It hit 60 degrees today. That, of course, is dog park weather.
Category: Dog Blogging
Bought a new couch this week. I wasn’t happy with the one I had, and I saw one I liked on sale. So I now have two, at least until I can sell the old one. Daisy has been a bit overwhelmed by the doubling of her napping space. So she’s been alternating between couches.
Other dog news this week: She caught a squirrel during one of our walks. For her, this was a glorious, long-sought triumph. For me, it was a mess. She maimed the thing, but didn’t really know what to do with it once she had it. Which means I had to euthanize it. This was traumatic, because it was really difficult to find a tiny squirrel vein in which to put the syringe. I’m kidding. I used a log. And it was gross. Try not to think of her savage beastliness while you look at the cute pictures.
Daisy blew my mind this week. I guess she ate something bad on our walk Tuesday morning, because she was throwing up all morning. I promptly cleaned it up the first two times, but the third time, I was finishing up a blog post, so I didn’t get to it for a few minutes. She tried to get my attention, wearing that look of doggie shame. I blew her off to finish typing. Next came the amazing part: She walked to the back of my apartment, picked up a rag in her mouth, took it to her mess, covered the mess with the rag, then started patting it with her paw.
Now, she actually made the mess worse by patting it into the carpet. But still. I mean, wow.
Here’s a little trick I’ve taught my last three dogs.
So as I mentioned in a previous SEDB post, Daisy is in love. His name is Leo, and he’s a very handsome Staffie mix, also about a year-and-a-half old. Daisy is still a bit skittish around other dogs. But when she sees Leo, it’s kissing, pawing, impossibly cute doggie love. His owner walks him on a pretty regular schedule, which Daisy has now learned. So at about the same time each morning and evening, Daisy goes to the window and waits to get a glimpse of Leo. As soon as she spots him, she goes nuts, circling and pawing at me and panting until I finally take her out to see him.
Sigh. They grow up so fast.
I caught yesterday’s interlude with my camera.
The song is okay. The dogs are awesome.
Saturday was Dog Day, a little canine fest at Nashville’s Centennial Park. Daisy and I were there. Here are some photos. And yes, that dog is carrying his own poop bag. Awesome.
I’ve been waiting a few months for the chance to snap this photo.
- Scientists bring a Steven Wright joke to life.
- Redesigning Addis Ababa.
- Somehow I missed that yesterday was National Dog Day. Here’s a gallery of photos.
- Montgomery, Alabama to poor people: We’re going to demolish your house, steal your property, and give the land to rich developers. Oh, and we’re going to bill you for the demolition costs. This isn’t even eminent domain. It’s much eviler.
- Shorter Eric Holder: It might be nice to do something about prison rape, but it’s just too darned expensive. I can see his point. Better that we pay wealthy people to get SUV’s with better gas mileage.
- Man arrested, falsely charged after filming police making an arrest, calling them “Nazis.” Yeah, he’s an asshole. Barring an actual crime, being an asshole shouldn’t get you arrested.
Because why not?
I’ve been to many a dog park. I’ve seen lots of dogs scuffle at those parks. It happens. Most owners pull the dogs apart and, if they can’t get along, one or both dogs leave the park. The possibility of someone pulling out a gun and shooting a dog has never really even crossed my mind. But maybe that’s because I’m not a cop.
Stunned dog owners and residents of a Severn neighborhood are shocked that authorities won’t be charging a federal police officer who shot and killed a Siberian husky Monday night at a community dog park.
Bear-Bear, a brown and white husky that was about 3 years old, was playing in the Quail Run dog park at about 6:30 p.m., running off leash inside the fenced-in area, when the officer and his wife arrived with a German shepherd, who was kept on a leash. When the dogs began to play roughly, the federal officer asked Bear-Bear’s guardian, his owner’s brother, to call off the dog. But before he could do anything, the officer pulled out a gun and shot Bear-Bear, according to the husky’s owner.
Bear-Bear, who belongs to Rachel Rettaliala, died of his injuries a few hours later. County police did not name the federal officer.
The article points out that huskies have a rough style of play, so it’s likely that this cop, like plenty of others, mistook non-aggressive behavior for an attack. (Huskies are also an especially gentle, non-aggressive breed.) The fact that the cop had his dog on-leash at an off-leash park is more evidence that he doesn’t know much about how dogs behave. That’s never a good idea (most parks don’t allow it). It invites an altercation.
But that’s all really beside the point. I’m certain that if I (or anyone else who isn’t a cop) pulled out a gun and shot a dog at a dog park in a residential area, I’d be facing criminal charges. And rightly so. Even if the dogs were fighting, there’s no justification for shooting one of them, particularly around other dogs and people. It’s reckless, trigger-happy, and dangerous. It’s also safe to say that if this had been anyone other than a cop, the local police department would have no qualms about releasing his name to the press.
MORE: Baltimore radio station WBAL interviews Rachel Rettaliata, the owner of the dog, here and here. According to Rettaliata local animal control officials said neither animal had any scratch or bite marks.