Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Half a day's work

I took the morning off work on Louise's day in the office so that meant she was here for only half of the day. I think that animals get used to a routine because when it was time to leave, she was clearly impatient, like she knew she was late or something. She literally could not wait to get outside and on the way.

Of course, once we were here it was the usual routine of visiting people in the kitchen, waiting to go outside for a walk and of course, napping. She tries so hard to stay awake some days but never quite makes it.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Hot weekend

Okay, my wife would probably disagree, but according to Louise, this weekend was pretty hot, especially inside. I don't think it ever got past 'tolerable' but there were several times when we had a hot pug laying on the floor trying to feel some of the coolness. This first shot was taken at Barclay Park as Louise and I stuck to shady streets. Oh yeah! I almost forgot to mention that she jumped into the fountain. Luckily there was only about an inch of water so it was all good - just cooled off her paws a bit.

We were also trying to get some things done around the house and that included selling a few chairs (among other things.) The cats were not too pleased at all to lose several of their favorite spots and at one point Louise took up residence on our (soon to be demolished) cat tower. Well, not entirely demolished, but I did give up and remove the top piece pictured here simply because it gathered too much pet hair over time and was hard to clean. We will probably figure out something else that is less messy for the future.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Sit down protest

Louise has her own way of communicating with us. She usually only barks when she is excited, so if she is not enthused over something, we have to look for other cues. For example, if she doesn't feel like going on her regular walk, or if we are going in a direction away from the pet store, she will sometimes do a 'sit down protest' where she basically refuses to move. I've seen the same thing near the entrance to our condo when she doesn't want to go inside yet. Usually she can be coerced if need be. But she's pretty clear at getting her point across.

On the flip side, sometimes I am the one who is feeling tired while walking and I want to sit on a bench for a bit. Louise will usually sit with me until she is ready to resume walking. This typically gives me a minute or two before she gets restless, at which point she will no longer be content to sit on the bench, or really anywhere at all. If I don't get up right away, she will sometimes sigh heavily to express her impatience.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Bridge Crossing at Lunch Time

Today was fairly typical for Louise and I as we headed into the office. We arrived at the normal time, we took our lunch walk at the normal time, we even walked along the same route as usual. Nothing much out of the ordinary.

Sometimes 'Ordinary' is just all right.

Louise is starting to get more comfortable around the office people and less dependent on being around me all the time. In fact, she is at the point where I can be quite boring. Yes, as shocking as that sounds, it is true. But that's okay because she never wanders far and the other employees enjoy her visits.

As I mentioned, we took our walk along our usual route along the newly constructed sea wall for the Olympic Village. It's still pretty noisy, since construction is still well under way for many of the new condo buildings but the walkway itself has been open to the public for a while now. We went as far as the bridge (I'm sure it has a name, but I haven't bothered to look it up) and noticed they have installed some chairs in places. Just as we ordinarily do, we then turned around and headed back to the office. Which was just fine by us.

Saturday, August 09, 2008

Tour de Waterfront

Okay, I have a lot of photos today. Saturday morning usually means a nice long walk and today was no exception. We started out going to the farmer's market, met a few familiar dogs there but our goal was to head to the waterfront, so we didn't stay long.

Along the way we stopped to take some photos by some of the water fountains. There are quite a few water features in the downtown area which is just a little odd when you consider how rainy our climate can be. Still, I think they are a nice touch and they offer some soothing noise to compete against the constant backdrop of traffic sounds.

While at the waterfront, it started to rain a bit so Louise and I took some shelter under an awning until it subsided. That's one of the nice things about Vancouver rain - a lot of the time that it is raining, there is no wind. So any overhang makes for a dry spot. Once we got moving again, we noticed a small garden area with some unusual grass. I like how it clumps together and looks like it doesn't need to be mowed.

On our way back it started to rain lightly again, so we took shelter in Bark & Fitz, a local pet store that seems to specialize in gear for dogs. They were thrilled to meet Louise and even more so to discover that she has a blog. Since they also have some great dogs, we might see another blog created soon. After that, we headed home for a bit of a nap for Louise while I assisted with grocery shopping. (My role here is mostly to carry stuff home.)

It's a good thing we started out earlier today because with the spotty weather our afternoon walk had more rain, which is just less fun.

Monday, August 04, 2008

Pride Parade

Today was the Vancouver Pride Parade - Louise and I turned out to show our support. We went down to Denman street, which was on the parade route and it was already lined with a healthy sized crowd an hour before the show. I asked this gentleman to hold Louise while I got a picture for her blog and he was kind enough to oblige. As it turns out, he has a couple dogs of his own so he was pretty good with her.

As usual, she just liked the extra attention.

Later, we wound up back at the church next door, who were also preparing a float for the parade. By this time Louise was getting a little warm and she started to roll around in the grass. She was acting quite silly and was in a rare mood when I got this last photo, which I thought turned out quite nicely.

I must admit that I tweaked the colors and contrast on this photo a fair bit, deepening the shadows and warming the colour tone a bit. But I got lucky that the camera focused where it did and I like how it turned out.

Oh yeah, and happy Pride for those of you who celebrate it. We're glad to have you in our neighborhood.