Wednesday, June 15, 2011
My son and his girlfriend are taking a trip to France so he asked if I would watch Baguette, his 6 month old Irish Russell Terrier. There wasn’t a chance in a million that I would say no. Baguette is irresistibly cute and so outgoing and playful that I would have to be made of stone to say no. Only problem is my apartment complex does not allow pets.
I’ve been living in this complex for over ten years. I do recall seeing a cat sitting in one of the tenant’s windows at one time; but that was short lived. I assume the owner of the building found out and had her get rid of the cat promptly. I have a key to my son’s condo in San Francisco, but it is nicer for a dog where I live because I’m close to the lake for long walks, close to a wonderful dog park where the dogs are actually friendly, as well as their owners.
Yesterday, we took a rather lengthy walk over to Piedmont Park. There are many people who walk their dogs in the beautiful wooded area around there. Baguette got a chance to make acquaintance with quite a few dogs that crossed his path. Since he’s a pup, he gets quite a lot of attention. Women/girls melt when they see him. One man started to walk past Baguette without saying anything, stopped in his tracks, made an about face, and headed back to Baguette. “What a cute puppy,” he said as he patted his head. He held out his hand for Baguette to nip. He doesn’t bite hard, but he gets a look of fierceness in his eyes and gently settles his teeth against your skin.
We walked to Lake Merritt at 5:30 p.m. There were more people out there than I expected. Baguette loved that there were so many things to look at and people to gush over him. At one point, I stopped to sit on a bench to allow him to study the geese off in the distance. There was such a look of longing in his face. I know he wanted to be off leash, but that would have been impossible. Those geese would have had to use their wings to escape Baguette’s fox hunting speed.