On Sunday, Mom and I took Daisy to Pets In the Park. It was her first exposure to a large crowd and a lot of dogs. We couldn't believe how crowded it was! There were dogs every where you turned around!
This big doggie was towing his little buddy around:
This gorgeous marked dog wanted at another we thought was a relative because they looked exactly alike, but they weren't related!
This unusual looking fellow was DNA tested and found to be made up of three breeds, one I remember being a boxer and none of which produce this coat color which is why I can't remember what they were :(
They had a flyball demonstration, with some junior handlers, the young boy's dog on the right was named Whisky and was the fastest of some very fast dogs:
A shot of them all getting ready for the next race:
They always have to have a Police Dog Demonstration:
The dogs really, really like their toy but will not budge until given an order:
Those toys contain treats, a double incentive. Can't imagine too many people being able to get their dog to 'leave it' lol. These highly trained dogs cost about $50,000 before they are ready to go and last only about 6-8 years on the job as its hard and wearing on them.
When they are retired they are offered to their trainers for $1, which of course, is always accepted. As they commented, they are a lifetime partnership and spend more time together than his human family!
I am too shy to say hello:
The brindle color is my favorite as on this sharp looking girl!
Its rare to see Irish Setters these days, this girl carried her own water and dump bags:
There were so many dogs and so many vendors (and freebies to collect) that I was doing more gawking then taking photos, but did give Daisy a nice haul on treats and even a bag for Freddie the cat!
This day was open to any pet, but other than dogs, I only saw one ferret and one cat. For sure dogs rule! One very interesting fact was there were no Shih tzus represented. And yet I see them all over the place and they are the most popular dog according to the CKC. But any I have met have been aggressive, barking and willing to nip. I actually had one come out of their property and chase me half way down the block nipping at my heels. It would seem they breed this dog for cuteness and not temperament and maybe they can't have them around other dogs.
When I last blogged, my uncle was dying. He died of cancer on Tuesday 5 am July 2nd. My brother had called an hour earlier, but he was unable to rouse my deaf Father from sleep at my Uncle's house to ride over to the hospital, so I missed his passing. My sister-in-law and my brother were there all night though and she held his hand as he took his last breath so he did not die alone. He wished no funeral or memorial and just wanted cremation. My Dad, so eager to get back to his home in BC, immediately got my brother to drive him straight there, he made sandwiches so they wouldn't have to stop. This is an 1100 mile trip one way! My poor brother has been diving into his vacation time and funds running our Dad around to take care of business and be there for Fred. Fred gave him his new SUV which was nice as my Dad certainly never gave my brother anything in his life. Fred was actually more like a Father to us then our Dad. We will all miss him very much.
I am getting back into routines with the club, and enjoying my fitness classes. Next week will be a zoo as I work Taste Of Saskatchewan every night, but have to be at the club every week day too. My leisure card will have expired and I am not sure how long it will take to get a new one as they have switched it over to photo ID and I am not sure how to get that done or where I have to go for it yet.
I have made an appointment with a physiotherapist. I will see them next week. It will cost $105 for the assessment, &75 there after, very expensive, but unlike the publically funded ones, I will get in to see them quicker as needed and they will work on more then one area of concern at a time. Unfortunately, none of them have been trained in Nordic walking (with polls) or race walking so I may end up paying to see a trainer who specializes in this if I can find one!! None of the running stores has this type of racing.
Thanks for all your prayers and concerns and Goodies. It means the world to me that someone out there actually cares! You are the best!!