Archive for 13th March 2011

International Dog of Adventure and …more

March comes in like a Labrador and goes out like a …? I’ll welcome your suggestions for this but in the meanwhile what a fine February and start to March for us. That shoulder hitch is vastly a thing of the past and I’m feeling Mighty once more. I spent a healthy Valentine’s day with some adventure as I made a snowshoe trip, none for me thanks, with Tracy, Sharon and of course Dad up the famed Pack Monadnock. I wasn’t working as Dad was using the packed snowshoe trail, a pair of hiking poles and Tracy with ringing bells to guide his way. I learned quickly my place was to walk behind Dad and keep enough distance to be safe from the snowshoes. Still this was all the fun of a winter hike with no work!! It brought out the play in me and while Dad didn’t ledt me join his next day’s serious summit attempt of Mt Lafayette in sub zero temperatures (ahhhh the warmth of the homestead instead!), I definitely loved the experience enough that we eventually made a repeat trip up the lonesome lake trail on Cannon Mountain with Tracy, Kevin and of course Dad. Wearing my warm coat from Jennifer I admit to perhaps tearing about in the euphoric appreciation of the great outdoors as you can see here
in my short video clip!!
Quinn Loves Winter Hiking

Hiking aside I attended a great comedy night with a touch of Burlesque to help NHAB raise some money. Many of my favorite humans were there so it was fun for a slightly stepped up night out from our usual. We met Robbie and Brent there as well as Mary, Ken, Kathy, Doreen and a host of other friends. I wasn’t allowed to dress to my dapper best but folks have been suggesting that my more distinguished moments can capture the essence of me quite well. To illustrate this I thought I’d share what we love to call my “International Dog of Adventure” pose from the wedding back in October. Kevin and Heather Green did a pretty amazing job capturing not only the wedding but my more regal presence. I like my tug shaken not stirred please!

In other news, we’ve made it to a few more schools including a UNH class which gave me some campus time. A Scout presentation, Lion’s club presentation with another on March 31 so perhaps March goes out like a Lion??? and perhaps our most important work as I helped Tracy give some family support as we spent time at a Rhode Island Hospital for her Brother-in-law. Things still aren’t settled there but I did my best and think the hospitals have newfound appreciation for my talents. Either way the family support is always an important thing in life!

Speaking of those talents, Dad wrote a 2020 blog article on “Dog Gone Service Animals” which talks about the new ADA definitions becoming official on March 15 of this year. Fear not though my job security
remains high and to that end I think the arrival of spring should be just close enough to get our longer walks back in the swing. If only we could manage some of these challenging water build-ups from the melting! Not sure if Dad will let me run with him this year in the Irish race not too far ahead but I heard a rumor we might do half of the Boston Marathon route! There’s a culture of support in the race for the educated and courteous bandit but we’ll have to do a little more research. For now though let’s get the walking going full force and the running will come!

Be well, wag often and always remember to give your loved ones the greeting they deserve every time you reunite!
the Mighty Quinn