Month: October 2013

Basil takes Asheville!

We’ve been told time and time again, as we travel throughout the south, that if you want a little taste of Seattle life Asheville, NC is the place to be. Boutique shops, bistros with outdoor patio seating, used bookstores, and all in a city in the hills. Well, Asheville did not disappoint. 

We headed up to this eclectic city one fall weekend with Basil in tow. The moment we arrived we were greeted with a little bit of southern hospitality in the form of a parking pass. Another couple, who had already payed for the whole day in a nearby lot, was leaving. They not only offered us their parking spot but their pass. Perfect! 

Once on the streets we were overwhelmed with the colors of the changing fall leaves and views of the surrounding mountains. We started our day by hitting up local shops and searching for a place to grab lunch. After a few pet themed boutiques and a moment standing on a corner and listening to a rather talented street performer, we found the right nosh spot. 

The Wicked Weed brewery located right next to The Orange Peel music venue seemed the ideal fit. Large outdoor patio with ample sitting and welcoming of our fur baby. We sat and enjoyed a few brews as well as a artisan BLT and wedge salad. 

The next couple of hours was spent in and out of vintage clothing stores and having lovely conversations with fellow dog lovers who are also enjoying the streets of Asheville. At about twilight, Basil was starting to grow tired and we as well were interested in slowing down. The sun was on the horizon and the mild fall weather of the day was turning brisk. As we looked for a spot to relax and stay warm we walked by The Wicked Weed once more to find them lighting their large fire pit. We pulled up a few chairs and basked in the warmth and great company. Basil fell asleep in my arms as the day drew to a close. 

This was only our first day in this great city and we can’t wait to spend more time and enjoy more Asheville has to offer. We hear the comedy tour bus is fabulous and intend to board it the very next time we are passing through. So, thank you Asheville for your hospitality and know that this dog and his family will be back very soon!

Travel well, Nap well, Live well!

-Abbey & Basil



Basil’s Favorite Things – Chilly Dog Sweaters

Its TGIF and you know what that means… Basil’s favorite things! This Friday, as the weather almost everywhere turns to full on fall we decided to share a long time Basil “must have.” The Chilly Dog sweaters are handmade in South America and 100% wool. They follow fair trade guidelines and give all the employees a fair wage. Not only do we love their company practices but their sweaters are top-notch.

From XS to XL these sweaters fit almost ever dog shape. For Basil, it’s almost impossible to find a well fitted sweater based on his broad chest and thick Boston neck. When we came across Chilly Dog a few years ago at our favorite pet store, All The Best Pet Care, we fell in love. The perfect cold weather dog sweater and every year they sold like hot cakes in Seattle. The first sign that it was going to be wet and cold for awhile we let Basil pick out a few of his favorites.

Right now, while we are traveling in the South, today was the first truly chilly day. I pulled out his moose sweater and slipped it right on. The thick wool and hood, with the most adorable moose ears warmed him right up. If you’re looking for a sweater for your four legged friend and may be having a hard time finding a good fit or just don’t want a prissy dog sweater make sure to check out the Chilly Dog website

So, today we are going to enjoy this brisk fall day without having to worry that my little guy is going to catch cold. Enjoy your weekend!

Travel well, nap well, live well!

-Abbey & Basil

Introducing the Boston Turtle!

Boo! Its finally time to reveal the Halloween costume, voted by you. Its the Boston terrier turned turtle… The Boston Turtle! Thank you so much for voting and I hope you enjoy these pre-Halloween photos of what maybe the cutest dog costume ever! Check back on Oct 31st for ever more pictures and see how Basil spends this years Halloween! 

Travel well, nap well, live well!

-Abbey & Basil


Basil’s favorite things – BowhausNYC

This is the first post in the new feature… Basil’s favorite things!!! And just like Oprah, Basil has very strong opinions on what things he rocks. So, we thought every Friday we would let you guys in on something special that we love and know you will too! BowHausNYC

For the first edition of Basil’s favorite things we wanted to share our love of BowHausNYC. Its a chic luxury dog accessories brand that carries everything a hipster dog of the city needs. Although all their wares are totes adorable there is one we can’t live without. The wristlet water bowl is perfect for the pet owner on the go. Not only is it amazingly handy its the most stylish portable water bowl I’ve ever seen. One Kings Lane

Also, for about the next 2 days One Kings Lane, who is also an amazing site for home goods and whatnots, is having a sale on this exact item. Head over to One Kings Lane to find this BowHausNYC dog bowl at a really great price.

I hope you love this as much as we do and maybe BowHausNYC can become one of your favorite things too!

Travel well, nap well, live well!

-Abbey & Basil

Throwback Thursday – King’s Hardware

For this TBT I thought I would share a photo from last year that was taken at one of our absolutely favorite bars in Seattle, King’s Hardware. Head down Ballard Ave any day and its a great spot but its just perfect after hitting up the farmers market on Sundays. They allow dogs inside and on their patio. Check it out! Have a bloody Mary and seriously maybe the best burger in the city. Trust me, you will not be sorry!

Travel well, nap well, live well!

-Abbey & Basil

Every dog needs a pickle pocket!

Hello! Basil was being a little too needy so I pulled out his favorite toy, the pickle pocket! It is kind of the best toy ever. Fill it with whatever your dog loves and they are happy for at least an hour… maybe. Enjoy this video of Basil enjoying his P.P filled with some lamb lung. Its both hilarious and a little gross! Hehe

Travel well, nap well, live well!

-Abbey & Basil

Lions, tigers and turtles?! Oh My!!

Its Halloween time again and that means everyone from little kiddies to partying adults to the our four legged friends get ready to dress up and have a good time! Here in this household we are big into dressing up. Usually Willow FC “begs” to be a blow fish and Sebastian just “loves” his hot dog costume. Last year, Basil decided he was going to be a pirate. Mostly because Nate & I went as Peter Pan and Ticker bell and Basil loves to match.Halloween2012

This year we thought we would ask all of Basil’s loving fans to vote on their favorite costume  for Halloween 2013. Below you will find sample photos, all from, and a poll to tell us what you think. Whatever is voted highest by Friday October 11th will be Basil costume this year. Thanks for your help in this very important matter and we will announce the winner this weekend and some adorable photos will follow!


What should Basil be for Halloween 2013?

Travel well, nap well, Live well!

-Abbey & Basil

Double dog weekend!

Jack is over for the weekend while his parents are away on vacation so Basil gets to have a sleepover! If you can’t tell Jack weighs 100 LBs. more then Basil so its kind of like 4 dogs in our house instead of 2. Its a double dog weekend! Double the dogs, double the fun! 

Travel well, nap well, live well!

-Abbey & Basil

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