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Working Dogs – and the Security System!

I work nights at the Oakland airport where the year round average temperature is about 65 degrees F (18 C).  There is always a breeze blowing and basically the weather is the primary reason I moved to the San Francisco Bay Area.  I drive a small toyota truck with an extended cab and nice camper shell on the back.  I have 2 wonderful dogs that go with me almost everywhere.  They only accompany me when the weather is conducive.  Having lived in Texas for about 12 years I am well aware of the dangers of a hot vehicle and as far as I am concerned any vehicle parked in the sun when the outside temperature is above about 65 deg is too hot for my dogs.  I work graveyard shift, the overnight shift, so I can have my dogs accompany me to work and hang out in the back of my truck while I work. I have a 10 hour shift and with 2 hours for driving….if I left them home they would be home alone wondering where I am for 12 hours and no way to go outside or eat etc … In my current situation they have a huge bed in the back of my truck, 3 water bowls, they get to go outside at least once a night usually at least 2 or 3 times and they get to stop at dog parks on the way to and from work.  There has been one night that I deemed to be too hot to take them (last night) – not because of the outside temperature but rather the accumulated temperature of my vehicle over the day seemed to me that it would take too long to cool down so I did not want to have them in the...

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A lesson we all could learn

There is so much we can all learn from one another and especially from ‘man’s best friend, the dog!. The other day as I accompanied my pups on a walk at the beach I once again noted especially in Zulu, his innate desire to meet and greet.  As a puppy he thought he was tough and larger than he was and wound up getting out run and out smarted.  As an adult 4 year old dog he has learned the art of chivalry and perception.  He runs with joy to meet new dogs or people and seems to know when that joy might not be reciprocated.  He seems to know those humans who may not want to pet a dog and likewise those dogs who don’t want to partake in the sniff and greets. On those times when his perceptions incline him, it is really incredible to see the interactions.  Zulu and his new found friend of the moment run up to one another and kind of crouch down nose to nose, both tails wagging.  The pose can be held for seconds until they determine if a playful chase is in order.  In quick order a friendship is made with playful interactions. In like manner I notice us humans.  The humans with dogs seem to instinctively follow their dogs’ well-taught manners.  There is something about having a dog with you that encourages you to interact with other dog owners.  It’s rare that two dog owners can do less than at least say hello to one another as they pass.  Even people without dogs will greet you when you have a dog with you.  There are those who prefer to not interact in anyway but for the most part dogs are a great example for us all.  Dog owners always seem to find something in common...

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A slideshow of some of my favourite recent pictures

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.

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Writing 101 Day 4: (part 2)… other things gained

Click here to read part 1 I’ve been practicing walking lately as part of my recovery plan.  A local beach, Crissy Field, has proved very therapeutic for both myself and the pups.  I can’t tolerate walking with shoes on the beach.  Much more painful.  Walking barefoot though is just about the right amount balance training (yes you do use balance muscles when you walk barefoot on the sand) for my foot retraining.  A day at Pt. Isabel last week (another large outdoor dogpark) reminded me of the absolute need to watch where you walk! Gopher holes everywhere as it turns out tweaked my ankle a bit in the walk but again making me stronger though cautious.  It did not put me back on crutches just made me realise I can’t rush the walking by overdoing it especially when it comes to uneven ground.  One day at a time seems the best foot forward!   Every experience we are faced with does help us grow and become better people.  I do believe that this is at least the opportunity given us when faced with those challenges that want to drag us down and incapacitate.  My next post will be about some of the lessons learned … (Assignment from Writing101) –Part 2 Write about a loss: something (or someone) that was part of your life, and isn’t any more. This doesn’t need to be a depressing exercise; you can write about that time you lost the three-legged race at a picnic. What’s important is reflecting on this experience and what it meant for you — how it felt, why it happened, and what changed because of it. Today’s twist: Make today’s post the first in a three-post series.

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Another day with the pups!

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!  

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Photo 101: Day Sixteen: Treasure

My treasured pups are the treasures of choice of course for the assignment today Day 16:Treasure What’s your treasure? Perhaps you found a coat at the thrift store like the one your grandfather wore, or took a once-in-a-lifetime trip through the Himalaya. Maybe you treasure your children, or your cat, or a quiet space in the woods. Show us an image that represents a treasure to you. Tip: Get close to your subject — either use the zoom function in your camera, if it has one, or physically move closer to it.  

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Share Your World – 2015 Week #11

Share Your World – 2015 Week #11 List 2 things you have to be happy about?     Two things to be happy about…hmm that’s not hard though I hardly consider them things…  Sky & Zulu the two pups who manage to control my unlimited devotion!!       Do you prefer ketchup or mustard or mayonnaise?   Mayonnaise is the only condiment I would consider of the three listed.  I don’t usually eat hamburgers or fries but when I do it’s Mayo as the condiment and it must be a cheeseburger. If you were to paint a picture of your childhood, what colors would you use? Blue for the sun and ocean and yellow and green for the sky and sun.  Growing up in the tropical paradise of Grenada was lush and beautiful and as memories go drowns out any potential negative memories. Do you prefer a bath or shower? Shower –absolutely.  A bath takes too long and wastes too much water.  There are occasions when I think a bath might be nice …but a fleeting thought.  Even soaking in a hot tub is a stretch for me .. hard to take that much time to relax!! Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?  I’m grateful to say I was finally able to enjoy taking my pups to the beach for the first time in three years.  I’ve been recovering from a tendon transfer surgery in my ankle which was to fix a problem I’ve had for 3 years.  Walking has been a challenge and slow to return to normal.  Walking barefoot on the sand was bearable and I am with the help of my pups again finally seeing a light at the end of the tunnel!...

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Photo 101: Day Thirteen: Moment & Motion

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.

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Vet trip for my Australian Shepherd.

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...

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