Happy 1st Birthday Ivy!

Ivy'sBirthday1Oh little Ivy girl!  You are one year old today!!  Do you even know it?  Maybe the steak for breakfast might have tipped you off?  Or maybe the fact the I made you pose with a stupid crown on your head? (Stayyy…. Look!!!)  Nevertheless, it is a special day because you made this past year a great one.


I know it has been a big year for you –  lots of training, learning tricks, exploring Nantucket, making friends and being the best buddy Steve & I could ask for.  But it has also been a big year for me too!  You are my first pet!  I had no idea how much love I had to give.  When we first brought you home, I would cry just looking at you because you were so sweet and I was so happy you were a part of our family.  I especially love when you bomb down the stairs and are so excited to see us every time we walk through the door.  There isn’t a better feeling than that!IvyBirthday5

I also had to learn how to train you!!  You are a very good pup so you made it easy on me.  But those times that I had to be stern were pretty hard on me!! I know I need to toughen up.  We take a big walk every single day.  These walks have become just as important to me as they are to you.  The fresh air, the exercise and exploring new parts of the island are good for both of us!IvyBirthday4Ivy, you are the best! Happy Birthday my sweet little pup!! We love you!! ivybirthday

OK, enough with the mushy gushy!!  I need to tell you about the very exciting Ivy adventure we had today!! While walking in the moors with Patty, Allie & Caroline we heard a strange little animal noise… We all stopped and started searching.  It took awhile, but just off the side of the path underneath some leaves we found a little kitten!!ivysbirthday6Poor little thing out there all by itself!!  So we scooped it up and made our way to the Offshore Animal Hospital.ivybirthday7On our way there we picked out names… naturally.  Gloria if it was a girl (after Gloria Gaynor’s song “I Will Survive”) and Frankie (after Ol’ Blue Eyes Frank Sinatra) if it was a boy.ivybirthday8Well it’s a boy!  Frankie is now in good hands.  ivybirthday9We will check in with the vet tomorrow – follow me on Twitter for updates!


Puppy Update – What Ivy Wore!

Puppy update:  I can’t believe there was a life without her.  She’s such a lover and super rascally all at the same time.  She cracks me up – she is such a well behaved puppy but she also likes to test me and see what she can get away with.  Good thing is that she’ll do anything for a treat… at least I’ve got that going for me!!  Here is my most favorite picture of her taken by our very dear friend Tom Olcott of T. G. Oclott Photography.

  Now I would like to do a little segment called:  What Ivy wore!  Don’t act like you didn’t see it coming!!  We all knew it would happen one day or another.  Ivy is a Milly & Grace Girl for goodness sake!!  She’s my fashionable little pup and tends to go for a more Ralph Lauren look.  My saving grace is that Steve actually thinks it’s cute.

Here she is in her shawl collar sweater.  This is perfect for staying in on windy nights and cozying up by the fire.



Next up is her buffalo plaid fleece.  Perfect for brisk walks down at the Boat Basin.  Ivy and I walk the docks a couple time a week.  Being a water dog and all she insists on checking in with the Harbor Master and making sure everything’s in ship shape.




Finally we have her in her neon orange brush walking jacket. Deer hunting is big on Nantucket and so we can never be too safe!  Plus it keeps her looking very sporty. (Steve bought this for her all on his own.  Yep.) ivyhunterivyhunter2Thanks for tuning in to What Ivy Wore!  Until next time!

Emily Paddleboards & Ivy Swims!

It was a big day in the Hollister house.  Lots of firsts!  I went paddleboarding for the first time.  (Yes!  I checked off #21 off my list of 30 things to do before I’m 30).  Also, more importantly, Ivy went swimming!!  It was probably the most proud I’ve ever been in my life.  She handled it like a boss.

So.. off I go on the paddleboard!! It was a blast and so great to be out on the water! It’s a little awkward at first but once you get the hang of the strokes it is smooth sailing.  I knew my kayaking days at Camp Wyonegonic would come in handy one day!

Paddle 2

Ivy was very curious!

Paddle 1

We paddled out to Monamoy beach and thought we would give Ivy a chance to swim.  Come on Ivy!!

Learn to Swim 1

Here is a little video that Steve took of Ivy getting used to the water!

Swim Lessons with Ivy from The Milly & Grace Girls on Vimeo.

And off she goes!

Learn to Swim 2

Ivy went paddleboarding too!

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Thanks for reading!!