Bringing Home Puppy

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.


Puppy Play Day!
March 14, 2010, 6:44 pm
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Today we took our first family outing to Pawsway, an indoor dog park in downtown TO.  It has been raining for days, and we thought little Tim should get some exercise that wouldn’t end up causing a muddy bathtime.  I had heard about Pawsway before, but we could never bother to make the way down to the Harbourfront.

Off leash small breed playtime was from 4-6 on Sunday afternoon…limited to 60 dogs.  60!!!  The cost is 4 bucks, or 14 for 5 visits.  There are lots of “potty” stations, cleanup stations, waterbowls, and human washrooms.  They played fun music while all the pups ran around and enjoyed themselves.  It was a great time and Timmy had so much fun!  And the best news is that he was quite well behaved!

…not a great picture, but here you can see the 2 levels of playroom, and the bright airy space…Timmy is not in this one as he was too busy running around to pose!!!