I’m sick. I have a cold. That doesn’t sound so bad, right? This is a monster cold though. I don’t get sick. If I get a bit of a tickle in the throat I drink cups of ginger tea with honey and it magically goes away. Not this one.
I’m the kind of sick where the other day I started coughing so hard in the exam room that I lost the ability to speak, excused myself with hand gestures, headed towards my office while doubling over coughing, and then got a bloody nose that sprayed blood all over myself and my surroundings. My coworkers have pictures of the carnage because they are helpful. Maybe I shouldn’t be at work, you say? Yeah, the other doctors are in Montana and Korea.
This is all in the middle of MAJOR work drama that I unexpectedly found myself right in the middle of this week. If the dust ever settles on this, I’ll tell this fine story of greed, lying, mansplaining, and patronization. It’s a good one.
So that’s why I didn’t feel up to putting the finishing touches on my blog drafts and publishing. We’ll resume next week. In the mean time – Let’s Look at Puppies!
The husband and I went to a dog festival in a little village near here. Zoar was settled by German separatists who tried to found a utopian community. That never works. They always end up banning sex and that’s the end of that.
We started out watching Dock Diving. The goal is for the dog to jump off the platform into the water. Longest jump wins.
Some were enthusiastic.
Others not so much
Some were more enthusiastic than I expected them to be
The dock diving was a competition but there was also a lure chasing course. There is a wire laid out close to the ground in a loop. Plastic bags are tied to a shuttle on the wire. A person runs the shuttle by remote control. Dogs chase the bag. Fastest time through the course wins.
Anyone could try it with their dog. Some dogs chased the bag around the course. The smarter dogs (Malinois, Border Collies) were watching the course while they were in line and came out with a plan. They would cut up the middle to where the bag would be and wait for it. Others would step on the line to have it pop off the rollers it was on so the bag couldn’t move. The husband and I cheered for the smart dogs. We figured they were the real winners even though they did it wrong.
Other dogs just wanted to be adored by the crowd.
This is the same Bearded Collie from the little dock diving jump above.
Looks like a fun event, but sorry you are so sick now 🙁
Rest & take care of yourself…and read lots of good books!
Hope you feel better soon –
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I’m sorry that you’re sick, hope you’re better soon.
Love your photos, I’m a huge dog lover.
Hope you feel better! Thanks for Sharing.
Taking part in Saturday Snapshot after very long…
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Poor you. It sounds miserable. Your comment about the utopian communities made me laugh though. Here’s Mine
The dog competition looks like a lot of fun. My aging dog would have stretched out in the sun and taken a nap! I hope your cold is getting better. My husband has had a chest cold for a couple of weeks and can’t seem to shake off the cough. Nothing we’ve tried seems to work. I suggested a trip to the doctor, but he’s a man…. Enough said, right?
Feel better! Can’t wait for the tale.
This is so great. I wish we had an event like this near here. I’m just tickled imagining the real smart ones figuring out how to get the bag without chasing it. My own dog would be like that one at the fence, just waiting for scratchies and treats — bag, what bag?
Looking forward to hearing about your work drama (maybe), although it sucks that you’re having to deal with that.
After watching for a while my husband commented, “You know, this is really just an exercise in enforcing stereotypes” because you could totally judge what the dog was going to do based on the breed.