Dog’s-eye view

Here’s the director’s cut of the video shot by our good friend Alberto Lau, who was seeking to capture a dog’s-eye view of the Coronado Independence Day parade last week.  The CCI puppy drill team was, as always, a highly popular participant.

The camera was borne by Tucker — who obviously received lots of good strokes in turn.

(I hope the video is viewable on this page, but if not, the youtube link is:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HzveRQWVvqI)

Another puppy joke

Another puppy joke

Sometimes it seems to Steve and me that Dionne has heard we’re blogging about her exploits, and she’s consciously trying to keep us stocked with new material. Her latest contribution came the other morning, when Steve discovered his wallet (which had been on his desk) on Tucker’s bed in the corner of the office, contents removed, money chewed upon.

The money, being tough, survived. Much more disturbing was the fact that his corporate credit card was missing. And he needed it to straighten out some overdue payments to our health-care provider.
We both searched and searched and found no sign of it.  Steve was about to resign himself to calling the bank, canceling the card, waiting the week or two for a new one, when something inspired me to pick up the doormat.  Voila: 

How Dionne got the card under the mat continues to baffle us. Note that she also has had her way with Steve’s slipper. 

All wired up

Photograph courtesy of Ken Sergi
Dionne got her first (and probably only) chance to march with the puppy drill team in the awesome Coronado Independence Day parade yesterday. The crowds looked as thick as ever, and it turned out to be a warm and sunny day, so the experience was a challenge to puppy-concentration skills.  Overall, I felt she acquitted herself well (though toward the end, those Downs on the hot pavement got more and more grudging.) 

Photograph courtesy of Ken Sergi
Afterward, as we have for many years, the team adjourned to the home of CCI supporter Jeep Rice, where the pool is open to the pooches. I had been very curious to see if Dionne would leap in and join the wet and wild fun. She raced around the edges like mad and almost exploded with excitement.  But she never jumped in. That makes her our fourth CCI puppy who has not been a swimmer.  (Darby was the only exception.) 

The big thrill of the day came not from Dionne, however, but from our friend Alberto Lau, who is interested in creating a documentary about the process of raising a service dog. He acquired a Go Pro video camera, and along with his cinematographic partner, Bob Schneider, rigged up a harness to gather a dog’s-eye view of the parade.  Here’s Tucker in his videographer rig, which enthralled and amused many in the crowd: 
Hopefully, we’ll be able to share a snippet soon.  Watch this space!