May 21st, 2011

ace the wonder dog

never thought i'd have to pay so dearly for what was already mine

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It's official: we're going to be training Ace to pull a dog cart. Since today he proved his utility as an assistance dog. (He needed a little help getting the chair up the hills, but since he wasn't wearing a harness, just a collar, it seemed unfair to let him try.)

The Hartford NAMI walk was a success. the rain held off, and laps were walked, and turnout looked pretty good.

Ace got to wear a t-shirt, and he made a friend, Roxy:

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(We were joking with Roxy's monkey that she was a teacup Scottish Deerhound. In this photo, you can really see why.)

Here's a gratuitous photo of a tortoise eating grass with great glee, since somebody brought one:

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OM NOM NOM.

Also, if anybody was wondering what it looks like, here's the fountain that gets mentioned in Hammered.

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mythbusters adam mayhem

don't try this at home

NB: When the foot of the stepladder you are using to try to get a kid's hula hoop out of a pear tree sinks into the earth, you will fall down on top of the collapsing stepladder.

This hurts.

And of course my bad shoulder was already killing me from two hours of dog brushing, which feels about like stabbing myself with an ice pick through the left shoulder blade.

(No fears: it was only about a three foot fall, and I am sturdy. Just scraped up, no lasting damage.)

We eventually did get the hula hoop back with some duct tape and a weeding hook. Now I'm going to put some ice on my bruises and take a couple of naproxen.

Darn you, Discipline, that dictates that I cannot treat them internally with scotch.