine at one of the many Atlanta eateries that I frequent. Here the lights came up after sunset and the patio seemed to come alive. This establishment happens to be the Bucket Shop. It is located across the street from the Lenox mall in Buckhead, The patio is fanastic, with lots of seating and recently updated. The surrounding small trees make it feel like a little oasis admist the hustle and bustle of the mall. You don’t even notice the traffic right outside on Lenox drive. I should mention that it is a popular spot for watching college football on fall Saturdays. The owners or staff are bug time Auburn fans, and you are sure to find the game on here.
You’ll notice I’m sitting in a chair. Of course I don’t sit on the ground like a dog. I am a princess. I am well behaved and I will happily lounge on my blanket on a chair while enjoying an evening out. I get a little frisky if other dogs are nearby. But in general I am so quiet and reserved you would not even notice me.
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I mentioned in my story about Nashville TN there were peddle taverns. These are very large wooden structure powered by peddling. A group of 10 or more people sit on the structure, half on one side and half on the other. Each seat is stool and there are peddles at your feet. The wooden part of the conveyance resembles a bar. Each person carries a drink and socializes with the other folks. Apparently there is no open container law that applies to the bike. There is a driver who guides the bicycle around the city streets.
There were bachelorette parties galore on a Saturday morning peddling around town. So many I’m certain it must of contributed to poor traffic. You can’t go very fast on a large bike. But every group that rode past me was singing and laughing and having a terrific time. I wish I could have taken a spin, but I’m not much for stools. I would need a seat with a back to be comfortable.
Hello there. This is violet. Here I am in Nashville Tennessee. I’m not far from “The Southern” on Demonbreun Street. We are waiting for a table on the patio.
My family took a trip to Franklin Tennessee to attend a wedding of my mom’s cousin. While we were there we visited Nashville since Franklin is a suburb. I was extremely impressed with the city. Nashville has a population of 600,000. Compare that to my home town of Atlanta which has a population of 400,000 in the city. Atlanta constantly gets credit for having a larger metro area. But Nashville both is and felt like a much bigger city. The various venues in the city were incredible. The Tennessee Titans stadium is right there across the river. The Nashville Panthers hockey team was right downtown. The Music City Center was a spectacular building. It had a following reverse curve architectual style. The building itself was huge and included a street running through it. The Country Music Hall of Fame was rigth there as well.
Plus the downtown area was absolutely bustling with people and activity in and out of the various music establishment eateries and bars. When we arrived in the morning a color run was starting and lots of joggers, music and colored powder filled the streets. By noon there was so much foot traffic along the river and Broadway street you could barely walk down it. I could not help but think of the ghost town Atlanta becomes on weekends and what a contrast there was.
Live music filled the air at every turn. Every establishment on the Saturday had a local artist strumming and singing. The artists were clearly country music enthusiasts. They dressed in cowboy boots, country theme jackets and cowboy hats. In fact there was a cowboy boot store on every block.
One of the most interesting things was the peddle taverns. These are large bikes that groups of 10 to 12 people road on. Apparently they would stop at a bar or eatry, get drinks, and peddle town the road to the next establishment. These were extremely popular with bridal showers. I noticed an average of one peddle tavern pass by every ten minutes while enjoying Saturday brunch. I can only imagine what happens after dark and the real night life starts. Our waiter mentioned that Nashville is the 2nd most popular destination for wedding parties. Only Las Vegas is more popular.
The wedding was in a a very old church in Franklin. Apparently it had been used as a hospital during the Civil War. I was amazed that the pews, rows and everything else seemed to be designed for smaller people. I guess 150 years ago the average height and build was more slender. Perhaps in those days food was more scarce and it was hard to both over indulge and consume enough calories to reach six foot tall.
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This is a video of me (violet) getting ready to go to out. The first thing is to put my harness on so my leach can be attached. But I know what the harness means. It means we’re going out to dinner, for a walk or maybe a ride in the car. So I get excited when I see the harness. I start jumping around, going into pretty please pose and anything else I can think of. Basically I lose control.
Putting on the harness becomes a game. I paw and play. Meanwhile my mom struggles to get the harness over my head and around my legs. You’ll notice that I don’t make it easy.
After a few minutes I do become tired. Then I start to settle a little. At that point someone usually grabs me to hold me still while the harness is snapped in place.
I have many, many toys. Some that squeak. Some make noise like scrunched up paper. Some produce sounds at a high frequency humans can’t hear. And some are plush toys that make no noise at all.
But my favorite toy is an old sock. I mean favorite by a wide margin. Old socks beat store bought toys any day. Why? One reason is that they make great tug toys. I can pull and pull to my hearts content if I can find someone to hold the other end. I even give it the occasional head shake.
Second, they can be tied in a knot or balled up. That may not sound like much, but you must understand I have a devious mind and absolutely love taking things apart. You tie up a sock and I’ll grab it, run to a corner and occupy myself undoing any knot. I use my front paws to stand on or hold the sock while I pull at the knot with my teeth. I am unbelievably good at this. I will have it untied faster than you will believe possible.
The third reason is I love the old sweaty sock smell. I’ll bury my nose in it. Honestly I love any smell, but the raunchy the better. Nothing beats a good foot smell. In fact, fresh off the foot socks are my favorite. Which by definition means it’s not really an old sock. It’s not meant to be my toy. Perhaps that makes it even sweeter to get the good sock,
Here I am enjoying another evening dining out. This time I’m at the Treehouse in the Peachtree Battle neighborhood.
The Treehouse restaurant caters to dogs. On any given day you’ll find two or three dogs. During a Sunday brunch you’ll find half of the tables have a dog at them. When you have that many dogs you are bound to have some arking and playing. But it’s not really not as much as you’d think. My guess is many of the dogs are local dogs who visit frequently and become used to the sights, smells and other dogs. Personally I will often sit quietly while other dogs are nearby. Of course it really depends on the the behavior of the other dog. If the other is quiet I will likely be quiet. If they are playful or noisy, I tend to become visibility agitated.
The Treehouse covers their patio in plastic for the winter. If you look at the photograph you’ll see the plastic behind me. There are heat lamps and combination of lamps and plastics allows you to sit on the patio year round. Good thing too, since the indoor seating is extremely limited.
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I thought I would a share a video from Christmas 2014. This is me unwrapping my Christmas gifts.
Let me say that I get so many boxes with gift wrap, I know there’s something good inside. I automatically any box is filled with toys or food or maybe even a sweater for me. I’ve learned how pulled off the wrapping paper. I also know how to dig my nose under the flaps and pry open the boxes. You see I absolutely love to untie, open, pull apart and undo things. It can be a box, a balled up sock or just about anything sitting nicely around the house.
My mom stopped me here because I was getting a little worked up. I tend to eat anything I tear into small pieces. This include the wrapping paper.
You’ll also note I’m wearing a sweater. I am quite the little fashionista. In fact, I prefer sweaters in the winter when the house is cool.