Saturday, February 20, 2010

In Which The Pups Go on an Excursion

Today was our local Animal Fair, an event that was started about 8 years. Both of my dogs usually enjoy going to this event. It's olfactory overload, what with the food vendors and dog product vendors and animal adoption groups and rally and flyball and K-9 demonstration teams, and thousands of people over the course of the day, but even more thousands of dogs. And as there were often 2 or 3 dogs per person, there were more dogs than people there. They were expecting 7,000 people, so I assume that translates into 10,000 dogs.

I wasn't going to take them this year as Mr. Big's leg is not healed, but we had gone for a ride, and were passing the park twenty minutes before the event was scheduled to start, and there was still lots of parking. I decided we needed to practice my using the ramp while holding onto both of them. Easy. The process went very smoothly, and they are getting used to using a ramp to enter and exit the car. Mr. Big doesn't seem to be suffering tonight from too much stress on his gimpy leg. I can tell you, though, it was great for his brain and his disposition. Other than the vet and the very short walks of last week down the street, he hasn't been anywhere in 3 months, and he was so excited to be out and about. And don't they look comfortable in the back of the E? I just wish there was a way to have the seats down and a blanket to protect the upholstery and still use their seatbelt harnesses.

And then it got very cold and the wind started to gust, and after 15 minutes of just walking about, we left. No sooner had we arrived home, then it started to rain. And it's rained off and on all day; a fairly cool rain, too. Great for the wildflowers next month. Not so great for the weeds, which are a visible green carpet 1 mm tall across that part of my front yard not xeriscaped. Yes, another year when I forgot to spray pre-emergent. Yes, another year when I will be battling weeds.

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