Monthly Archives: May 2009

Kimbo & Dreamy

Today I walked Kimbo and Dreamcicle. Dreamcicle is still a bit shy and doesn’t want to go on long walks. She is a beautiful girl and just needs somebody to love her. She did take a cookie and ate part of it. Again, she doesn’t really stop moving long enough to pause for photos! Haha. I think Dreamcicle was not as scared of people when she shared a run with King. She would probably get along well in a family with older children and other dogs.

Walked a new guy today, Kimbo. I kept wanting to call him Kimbo Slice after the internet street fighter. He was a lover, not a fighter, though. Kimbo was very affectionate and wanted to be close to me. He looked very patriotic with his American flag bandanna.

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Meet Kimbo

  • Name: KIMBO
  • Sex: neutered male
  • Breed: Pit Bull Terrier.
  • Age: @ 1 year old
  • Weight: 46 pounds.

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2-day Summary

Yesterday Rado and I walked two dogs, Kodi and Star. Kodi was a great dog, though a bit vocal. He was very alert, and attentive. Star is only allowed out for potty breaks for now, because she has had heartworms. She was so sweet and a little shy.

Mercedes

Mercedes

Today I walked Mercedes, who you’ve met, and we practiced her obedience commands, and ran a little, and then I walked Ceasar. Ceasar was so playful. He wore himself out playing in the sun, so he sought out the shade under a parked trailer. He rolled over for me to rub his belly a lot. He knows his “sit” and “down” commands, as well.

Meet Kodi

  • Name: KODI
  • Sex: neutered male
  • Breed: Labrador Retriever.
  • Age: 2 years and 1 month old.
  • Weight: 64 pounds.

Meet Star

Star

Star

  • Name: STAR
  • Sex: unaltered female,
  • Breed: chocolate Labrador Retriever mix.
  • Age: @5 years old.
  • Weight: 71 pounds.

Meet Ceaser

Ceaser

Ceaser

  • Name: CEASER
  • Sex: neutered male
  • Breed: Pit Bull Terrier and German Shepherd Dog.
  • Age: 2 years and 1 month old.
  • Weight: 61 pounds.

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Shelter Update

King was adopted first thing this morning. I found out when I went to walk dogs this evening and Dreamcicle was all alone again. So I asked to make sure he wasn’t sick in isolation or fostered out, and he was adopted by a family this morning. I LOVE YOU KING! and I wish you and your new family all the best.

Dreamcicle

Dreamcicle

So since Dreamcicle was all by herself again, I walked her. We went on a longer walk than usual for her, and then she spent time smelling the area around the shelter.

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investigating

buddydwn1Buddy and I went for a walk next, and we jogged for a little bit as part of our weight loss program. Buddy needs to lose a few pounds (don’t we all). We went way further than Buddy and I have ever gone, because usually he is preoccupied with smelling everything and ambles along. Today, we walked and jogged and played, and then he gave me a kiss when we got back to his run. I gave him one treat for being so well behaved. A guy who volunteers said that Buddy pulls him around, but I don’t understand it because he’s so easy to walk for me. Maybe he’s easy on me because he knows he could pull me over if he wanted to!

Resting after a long walk

Resting after a long walk

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Ode to King

King of All He Surveys

King of All He Surveys

Yesterday, I Only had time to walk King before I had to babysit my Burmese nephews. We had a good walk, although not long enough for King. Then I went to look after my Burmese “nephews.”

Nway Oo, Wa Than, & Auntie Sarah

Nway Oo, Wa Than, & Auntie Sarah

I once read in a Babysitters guide from Scholastic, when I was too young to babysit, that no matter what kids have at their house, you should bring a “kit” because it’ll be new and exciting. I brought colored papers, colored pencils and crayons, and origami patterns. I, of course, participated in the projects, and ended up drawing King. Then I made it into a 3-d project by adding a separate crown and attaching the whole thing to a toilet paper roll– a good project for children, if I do say so myself!

3d Paper King

3d Paper King

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Artist Talk @ Brew House Space 101 Gallery

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Yesterday, I went to hear my friend Rose  Clancy talk about her artwork and creative process at the Brew House Space 101 Gallery. Rose has been a participant in the Distillery Program residency, along with four other artists. Anna Mikolay, one of the artists, was also there to talk about her works and process. Finally, Heather Pinson was there as artist Matthew Liam Conboy’s proxy to speak on his behalf. Before the talk started, there was mingling and food and drinks. The art was great, it was great to hear about the creative process of visual art because it was so close to my own process with creative writing. I also had very deep meaningful conversations with these ladies, and shared in a vibrant, exciting, nurturing, female energy.

Related Link:http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/ae/museums/s_623913.html

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Dog Days of May

Wilson's Bar-B-Q

Wilson's Bar-B-Q

My day has been packed full and it is only 2:45 in the afternoon! Working my way backwards, I watched Rado play accordion for the neighbors; bought a suit, a hard rock cafe bear, and some espresso cups at the NEIGHBORHOOD YARD SALE; ate the most delicious bbq at Wilson’s Bar-B-Q; and walked five dogs at the humane society.

The dogs I walked today, you have already met, but let’s spend some more time with them, shall we?

King and Dreamcicle: Roomates

King and Dreamcicle: Roomates

after a big wet kiss

after a big wet kiss

I was surprised to see that King now has a roommate, Dreamcicle! So first I took King for a walk, and then I came back and took Dreamcicle.

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Ricki D

Ricki D

Next, I fulfilled my promise to Muffin to take her on her own walk, and we went all over the place to make up for walking just in the parking lot with Ricki the other day. When I took Muffin back, I got her roommate Ricki to go for a walk.

the ol' girls, Muffin and Ricki Divas

the ol' girls, Muffin and Ricki Divas

Then I decided to walk Buddy. He was sleeping on his cot when I went into the run, and rolled over so I could rub his tummy as he woke up. After that, I was covered in sweat and dog slobber and decided to call it a day.

Buddy's Green Eyes Post-Walk

Buddy's Green Eyes Post-Walk

Keyes was hanging outside, and he looked so handsome in a tuxedo bow tie and shirt collars, and a crystal studded red harness that I just had to take a picture! Somebody give this dapper dude the home he deserves (possibly a mansion)!

All Dressed Up Keyes

All Dressed Up Keyes

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Sarah Recommends

This may become a series if anyone finds these at all useful, so let me know.

Today, in “Sarah Recommends,” we have:

  • Movies
  • Books
  • CDs
  • Random

Movies: Underground

undergroundIn the category of movies, Sarah recommends that you watch Underground. Underground(Serbian: Подземље, Podzemlje) is a 1995 award-winning film directed by Emir Kusturica with a screenplay by Dušan Kovačević. It helps to know some general Serbian history before watching this movie, but you could still gain something without knowing. The movie spans a long period of wars for Yugoslavia– WWII, the Cold War, and the Yugoslav Wars. The movie centers around two best friends., Marko and Blacky. When it starts they are carefree, and enjoying life. Then the Germans invade. The main characters are wanted because they are communists, and they go into hiding underground in a shelter underneath Markos’ grandfather’s house. Marko moves his own younger brother, a stuttering zookeeper, along with his money; Blacky, Blacky’s three year old son Jovan, and various others into the shelter. He stays above ground with Blacky’s mistress Natalija. For whatever reason, whether to keep Natalijia for himself or to keep the fame, money and power to himself, Marko maintains a farce that the Germans are still occupying the country even after Tito comes to power. He keeps the basement dwellers making arms for him that he continues to profit from, not for the resistance, just for profit, and then later as a profiteer in the Yugoslav wars. He has his Grandfather slow down the clock, so eventually the denizens of the underground believe they have been there 15 years, when in fact it’s been 20.  Then the monkey uses the man-made tank to bust through the walls and escape, at which point Ivan goes after him and Jovan and Blacky go to single-handedly defeat the Germans. The whole movie is symbolic, and full of satire, and the end particularly is surrealistic. A brass band following Blacky around provides not only the soundtrack to his life, but an excellent movie soundtrack. Underground is simultaneously the funniest and the saddest movie I have ever seen.Kevin Thomas of the Los Angeles Times nailed it when he called Underground a “sprawling, rowdy, vital film laced with both outrageous absurdist dark humor and unspeakable pain, suffering and injustice.”

Books: Man in the Dark, by Paul Auster

maninthedarkIn the category of books, Sarah recommends that you read the 2008 novel Man in the Dark, by Paul Auster. Man in the Dark is more accessible than the last Auster book I read, Oracle Nights, where half the story takes place in footnotes. That said, it is still very much a postmodern novel and sometimes a bit much to wrap your mind around. It’s a story about a man (August Brill) who used to review stories for a living who tells himself stories at night when he can’t sleep to keep his mind off of the real story of his life. In one of these stories he tells himself at night, a version of the United States exists similar to ours, except 9/11 never occurred. Instead, New York seceded after the 2004 elections and a terrible civil war ensued. The main character in this story, is brought from our world to this world in order to complete a mission to put things aright. His mission, in fact, is to kill the man telling the story, to kill August Brill. It’s things like this that make the novel post modern, but at it’s heart, Man in the Dark is a love story. The real importance of the stories is how they intersect with Brill’s real life, and how he cannot use them forever to avoid his real life. In his real life, his wife, whom he divorced then got back together with but never remarried, is recently dead; he has broken his hip in a car crash; his daughter is recently divorced; his granddaughter’s husband has been murdered in Iraq; and there are three generations embodied in the three people living under the same roof. It is a love story to life, even though he is often times disillusioned with it, it is clear that Brill has loved deeply in his life, and in spite of regrets, continues to do so, now with his family and the memory of his wife.

CDs: Madvilliany, by Madvillain.

In the category of CDs or music albums, Sarah recommends that you listen to the 2004 album Madvilliany, by Madvillain. Madvillain is an American underground hiphop duo consisting of MF DOOM (MC) and Madlib (producer). Why should you listen to this? In one track, they rap over accordion music. Need I say more? I mean really. Seriously. Okay, I’ll say more. This is smart rap, with great flow, great lyrics built from a wide and varied body of knowledge, and a unique sound. This is the rap with alter egos, with heroes and villains and a story line. The only hiphop that is of that vein that I have seen make it to the main stream is Lupe Fiasco’s The Cool. Madvilliany won’t be found on any top 8 at 8 radio shows, but it has met with great critical acclaim and has shown up in various underground type spots, i.e. on the Boondocks cartoon, etc.

Random: La Prima Mr. Smooth Coffee beans

In the category of random, Sarah recommends the Mr. Smooth blend of coffee beans from La Prima espresso roastery that is carried by Simpatico Espresso.A wonderful mix of Indonesian coffees that feature low acidity and an earthy, good body.

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