Jax’s 2nd Birthday!

Golden Retrievers

So crazy to think back to two years ago, before we knew Jax was born and going to be coming home with us in 8 weeks. Things were so different!

I remember being meeting Jax and his 5 other litter mates for the first time when they were only 2 weeks old! There were 2 males and 4 females and they were all ADORABLE! I left there with sever puppy fever and feeling high on puppy breath!

Last year Jax’s 1st birthday was on Thanksgiving so we took a couple of photos for Instagram and I made the video below of his first year with us. Believe me when I say it wasn’t easy narrowing down my favorite clips to only 5 minutes but I did the best I could!

Watch the video here!

This year we took some photos a couple of days before his actual birthday because it is on Black Friday and most of our family had to work. I did go over to let them all run around and play in the snow for a couple of hours on his actual birthday. Not only did they have fun but so did I! They always make me laugh…except for when they are not listening to me! Haha

Below are photos from both days!

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Be Thankful

Golden Retrievers

Happy Thanksgiving!

I have so much to be thankful for every year but this year has been a year of change that has me extra thankful!

I’m thankful for the opportunity I have to start living my life more intentionally, to make a living out of doing something I love and for all of the encouragement and support from my family and friends.

I’m thankful for the dogs in my life that bring me so much joy and remind me to live my life to the fullest! And of course I’m thankful for Dave who is always pushing me to follow my dreams and for helping me get there!

Keep reading to see some photos from our fun in the sun & the snow!

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Mackworth Island



Between the magical fairy houses hidden within the forest, the wooden swings that are strategically placed along the trail and the breathtaking scenic views of Casco Bay, Mackworth Island is easily one of our FAVORITE dog friendly parks to explore!

Mackworth Island is approximately 100 acres, connected to Falmouth by a causeway at the mouth of the Presumpscot River. You can walk the 1.5 mile loop trail or explore the rocky shore around the perimeter of the island, either way you get to enjoy the beautiful scenic views of Casco Bay!

We have brought the dogs here a few times over the last couple years and everytime we do we discover a new spot or a new feature that we never noticed before. The dogs LOVE it here because they get to go into the cold ocean and play in the warm sand. They have many toy options including, rocks, sticks and pinecones galore! Not to mention they always end up meeting new friends while along the way!

On one of our visits there in 2017 we took photos of Tavish, Jax and Ali in pirate costumes for a contest on Instagram! It was not easy getting the props to stay on the dogs-especially because we were near the water so that’s all they could think about! We were so excited that our hard work paid off when we found out we won the contest! Keep scrolling down to see the photos!

Having so many fun memories here is what made it the perfect location for our wedding photo session this week! Dave and I are going to dress back up in our wedding attire and have photos taken with all 4 dogs! Usually we take our own photos so it’s going to be fun having another professional take them!

Keep these tips in mind if you visit Mackworth Island:

*Dogs are allowed but must be leashed
*The limited parking fills up quickly during peak hours
*Owned by the State of Maine and there is a small fee to use it:
Maine Residents Adults $3.00, Nonresident Adults $4.00
Children age 5-11 $1.00, Under age 5 Free
For more information on park fees click here
* Click here for more information about Mackworth Island
* Click here to learn about the dark history of Mackworth Island

Keep reading to view more photos from our adventures at Mackworth Island!

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