Island Hopping and a Reality Check

Last weekend was chock full of excitement. My daughter and her little Pug came for a nice long weekend. Saturday was spent at the beach and Sunday we headed off for an adventure. Vanessa has lived here since college but hasn’t explored many of the smaller islands so we headed to Hornby Island. Mr. AWSL and I visited there several years and had a blast discovering Middle Mountain Mead.Vanessa and kevin Connolly on ferry to Hornby Island

To get to Hornby from Vancouver Island, you have to take two short ferry rides. One to Denman then one from the opposite side of Denman to Hornby. Since the Deman ferry is larger, the Hornby ferry can’t hold everyone so we ended up waiting for the next sailing.

We found an interesting spot to get a cup of coffee and waited an hour. To be honest, there was nothing else to do. It felt like the day was getting away from us when it looked like we wouldn’t fit on the next sailing too. They decided to let us try to cram into the last spot of the ferry.driving onto Hornby Ferry

It was a tight squeeze and not looking good when we decided to remove the trailer hitch from our SUV. That was just what we needed and they let us sail.

removing trailer hitch to fit on Hornby Island ferry

Hornby is a small, sleepy island with lots of artists, and crafts makers. Being Californians, our first stop was Lerena Vineyards.wine tasting at Lerena Vineyards

Their selections were pretty decent so we bought several bottles.a selection of Lerena Wines

The farmers market was our next stop but it was a disappointment. I was hoping for freshly grown veggies but it was filled with pretty uninteresting arts and crafts. We grabbed a bit to eat and hit the beach. wine tasting at Hornby Island Winery

Next up was Horny Island Winery, otherwise known as HI winery. Their selections were all sparkling, fruit-based, and super sweet. The owner suggested we cut it with sparkling water or Vodka. We thought that was quite a wide range so got a few bottles to bring home.

Adirondack chairs over looking the water on the Middle Mountain Meade deck

Our final stop before heading back to the ferry was Middle Mountian Mead. As you would expect, it’s high on a mountain with commanding views of the water and hills beyond. Mead is the oldest alcoholic drink. It’s a wine made from honey and water with herbs, fruits, and spices.Vanessa Connolly sitting on deck at Middle Mountain Meade

We sat on the deck, enjoying the warm weather and stunning view while the young owner served us samples of their different flavors. We each bought several bottles then headed back to the ferry.

By the time we got online for the ferry, my little dog Lucy was not seeming herself. We’d kept them in the shade most of the day and because she’s old, she was carried more often than not. She began panting and trembling which continued to get worse.

Lucy and Honey Pug in the car

Lucy in her car seat, Honey Pug looking annoyed as only a Pug can..she’s a sweetie

I know rapid breathing can be a sign of pain in dogs so I took her to a local vet the following day. All of her vitals were good so he assumed she was in pain too. I know I have arthritis so I’d be shocked if she didn’t have some at 14 1/2. We left with pain pills and some yummy can food to spark her appetite. She was seeming more comfortable with the pain pills in her but last night she got much worse. We rushed her to the emergency vet at 11 pm in respiratory distress. They have her in an oxygen tent and are doing tests. We really have no idea what’s going. She’s the sweetest little dog and we love her to bits so we are praying.

Thanks for reading and if you have doggies, give them extra snuggles.

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  1. Marcia Rayne
    July 27, 2019 / 12:00 pm

    Many prayers for sweet Lucy. ?

  2. Maggie Fieger
    July 27, 2019 / 5:27 am

    Prayers for Lucy!

  3. July 25, 2019 / 4:43 pm

    Saying a prayer for your sweet Lucy to recover quickly.

  4. Kathleen
    July 25, 2019 / 6:46 am

    Great day, poor ending. Sorry for Lucy and for you folks. Hope by now she’s back to her old self.

  5. Ann
    July 24, 2019 / 6:21 pm

    Hope Lucy is feeling better

  6. Deborah
    July 24, 2019 / 4:41 pm

    Best wishes for little Lucy!

  7. July 24, 2019 / 3:09 pm

    Prayers for Lucy! Hope she’s well on her way to recovering.

  8. Jill
    July 24, 2019 / 3:02 pm

    Good wishes for Lucy’s total recovery!

  9. RPSMc
    July 24, 2019 / 2:52 pm

    Wonderful family venture Jennifer. Loved reading the full description. However, I’m hoping your darling Lucy is better…. thoughts are with you…!

  10. Heidi Davis
    July 24, 2019 / 12:09 pm

    Hugs to you, your family, and especially to your Lucy.

  11. July 24, 2019 / 11:25 am

    Your fun day sounds like a full day of wine tasting and beautiful vistas. So sorry about your baby and hope she has a speedy recovery.

  12. Kate K
    July 24, 2019 / 10:14 am

    Heartbreaking to hear about your precious little fur baby Lucy :..( My prayers go up for her recovery. Is such a retching feeling knowing our beloved pets are suffering and cannot tell us what is wrong. Hugs.

  13. Anon
    July 24, 2019 / 9:19 am

    Poor baby!

  14. Kathleen O'Brien
    July 24, 2019 / 9:14 am

    Oh dear, may Lucy get better soon – our fur babies are our loves. The trip sounded good for thirsty travelers.

  15. Janet
    July 24, 2019 / 9:04 am

    So sorry to hear about Lucy! I hope she has a speedy recovery. Keep us posted!
    Thanks for the details on Hornby. At 60, I still haven’t made my way to BC yet from Ontario. On the list!

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