The East Coast – At Last!

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Day 11 – 30 May: Today we slept in, sort of, then started off for our first stop in Cranberry, PA. It was the middle of the day and KiKi still hadn’t taken his pill – yes, older dogs need pills just like older people. Well, getting it down him is a struggle, without some food, and we were all out of fresh meat.

Quaker Steak & Lube

Quaker Steak & Lube

We walked over to the Quaker Steak & Lube, a restaurant/sports bar oriented to the Steelers, and ordered a hamburger patty for KiKi. It worked, he loved the hamburger and we were able to slip the pill into a piece of meat after he had taken 3-4 bites.

Entering Pittsburgh

Entering Pittsburgh

Aunt Jane

Aunt Jane

Next we took a side-trip to Pittsburgh to visit the favorite aunt of Patty’s close friend, Samantha. Aunt Jane and her son Bob were waiting for us and asked all kinds of questions about Samantha. Jane had lost her cat a couple of months ago and KiKi seemed to be the perfect replacement. KiKi is a pretty mellow dog, when Patty is around. If she leaves, however, he really gets riled up and starts to whine and talk – not so fun. Patty doesn’t think much of leaving him anywhere, either – after all, we brought him on this trip, didn’t we?

Patty, Bob, and KiKi

Patty, Bob, and KiKi

Samantha – this one’s for you

Farm in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania farm


We arrived at cousin Pete’s house (Craig’s relative) around 9pm and were greeted by his daughter Alyson and her assistant, Aparna, as well as Pete. Pete and Craig were born a very few months apart, ages ago in Massachusetts and our families both moved West after the war – you figure out which war. However, we have spent most of our adult life on opposite coasts. We will be staying at his place for the weekend – a welcome respite from the road – and will have pictures and stories later.

Sometimes you are just too pooped to pop

Sometimes you are just too pooped to pop

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