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Pets In The Park Photo Blog!

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

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:

Zoom, zoom!

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!
Dog pile!

Hi there!

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!!
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  • PCOH051610
    Linda - I'm so sorry I've been out of touch! Of course, the one blog that stopped me was one with doggie pics .... Thank you for taking all of them and posting them. You really could be making some money with your photography skills.

    I'm so sorry to hear about your uncle. Fred was my father's name so it holds a special place in my heart.


    Susan emoticon
    1800 days ago
    Sorry for the loss of your uncle. He will always be with you in spirit.

    The blog was great. I enjoyed all the photos of the dogs. Some read beauties, but then all dogs are beautiful !!

    Police canines are great, and even around here they go to their handlers when they retire. It always amazes me at how much any dog can learn.

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    1806 days ago
    Great pictures!!
    1806 days ago
    Sorry for your loss. emoticon I really enjoyed your blog - very interesting!
    Thanks for sharing!
    1806 days ago
    Dog pix were awesome.
    1806 days ago
    I am sorry to hear about your uncle. I am glad that you had a good time at the park, I would love to have things like that around my home.
    1806 days ago
  • LINDA!
    I love the photos. Very cute.

    I am so sorry about your dear uncle. emoticon
    1806 days ago
  • KANOE10
    I am sorry for your loss. Hugs. I am glad you enjoyed the dog park. I loved your pictures.
    1807 days ago
    How cool to see the dogs at this function! The second dog looks like a pit bull! That one dog (boxer mix) must have been part Australian Blue Healer-he looks just like it! I used to have an Irish Setter when I was a kid...loved that dog! And you are right you hardly see them around! The police dogs are fascinating-so, so smart!
    Sorry to hear about your uncle passing away...so sad for you and your family. emoticon
    1807 days ago
    Love these great photos!! Especially the bull dogs -- what super faces they have. I'm wondering if there might have been some Australian shepherd in that DNA tested fellow with the nice brindly coat.

    So sorry you have to bear the cost of the physio: our medical system is great for urgent emergencies but not nearly as good in delivering timely ongoing therapies.
    1807 days ago
  • JUNEAU2010
    emoticon I am so sorry for your loss!

    I love the dogs! That brindle was particularly attractive!
    1808 days ago
    I love the puppy photos- they look like they are really having fun. I'm so sorry to hear about your uncle, especially as he sounds like a real contrast to your father. Too bad. I'm sorry for your loss. emoticon
    1808 days ago
    That looked fun loved all the dggies tbanks!, and yes sorry for ur loss :(
    1808 days ago
    Having lost my favorite uncle in November, I completely understand the loss. I still cry when anyone dies - whether I know them or not - but that one hit me HARD as it was so very unexpected.

    I love all the doggy pictures. And I love the Brindle coloring as well. I had several brindles when I had boxers and bulldogs. They sure do stand out, don't they? And I loved the DNA test. They wanted to do one on Max, but I know he's mine so I didn't need a DNA test! HAHA!! And it doesn't matter what he is, he is as messed up as the rest of my family and we like neuroses, I suppose!

    Hugs to you, my friend!
    1808 days ago
    Sorry for your loss. Hugs.

    1808 days ago
  • C8TSON
    Busy busy as always! emoticon I love the dog pictures! They are super cute! I'm glad that Daisy had a good time as well! Glad to hear that things are getting back to normal again for you. Have a wonderful week!
    1808 days ago
    Love this. We used to train our three dogs to sit in a row with a dog biscuit in their noses util we said go at which point they'd all toss their heads and catch their treat. Haven't had much luck with our newer dogs but then we haven't been dedicated at it either.

    My Ds was about 18 mo when we were training the last one to sit and wait. The dog was a bit slow so my Ds said "it easy dexter" and proceeded to sit in the row with his nose in the air trying to balance his own snack on his nose. And no I didn't have the camera.

    Did show that with both dogs and kids, repetition is the key. LOL
    1808 days ago
    Love the doggies! And I love trying to figure out mixed breeds, like your boxer+. I can see the boxer ears, and the rest looks like Aussie cattle dog.
    1808 days ago
    Great photos - glad you're getting back into the routine and able to quickly see a physiotherapist. Sorry for the loss of your uncle, but glad he's in a better place.
    1808 days ago
    Someone likes dogs and sounds interesting even for someone who doesn't have one.
    1808 days ago
    emoticon So sorry to hear about your Uncle, I know it is Hard, but at least his Suffering is OVER. You wlll always have the Good Memories of him.
    emoticon I love all dogs, but watching Police Dogs work is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!! It is hard to believe that they only last a relatively short time "On The Job"
    1808 days ago
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