Nash and My Day Trip to Yorktown Heights

Now I’m betting that the title of this blog led the Guiding Eyes Puppy raisers to believe that Nash and I were up at Guiding Eyes, but we weren’t, as I actually have family up in Yorktown Heights. My Aunt Lona and Uncle Donny live up there, and my cousins Erica and Jessica grew up there, and now live in the city. My Aunt has been a teacher for the last thirty plus years, and she retired from teaching, and the family was having a reitrement party for her, so Nash and I headed up there to congratulate her. The party was yesterday, Saturday, and I got to tell ya that if a Post Apocalyptic World is anything like a holiday weekend Saturday, then bring the apocalypse on! Nash and I headed out around 830 to the subway, and I couldn’t believe how empty the subway was. The stop we had to take was actually the subway stop that Nash had been walking past when I was telling him to go to it, and when the Guiding Eyes trainer came in for our retraining, we extensively worked on Nash recognizing this stop. This was actually our first time going to this particular subway station since the retraining, and Nash and I  nailed the stop. I was so proud of him, as it can be quite frustrating when he doesn’t get me to the place I am telling him to get me to and you are running to catch a train. Anyway, the subways were so empty, it was great. We made great time getting to Grand Central, and it still makes me laugh that we have to take two subways to go a total of three stops. We were meeting up with my Uncle’s friend Steve, and of course Nash and I got to Grand Central nice and early, and someone was nice enough to help us get to the clock where the information booth is at Grand Central. Steve arrived shortly there after, we got our tickets, and got on the train. I have to tell ya it is so much easier and nicer to travel up to Yorktown with someone than all by yourself.

Nash was his typical well behaved doggie on the train, and when we got to Yorktown is so much nicer and safer to actually have someone you know leading you around than the train platform rather than be doing it all by yourself. Uncle D was waiting for us, and since we were a little early we headed back to there house. This was great for Nash, as my Aunt and Uncle have put up a little fence in the backyard, so my cousins dog Brinkley can run around, and it has been awhile since Nash has gotten to run freely. We arrived at their house, and boy was Brinkley excited to see Nash, as Brinkley was barking hello while we were outside. We headed out back and I took Nash’s harness and leash off, and Nash was in heaven running around the yard with Brinkley. The two of them get along so well. My Uncle was in hysterics, and he told me that Nash leaped over Brinkley. Then Nash disappeared in to the house, and I knew where he was going. Straight for Brinkley’s toys! Its so funny, as Nash doesn’t really play with his toys at home, he likes his bones a lot more, but if another dogs toys are out, he wants to play with them. Nash kept taking one toy out after the next and leaving them all over the house. Then it was straight to Brinkley’s water bowl. Hey Nash needs to check everything out to make sure it meets with his approval. I think Nash had a lot of fun with Brinkley, but unfortunately, it was time for us to leave, as we had a party to go to. The party was at Little Sorrento’s a nice Italian joint in Yorktown. It wasn’t a surprise party or anything like that, just a nice gathering of about 40 people. Of course a lot of people wanted to pet Nash, and I am sure he got pet a lot with out me even knowing it, but what can you do. Congratulations to Aunt Lona on her career and retirement. Hopefully we will get to see a lot more of her now that she is not teaching any more. Aunt Lona came up to me at the party after the cocktail hour, and she had a gift for Nash, a bone! Nash was so happy, like I said, he loves bones. Nash now wants to go to more retirement parties, as he is one for one at getting gifts at retirement parties that he goes to. The party was really nice, and it was good to see the cousins, my sister, and her family, and the little monkey Sienna who will have two little sisters soon that Nash will have to compete with for attention. Uncle D was so great to drive us back to the city, as it was a really long day for Nash, as soon as we got home it was Nash’s dinner time, and he chowed, and then he crashed out for the evening. I thought I was going to have to carry him downstairs for his late night walk, but he made it down ok, and I am sure he slept liked a champ last night.

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2 Responses to “Nash and My Day Trip to Yorktown Heights”

  1. Lorraine Says:

    Hi Brian,

    I was so much more relaxed reading about your travels since you had someone with you most of the way. I know Nash is a wunder pup, but finding your way in the NYC subway system and Grand Central Station, confusing for me – a sighted person, must be very intense for both you and Nash.

    I’m glad Nash had some free time with Brinkley. I have such a clear picture of Nash jumping over Brinkley. He’s such a clown.

    Speaking of unsolicited advice, try rotating Nash’s toys. After a week or two of not seeing a toy, when it is reintroduced the dogs have a renewed interest. But it’s true; the toys are always more fun on the other side of the fence.

    Lona,

    Congratulations on your teaching career and retirement. The profession won’t be the same without your presence.

    Richard and I wish you all a happy and safe Fourth of July.

    • blindgator Says:

      Hey Lorraine, Funny thing at home, Nash just ignores his toys that I keep out, does like playing with the bones and then hiding them from me. Yes, much nicer and safer to travel with someone. the subway isn’t bad as I am so used to it, Grand Central and Metro North is the tough part. Have a Happy 4th.

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