Walking the dog

Lizbot came over tonight. After dinner, we walked her dog, a golden retriever, which enthusiastically fetched a ball over and over.

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The Obamas’ new dog

Iditarod on TV

I’m watching a show on Discovery Channel about the running of the Iditarod sled-dog race. It’s one of the longest races, about 1800 km. It recalls a famous delivery of diptheria vaccine to Nome, Alaska, through a blizzard in the ear;y 1900s. There are racers (human and canine), fans, and volunteers. Most of the racers rest at one of the checkpoints; others push on to find a quiet place. It’s important for the dogs to rest. Some winners do 51% racing, 49% running. About four hours of rest seems to be enough. It’s very important for the dogs to eat: they can burn off 9,000 kilocalories a day.

Bike ride, June 15

It was thundery in Toronto; in fact a bolt of lightning sizzled, spit, and cracked over my head this afternoon. But in Hamilton it was warm and fine.

I picked up Andie in the afternoon and we went to the Hamilton lakeshore trail. We biked from the 600-m mark to the end, up around 8 km, and a bit beyond.h When we looked back, we could see the big bridge where we’d started. The weather was glorious. We saw lots of red-winged blackbirds. Many of them seemed to be trying to perch on tufts of goldenrod. I wonder if they are staking out nesting sites for the second brood of the season. And we passed a turtle crossing the path, so I had to go back and take another look. It seemed to be heading for a swampy area that might not always be wet. Did it go down to the lake to lay eggs? Or was it just out for a stroll along with the cyclists, roller-bladers, walkers, and wheel-chair rollers?

Just after we turned around to come back the wind changed and rain threatened. We booted it back fairly quickly. We stowed the bikes in the van and went for a burger and milkshakes and some delicious, soggy french fries.

After our supper we walked back to the van. And we saw the biggest dog… it was an English Mastiff that weighed 250 pounds. According to its owner, it’s unusually small for the breed. I asked Andie to stand with the dog for scale.

English Mastiff

Perhaps you need more than one picture to see how big this dog is. Here he is with his owner.

dog, mastiff, with owner

The dog was well behaved, but when he decided to go somewhere he was hard to hold.

Mastiff

The man himself was fairly tall. His companion, in the background, was dwarfed by the mastiff.

Here is the dog with Andie again.

mastiff

Here’s a link to a picture of a large mastiff. Just scroll down until you come to it.

Notice that this multi-use path is wide enough to be shared. It’s about twice as wide as the paths in Toronto. People could walk four abreast and we could still get around them on the path.

A puppy for Lizbot

On January 1, Lizbot picked up her new puppy from the breeder. It is eight weeks old. It’s a very friendly Golden Retriever puppy.

Liz wants a puppy

Liz has signed up to get a puppy. It’s still with the breeder. Here’s a picture of the litter of pups with their mom.

In South River


I’m safely ensconced in South River with Andie, visiting cousins; LotStreetWiz is holding the fort and the kittens at home. Andie is attending day camp and, in the evening, we’re helping with the dogs