On Friday, Mom and Aunt LaDene went to the Mission Road Antique Mall, which is a place where they really like to go, but they haven't been there for quite a while. I think the reason that they like to go there is because they are both so old that they are kind of like antiques themselves, so they feel right at home with the other antiques.
Dogs aren't allowed to go to antique malls, so that's why I didn't go with them. Service dogs are allowed to go in places like antique malls, but regular dogs aren't. I think this is probably because people are afraid that dogs might break things with their tails, or else they might chew up the antiques or pee on them.
Here's a picture of the inside of the antique mall. You can see that it is totally crammed full of stuff, so it's hard to see everything because some things are in front of other things. Also lots of things are breakable, so if you are not careful, you could break something, and then you would have to pay for it, and most of the stuff is pretty expensive, which is why Mom didn't buy anything when she was there except one old beat-up silver cup that was only $5, and it's mostly black with tarnish, and she can't get the tarnish to come off. Which is probably why the cup only cost $5.
Anyway, at the antique mall, there are usually lots of pictures and stuff with dogs, so I asked Mom to take some photos that I could use in my blog. It would have been better if she had actually bought some of the paintings and brought them home with her, but she said she couldn't afford any of them. She said if she didn't have to be always spending her money on vet bills, she might have more money to spend on artwork. This seemed like kind of a mean thing for her to say because it's not our fault if we get sick, and Mom could actually save a whole bunch of money by just not making us get our shots and heartworm pills and stuff like that. But sometimes there's just no arguing with Mom.
So anyway, at the antique mall, Mom just took pictures rather than buying pictures because that was cheaper. Here's a picture from the days of Queen Victoria, and it's called Found. It shows a collie who has found a lost lamb and now he's barking about his find, probably to let his dad, the shepherd, know that the lamb isn't lost anymore. Remember how I told you that the Victorians liked to make animal pictures that told a story? Well, this is one of them. Mom says it must have been a very popular picture because lots of copies of it are in antique shops.
Here's another Victorian picture, and it's called Guarding. This dog is watching over the little girl while she sleeps. The colors in this picture are kind of weird, if you ask me, but the idea of the brave and faithful dog guarding the little girl is very nice.