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Today: What’s your fun fact?

[tweetmeme source=”elizabethev” only_single=false]Everyone should have a fun fact or two at the ready.  You never know when an elevator might break down or something, forcing you to make pleasant conversation with strangers.  This time of year, politics would be a natural go-to, but um… you don’t want to be trapped in tight quarters with someone who feels differently than you about the so-called “47%.”

A few of my favorite (non-polarizing) fun facts:

  • Barbie’s real name is Barbara Millicent Rogers.
  • The streets running perpendicular to the river in the Back Bay are in alphabetical order: Arlington, Berkeley, Clarendon, Dartmouth, Exeter, Fairfield, Gloucester.
  • A humming bird weighs less than a penny.
  • Have an extra wedding invitation?  Send it to the President and First Lady.  They usually write back.

Clark weighs more than a penny.  He is adored by Republicans, Democrats, and Independents alike, though.  I think.  A few Clark-specific fun facts on this lovely Thursday:

  • Clark has a tattoo.  What can I say?  He is one BAMF was bred to be a show dog and didn’t wear a collar or leash before we scooped him up.  He just pranced around freely.  His first name was Napoleon, so he has a little N on his hip.  Or whatever you call the inside of a dog’s hind leg.
  • His middle name is Manuel.
  • Clark loves to howl at sirens.  Want to see him in action?
  • A pet psychic told us that he loves Christmas (who doesn’t?) and Taylor Swift.  I used to leave the T. Swift Pandora station on for him while I was at work.  And then I came to my senses.
  • He doesn’t have a tail (it was docked before we got him, see also “Clark has a tattoo”).  This is very confusing to the kids he visits for pet therapy.  I never have a good answer.  So I talk about his middle name.

 

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Alright, let’s hear it.  What’s your fun fact?


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Today: An award-winning weekend.

[tweetmeme source=”elizabethev” only_single=false]It’s been an award-winning weekend in our condohold.  We’re still waiting for the results from Saturday morning’s 5k, but Nick likely placed in his age group.  I have no idea how I did, mostly because my watch busted at the starting line.  And I forgot to check the clock at the finish.

Regardless, Feed the Need is one of my favorite spring races.  I like the vertical climb at the beginning, and rolling hills through the woods.  Best of all, they collect hundreds and hundreds of food items and raise important funds for local pantries.  We left before the awards ceremony, mostly because I was hungry, and made a beeline for the bananas at Whole Foods.

While we have no medals to show for Saturday, Clark has plenty of proof of his award-winning prowess.  After months of preparation, Clark and I met with two AKC evaluators at The Pawsitive Dog for the Canine Good Citizen test.  Despite a bad case of nerves on my part, and a bit of rambunctiousness on Clark’s part, the little dude passed with flying colors.

The test consists of ten items:

  1. Accept a friendly stranger
  2. Sit politely for petting
  3. Appearance and grooming (inspection of paws, ears, and overall appearance)
  4. Walking on a loose lead (with left, right, and about turns)
  5. Walking through a crowd
  6. Sit and down on command, staying in place
  7. Come when called
  8. Reaction to another dog
  9. Reaction to distraction, or a loud noise
  10. Supervised separation (handler leaves for three minutes)

We got off to a shaky start (I volunteered to go first, lest I faint in the waiting area, which may have worked to our favor), with Clark giving an exuberant welcome to the evaluator, when he was supposed to have remained seated at my side.

The remaining items went smoothly, but waiting for the evaluator to complete her paperwork felt akin to waiting for the trooper to announce the results of my road test fourteen years ago.  During the latter exam, I accidentally went 15 miles over the speed limit and hit the curb twice during my three point turn (which turned into a five point turn).  I was resigned to have failed.

Fortunately, in both cases, the results were much more favorable than I expected.  And fortunately, for all of you on the roads, my driving has much improved.  Clark was awarded a big ol’ PASS on his Canine Good Citizen test.  We have less than a week to go before we take the Therapy Dog exam, which I am very excited about.  We are crossing our fingers (and paws) that this exam goes just as well.

Now if only he could teach me how to react to distraction and loud noises.

Also On Tap for Today:

What was the highlight of your weekend?


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Today: Clark weighs in.

[tweetmeme source=”elizabethev” only_single=false]Clark fancies himself an explorer.  Whether it’s casually climbing atop the toilet, taking a seat on my laptop, or tiptoeing across the window sill, he is determined to go where no Frenchie has gone before.  Today’s adventure?  The scale.

I was in the shower this morning when I noticed Clark had left his usual post on the bathmat.  I don’t know why he does the things he does, but I sure am glad he does them (and that Nick was quick enough to catch the little dude on film).

Also On Tap for Today:

What’s your favorite spot in your dwelling?


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Today: Clark tours Southie in the snow.

[tweetmeme source=”elizabethev” only_single=false] When Clark and I headed out for his first walk this morning, just before 7 o’clock, the snow had begun to slow.  The roads were still quite a mess though, so after wading through a few snow banks in my new bright yellow boots, I picked up the French Fry and heading back inside.  I spent the next few hours working by a roaring (electric) fire before we braved the wild outdoors again.

Hey, lady. Let's get a move on.

I assumed this would be another short-lived adventure, but Clark had other plans.  He played tour guide, darting up the steps leading to the Broadway Bridge.  Thanks to his sassy red fleece and Musher’s Secret on his paws, Clark and I were able to stay out for a nice long walk around the neighborhood.

Whose job was it to shovel? Yer firrrred!

After feeling a bit of cabin fever setting in (along with a regular fever, due to this stinkin’ cold), it was great to get out and enjoy the crisp winter air and soak up a bit of vitamin D.  I really love our neighborhood.  Clearly, Clark does too.  So much to see and smell.

Supervising the MBTA. Please hold your complaints.

The sidewalks along the Broadway and W. 4th Street Bridges, and the Harbor Walk were really well plowed. Apparently a bobcat (and presumably a human driving it) were out just before us.

And then, we spotted Batman's shadow... waaaait a minute!

Homeward bound. Like the movie. Except that we're still attached by a leash and collar.

Even though it seems like there’s a storm following each storm, I couldn’t help but enjoy my snowy stroll.  Everyone we encountered seemed to be in a good mood.  The sun was shining, the sidewalks and roads had been cleared, and all seemed right.  Then again, I am hopped up on cold medicine.  So who knows.

Also On Tap for Today:

Enough grumbling, fellow Northerners.  What’s one thing you love about winter?


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Today: Before and After.

First things first: There will be nearly no substance to this post.  In other words, it’ll be just like every other post.   Okay.  I was sorting through old emails and came across a real gem that I just had to share… a photo from the breeder.  I can’t stop giggling about this.  This is what our wrinkly little monster looked like at 4 months, and more recently at 9 months.

BEFORE

AFTER

Can you stand it?

Also On Tap for Today:

  • Welp… nothing really, just wanted to post that puppy picture.
  • But since you’re here, check out Martha Stewart’s Daily Wag and try not to become obsessed.

Do you have a furry companion?  Has he/she aged gracefully?


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Today: Join me, by joining Project Feed Me

CesarHi.  It’s me. So, today’s post was going to be all about our new French Bulldog.  I know, I know.  I quite literally just posted about wanting a dog, and not knowing how to take care of one.  But before  you go all PETA on me, rest assured that we’d been planning to acquire one of these little monsters for ages… and everything fell into place yesterday.  And also, Nick knows how to take care of dogs.  And I’ve watched several episodes of Dog Whisperer.

…but because I only have a BlackBerried photo of Clark (doesn’t he sound smart?), I think I will have to wait a day or two to dedicate an entire post to him.

He’s worth waiting for, two people who read this blog.  If you need some convincing, here’s a little teaser:

Check out my ears.

Check out my ears.

So, with that said, I’d like to cordially invite you and yours to join me in participating in Project Feed Me. I first learned about this nine week program when scrolling through The No Meat Athlete on my Google reader, which referenced Natalie at No No 2 Yo Yo‘s promotion of this project… and so, I signed up.  And I’d love for you to do the same.

What am I getting you into, you ask?  It’s simple.  Each Monday, a recommended food is posted.  Commit to purchasing each recommended item, donating the whole lot to an area food bank or pantry on the final week of the project.  The list of food items has been generated by food banks, with the intention of feeding families over the holidays.Project-Feed-Me-nono2yoyo4

While the project officially kicked off on October 12th, it’s not too late to join.  Being the delayed person that I am, I joined a week late and will make up for it by purchasing both my chili and tuna contributions this week.  Check back each Monday, and I will re-post the link (click through to sign up!) to No No 2 Yo Yo, as well as the week’s food item.

As the holidays approach, there is no better time to show gratitude for giving back.  It takes very little to make a difference.  I sincerely hope you’ll join me over the next few weeks in putting together some good food for a deserving family.

Also On Tap for Today:

  • Get that weird Bumble Bee tuna jingle out of my head
  • Dig out all my warm winter gear (it snowed in Boston yesterday)
  • Ask my parents to execute an elaborate hoax, allowing me to spend some quality time in the attic, playing with Christmas decorations

Will you consider joining Project Feed Me?  If so, I will consider liking you even more than I already do.