We went to Nothgate Animal Hospital this morning to get Ferdie's physical and shots for the year. He enjoys his trips to the vet and visiting with Dr. Edgar.
While we waited for our turn, he eyed a cat in a carrier.
Then he did a little 'window shopping' at the display shelf. He was quite interested in the book on dogs, thought it might be nice to have for reading during the coming ice storm.
But the best of all is knowing Dr. Edgar is coming through that door. She's so nice and complimentary to him. He needed the bordetella and parvo vaccines and that's about it since he's on the 3 year plan for rabies and distemper.
The Chinese New Year's animal for 2013 is the snake. Words cannot do justice to how much I do not like snakes. They creep me out and I do anything I can to even look at them in magazines or newspapers. Every so often a snake photo appears in something I'm reading and my heart stops and I can't turn the page fast enough. Ugh
But today begins the best two nights in television, the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. All the dogs and their often humous handlers on display. All tricked up with fancy hair do's. Love it. But Dale thinks the dog show is about as interesting as watching the cable channel list scroll up and down. However, he's gracious about letting me have the tv for two nights.
The thing to know if you want to watch is that each evening will see it broadcast on a different channel. Tonight CNBC will carry it and tomorrow USA will have it. In St. Louis Charter's CNBC is number 792 on high def and 46 on none high def. USA on Charter is 782 high def and 28 on the regular stations.
Fox 2 News had a story on Pit Bulls and their often mistaken identity. It seems many of us think we know what a Pit Bull is but are often wrong when it comes to identifying what is or what isn't a dog of this breed.
Here is a link to their quiz which has a dozen dog faces and asks you to choose which is the Pit Bull. Answers at the link after you make your choice.
GWB's dog Barney died to day of Lymphoma at the age of 12 1/2. Barney was featured in every Christmas at the White House broadcast and a big part of the family. He got so famous toy makers made a stuffed Barney of which we have one. Barney photos from Mrs. Bush's Facebook page.
As close as we can come to Ferdie's early story is that one cold, snowy, icy night in the middle of January, a young man drove into a neighborhood with Ferdie, let him out of the car or truck and drove off. He left this dog to stand at that spot on the street despite the local neighbors attempts to keep him in their garage. (Tracy! We will never forget what you did for him) He went from Tracy's house to the Collinsville Animal Shelter to Dirk's Fund Golden Retriever Rescue to us. Along the way he was neutered and treated for pneumonia. The mystery of his street side vigil was solved in the comments to my first blog post on him. Thankfully the story gets better as most of you who've met Ferdie know full well.
One year later, a more involved explanation of our journey to adopting Ferdie and more from Tracy in the comments.
Today he's just one heck of a fine dog, loves to help work on the seminary grounds, meet groups touring the campus, toddlers and babies are his favorite people in the world, walk in the morning with a couple of his doggie friends and play in the afternoon with the Booj. But he especially loves his bear.
And he loves basketball games
This is one of my favorite pictures of Ferdie and babies. He is so good with them. Click the photo to see the joy in the little boy and girl's faces.
We have so many pictures of him with small children, it's amazing.
Sometimes when you read one story online, you're directed to another story. If this had not happened to me this morning I probably would have missed this forever. In a year end review of 2012 in St. Charles County there was this:
"St. Charles park officials estimated 3,000 dogs were in Frontier Park during the Sept. 28-30 Oktoberfest, even though a 30-year-old ordinance bans pets from city parks during special events."
Can you even imagine this? 3000 dogs over the course of a weekend festival? How was this even possible? Most local city festivals discourage or ban dogs for safety and health reasons and if one or two people didn't get the memo and bring their dogs, the dogs are very noticeable. What would it be like if you were at, say, the Collinsville Horseradish Festival and 3000 dogs attended? This is mindboggling.
After the fest, Aldermen in St. Charles called for stricker enforcement of the no dogs law (or any enforcement LOL) while one alderman wanted to repeal the no dogs law altogether.