Bringing Home Puppy


The No-Dog, Dog Park Xmas Party
December 12, 2010, 3:55 pm
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One of the great things about the dog park I attend regularly is how close-knit it is.  They have an annual Christmas party where we can all get together and have lots of food and a few wobbly pops without our dogs.  It’s actually really fun to see how people look normally, as opposed to bundled up, covered in mud, and having just rolled out of bed.  Good thing we all had nametags that also had our dogs names on them, otherwise we would have had no idea whom anyone was!   Local politician Olivia Chow also attended, and it was great fun getting to know her.

The board members of the park planned a great party, complete with pot luck food items, music, and raffle prizes!  The raffle raised money for our friend and dog park regular, Mario, who passed away last year.  We are hoping to raise enough money for a memorial picnic table to be added to the park in his name.  Mike and I were lucky enough to win a fabulous prize, consisting 3 Kong squeaky tennis balls, as well as a Christmas tree squeaky toy.   He. Loves. It.

And nope…that is NOT fake snow surrounding the dog and the toy, but the toy’s guts.  He has had it for about 1 week now, and it has thoroughly been…enjoyed.



Weiner Take All!
August 30, 2010, 4:07 pm
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This past weekend saw the arrival of the Stanley Park Community Picnic, this year benefiting Eva’s Initiatives.  The event was loaded with local politicians such as Olivia Chow (I took a couple of pics for her!), Mike Layton, and Joe Pantalone.  Also on hand were some four-hoofed reps from the Toronto Mounted Police unit, posing for pics and checking out the activity.   The Foggy Dew sponsored free hotdogs and pop on hand for anyone walking by, and you could also listen to a live performance by Rachel Persaud.   The North Side of the park featured facepainting, a yard sale, and various games for the kiddies.  The South side had some dog aglity equipment sponsored by Pawsway.  We did get to try out a few runs, but with this heat, I was not too motivated!  My favourite part of the whole day however, was the amazing The Weiner Races!

Thats right people, weiner dogs of all kinds, racing.  What’s not to love?  I’ve told you before about Tim’s bud Cymbal.  This is one Dachshund that is tip top condition, and I just knew it my gut, this was going to be his year to take the title:  Wiener Take All.

You need to humans per dog when racing, one to hold ’em back, and one to get ’em running.

I was lucky enough to lend a hand at the starting line, while his mom tempted him to run quickly by

wrinkling a bag of chips.

Genius!  Here is an example from another heat (yes, there were MULTIPLE heats!)

The action got pretty intense, but the judges determined Cymbal won his heat in a close finish.

Onto the final, where Cymbal raced against his arch rival, the obscenely large Dachshund, Zorro.  When racing a guy named Zorro, you better have some serious game.  Cymbal was ready and fired up, fueled by the cheapest hotdogs a grocery store can sell.  He. Was. Ready.

Aaaaaand he lost.  But it was close!  Oh so close!!!!!

Here is a great video of the day – if you look closely you’ll see Cymbal, his mom, Mike, and Me!

And finally: an adorable pic of the victor with some of his spoils.