A reminder to be sure to spare more … for all who love us :) I was forwarded an email with some appropriate dog images that and I can’t resist sharing some of those images here!
Living in a rural area as I do means living in the vicinity/proximity of wildlife. We have deer, turkeys, rats, raccoons, snakes and even a mountain lion has been sighted on occasion. My dogs for the most part stay reasonably close by but once they get the scent for something to chase -well the chase is on! At night time I have lights for them to wear. Super bright led lights. Sky my Australian Shepherd wears the red lights and Zulu the green lights so I can easily tell them apart when they are running in the dark. Last Tuesday when I got home from work at about 11pm after a double shift I had plans to take the pups for a brief walk around our marina. Mostly just over to the beach but not too far from my dock. We had barely started our walk when Zulu, my 48lb Catahoula took off and ran all the way up to the habour master’s house. I could see his green lights from his collar going crazy as if he was in a fight with something (wild animal) but without the noise from his adversary. I ran to his aid. (This is the first time I have attempted running since my ankle tendon replacement surgery last July – and I mentally took note of this and mentally said a short prayer for both myself and the pup). I was terrified that he was being injured by his prey which I could only assume to be the most common of our night critters, the raccoon. Anyone who has encountered the cute little raccoon up close knows that there cuteness is generally accompanied by a ferocious claw and a temperament that is not prone to surrender. They are vicious animals in the up close and personal!...
What are your favorite spices? Cinnamon & nutmeg. Growing up on the island of Grenada these spices that are grown locally continue to be a staple in my life. See my post here about Nutmeg & Grenada. What object do you always have with you when traveling and why? My shepherd’s whistle. I have it with me at all times because my dogs are trained to respond to it. Mostly to come or come quickly. I wear my whistle 24 hours a day because I don’t ever want to be without it when it is most needed as in dogs coming! What is one thing you love about being an adult? I suppose tonight, watching parts of the White House Correspondent’s Dinner -I’m grateful to be able to understand the jokes and be able to laugh. By the same token I sometimes wish I didn’t understand. What item, that you don’t have already, would you most like to own? I would like to own a home not to live in. I love living on my boat but a home that could be rented out as a source of additional income for my retirement would be good.
A love of sunsets, my pups & my marina home is the essential subject of this video slideshow. The first dog silhouette is of Boeing, my Australian Shepherd who passed away a few years ago. An array of marina photos and sunsets follows. The one bridge pictured within is the Richmond San Rafael bridge with Mt Tamalpais in the background. The bridge is not visible from the harbour but a great sunset just the same. The last two dog-sunset-sihouettes are of my current family members, Zulu (a 4yo catahoula) and then Sky (a 6yo Australian shepherd). The slideshow ends with a couple of stunning moonrises! The background music is “Oh! Mio Babbino Caro” sung by Gianni Schicchi. I’m not really an opera music listener but this piece of music inspired me to get the photos together and there is always the option to turn your sound off if the music doesn’t suit you. Overall the slideshow is for me to remember special moments and images from the last several months and if they suit your taste you will enjoy as well.
Today Zulu met up with his good buddy that he practically grew up with !! Zulu and Watson are about the same age and love to romp and wrestle with one another. They are about the same weight and size and well matched in dispositions. A few passes at the ball gave Zulu some running and jumping… After their fun playtime together Zulu & Sky and I went on to Crissy Field – a great beach with a surf that is virtually always gentle. They didn’t run and chase as much as usual but they still got in some good sand digging and bird chasing!
Tip: Movement is a great way to convey time and fleetingness. Experiment with panning: pan your camera across your scene while following your moving subject. It takes practice, but if done right you can produce images with clear subjects against blurred backgrounds.
Sky, (full name Skyhawk -like TA4j Skyhawk airplane) had to have a Cyst that has been bothering her removed from her tail yesterday. Yep, surgery. I have a great vet, as in an honest vet who tells it like it is. He doesn’t mess around. Hard to explain, but he is not one of those vets who rushes to cut or prescribe drugs to make a killing. As a matter of fact I brought Sky to his office last July before I had my own surgery (tendon replaced in my ankle) and he thought it best to wait till it seemed an issue for her. Well it became an issue for her about 2 weeks ago when I noticed her constantly trying to chew at it so last Friday I went back to the vet and he agreed we should probably go ahead and remove it. After weighing her Steve the vet had me hold her in my lap as he gave her the injection to give her her surgery nap. That was at noon and he told me to come back around 3pm. At 3 she was still in the recovery cage. A little freaked out-still waking up and probably not happy about being in a cage that reminded her of her pre-rescue life. I sat there with her waiting for her to feel comfortable and steadier on her feet. At about 4pm she was ready to go home. I was told to limit her food and drink for several more hours. She really was thirsty too. I would let her drink a little and then have to take it away from her. Now the dilemma! She has to leave her tail alone so it can heal but since I live on a boat a cone around her head...
In response to Cee’s Odd Ball Challenge post how can I resist but sharing some of the millions of photos of my pups. The white one is an Aussie about 5-6 years old the one chasing is a Catahoula about 3 years old. Both rescues and both living the dream now! Or at least I hope they feel that way. They are certainly fulfilling mine. The whole point of Cee’s challenge is to share photos that don’t fit in a regular category. As far as I’m concerned, my dogs could fit in almost every category out there – but that’s just me. So though neither of my dogs are ‘odd’, I still think it would be acceptable to add them to the Odd Ball Challenge!! Cheers and thanks for checking the post out.
Publish an image that represents bliss to you!! There is no one image but I think bliss for me is rejoicing in seeing my two pups enjoying themselves. They are both rescues and they have both come a long way since their previous life before adoption. They are not related but might as well be!!
Today’s assignment to try a different posting style… so though I’ve used pictures in my posts before I thought I would show a story via pictures in this blog. Of course the web can’t read pictures so I’ll just say this picture story will show the pup Zulu (catahoula breed) from 8 wks to now 3yrs from mangy, scrawny pup to handsome companion for his older (non-related by blood anyhow) sister (Sky -Australian Shepherd). Both Zulu and Sky are rescue dogs. Zulu the Catahoula was adopted from the Jefferson County animal shelter in Mardas, Oregon. Sky, the Aussie was a year old when she was adopted from the Milo Foundation in California.