“I want to stand as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all the kinds of things you can't see from the center.” Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

Saturday, August 04, 2007

Caves of Bethell's Beach

My friend Janine and I took my dog, Fargo, and her landlady’s dog, Buster, to Bethell’s Beach on a recent Saturday morning. We had an exceptionally nice sunny afternoon and time to walk around and explore the sea caves accessible at low tide. Buster is a 1 year old Huntaway, a herding dog, and got along well with Fargo. He is younger and faster, so when they chased the tennis ball, Buster could beat Fargo easily. Apparently there is some hound in the background of this breed. I have a short video of Buster teasing Fargo with a piece of kelp, and the two of them running around us.
Later that day, I tortured Fargo with a cold bath in the yard. There’s no way for me to get him into our bathtub, because it’s a clawfoot and rather tall. There’s no way he’d jump in there, and I won’t be lifting his big Rottweiler butt anytime soon unless it’s an emergency. Actually he’s looking quite trim and healthy, but he’s still heavy.
Fargo is enjoying the company of our friend Rita's puppy Reagan, who I like to think of as "Raygun" because his name reminds me of one of my least favorite presidents.

He is 3 months old, and staying temporarily while Rita gets the retaining wall in her backyard repaired. We visited her friend Angela today after the dog show, and saw her 2 week-old Dogue de Bordeau (French Mastiff) puppies. The photo of the large Dogue is a 10 month old puppy.

Angela's husband recently accepted a highly coveted position at Cornwall Park, overseeing the care and maintenance of the sheep and cows there. A house next to the park comes with the job, with kennels for the herding dogs. He said he has to obtain a firearms license for his job. The staff of the park have to shoot any loose dogs in the park that are worrying the stock.

There is a theater here called "the half pipe" with bean bag chairs! I really want to see the Simpson's movie there. But, I just spend half of last month in theatres for the Telecom Film Festival, so haven't done it yet. I made a friend at the films, another Kiwi, and we're going to hang out with him and his partner tomorrow.