Purple Rain: Visiting Paisley Park

Spencer the Goldendooodle at Prince's House

Hello Everyone! I know I’ve been MIA but I’m back today with a very special post. Yesterday, my mom and I took a drive and visited Paisley Park to pay our respects to the late, great Prince. It was one week ago yesterday that Prince died at his Paisley Park home here in Minnesota. My mom sadly has never seen his house, so this was a great opportunity for an adventure.

I hope you enjoy these pictures from our trip.

Spencer the Goldendooodle at Prince's House

It has been raining most of the week here, which in a way is rather touching cause my humans keep break out in song, singing “Purple Rain.” Today was no different, as we finally find a place to park we make short trek down a hill and followed the path under this bridge. While under this bridge it reminds me of a rainbow that follows a rain storm, in every darkness there is a light.

Spencer the Goldendooodle at Prince's House

Under the bridge people wrote messages on the walls and lined the path with candles.

Spencer the Goldendooodle at Prince's House

Emerging from under the bridge you see a flood of purple, from balloons waving in the wind to flowers lining the fence.

Spencer the Goldendooodle at Prince's House

As we walked on the path along the fence line it was hard believe how any others braved  the weather to pay the respects, even a week later. I couldn’t believe how quiet and respectful everyone was as they looked through all the messages, pictures, and memorials left by others along the fence.

Spencer the Goldendooodle at Prince's House

As you can see in the picture above we are getting closer and can finally see part of Paisley Park.

Spencer the Goldendooodle at Prince's House

I even dug out my “Bark for Life” bandana for this trip. (It was surprising that this is my only purple bandana. Mom is going to need to work on that.)

Spencer the Goldendooodle at Prince's House

To say that we are a purple state would be an understatement. Not only with Prince’s most iconic song “Purple Rain” but being the home to the Vikings, we will always be known for this royal color.

Spencer the Goldendooodle at Prince's House

There were many places for humans to write messages. This is where thumbs would have came in handy.

Spencer the Goldendooodle at Prince's House

Finally, the entire Paisley Park is noticeable.  We took a couple of moments and just stood there and soaked it all in.

Spencer the Goldendooodle at Prince's House

Here are two short clips showing both sides of the fence that fans have access at Paisley Park.

I asked my humans what their favorite Prince song is thinking they both would say “Purple Rain” but surprisingly it wasn’t. They both said “1999” is their favorite song by Prince. They went on telling me how they first met each other during the summer of 1999 at their freshman orientation for high school. I guess, from there, the rest is history.

Spencer the Goldendooodle at Prince's House

Thank you for visiting today’s post. Even now, hours after visiting Paisley Park I continue to think how he was taken too soon. I’m taking this as a great reminder how  we need to cherish each day  we have with those we love, whether they are two legged or four legged, cause we never know what tomorrow will bring.

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend and remember to party like it’s “1999.”

Comments

  1. Emma
    April 29, 2016 / 6:24 am

    We should have combined posts. You got the items, I got all the people. You also got rain…was it purple? Bailie loved going in the tunnels under the road. There were paper bags with candles that she found especially interesting. Glad you got to go.

  2. Kim Horner Zimmerman
    April 29, 2016 / 6:45 am

    Very nice tribute. Thank you.

  3. April 29, 2016 / 7:26 am

    Thank you for showing us all that you seen. My pawents are huge Prince fans. I know when ma is in a heavy housecleaning mood, she puts a Prince CD in the music box.She can dance like a fool with a vacuum to Black Sweat.

  4. April 29, 2016 / 7:26 am

    Thank you for showing us all that you seen. My pawents are huge Prince fans. I know when ma is in a heavy housecleaning mood, she puts a Prince CD in the music box.She can dance like a fool with a vacuum to Black Sweat.

  5. April 29, 2016 / 10:17 am

    What a terrific post, I love this! Thank you so much for sharing your visit to the late, great Prince’s home & memorial. It was wonderful to see all the outpouring of love for this wonderful man. He was definitely taken way too soon. He makes the 3rd legendary rocker we’ve lost this year; David Bowie, Glenn Frey, and now Prince – it’s all too much! So hard to think of my favorite Prince song, but I guess I have to say Little Red Corvette. My girlfriends & I had a lot of fun singing & dancing to that one in my bedroom! He’ll be sorely missed.

  6. April 29, 2016 / 12:00 pm

    Thanks for sharing Paisley Park with us. That is a sea of purple. It is obvious how much Prince was loved. ♥

  7. Cathy C Bennett
    April 29, 2016 / 12:47 pm

    The music industry will never ever be the same. Thanks for going, and sharing with so many of us who couldn’t.

  8. April 29, 2016 / 2:52 pm

    Wow! Thank you for sharing Paisley Park! That must have been an adventure! I love your photos and everyone did such a great job with Prince’s memorial on the fence! It’s too bad that he was taken so soon. 🙁

  9. Jodi Clock
    April 29, 2016 / 4:50 pm

    This is what honoring a life well lived is about! “Paw”some pictures!

  10. Nichole
    April 29, 2016 / 4:57 pm

    Wow… we are a little jealous you got to see that all in person. Our Mama just.got her Life is Good Prince tribute tee today. -Penny

  11. Tenacious Little Terrier
    April 29, 2016 / 6:19 pm

    What a cool visit! Thanks for sharing that with us. Do you know what they’re doing with the tribute wall afterwards?

  12. April 29, 2016 / 9:04 pm

    I’m glad I got to see these photos of Paisley Park! It is such a shame that we lost another legend.

  13. April 29, 2016 / 11:34 pm

    So sad we lost such an amazing artist, thank you for sharing

  14. April 30, 2016 / 8:28 am

    Still can’t believe he is gone. Thank you for sharing a little bit of Paisley Park with us! Great photos!

  15. Talent Hounds
    April 30, 2016 / 9:20 am

    Went to a tribute event this week and danced to all his songs. I like 1999 too. So hard to believe that he was performing 3 weeks ago then gone- so sad and way too soon. Thanks for sharing a piece of his home.

  16. April 30, 2016 / 7:17 pm

    PAWSOME photos! From someone that wishes they could have visited, but can’t – this was amazing!!!

  17. April 30, 2016 / 7:17 pm

    PAWSOME photos! From someone that wishes they could have visited, but can’t – this was amazing!!!

  18. Sierra M. Koester
    May 1, 2016 / 6:04 am

    It looks like a very lovely memorial. I’m glad you had a chance to visit and pay your respects.

  19. Sarcastic Dog
    May 1, 2016 / 3:38 pm

    What a wonderful way to honor such an incredible artist. The pictures are truly gorgeous and incredibly moving, especially the one with all the messages and the one with the two purple roses. I agree, Prince was taken too soon. Glad you got to experience the memorial first hand.

  20. Kitty Cat Chronicles
    May 1, 2016 / 5:17 pm

    How neat that you got to visit Paisley Park. Too bad it wasn’t under better circumstances. Great photos!

  21. May 1, 2016 / 9:58 pm

    How cool to see Paisley Park. Mom Paula’s favorite song is 1999, too, but she’s a lot older than your parents.

  22. Bernard Lima-Chavez
    May 2, 2016 / 5:20 am

    The loss of artists such as Prince is always hard. I have always admired his creative energy and his relentless ability to follow his own compass. Good to know that he had a canine fan!

  23. Savvy Pet Care
    May 3, 2016 / 10:04 am

    What an awesome thing to get to do. Thanks for sharing with us. It’s too hard for me to pick a favorite Prince song but I do love 1999. And you are so right about it being a reminder to cherish each day!

  24. Where Pets Are Found
    May 3, 2016 / 10:50 am

    Thanks for this great post – a lovely tribute, but also quite a personal insight. I love 1999 too… and how fab is it that it was a special year for your humans!

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