FYI, Crissy Field sights

East Beach on a beautiful Saturday morning, April 7th.

East Beach on a beautiful Saturday morning, April 7th.

On our walk this morning, a great blue heron just off the path

On our walk this morning, a great blue heron just off the path

 

 

 

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Surprised by a haiku !

As previously reported, my guardians’ friend, MaryLou, flew from Denver to be with us in late March.  We all had fun together, of course.  Following up, she surprised me (very pleasantly) by sending this original haiku, the first of its kind*:

      Wally

Glistening black oval nose,

Surrounded by wheat.

A frolicsome fur package.

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That pretty much says it all, doesn’t it?  We had a really nice visit and I love the haiku – Thanks ML!

*subject = yours truly

MaryLou, bags packed, well positioned for a going away lick.

MaryLou, bags packed, well positioned for a going away lick.

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March “madness”

A fairly quiet 2 weeks in San Francisco, mostly because of my guardian’s pterygium operation on the 14th.

I recall it was the 16th when I escorted my guardians down to Chestnut Street’s Squat & Gobble for an early breakfast.  Jodie and her companions happened by and, after greeting me by name, visited a few minutes.  (I usually see them at Crissy Field, see photo)

Jodie & her two Russian Wolfhounds, Ann & Mousseline

Jodie & her two Russian Wolfhounds, Ann & Mousseline

Then the next day I was on Chestnut Street for St. Patrick’s Day – what a madhouse!  No beer or corned beef for me – just a couple of errands, some sightseeing,  and compliments from newly made “friends.”

On March 19th my companions and I walked to Roses Cafe for a nice celebratory lunch outside.  I like Roses because they always have a well stocked water bowl plus healthy treats.  Plus the people-watching is excellent.

Last Thursday my guardian’s dear friend, Mary Lou, arrived from Denver, staying until this afternoon.  It rained a couple inches while she was here (but we’re still way behind normal for the season).  This kept us inside sometime but we still had a really nice time – lots of laughs,  a few walks including a good one this morning down by the Bay, and a lot of small talk.

Plus we watched some basketball – I’m pleased Ohio State made the Final 4 and the Stanford ladies are in the Elite 8 – one of my companions and I will watch the Cardinal tonight with my paws crossed.

I’m hoping that Mary Lou will give her perspective…

I helped make a passerby happy on St. Patrick's Day! (@ Chestnut St. Bakery)

I helped make a passerby happy on St. Patrick's Day! (@ Chestnut St. Bakery)

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SF Ocean Film Festival weekend, GGNRA update

After 2 wonderful weeks in Laguna with William, Cece, other relatives, and Lynn, my guardian and I returned to San Francisco last week.  It’s nice to be back in town and to have the chance again for walks/romps on Crissy Field and also to assist in hosting several houseguests.  It’s been busy around here!

The SF Ocean Film Festival began last Thursday with the Opening Night party and continued until last evening.  This was the 9th annual festival and friends came to stay with us from Seattle (Jan), Portland (Bill), and Newport Beach (Lynn).  Our guests, my guardians, and other friends saw lots of good ocean films and heard from many visiting filmmakers.  For my part, I had the fun of 3 friendly houseguests and a fair amount of quiet time when everyone was at the movies (11 film programs – see http://oceanfilmfest.org.)

Since returning, I’ve been down to Crissy Field several times for walks but haven’t been off leash yet – I got a haircut on Thursday and my guardians want to preserve my well groomed state for at least another few days.  But I soon expect to run leash-free on East Beach!

On the subject of Crissy Field, I’d like to provide a brief update on the GGNRA’s (Golden Gate National Recreation Area) Dog Management Plan process.  The Dog Management Plan process is an expensive multi-year effort involving thousands of citizens, tens of thousands of dogs, and scores of third parties including government agencies and dog-based communities and advocacy groups.   As an update, I’ll simply include below a letter I recently received from Frank Dean, GGNRA’s Superintendent:

GGNRA Superintendent conveys a 1 year extension to the process timeline

(For the 4 page newsletter which contained this letter, here’s a link:  http://dl.dropbox.com/u/110878/GOGA%20DEIS%20newsletter_Jan2012.pdf)

I’m concerned about ensuring good off leash access for all dogs; my personal focal point is on Crissy Field.  For thoughtful comments as conveyed by one advocacy group, please see this letter:   http://crissyfielddog.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/CFDG_GGNRA_DEIS_letter_0527011.pdf

Thanks for your interest,

Wally

P.S. Of the 4713 comments Mr. Dean refers to, one came from me – I’ll put my comments in a future post for your consideration.

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More Adventures in Laguna

ImageI like poetry.

ImageThe extravagant splendor

of trucks and automobiles

makes a fleeting impression

on my mind.

ImageStill thinking.

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A Dog’s Eye View

Monday, February 28

Hi, here I am at my home away from home in Laguna. It poured. It was sunny. It was scary windy. I was sad. I was happy. I ate a pink towel.

 Then, OMG! OMG! OMG! Oscar and William and their guardians came over! Reid had a birthday! There was cheesecake! My tail wouldn’t stop wagging!
Then they all left.
My guardian’s friend is here now. She smelled somewhat familiar so I licked her face and ears and her face some more. They called her Lynn. Whatever. I took her jogging.
My guardian told me to be very good because I am in charge. I already knew that. And I am very, very good.
Bye for now,
Wally
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Dogs’ Big Day

Do dogs have feelings?

Of course we do!

Today I’ve already had two nice walks in the neighborhood plus one in Tiburon with my friend, Bandit – when I see Bandit, anyone can tell I’m so happy to see him – as is my guardian.

This evening I’ll be lounging with my guardians in front of the TV as we all enjoy the final night of the Westminster Dog Show.

What a great day!  And Happy Valentine’s Day!

Hope your Valentines Day was a good one!

Hope your Valentines Day was a good one!

Your friend, Wally

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