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By Tucker Baackes

Greetings from Tucker land, y’all! (That’s what I like to call planet Earth.) My mom is on vacation in Martha’s Vineyard this weekend with my Aunties Kristin and Michelle, so she asked if I could take over blogging duties for the day. And I was like, finally. My buddy Ella has been on Camels and Chocolate for years.

So anyway, mom asked me to blog about our trip to Philadelphia to visit my favorite favorite best ever amazing most wonderful top human in the whole wide world, John. Mom tells me he’s my grandpa but I like to think of us as just best buds.

First up? A stroll around the block to . I was not consulted on flavors — rude, since eating human food is my second favorite activity of all times, after riding in the car with John. Even ruder, they barely let me have any, all while bragging they were “the best donuts known to man.” Um, how about known to canine?

It was one in a long line of not-letting-Tucker-have-food-offenses.

Because Aunt Olivia and Aunt Zoe (well, she’s not my real aunt but she is mom’s best friend) were in town too, I decided to give them a little tour. Last time mom came to Philadelphia, she did all kinds of activities that were discriminatory to dogs, as in did not let me come along! Offensive. This time, things would be different.

We started out by catching an impromptu street parade not far from John’s house, where some of the local bands were warming up for the . At least I think that’s what I heard them saying. I was kind of busy on sniff patrol.

Then we all piled into the car to the . Since this is another institution that practices discrimination against dogs, we weren’t going in — we were just soaking up the view, and meeting up with some friend named Rocky who never showed.

Afterwards, we went through a stroll into the park and along the boathouses. I was kind of annoyed because normally John lets me walk on command there but Aunt Olivia gets nervous and so they leashed me. She treats me like I’m some kind of animal.

That night, I was entrusted with guarding the house while everyone went out in downtown Philadelphia. My mom and Aunt Zoe met up with a friend who they hiked the Inca Trail with, and he treated them to drinks at , where he works. Mom said she was so annoyed she forgot to take photos because the bar was so stunning but to me it was obvious — she was driven to distraction by how much she missed me!

Then I guess they went dancing or whatever. I don’t care as long as they don’t wake me up when they get home.

The next morning they left me again to go to for brunch. They said it was awesome. I say I was not invited. Say it with me now? RUDE. Then we all said a sad goodbye as Aunt Livi went back to New Orleans, Auntie Zoe went back to NYC, and me and mom went back to Albany. I sighed and looked forlornly out the back the whole time as I watched John get smaller and smaller in the window.

Well guys, I don’t know about this whole blogging thing. It seems like a lot of work when I could be harassing innocent sandwich-makers for scraps, tormenting chipmunks somewhere, or wagging my nub.

Till next time,

Tucker

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42 Comments...
  • Jello
    June 6 2014

    Awwww… sooooo cute!!! More tucker’s tails please πŸ™‚
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    • Meihoukai
      June 8 2014

      I’ll see if I can get him to the keyboard again… he’s a bit of a lazy dog though, always napping!

  • Will Bartlett
    June 6 2014

    Haha good old tucker always after “Human food”!

    • Meihoukai
      June 8 2014

      …Especially human food cooked on the grill!

  • Janice Stringer
    June 6 2014

    It threw me off a little at the start until I figured it out and then loved it. Especially ‘dog discrimination!’
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    • Meihoukai
      June 8 2014

      It is a serious problem here in the US! Dogs are barely allowed anywhere πŸ˜‰

  • Caity
    June 6 2014

    Awwww!! I am such a sucker for tucker!

    • Meihoukai
      June 8 2014

      Haha, thanks Caity! He wagged in response.

  • Jo
    June 6 2014

    Um.. this is the cutest post ever.
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  • Katie
    June 6 2014

    Such a fun post! Tucker, I would have snuck you a little piece of my doughnut πŸ˜‰
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    • Meihoukai
      June 8 2014

      I believe he got a bite or two… but it’s never enough for that little porker!

  • Shaz
    June 6 2014

    I’m in love! What kind of dog is he? I’d like him for Christmas. As soon as I can manage to stay in one place.
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    • Meihoukai
      June 8 2014

      He’s a cocker spaniel. They are the best dogs ever!

  • tucker’s got the right idea, blog less- eat more
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    • Meihoukai
      June 8 2014

      I know, I could learn a thing or two from him! Though to be fair I do both extensively.

  • Maddy
    June 6 2014

    Sooooo cute! I love Tucker’s Tails, more please! Anything described in the voice of a cute canine is automatically 10x better. No offense to normal blog posts. πŸ˜‰
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    • Meihoukai
      June 8 2014

      Completely agree. My family communicates at least 50% via giving a voice to Tucker. “Well Tucker is upset that you…” πŸ™‚

  • Justine
    June 6 2014

    Man, that Tucker is a mighty fine writer.
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    • Meihoukai
      June 8 2014

      I’d like to think it runs in the family!

  • Dad
    June 6 2014

    It is about time you let Tucker have his say. Philadelphia wants him back soon. It is not the same city without him.

  • Shaun
    June 6 2014

    Tucker! I also enjoy harassing innocent sandwich-makers for scraps!

    Just like your Dad mentioned, I can’t see any place being better without him. I love dogs and this little guy always looks so happy. Hilarious post Meihoukai!
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    • Meihoukai
      June 8 2014

      Thanks Shaun! We like to think he’s a happy little guy. He certainly is very loved!

  • Geoffrey
    June 6 2014

    What a happy tail πŸ™‚

  • Kristen Noelle
    June 6 2014

    This was the cutest thing ever. Keep being awesome Tucker.

    Philly is beautiful and always fun! I’ve brunched at the Continental as well — super rad dining.
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    • Meihoukai
      June 8 2014

      It was really good! Only complaint — no dogs on the balcony!

  • becky hutner
    June 6 2014

    oh alex that was so sweet. your creativity & range continue to wow me. can’t wait for the next installment!
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    • Meihoukai
      June 8 2014

      Well he’s having a pretty great time at Martha’s Vineyard right now, so it might be that!

  • Hehe, this was so much fun to read! πŸ™‚ Tucker is such a cutie! I totally agree with you Tucker, those donuts look delicious!
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    • Meihoukai
      June 8 2014

      They are THE BEST! I’m heading back to Philly again next weekend and I’m so looking forward to them!

  • Joella J in Beijing
    June 8 2014

    Nice post Tucker!! He is adorable. I’d love to have a dog eventually, but it’s not so good idea for us right now. One day!
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    • Meihoukai
      June 8 2014

      I know how you feel! Tucker feels like my dog but really I have to accept he lives with my dad these days. I miss him so much all the time though!

  • Jade
    June 9 2014

    This is so funny! Hope to see more from Tucker soon!
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    • Meihoukai
      June 10 2014

      He’s pretty pooped from all this typing, but I’ll see what I can do πŸ™‚

  • FINALLY!! Yay! Well done, Tucker πŸ™‚

    Ps. Can you tell your mom that it’s a little hard to see the links in her posts because they’re the same color as the text unless you hover over them? Maybe it’s on purpose but I keep missing links because of it. Thanks Tucker, good luck with getting some samples of the doughnuts next time!
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    • Meihoukai
      June 10 2014

      Tucker alerted me to your comment here! Hmm, not sure what to do about those links. I had the link style changed from underlined to bolded but I don’t like to hear it’s hard to see! I’m actually working with a designer right now on a redesign and I will talk to her about a subtle color change. Thanks for the feedback!

  • Caroline
    June 9 2014

    Haha! I love this post! πŸ™‚

    • Meihoukai
      June 10 2014

      Thanks Caroline! It was fun to write πŸ™‚

  • Cat
    July 4 2014

    Haha, too cute! I definitely vote for Tucker being an ongoing guest poster here.

    • Meihoukai
      July 6 2014

      I’m just going to have to take him on another adventure sometime soon!