Another day, another dogūüĆě

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Meet Pebbles who was walking in the park the other day¬†with his human George. Because of the beautiful weather we’ve enjoyed¬†in the past week, there have been even more dogs than usual in the park. Pebbles is one of the regulars. Here he is last May, showing off his sleek, shiny coat.

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Pebbles is not the first greyhound adopted by George. Back in 2013, I took the picture below. Unfortunately I can’t remember¬†the name of that dog, so I’m hoping George will remind¬†me the next time I run into him in the park.

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Obviously George loves greyhounds and provides them with a very good home near a great park where they can exercise. That’s one of the wonderful things about dogs. Adopt one, and you are guaranteed a faithful companion and regular walks at least once or maybe two or even three times each¬†day…in all kinds of weather. Rocco and his person Erika ¬†(below) were taking their daily walk¬†when I saw them along the trail in Chagrin River Park. It was February, and the ground was covered with snow, but Rocco¬†was still a happy dog trotting along the trail¬†with Erika.

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Rocco is a real fashion-plate, “dressed to the nines,” as the saying goes, and isn’t he cute? In the weather we’ve been having this week, Rocco didn’t need a coat, and neither did anyone else. For over a week, our temperatures have hovered in the 60-70+ degree range…every single day. Today’s high was 79degrees. Unbelievable! Truly! Now the¬†weather prognosticators are telling us that it’s all going to change—tomorrow. Sigh! But it’s been great,¬†having “May weather” in February, so I won’t complain…at least not too much. Let’s just hope, when May rolls around, we don’t have¬†February weather!

Thanks for joining me on the trail today.
See you soon.
Trail Walker

Two dog day ‚ėÄÔłŹ

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On this surprisingly sunny afternoon, when rain had been predicted, I joined the crowd in Chagrin River Park intent on trying out the new lens Bob gave me for my birthday. It was a beautiful day for a trail walk, and I learned some things about my lens. One of its best features is capturing impromptu portraits of people and dogs, something I truly enjoy doing. I first ran into Gabby, an adorable golden doodle, when I was watching the ducks on the bog. Gabby, short for Gabriella I believe, was walking with her person. She waited patiently while Jack and I had a long conversation about the weather, the ducks, and Gabby of course. I learned that as long as I scratched her head, she would stand patiently, leaning against my leg.  As I said, she is adorable!

In a very short time, I met up with Scampy and his person, Ellen.

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Ellen adopted Scampy, a havanese, from an Amish farm in Ohio. She told me that when she went to meet¬†her new companion, a little girl ran out of the house followed by this sweet,¬†nearly three-year-old, puppy. The little girl had named him Scampy. Ellen liked the name, so¬†Scampy he is. It suits him very well, and I am sure the little girl was delighted. I googled “havanese” because I wasn’t sure how to spell it, and read that they are companionable, intelligent, and affectionate. It’s hard to believe that Ellen could have found a better friend. She lives alone, and her day is complete when Scampy meets her at the door. I couldn’t decide which picture of the pair I preferred, so here they are again.

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I captured other pictures on today’s trail walk, but I will share them in a future blog post. Today belongs to Gabby, Scampy, and their human companions.

Thanks for joining me along the trail today.
See you soon. ~Trail Walker

 

Beaux

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I love dogs! When I meet a new dog walking along the trail with his or her person, it’s not easy to walk past them without saying hello, especially when the dog is as cute as Beaux and the person as delightful as Phyllis. Today is the first time I have met them in the park. I learned¬†that Beaux, a shih-tzu, is a rescue dog who came from Houston to live with Phyllis after her other shih-tzu had passed away. Losing a much loved canine companion is very sad, but rescuing another lovely furry friend is a blessing for¬†both the person and the new pet. Beaux has ¬†only been in Ohio for about eight months, but it’s obvious¬†he and Phyllis have already become fast friends. When I asked for a photo opp, Phyllis lifted him onto the bench, and he posed briefly…until another dog came down the trail. That was the end of posing, as far as Beaux was concerned. ¬†Obviously other dogs have more puppy appeal than a stranger pointing¬†a camera at his face! But it’s such a sweet face, I’m happy I got a chance, however brief, to take his picture, and add him and Phyllis to my gallery of Fabulous Faces.

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Although the sun was shining today, it was still pretty chilly, but a sunny day is always a good day to walk along the trail. I captured a few bird photos today also, but I’ll save them for another day.

Thanks for walking the trail with me today!
See you soon! ~Trail Walker

Just because she’s so darn cute!

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During choir rehearsal this evening we had an unexpected visitor who was so cute I couldn’t resist taking her picture. It was one of those memorable moment¬†situations. How could I resist a cuddly little puppy like that? Her name is Ginger, and she is a Cavachon. One parent is a Cavalier King Charles and the other is a Bichon. Her human people are our choir director Keith and his wife Kim. I think they have fallen in puppy love, and it’s easy to see why.

Normal trail walks will resume tomorrow.
Trail Walker

Another Fabulous Friday Face

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Kym with Piper

Last week I ran into Kym and Piper along the trail in Chagrin River Park. We chatted a little bit, that is Kym and I chatted while Piper kept an eye out for other dogs and observed the activity around us. After a few minutes, Kym and I realized that we had met before. I had taken her picture at the Arts Festival in our community way back in July when she was modeling the hats she creates and sells. (You can see the picture here). Most of the FFF (Fabulous Friday Faces) I post are people I have never met before, but occasionally there is an exception. Kym and Piper were both so photogenic, I decided that they should be added to my FFF gallery together (See the gallery here).

I love dogs and often take pictures of people and their dogs in the park, so here are two more pictures of Piper. He wasn’t enthusiastic about posing for his portrait, but I’m happy with the results.¬†Maybe I should start carrying treats to reward my canine models. ūüėČ

Thank you, Kym and Piper for posing, and thanks to everyone else for joining us along the trail today.

See you soon!
Trail Walker

Take a tip from Tank!

“A smile is a curve that sets everything straight.” -Phyllis Diller

I only have time for a short post today, and I want to¬†share Tank’s picture because he makes me smile. Yesterday, when I ran into Tank and his person, Maria, in the park, he tried¬†his best to set ¬†the world straight. Being a sweet, cooperative dog, he sat on command, looked up, and smiled for¬†the camera. Let’s take a tip from Tank today¬†and share¬†a smile with the next person (or dog) you meet. It might be just the curve that straightens out a disappointing day.¬†And maybe they will pay it forward by smiling at the next person they meet.

My name is Tank.
My name is Tank.

Thanks for joining Tank and me on the trail today.
I’ll be back tomorrow with more colorful Fall photo walks.
Trail Walker

PS: For dog lovers, my photo gallery of dogs and their people can be seen HERE.

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