Thursday, January 2, 2014

The Dog Diary (2014)

Dec. 31, 2014 — We sure went to the dog park today, and it was a busy day.

My friend Joe was there with his dog Charlie, and two aggressive dogs jumped Charlie. Charlie was larger, but one dog appeared to have him by the throat.

Other folks tried to get the dogs off Charlie. The owner finally got the dogs away, took them to her car and then came back to apologize.

Shasta and Nakia, the stereophonic huskies, were at the park with their lady owner. They stayed away from the fight and spent most of their time playing.

For some reason, Lady got excited and started running in circles. She did it at least twice. If you're wondering, this was long after the fight.


Dec. 29-30, 2014 — We didn't go to the dog park the last two days; instead we walked around the neighborhood. Today, workers were stripping roofing off a nearby house, and the banging and other noises made Lady wary.

Otherwise, she had a good time doing the things dogs like to do.

Dec. 28, 2014 — We didn't go to the dog park yesterday, but we went this morning despite the threat of rain. It DID mist a bit, but it was a good day otherwise. Not too cold, either.

A pit bull puppy tried mightily to get Lady to play with him. She did growl at him once, but she didn't react violently (with teeth). The pup had a couple of other small dogs to play with, including a schnauzer named Daisy. I knew Daisy's owner, and we talked a good bit. (That puppy must have gotten rolled 20 times or more while playing with other dogs.)

We stayed about an hour. I took Lady home, then did some errands.

Dec. 26, 2014 — Instead of going to the dog park today, we walked around Covington Park in Rural Hall; shorter drive and more sunlight.

We encountered two older ladies who oohed and aahed over Lady. They thought she was beautiful (I think she is), and they were surprised at her age (14). She was a little shy at first; but as I talked to them, she finally warmed up to them.

I don't think Lady missed the dog park; she seemed to have a great time.

Dec. 25, 2014 Merry Christmas, everybody!

The dog park was abandoned when we got there this afternoon, but people quickly started coming in. Of of all of the people and dogs I saw, the only ones I recognized were Mrs. Flowers and Tilly. And they didn't stay long.

It wasn't bitter cold, but I DID have to put up my hood to warm the back of my head.

We got home a little after 4.

Dec. 23-24 — No dog park; rain. It's supposed to be better tomorrow, Christmas.

Happy Christmas Eve, everyone.

Dec. 22 2014 — We didn't go to the dog park today for two reasons: One, it rained; two, Lady went to the groomer.

She looks beautiful.

Dec. 20, 2014 — We went to the dog park late today, and there were three people and four dogs already there. We didn't know any of them.

They left after about a half hour, and we were alone. I walked a little with Lady, and we came home. It was cold.

Dec. 17, 2014 — Lady was pretty quiet today at the dog park. I DID notice a man I knew, plus his dogs Justice and Kipper. When he and the young woman he was talking to left, it was quiet at the park.

Dec. 16, 2014 — Lady was spritely today. She danced when I went to the backyard to get her, and then she danced and ran around in circles at the dog park.

You'd have thought that she was 2 instead of 14.

The funny thing is that it was overcast, misty and cold, and we were the only ones at the dog park. I was her only audience.

Dec. 15, 2014 — We didn't go to the dog park over the weekend, and we didn't get to go today because Holly and I had to run errands. Maybe tomorrow.

Dec. 13, 2014  Lady is lying outside in the cage, enjoying the cool afternoon, so it doesn't look like she wants to go anywhere anytime soon.  

Dec. 12, 2014  Tilly, Charlie and Spyder were among the dogs at the park today. I was in extreme pain (knee), so we didn't stay that long.

Dec. 11, 2014  We saw Tilly and Gewehr (pronounced guh-veer; it's German for rifle or gun) at the dog park today. Both came over to me to say hi; usually, neither of those dogs come to me.

I talked to Ron, a recreation department employee, for a few minutes. and it was quiet otherwise. Oddly, Lady followed Ron around for awhile.

Dec. 10, 2014  We only walked in the neighborhood today, but Lady seemed to enjoy it.

Dec. 9, 2014  It was cold at the dog park today, but Lady didn't care. She was trying to get a treat from a guy who obviously had treats in his pocket. He admitted it and offered to give Lady one. I asked him not to.

We recognized one dog today: Turbo.

Later, I ran into my friend Gerry at a restaurant, and he later introduced me to his new dog, Jackson, a beagle mix (he had Jackson in his car). When I first met Gerry several years ago, he had a beagle named Henry.

Gerry, a music buff, said that, no, he didn't name Jackson after Jackson Browne. He just found it in a book of names and thought it fit. It does.

Dec. 8, 2014  We skipped the dog park again today and instead took a walk at Covington Park in Rural Hall. We were the only ones there, but Lady had a great time doing the things that dogs do.

Dec. 7, 2014  We didn't go to the dog park yesterday because of the rain. We may not go today because of the weekend crowd. I hate it when a pile of people (and dogs) go to the dog park.

Lady has spent two or three hours today in the sunshine and cold.

Dec. 5, 2014  It was trying to rain at the dog park today, so we only stayed about 35 minutes. A woman came in with her dogs just as we were leaving.

The weird thing is that I noticed two dogs just like Belle and Optimus, one bigger brown dog, one smaller black dog, and the two dogs constantly wrestling. I thought they WERE Belle and Optimus until I saw their owner, a young woman. The brown dog also had white front paws, which Optimus doesn't have.

When we got home, I let Lady out on her leash for about a half-hour. Then I brought her in and fed her.

Dec. 4, 2014 — We went to the dog park today, but I don't remember much.

Dec. 3, 2014 Belle and Optimus were back at the dog park today, still wrestling as siblings often do. At one point, they were heading right for Lady. They weren't paying attention where they were going, but Lady deftly got out of their way.

A woman with three dogs spent her whole time at the park talking on the phone. Her dogs seemed like they were doing just fine.

A man I knew came to the park with his schnauzer Daisy, and she and Lady got along well.

I took along a bowl and a jug of water, and all of the dogs got their share. I'm always pleased when the dogs drink, especially Lady.

Just before we left, a man came along looking for his wallet; he didn't find it there.

Dec. 2, 2014 — We saw several dogs at the dog park today, including Odie, Belle and her brother Optimus (from the Transformers, they tell me), and Mitzy. All sweet dogs.

Lady even ran around in circles with a little brown dog. She's slow now, but she still enjoys it.

Dec. 1, 2014 — The recreation department turned the water off at the dog park, as they do every Dec. 1. They don't want the water freezing.

Nov. 26, 2014 — It rained earlier, so there weren't many people at this dog park this afternoon. We didn't see anyone we knew.

Still, we went, and Lady tried to dig a hole. I literally had to drag her away from it.

Nov. 25, 2014  It was lovely (although a little cold) at the dog park today. We saw Wanda and Spyder, plus a man I recognize with his dog Justice. He also had a new dog with him today whose name sounded like Kipper.

Justice's owner recognized Lady and talked to her a good bit through the fence (he and his dogs were on the big-dog side).

I also chatted with Wanda and a man wearing a Clemson sweatshirt. I'd seen him and his dog before, but I hadn't remembered the sweatshirt.

A woman I recognize brought along her dog named Gewehr (pronounced ge-veer; it's German for gun or rifle).

Three women brought some tiny dogs into the small-dog side, and they got along with Lady just fine.

We must have stayed two hours or more. It was a good day.

Nov. 24, 2014  It wasn't raining today, but it was windy at the dog park. Several people/dogs showed up today, but we didn't know any of them.

One dog tried to get Lady to play, but she avoided him.

I did notice an eagle (maybe the same one) flying over the dog park, and possibly checking Lady out. She's too big for it (I hope).

After hanging out in the dog park for awhile, we took a walk around the exterior of the fence, then came home.

Nov. 23, 2014 — Lady and I couldn't walk today because of rain, so I took her to Petsmart. We walked around, and I bought her a brush that she'll try to avoid.

We also walked along the sidewalk, avoiding the rain by being under the awning. Lady tried to go in every door; I guess she's used to going into the door at the groomers' and vet's offices.

I haven't written much lately but we HAVE been to the dog park since Nov. 10.

Nov. 10, 2014 — Lady and I took a walk at Covington Park this morning, and she seemed happy with it. It's 4:42 now — it'll get dark at 5:20 or so — so it's too late to go to the dog park now. Maybe we'll take another short walk.

Nov. 9, 2014 — We went to the dog park on Sunday afternoon, today, and ran across one or two people and dogs we recognized.

Nov. 8, 2014 — I don't know his name, but I heard a familiar voice today. I asked about the Airedale Pinot, and he pointed to a dog nearby. He asked about Lady, then immediately recognized her as I pointed to the gate of the small-dog side of the dog park.

The lady who always comes to the park with him wondered why I hadn't been there in two or three years. I told her that I was there yesterday; we just had been coming at different times.

Oct. 27, 2014 — We went to the dog park in the morning, and the first ones in were Jim and Willow. Jim said he hadn't seen me (us) in awhile, and he was right. I haven't gone that often, and I wasn't going in the morning.

Lady seemed to have a good time even though we were on the small-dog side. She communed with Willow and the others through the fence.

As usual, Bo charged to the far end of the big-dog side.

Oct. 24, 2014 — We returned to the dog park, where we encountered an older man with three small dogs. One of them, Teddy, spent the whole time there following Lady around. Fortunately, she didn't bite him.

I also let her out in the yard when we got back. She got her business out of the way, then found her spot for lying in the middle of the backyard.

Oct. 16, 2014 — Yes, it's been 10 days since we went to the dog park. Lady's bouts with canine cognitive dysfunction continue, and I'm having trouble walking. To make it worse, it's rained a lot lately.

I do take Lady for short walks now and then. Yesterday, I also put her in the backyard. She didn't do much; when I looked outside, she was lying in the backyard, looking away from the house. She looked content.

I let her outside again today, but she didn't stay long.

Oct. 6, 2014 — We went to the dog park for the second straight day, and it was a good one for Lady. At one point, I was sitting on the bench, and she gave me her playful look.

She got low, I reacted, and she started running around. She'd stop, and I'd pretend to run with her. Then she'd start running again.

She probably didn't run more than two minutes, but it was great work for a 14-year-old dog.

Oct. 5, 2014 — We hadn't been to the dog park for a good while, and I went early today to avoid rough dogs. It worked early, as we were on one side, and a couple had a small dog on the little-dog side.

We were about to leave when a man brought a German shepherd into the big-dog side. The eight-month-old dog was much bigger than Lady, and he tried hard to get her to play.

His owner apparently thought that Lady was trying to play with his dog, but she was trying to get away. Within a minute or so, I explained the situation, and he grabbed his dog. I hooked the leash up to Lady and we left. No hard feelings; she just couldn't deal with that young and big a dog.

Sept. 25, 2014 — It was overcast at the dog park today when we went in the afternoon. A woman was in the big-dog side with two dogs and two children under the 12-year-old limit that's posted on the signs outside the park.

Lady and I stayed on the little-dog side. Since she has canine cognitive dysfunction, I didn't want to chance her with kids in the 4- to 8-year-old age range.

A man brought a tiny Chihuahua in the park just before we left. The dog kept trying to sniff Lady's butt, and she kept turning around. They must have kept that up for 2 or 3 minutes. We both thought they were funny.

Sept. 23, 2014 — We haven't been to the dog park lately. We went in midday, and it was almost cold (high 50s). There were several dogs there, but none of them hurt Lady.

I was particularly worried today, since Lady had just been diagnosed with canine cognitive dysfunction, doggy Alzheimer's. She was more lucid than she'd been the past two days.

Sept. 13, 2014 — I haven't been walking well lately, and it's been a good while since we've been to the dog park.

I did walk Lady tonight, and there was only one highlight. A little, square frog jumped past us, and Lady didn't pay any attention to it. I even turned her around to see if she'd sniff it.

She never looked down, and the frog jumped into the grass and escaped.

Aug. 28, 2014 — The small-dog side was empty when we got to the dog park today, but we soon had two tiny dogs (one was a dachshund), two Italian greyhounds and two whippets. The little dogs just stayed out of the way while the other dogs ran. When the whippets left, the little dogs came out.

Lady didn't try to run, and none of them tried to bully her. One of the whippets, though, kept getting in her face, and she kept turning away.

Aug. 26, 2014 — If we go to the dog park, it'll be this evening.

Aug. 25, 2014 — The small-dog side was really wet when we went to the dog park this morning, so we went to the big-dog side. The usual suspects came in around 9:30, and a few of them tried to get Lady to play. She did run a bit.

At one point, I heard a dog running at me (I was reading), and I looked to see Lady coming at me. She ran straight at me, then veered off to my right and went behind the bench.

When it was time to leave, she didn't want to go. I had to go to the car, then go back to get her (maybe she thought I was going to leave her; my plan was to make her think that, of course).

Aug. 18, 2014 — Rain. Sorry.

Aug. 17, 2014 — It was a beautiful day at the dog park today. A man had his dog Josie, a border collie mix, in the little-dog side. A woman brought a few little dogs in there, and Josie tried to herd them. Just natural for her.

Aug. 10, 2014 — It's rained the last two days, but we've gone to the dog park the last two days anyway.

On Saturday, there were several people and dogs there. We all decided to leave at the same time — a coincidence — and Lady and I were the last out.

On Sunday, a man brought his dog, and he walked laps around the inside of the park. I've seen them often. Also, a man and woman brought an energetic black dog, and that dog played with the walker's dog. Lady stayed out of it.

Aug. 6, 2014 — It was quiet at the dog park this morning. We got there before 8:30, and no one showed up for nearly an hour. Then several of the usual suspects came in.

I talked to a couple of them, but we had to go.

It's a good thing we went in the morning; it rained hard this afternoon.

Aug. 5, 2014 — There was a Shetland sheepdog at the dog park this morning. He's named Laddie, so we had Lady and Laddie.

He was friendly, and Lady actually played a little with him, a rarity for her.

July 2, 2014 — We've been going to the dog park more often than I've been writing.

We went this morning around 8:30, but there were already a good many people there. We took a walk outside the park, and I talked to some people through the fence.

Some people in the small-dog side invited me in there. One man was in a wheelchair, and the other two lay on a sheet, picnic style, near him.

One of the little dogs, Ginger, followed Lady around, and Lady actually ruffed at her. It surprised me — Lady rarely barks or growls — but Ginger understood. Ginger and the other little dog were both sweet, though.

Lady embarrassed me a bit; she kept licking the one man on the face, and he obviously got annoyed. It was getting hot, and we didn't stay a long time.

June 26, 2014 — Today, we went in the evening — I had a doctor's appointment in the morning — and we saw at least one dog we recognized, the husky Shasta. His sister Nakia is still out after leg surgery.

Who are Shasta and Nakia? They're the stereophonic huskies, of course. Without Nakia, there was oohing, but there was no stereo.

I take a water bowl for Lady, and an energetic young dog came along and trampled it, spreading water everything. I had to take Lady to the water fountain before we left.

Lady got in a spat with another dog, but it was all sound, with no fury.

June 25, 2014 — We've been to the dog park many times since I last posted here. Sometimes we've come twice a day. Sorry.

We saw several dogs we recognized this morning, including Willow and Bo. A young woman brought her schnauzer Simba to the park, and she stayed with Lady on the little-dog side.

Why do I take the 52-pound Lady to the little-dog side? There's less space that I have to walk with my cane; Lady's less likely to get trampled by energetic young dogs; and there's shade in the morning.

May 23, 2014 — Several people came to the park today, and we saw at least two dogs we recognized, Bo and Willow. A woman brought two little dogs into the little-dog side with Lady and me, but we were totally ignored.

There were several other dogs on the big-dog side, including three golden retrievers. Lady and I stayed on the little-dog side; there's plenty of shade, and I don't have to walk to far.

May 22, 2014 — We stayed at the dog park 90 minutes today, but no one else showed up. I did talk to Ron, who works for the recreation department.

May 21, 2014 — It was going to be hot today, so we went to the dog park before 9 a.m. We stayed at least 90 minutes, but no one ever showed up. The only person we saw was Ron, who works for the recreation department. He drove past in a golf cart.

I don't think we got the thunderstorms today that weathermen promised.

May 20, 2014 — We went to the dog park this morning, and the big-dog side was almost full. So we went to the small-dog side.

This guy brought in two small dogs, a rat terrier and a Jack Russell, but they didn't bother Lady. They certainly didn't hurt her.

We did see Willow and Jim on the other side, and a guy named Bob (I used to see him all the time) was there with a pit bull. Bob hollered and waved.

May 12, 2014 — We've been going to the dog park lately, sometimes twice a day; I just haven't been writing about it.

This beautiful black dog tried mightily to aggravate Lady today; either that, or he just wanted to play. He followed her for a good while, and I tried to take her to the small-dog side to get away from him. Then his owner, and the other two women there, took their dogs and went home.

We saw Mac and Mary tonight, as well as Shelly and Rocko. One time, I was petting Shelly when Rocko tried to hump her. Without thinking, I pushed Rocko off her. He bit my wrist; it didn't break skin, but it hurt. I won't do it again.

May 1, 2014 — Lady took off running across the grass at the dog park today, and the guy I was talking to was shocked. He said he'd never seen her run like that. I admitted that it's rare.

Both Shasta and Nakia, the stereophonic huskies, were at the park today. Shasta had been coming, but Nakia had been out, recuperating from leg surgery.

Henry showed up with Shelly and Rocko, and Don was there with Mac and Mary. The guy I was talking to — Joe — had his Charlie with him. Turbo was there, as were Wanda and Spyder. The usual suspects...

April 30, 2014 — The dog park was pretty quiet today. Two sets of people showed up to walk around the park, but neither had dogs with them.

We first went into the big-dog side when I thought someone was coming in with a dog. When that didn't happen, we went over to the little-dog side (less walking for me). It misted rain a bit, but we stuck it out. Then we came home.

April 27, 2014 — We left for the dog park at 11:30, and I knew it'd be hot. It was. There were a bunch of people and dogs there, but I didn't recognize anyone. I sat with a young couple as they watched out for their young husky, Vega, and Lady tried to find a cool spot to rest.

We're back home. Lady's had food and water, and now she's in that cool spot.

April 26, 2014 — We got to the dog park late tonight, so we weren't there long. We did see Don with Mac and Mary on the big-dog side. We stayed on the little-dog side so I wouldn't have to walk so far.

April 25, 2014 — We've been to the dog park lately; I just haven't been writing about it. We've gone a couple of times even when it rained. We just waited for it to stop.

April 15, 2014 — Rain; sorry, Lady.

April 14, 2014 — Lady and I went to Covington Park for a nice walk this morning, and she got a compliment or two. Then we went to the dog park and stayed on the small-dog side.

We saw Willow and two small greyhounds (perhaps whippets?), as well as a large, black dog. Lady just walked around and sniffed and looked. My legs were hurting (the reason we were on the small-dog side), so I spent most of the time on a bench.

April 13, 2014 — We went to the dog park twice today, in the morning and again in the evening. Shasta, one of the stereophonic huskies, was there tonight, but Nakia was still out, recuperating from leg surgery.

April 10, 2014 — We saw at least a couple of dogs we recognized today, Tilly (not sure what kind she is; she's small and white) and Lewis (a boxer). Lady panted a lot and drank a lot of water; she was hot. We stayed about 45 minutes in the big-dog side and went home.

April 9, 2014 — We got to the dog park before noon today, but there were already some dogs there. So we went to the small-dog side so Lady wouldn't get run into or run over. She still seemed to have a good time.

April 4, 2014 — The weather was lovely today at the dog park, and for a long time I wondered why we were the only ones there. Then everyone showed up.

I didn't recognize the dogs, but I did recognize one of the men: Bob. He used to bring three dogs, including a gray one named Kody (since put to sleep, I learned). It was like seeing a face from the past; I hadn't seen him in three or four years. I didn't recognize him until he spoke. He recognized me, though.

March 6, 2014 — It was bitter cold today, but several people brought their dogs to the park. A man had an Australian shepherd named Sydney, and I asked him if they named her that because of Sydney, Australia. He said, no, they'd wanted to name their daughter Sydney, but she wound up Ashley.

So they named their black (with a little white) dog Sydney. Lady actually played a little bit with Sydney; then she worked hard to get away from her. Lady doesn't play much anymore; but she tries.

March 5, 2014 — Today, we saw a lady named Wanda and her female dog Spyder, who tried mightly to get Lady to play with her. Not much luck.

Feb. 25, 2014 — There were four dogs at the dog park today, two on the big-dog side, two on the little-dog side. One was Gewehr (pronounced gu-veer), a dog we've seen before. I recognized the two on the other side; one barked, growled and snarled the whole time.

It was a lovely day, and we stayed a good while. 

Feb. 22, 2014 — It was lovely at the dog park today, and we saw several dogs we recognized, including Shelly, Rocko and Spyder. It was a nice change from the recent rain (and the snow/ice before that).

Lady spent more time getting petted than anything else. I wound up talking to a 91-year-old gentleman named George and Spyder's owner, Wanda.

Feb. 19, 2014 — We didn't go to the cemetery today. Instead, we walked around the neighborhood in the morning, then walked again in the early evening. Lady didn't seem to mind.

Feb. 18, 2014 — We walked around the cemetery again today and met a lady salesperson for Crestview Cemetery. She complimented Lady all over the place, but Lady was more interested in the geese in the water.

Feb. 15, 2014 — The snow has kept us from going to the dog park the last few days. Lady did get out into the snow today, though.

It rained or snowed overnight, and the snow has a nice sheen of ice on it.

Feb. 13, 2014 — No chance to go to the dog park yesterday and today because of the weather. It was sleeting earlier, and now it's snowing steadily.

Lady came inside a little bit ago and was cold and wet.

Feb. 10, 2014 — We haven't gone to the dog park yet today; may not. I took Lady for a walk this morning, and I was in agony (back). I don't know if I could stand that again. 

Feb. 9, 2014 — Not much of a day at the dog park today. The park was full, so we walked around the outside.

I did talk to a few dog owners through the fence. One had his dog Carson (a whippet or Italian greyhound) there; another had Auska (a Japanese word that apparently means "smell of tomorrow").

When Lady threw up twice, we walked back to the van and came home. I let her out in the yard, but she didn't stay long. She's inside now.

Feb. 8, 2014 — We recognized a few dogs today at the dog park, including Jazzy Girl (not sure of the spelling). Sometimes I recognized the dogs but can't think of their names.

One woman showed up with a cowboy hat and no coat — she said she thought it'd be warm; it wasn't. She had two dogs and threw a ball to one of them. The female, a yellow lab, was especially sweet.

A couple had four white terriers on the little-dog side; they looked like West Highland terriers.

We stayed at least two hours, and I was almost warm by the time we left.

Feb. 7, 2014 — Gewehr (pronounced gavere; it means gun or rifle in German) was among the playful dogs at the park today. His owner brought a pooper scooper and a big trash bag, and was on poop patrol.

Feb. 6, 2014 — It was nice at the dog park, but some of the dogs were barking and snarling. Lady came back to me with a big blob of white stuff on her face. I assume it was slobber, but it was pure white, like shaving cream.

We left the cacophony behind and walked outside the fence. Naturally, she tried to dig moles (the ground is well dug up already), but I kept her moving along.

We saw Tilly, WillowTurbo, Gewehr and several other dogs we recognized.

Feb. 5, 2014 — We recognized several dogs today, and Lady seemed to have a good time. I wish she could play more, but I think those days are past for a 13-year-old dog.

Feb. 4, 2014 — It was cold and lonely at the dog park this morning. At one point, I had the hood up on my jacket, and Lady looked at me and jumped. I guess she didn't like a hoodie.

We stayed a half hour or so at the dog park, then went across the street to Horizons Park for a few minutes. A man I recognized showed up with his young dog Cheyenne. She wanted Lady to play, but we had to go on.

Feb. 3, 2014 — We spent most of our time at the dog park alone, although Clifford and some other dogs showed up. We stayed in the little-dog side so Lady wouldn't get run over.

Jan. 31, 2014 — I took Lady to the groomer today, then tried to walk her at Covington Park. When we got there, it was closed. I hadn't realized it would be, obviously, but it makes sense.

Jan. 30, 2014 — We haven't been to the dog park lately because of the weather (cold and snow). The snow is still on the ground, and we probably won't go Friday either.

It's supposed to warm up Saturday, and we might go then.

Friday, Lady goes to the groomer. She needs it (don't tell her I said so).

Jan. 25, 2014 — We didn't go to the dog park yesterday, and we won't go today. I have a sore throat and headache. Sorry, Lady.

Jan. 23, 2014 — It was bitter cold at the dog park today. We've gone several times since my last post, and it's been cold each time.

Henry brought Shelly and Rocko today, and there were a couple of other dogs I recognized.

Jan. 18, 2013 — We've gone to the park now and then recently; I just haven't been writing about it.

Today, it was pretty cold, but Lady didn't care. She did, however, get tired of a dog that kept climbing on her and slobbering on her back. She growled and snapped at him 2 or 3 times.

Good girl.

I enjoyed a good (but short) chat with the dog's human, a gentleman named Jim. I hope to see him again.

Shasta was there today, but Nakia wasn't. She's still recovering from ACL surgery. Who are Shasta and Nakia? The stereophonic huskies, of course.

Jan. 7, 2014 — We haven't been to the dog park the last couple of days. Despite the cold, we walked around the neighborhood today. The good thing is that Lady couldn't walk through the mud today; the water was frozen.

Jan. 4, 2014 — I wanted to get to the dog park today before the first NFL playoff game of the day. I wasn't entirely successful; I think the game was Chiefs 24, Colts 7 when I turned the game on.

I enjoyed a chat with a man who comes to the park now and then. His dog is a friendly fuzzball named Charlie. Lady didn't get run over, and I didn't get in the middle of anything.

You could hear a little dog named Eddie all over the park. He barks more in five minutes than Lady has in her 13+ years, easy; that's no complaint, just a wry observation.

Jan. 3, 2014 — It was bitter cold at the dog park today, but Lady didn't mind. My feet and hands were well covered, but they still got cold. There was ice in shadowed areas, and I could see Lady's breath at times.

Two young male dogs tormented Lady for awhile, either trying to play with her or mount her. I took her over to the small-dog side; more peaceful.

I also saw two buzzards circling over the edge of the woods beside the dog park and wondered what was dead in there. I hope it wasn't a dog; a dog has often been spotted loose outside the dog park.

Jan. 2, 2014 — Lady and I haven't been able to go to the dog park so far this year. Lady didn't want to get into the van on Wednesday (Jan. 1) because of a sore hip, and it was too wet today. Maybe tomorrow...

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