Sunday, July 24, 2011
Doodads for Dog Days :-)
We've been celebrating the dog days of summer with some fun purchases for our canine kids, Tess and Josie, that go along nicely with two of their favorite activities (besides eating) that we've been enjoying a lot this spring and summer... walks and car rides. Especially walks, as they need practice walking (in a civilized fashion) on leashes in town.
Gracefully walking three dogs with one hand.
In high heels, no less. Guh-huh.
Not only is this obviously not me,
it is, without a doubt, a cartoon.
I've seen photos of those professional city dog-walkers, calmly and competently walking a multitude of dogs of all shapes and sizes at once. I still don't know what their trick is, but we finally got a nifty one of our own, a CrazyCoupl'r paired with a Timberwolf Alpine Urban Lead, purchased at Farfel's Farm in Boulder last month. This combo allows us to comfortably and simultaneously walk Tess and Josie (our biggest and strongest dogs, who are also graced with the least leash etiquette), with swivels that let them switch positions without getting tangled, and stout but springy materials that make it easier on our arm and shoulder.
Since a picture is worth a thousand words, BW, Josie and Tess demonstrate the new leash in use at Whitney Commons...
See? A nice, orderly stroll. Very impressive, kids!
Then we took Molly's advice and ordered Tess and Josie 3-in-1 mesh vest harnesses. They have more pulling leverage with these, but are quickly learning to walk more politely, and at least they're not gagging themselves when they forget their manners and try to beat each other to the next pee-perfumed lampost. (The one who sniffs it first wins valuable prizes!!! Apparently).
As you can see, Willow is always such a good girl that her leash is a mere law-abiding formality. She can watch a romping squirrel without feeling compelled to be naughty. Tess, on the other hand... And then there's clever, conniving Josie, who tries to lull us into complacency by appearing nonchalant about it all. But neither you nor we ~ nor especially the squirrels ~ should believe it for a minute!
(By the way, lest you fret that Willow was left out of the goodie-fest, we also got a fantastic FURminator deshedding tool this spring, and while our other two goobers like being brushed with it well enough, Willow LOVES it. Makes her all wiggly and she loves to tell everyone about it afterwards in her cute little trilling, gargly voice. She's a talker, is our Willow!) :-)
I've saved the best purchase for last...
All three girls get excited about going for car rides, but none so much as Tess, who nearly turns herself inside out with excitement when she hears car keys jingle. While Josie and Willow are content to just stick their muzzles out the window and sniff the scents speeding by in the slipstream, Tess has to stand with her front feet on the armrest, her head out above the roof of the Jeep, and her face full into the wind. She'd stick her entire upper body out the window if we let her, and doesn't care if it's -10º outside. (Never mind that I might, she paws at the door till I roll down her window!) In her zestful zeal she always makes me think of Leo DiCaprio on the bow of the Titanic. You remember... this scene! :-)
We were concerned about Tess getting hit in the face or eye by a bug or some projectile, and about the wind drying out her eyes. When we saw this wonderful video of a dog named Spirit wearing Doggles, we knew that's exactly what Tess needed, and that she would look ever so cool wearing them!
But none of those accolades and percs can beat the pure thrill of summer cruising with your hair slicked back and those Wayfarers on, baby...
Vox populi is right on... Tess is cool! :-)
I had to drop a few things off to Robyn at work one day last month, and Robyn came out to the car to see Tess in her Doggles. I had my camera with me so Robyn took this photo, which I just adore...
The Girls of Summer, ready to drag Main and cruise for sticks.
(But first ~ the car wash!)
May your dog days of summer be safe, cool and fun!
- INFERNO ~ Dan Brown
- MIDNIGHT IN THE GARDEN OF GOOD & EVIL ~ John Berendt
- MY NOTORIOUS LIFE: A NOVEL ~ Kate Manning
- ONE SUMMER: AMERICA, 1927 ~ Bill Bryson
- QUIET: THE POWER OF INTROVERTS IN A WORLD THAT CAN'T STOP TALKING ~ Susan Cain
- THE BEAUTIFUL CIGAR GIRL ~ Daniel Stashower
- THE DEVIL IN THE WHITE CITY ~ Erik Larson
- THE SHADOWS, KITH AND KIN ~ Joe R. Lansdale
- THE TIPPING POINT ~ Malcolm Gladwell
There is still strong in our society the belief
that animals and the natural world have value
only insofar as they can be converted into revenue.
That nature is a commodity.
And that the American dream is one of unlimited consumption.
There are many of us, on the other hand,
who believe that animals and the natural world
have value by virtue of being alive.
That Nature is a community to which we belong
and to which we owe our lives.
And that the deeper American dream is one of unlimited compassion.
~John Robbins, "The Food Revolution"