Mia’s Spring Preview

Fall fell pretty hard this week, but before the rains, Mia and I discovered a newish tulip statue in Mount Vernon. I would have loved to get a selfie with her, but as it was, I had to lie on the ground to get the shots of her close to the statue.

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Carcass Beach gets a new name

That semi-private beach I take my dogs to … secretly I’ve been calling it Carcass Beach.

See, the first few times we went there, we found several – several – deer carcasses. This beach is near a hunting community, so my guess is that people strip the meat and hide they plan to use, and discard the carcasses on the beach. Kind of gross, but since fish carcasses provide nutrients to river systems, maybe the deer carcasses are good for salt water.

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Mia sniffs some bones that have been pretty well picked clean. No new carcasses lately.

Earlier this summer, we discovered this huge piece of driftwood, which my friend Leigh Bardugo pointed out resembles a dragon. Upon our return last week, the driftwood told me the beach’s true name.

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Henceforth, we shall call this place Dragonwood Beach.

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Crispy Field at Golden Hour

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They say the best camera is the one that’s in your hand. The above picture was taken close to sunset at one of our off-leash areas. All I had with me was my phone, and yes, I’ll admit to using the “clarity” filter (love that filter). I’m also tempted to photoshop Leo’s ball blue so it stands out more.

I took my DSLR on our next visit and took the following. I’m working with a new lens, which might not be the best for capturing running dogs. I don’t think the pictures turned out as well.

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Bandwagon Dogs

Now that I’ve decided to be a Seahawks fan, my pups are going to need some merch for next season. In the meantime, here are Richard German (shepherd) and Miashawn Lynch cheering on the team:

 

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Just another vicious pit bull attack

I won’t link to Time Magazine’s offensive, biased, and badly reported article about pit bulls, but instead offer this rebuttal.

And these pictures of Miss Maddie, available at the Humane Society of Skagit Valley. Maddie had a home for a year and then her family moved away and didn’t take her. Who could leave behind a Maddie?

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Z is for Zoo Story

I have no idea where I got this book. It was sitting among our piles of books on the coffee table for, I don’t know, a year or two? I must have bought it sometime at a used bookstore, but I don’t recall.

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For whatever reason, a few months ago, I picked it up and was captivated.

Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Thomas French reported exhaustively on the Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa, Fla., for this fascinating and beautifully written book. Beginning with the transport of elephants imported from a game park in Swaziland, the book explores the delicate balance between conserving endangered animals and exploiting them for profit.

One of the strengths of the book is that it presents both sides. As an animal lover, my heart breaks when an animal dies violently in captivity. I want to advocate for keeping animals in their native environment. But what can we do when there is no place in Africa for the elephants? Are they better off being airlifted to a zoo in Florida?

I really appreciate the end notes that let readers know exactly where French got his information. The opening of the book reads as though he were on the plane with the elephants. Consulting the end notes, I saw that the description was based on interviews with those who were there. A lot of the time however, French’s reporting is first-hand.

See that cover blurb from Washington Monthly? “Zoo Story is a very fun read.”

I wouldn’t go that far. I recommend it highly, but I wouldn’t call it “fun.” The plight of many of these captive animals is devastating.

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And thus, we arrive at the end of the alphabet. However, I started with B is for Best Friends, so I owe you a letter A. Check back tomorrow.

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