Views of the Neighborhood – Dog Days of Summer.

The Producer and I had a great idea to depict the dog days of summer with mailbox toppers. Well, guess what? In all of Lakeway, there are only a few.  We did soldier on and found those available. Today on our outing we are going to be catered by Via 313 of Austin Inside Out. Our entertainment is The Band Perry.

Menu Detroit-style pizza

The Original Pepperoni – Smoked Pepperoni under the cheese

The Detroiter – Smoked Pepperoni under the cheese, Natural Casing Pepperoni on top

The Omnivore – Mushroom, Onion, Green Pepper, Pepperoni, Sausage

The Bobo Brazil – Hot Calabrese, Sausage, Red Pepper Flakes, finished w/ Mike’s Hot Honey

The Four Cheese (v) – Our special four-cheese blend

 The Carnivore  – Our special four-cheese blend – Smoked Pepperoni, Natural Casing Pepperoni, Ham, Sausage, Bacon

The Herbivore (v) – Mushroom, Onion, Green Pepper, Black Olives

The Rocket – Calabrese, Arugula, Shaved Parmesan

The Hawaiian – Ham, Bacon, Pineapple Rings

The Cadillac (Inspired by Tony Gemignani) – Gorgonzola, Fig Preserves, Prosciutto, Parmesan, Balsamic Glaze

The Marinara (v) + vegan – No Cheese, Red Sauce, Garlic, Oregano

The 500 -Natural Casing Pepperoni, Jalapeño, Pineapple Rings

The Ambassador Bridge (Inspired by Jeff Smokevitch) – Sausage, Natural Casing Pepperoni, Fresh Garlic, Italian Oregano, House-Made Ricotta. Sub Plant-Based Pepperoni to make it veggie

A special drink courtesy of Dan Conti – Mezcal Sour Cherry Margarita served in smoked salt-rimmed glass. Also, anything else you wish to drink

Picture of an old time school bus

Let’s go

Our first is made out of metal.

Cute little dachshund with a University of Texas bandana

Pug anyone?

Happy dog

Another pug

A bulldog from Craig Boyack’s ( Author of the Hat series.) house.

A Shar Pei

Couldn’t help but taking a shot of the hippo and bird since we ran out of dogs.

Cute hedgehog.

And last a baby deer.

So have some pizza and enjoy The Band Perry.

 

99 comments

  1. I love the doggie mailbox toppers. So cute. Enjoyed that version of Fat Bottom Girls. Thanks and Happy Sunday!!

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    1. I thought they did a good job on the song too. My fave is Queen but they did it proud. Thanks, Darlene.

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  2. I love the cute ending with the hedgehog, deer and hippo. They must get hot in Texas during the summer too!!

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    1. I think they do. Thanks, GP.

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  3. An excellent array of mailbox toppers. Bring on the pizza!

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    1. Yes. Pizza is king. 😁

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      1. Good old Detroit style. My hometown.

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      2. Yum! I haven’t had Detroit style pizza in years

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      3. By the way Cosco has a good one.

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  4. Love that Dashchund!

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    1. Love the correct spelling. Made the change. 😁

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      1. LOL. I didn’t even notice.

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  5. A fabulous frolic through the neighborhood mailbox toppers, John, and great looking pizza. Hope you are finding some relief from the heat!

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    1. Well I think we are used to it. We have above 100 degree temperatures forecasted through August 13. 🥵 Glad you enjoyed the tour. Thanks, Lori.

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      1. Holy cow, John! You guys are gonna melt….

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      2. I know right? 😁

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  6. I loved these! I think the dashound was my favorite. Great tune! Wishing you all a peaceful Sunday, John.

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    1. Thank you, Jill. Wishing you a peaceful Sunday as well.

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  7. D.L. Finn, Author · · Reply

    What fun mailbox toppers and tour!

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    1. Thank you, Denise.

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  8. Those toppers are pretty creative. Nice idea looking for canine toppers during the dog days of summer. Well done, John. 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Tim. Glad you like it. 😁

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  9. Nice
    We have NO mailbox toppers here. Maybe some bird stuff ???
    Did your dogs go with you to see the sights? Those stone dogs might caused them to behave better when they got home 😀
    And nice touch on all the pizza and certainly Dans drink.
    Happy Sunday.

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  10. Nice
    We have NO mailbox toppers here. Maybe some bird stuff ???
    Did your dogs go with you to see the sights? Those stone dogs might caused them to behave better when they got home 😀
    And nice touch on all the pizza and certainly Dans drink.
    Happy Sunday.

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    1. Happy Sunday, Tom. No the dogs stayed home. They were happy to stay cool.

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  11. John,

    I’ll go right to the margarita. Can you swipe that Happy Dog and keep it until I get there. I thought you might have selected some music from Three Dog Night. Great pics!

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    1. I need to consult with you. That would have been great. Never thought of it. Thanks, Steve.

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      1. A mark of a true genius is when he admits his faux pas and corrects it. Or, in this case, amends it. It’s still Sunday and thousands on the west coast haven’t seen it yet, so it’s not too late. Besides, it would be a first and I’m sure that you could cover it with a nice story. Your ‘bar friend’ could help. I’ll be checking my inbox😉👀🤓

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      2. No changes today, Steve. Sorry.

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  12. A wonderful adventure. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. I’m glad you liked it, Molly Shea.

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  13. Your menu inspired me to make a home-made pizza for dinner tonight. Thanks

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    1. I’m glad to be of service.

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  14. I always like seeing these mailbox toppers, John. We have nothing like that here although at the Jersey shore, many people have nautical-styled mailboxes (whales, ships, etc.) Happy Sunday!

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    1. Happy Sunday to you, Barbara. You may not have toppers but you have the Jersey shore.

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      1. Yes we do – I don’t live there now but I spent most summers there growing up.

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  15. Clever idea for the dog days of summer! I love the dachshund the best. Good food as always! Stay cool. Can’t believe we are going into August already without even a tropical storm to bring some rain.

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    1. We do need the rain so a nice tropical storm would be nice. (Look out Houston.)

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  16. Gwen M. Plano · · Reply

    Some cute ones and smiles throughout! Thanks for the morning refreshment, John. Happy Sunday to you! 🌞

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    1. Happy Sunday to you, Gwen. 😁

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  17. Good way to open the day John. Good food, good tour. I will have to give the song a listen later. We are off to a casual start. Not late. Casual. Otherwise what is the point of being retired ? PS apricot perogies are a good start too…

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    1. A casual start is the way to go.

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  18. I love all these critters but that hedgehog is too damn cute! I definitely want the omnivore!!!

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    1. Sounds good doesn’t it? Thanks, Noelle.

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  19. All of ’em are cute, but that hedgehog is the runaway winner for me, John. The Band Perry – had never heard that rendition. Well played by them…and well played by you for sharing.

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    1. Thank you, Bruce.

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  20. I’m still smiling at the happy dog! Can’t help but smile when you see a face like that … and the ball between his feet shows he’s ready to play!

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    1. Yes he is. Thanks, Debbie.

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  21. That dachshund needs to get more sense. Boomer Sooner!

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    1. Um sorry. Go Bears.

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  22. Another great tour, Sheriff. I love me some Detroit style pizza too. Not gonna share any with the hippo, however . . .

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    1. I wouldn’t for sure.

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  23. Obvi I’ll have the Herbivore! I’ve always wanted to try a Detroit style pizza, ever since that Detroit style pizza place opened up a couple of blocks from here, last year.
    Fab video!!! Helps that pizza get down…. to my bottom!

    I never heard of mailbox toppers before? Huh!
    Great band & video. Thank you!!

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    1. We have mail box toppers all over this place. They are fun. The nice thing about my pizza is it works on thinning the bottom.

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      1. Right! Thinning the bottom… so your pizza is made from water?
        Okay… maybe a tofu & tomato pizza, no crust and only comes in 4″circles.

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      2. Or virtual pizza.

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      3. Virtual? That won’t work for me. I’m HUNGRY!!!! I’m gonna make pasta! xo

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      4. Ha ha ha. Enjoy.

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      5. Okay…. now I’m hungry, again! You and your menus! xo

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      6. YEAH! xoxo

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  24. they might be few in number, John, but they are substantial. The only thing on the top of our mailbox is our house number. Oh well.

    I’ll have the original pepperoni.

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    1. Sounds good.

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  25. petespringerauthor · · Reply

    What an unusual custom! I like it a lot. I wonder if this is a local custom or if I’ve been asleep at the wheel. I don’t remember seeing this anywhere before.

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    1. Could be local. I haven’t seen it before either.

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  26. You found some great ones, John!

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    1. Thanks, Becky.

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  27. Wow! Never knew I owned a house in Texas. (Don’t tell the taxing agency) I love your mailbox toppers. We don’t have such things out this way.

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    1. Not sure you own it so there is nothing to report. Thanks, Craig.

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  28. Well, it’s 8 a.m. here on a Monday morning and I’m hungry for pizza and off to walk before it gets too hot – to see if I can find any mailbox toppers. I’m quite sure I won’t have the success you did.

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    1. The walk before the furnace come on is a good idea for sure. We do the same. 😊

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  29. I’m always up for pizza. We don’t have mailbox toppers in our neighborhood – unless you count the bird poop. And they seem to love ours more than anyone else’s on our street.

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    1. There are some like that for sure. 😊

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  30. Such cute toppers! And a decent cover of Brian May’s (Queen) classic. A great way to start out the new week.

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    1. Thank you, Monika. I thought the cover was quite good too.

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  31. I should not have read the menu. I’m starving and still haven’t eaten breakfast! Wonderful musical accompaniment, to boot.
    I love that you have mail toppers like these! They are wonderful!.

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    1. Thank you, Dale. Something about pizza that gets us.

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      1. And, after having moved my youngest, my eldest and I just shared some 🙂

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  32. Excellent dog statues, John, but I love the hedgehog best.

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    1. It is cute. Thanks, Roberta.

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  33. SOOO cute, John! And I love the dachshund one the most! (I have a brown statue very like it standing guard over our last dachshund, Maksim Hotdogski, who is buried in our backyard, beside our piebald dachshund, Hairy Potter.)

    Of course, the hippo, hedgehog, and deer didn’t fool me for a minute, but I enjoyed seeing ALL of these. Thanks for sharing with us. 😀

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    1. Thank you for letting me know you liked it, Marcia.

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  34. This is perfect for the dog days of summer. How fun to change your mailbox topper occasionally.

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    1. I think some do. Or at least add something.

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  35. Hippo & his friend Hedgehog look unusual among such a great dog company, dear John. This is a very interesting custom. 🙂

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    1. A far as I know not too many communities participate in this custom. 😁

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      1. 👍👍👍 Texas is a special place! 😉

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      2. It is. Thanks you, Maria.

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