11/27/2006

A Surreal Moment

Fall sky (Toledo, OH) While I was walking to teach a class today, the carillon at the University of Toledo began to play the beautiful English folk song "Greensleeves" (also known as the Christmas carol "What Child Is This?").

I have always enjoyed that haunting tune, but my reverie was interrupted by the whup-whup-whup of helicopter blades, as the Toledo Police helicopter passed overhead.

I looked up through barren trees at a blue sky near noon on an unseasonably warm November day, momentarily disconcerted by the strangeness of the scene.

Police chases and Christmas carols. November and sunshine. Music and mayhem.

Finishing my carbonated can of liquid caffeine, I went on, muttering to myself that thinking can be dangerous, or at least distracting.

11/04/2006

Our Dogs

(Toledo, OH) We have another addition to the family - a dog of mixed ancestry whose name is Candy. This 4-year-old dog appears to have elements of Westie, cockapoo, or Chinese crested in her.

Like our other dog Jimmy, we adopted Candy from a shelter. This time we used Planned Pethood, a non-profit, Northwest Ohio based organization that fosters dogs until it can arrange adoptions.

Candy had much of the fur shaved off her back end due to some skin problems caused by fleas and neglect, but she received excellent care in her foster home. Her curly white hair is growing back in, and she seems to be doing well. She is very affectionate and wants to play with Jimmy, but he seems to want more alone time than she is willing to give him.

Left: A pair of dogs chase each other through the leaves in my backyard

Candy also has been exhibiting some mounting behavior since we got home, which seems to annoy Jimmy. We are making sure that Jimmy gets some extra attention so that he does not feel slighted during the adjustment to a two-dog house.

We were quite pleased with the efforts extended by Planned Pethood, and we recommend the service to anyone seeking a canine companion. The organization brought several dozen dogs to PetSmart in Rossford today, and I would have gladly taken home six or eight more dogs if I had the room in my home and a large enough bank account.