Roxie Hits The Dog Park

Our town has a dog park with two fenced in areas. One is for dogs. The other is for small dogs. Yeah–that didn’t make sense to me either.

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small-dog-area.jpgAfter a friend questioned the volume of posts about Roxie I intended to slow down. I truly did. And then I went to the dog park with Stef and Roxie.

Our town has a dog park with two fenced in areas. One is for dogs. The other is for small dogs. Yeah–that didn’t make sense to me either.

The ‘all’ dogs area was full with 50-80 pound behemoths. The small dog area had LuLi. I’m guessing at that spelling. LuLi is a Chinese Crested.

chinese-crested-luli.jpg“They usually win the ugliest dog contest,” Luli’s owner said.

As soon as we put Roxie on the ground Luli jumped to the top of a picnic table. Impressive! Roxie is the first alpha dog whose not yet conscious she’s a dog.

Stef will be returning with Roxie.

Early Sunday

At 6:00 AM, I’m usually asleep, especially on Sunday.

“Something’s beeping.” The voice was Helaine’s, next to me in bed.

As the alpha male in our family, I respond to all noises. If pirates are in the kitchen, or Martins have moved into the attic, it’s my responsibility. I also kill and dispose of all insects and other critters.

Mostly asleep, I walked over to the panel for our alarm system. I punched in the code, only to have it respond with a different beeping.

“The power’s out,” Helaine said.

The alarm was beeping because it was unhappily drawing on its battery. It’s a safety feature to keep a burglar from just snipping a few wires and walking in.

I silenced the alarm and we went back to bed. It was deadly quiet. It’s surprising just how much noise the little things around us make 24/7.

Power returned around 7:30. Truthfully, I would know of neither event had it not been for Helaine. I can pretty much sleep through anything. She specifically asked me to include the fact she needed to shake me to get up!

She needed to shake me to get up!

There wasn’t much more sleep in store for me because I had been asked to appear at a charity walk beginning at 9:30. I can’t do every one I’m asked to do, but I feel an obligation to do charity appearances.

This is a personal decision. I know some people on radio or TV who do more and others who do less.

Today it was a walk for Spinal Muscular Atrophy at Brooksvale Park in Hamden.

Don’t feel left out, I didn’t know what it was either. It’s a terrible disease that affects a few handfuls of families in Connecticut. It would affect more, but the lifespan of an SMA child is short.