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completed the novice class at Acoma Training Center this week.
He did really well; stays were his best thing.
Sometimes he got a little freaked out by all the other dogs
and owners walking around in circles with him, and he was always really
tired when we got home (a big plus for Pat and I). I think
the classes helped Bob get in touch with his inner dog.
The end of class was the best, because that's when Bob got to go see
We've met and corresponded with a number of wonderful artists through our collecting of ACEO art. Mary A. Iwanski is another of these very talented artists. She saw one of the pictures of Bob we posted in an earlier gallery
and decided to create a watercolor version for us. We're very
grateful that so many people find Bob as charming as we do. Mary,
thank you so much.
How about a few more pictures of Bob?
And how about a few of Zoe?
It's a lot easier to get pictures of Zoe. She doesn't jump up
when she hears the whir of the camera being turned on, she just keeps
on sleeping. That is, unless she's doing her most important job,
keeping watch for cats from the living room window. We had to use
Bob's newly acquired ability to stay on command to get some pictures of
him doing something other than running up to me saying, "Hey, is that a
camera? Take my picture, take my picture!"
I have a whole bunch of pictures of Bob, taken right after he was doing
something cute. When he hears the camera autofocus, he stops what
he's doing, runs up to me and says, "Hey, is that a camera? Take my picture, take my picture!"
On the left, Zoe and Bob were sleeping under our feet in front of the
couch while we were watching a DVD. Bob had his head tucked right
up to Zoe's butt, so that her tail was draped across his head. I
snuck off to get the camera, turning it on and setting the zoom in the
other room. He hadn't moved when I got back, but when the camera
made that little autofocus click right before the image snapped, he
moved. On the right, he had been lying down at the top of the
stairs while Pat was upstairs. From the bottom of the stairs I
could only see the tips of his ears. Same process as before, he
was still there when I pointed the camera, but at the sound of the
autofocus right before the shutter snapped, he moved. If I were
to publish a book of pictures of Bob, that would be a great title, "He
The backyard of the house behind our house has some very large trees.
Over the years we've seen some interesting and unusual (for the
middle of a high desert city) birds in these trees. We've seen
woodpeckers and several years ago we saw a couple of large hawks; we
were never able to determine exactly what kind. The past week or
so the tree has become the residence of what we are pretty sure is a
great horned owl. Here are a couple of pictures, taken with my
camera's maximum zoom. I put the full resolution image on the
server; you'll have to zoom in on the image to see the owl. It's
pretty much in the center of each image.
Finally, but certainly not least important,
congratulations to our son, Ian. He graduated from the University
of New Mexico on May 17th, 2008, with a dual major of criminology and
professional writing. He is going to continue his education this
coming fall, working toward a Master's degree in computer science.
We are extremely proud of Ian and all of his accomplishments.
A boy and his dog.