Monday, January 16, 2012

Monday At Home

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that." ~Martin Luther King Jr. 

This has never been more true than it is today, when it is almost trendy to hate other people, whether they be Blacks, Asians, Hispanics, Muslims, Christians, Jews, the unemployed, the poor, the rich, the educated, the uneducated, gays, the obese, the disabled, the mentally ill, alcoholics, the drug addicted, or anyone else that is not "just like us".  It is particularly ugly when political parties endorse these these feelings . . .
The dogs and I have had a lot of fun this weekend.  Letty has gone for two off lead runs and had such a good time racing in giant circles.  Yesterday she met a ball-crazy Chesapeake and ran with her after the tennis ball, but could not understand the appeal of picking up a slimy ball and bringing it back.  The fun was all in the chase.

We had ring time on Saturday, and after a good half hour of training, Argus and I went to the Dog Park.  It was packed when we arrived, but almost empty when we left and getting too dark.  Not sure I would want to be stranded in Rice Creek Park at dusk, as the trail back to the parking lot would be dark and deserted.

Yesterday Argus and I went down to Hidden Falls Park, the same place Laurie and I took Argus & Nikon swimming last summer.   The river is not frozen over, and there were only shelves of ice along the shore.  We watched a brave soul take off in his Kayak, and Argus decided that it must be OK for swimming, or at least walking on the ice shelves.  I convinced him to settle for wading (brrrr) and we had a lovely walk along the river bank.  Because the river is so low right now, we could walk a long way, on a beach that is normally underwater.  My camera battery died, so I missed a lot of potentially good shots, but we had a great time.   Because the park was practically empty, Argus was off lead most of the time.

Argus and I have explored a lot of new territory over the past 6 months, something I have enjoyed a great deal.  There's nothing like an enthusiastic dog to go walking with.  If it's too cold or I am short on time (or feeling lazy) we just walk the neighborhood, but if time allows there are so many adventures just waiting up ahead.

My iPhone is supposed to arrive today!  Hooray!

1 comment:

Helen said...

What do you mean, the river isn't frozen? I thought it got cold in Minneapolis. On Sunday morning it was -26°C (-15°F) here. I took my boy to the dog park and, to my surprise, he ran around happily for almost an hour.