Friday, April 06, 2007

Bad day, good day

What evil, terrible torture is in store?You. You brought me here.That sweet talk won't work on me. Nuh-unh.
Now you're talkin'! Sweet!

The checkup went fine, and the toenails got clipped without too much fuss. After the vet, the park. That's the deal, even when the weather's not so nice. If you're bundled up enough, it's not too bad. And Sophie gets plenty warm running after her toy. She's a good retriever.

Not many other folks at the park, but Ozzie the poodle was among them. He outweighs Sophie by 30 pounds and is a former Seeing Eye dog. He really wanted Sophie's toy, but reportedly is not so good about the "letting go" part of fetching, so he had to be content with skritches instead.

At home, Sophie got a honkin' big bone from Safeway, since we ran out of the smaller ones. Safeway won't cut bones to order anymore. "Too many people losing fingers," the butcher told me. Now Wild Oats cuts them for me instead, and my order will be ready later today. Better quality bones, too, I think. No reports of lost digits yet.

P.S. Now I can hear Sophie snoring from two rooms away.


  1. The dog park looks like great fun. Kobie and Tess wish they were not so naughty off-leash, so they could go to a dog park too.

  2. This is a pretty wide-open park; I bet they'd love it. Of course, it depends on how you define "naughty."

  3. well, they love other dogs and people, so I don't think they'd get into trouble that way. Mostly they seem to think like: "Gee, I don't think Mom is attached to us anymore - come on, Tess, let's go!!!!!!!" Once they make the break to explore on their own, they are very, very naughty about coming when I call them. I think this might be defined as a training problem - or, who is really in charge. Drat!

  4. Heh, yes, that's you being naughty. But in this kind of wide-open space, I find that even selectively deaf dogs tend to keep an eye on where you are and stay fairly close. When in doubt, attach a light, nylon line they can drag, but which you can stomp on to stop them when they're dancing just out of reach. The slight pull of it also keeps them mindful of you.

    Bloodhounds and huskies are another story.