Sunday, December 2, 2012

Middleburg Christmas Parade 2012

AP here:
Last year we missed the Christmas parade in Middleburg VA. Tonka was just starting with his neurological problem and could not walk very well. This year with his Eddies Wheels cart we were ready to go.
Appalachian Great Pyrenees Rescue (Tonka's rescue) participates in the parade every year and typically there are anywhere from 80 to 100 dogs that show up. These are all rescues and it is truly a wonderful sight to see.
The parade is very well known and a large crowd always gathers in the small town so parking is at a premium and if you are going to go you should get there early.

I got the boy up early and he was very excited to be going to the parade. His girlfriends Bertha and Sylvia were going to be there so he wanted to look extra handsome. I put on his jingle bell collar and his Sparkle Christmas Collar that Bertha got him a few years ago.

Ready to go

We packed up his wheels and headed out on the 2 hour drive to Middleburg.

Fortunately we grabbed a parking spot semi close to our staging area at the Sporting Library. As we crossed the first street and ran straight into Mommy Vicky the Director for AGPR. Tonka took off towards her at the sound of her voice (he loves Mommy V).  We got stopped a few times by kids (Tonka's Favorite things) before finally getting to the library. His Aunt Nancy was there with his girlfriend Bertha and buddy Oliver. I put down his Mutt Matt and took him out of his wheels to rest till the parade.

Tonka and Aunt Nancy having a conversation
He got to hang out with Bertha


and Sylvia

As more dogs and people showed up I got him back in his wheels to take him to see everyone and to go potty.

We met some Corgis

and some pipers with the bagpipe corp.

he got some loving from some kids

and then he rested again

Everyone was there and it was almost time for the parade

We lined up

And off we went

We had over 100 dogs this year and it was such a good time. On the way back to the truck the Tonka boy was a tried but happy boy. We passed some other tired pups as well.

Tonka can't wait till next year.....


chris said...

I love it! Looks like a great time, so glad he had fun with all his pals.

Tina said...

Is there anything more festive than a big bunch of Pyrs decked out in Christmas accessories? Thanks for the pics, AP!

Molly, Lucy, & Zoe said...

I had as much fun looking at all the great pics as Tonka had being in the parade and spending time with his buddy's! Thank you Tonka! You are an amazing Pyr!

Tonka said...

Chris, he had a great time

Tonka said...

It was a wonderful sight and he was so happy to be around all his buddies. Only way the day would have been better is if you and Liam were there.

Tonka said...

Molly, Lucy and Zoe,
Glad you enjoyed the post

Tina said...

Awwww...thanks, AP! We would have loved to be there. Unfortunately traveling is still very stressful for us, er, me. Jeff has established himself as Lee's fearless leader. Lee adores him and does whatever he asks and goes wherever he goes. Me, not so much ;)

liparifam said...

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful! Heartwarming and festive - wish I could have been there!