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Tessa and her Toys

December 30th, 2016

          The little Countess in residence, Contessa Le Rouge (or Tessa), appeared quite content with her first Christmas. Now almost 13 months old, she received two special presents. One was a red sweater and the other a new toy. Tessa now has so many sweaters she needs a wardrobe to hold them. She also received a fresh beauty salon treatment (bath, cut, brush, nails, etc.).

          As for toys, Tessa has so many she no longer is able to give each the attention they once received. And the ones who failed to survive her first year of life don’t appear to be missed.

          I had hoped the Holiday season would enhance our relationship – at least from my point of view. That hasn’t happened. What I view as commands she continues to treat as suggestions. If I’m eating something it’s become obvious sharing expectations are her immediate interest. If I’m standing looking out the patio door a loud bark alerts me that it’s time to play. Should I dare sit and attempt to read or use my iPad, that appears to arouse her play and chew toy interests – but they have to occur in my lap while sitting. So, we enter 2017 with little change in our relationship for it’s become clear I’m the one who’s expected to qualify for an Obedience Certificate.

          In the photos, one set is of Tessa sitting on “her” lounge in the covered patio. The second set is outside on the walkway where she agreed to pose with her collection of toys.

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Hiking on Christmas Day 2016

December 25th, 2016

          During my last ten years living in San Francisco (it now seems so long ago) I always spent part of Christmas Day with my Sierra Club hiking group on the Mt. Tamalpais trails. I’ve not hiked on Christmas day since leaving The City until this year. Today I joined Great Outdoors hiking leader Scott Connelly and a dozen club members for a Christmas Day hike.

          The Pushawalla Palms trail loop in the Coachella Valley Preserve was today’s hiking choice. It’s an open desert route that climbs high with great views of the Coachella Valley floor. The route is only about 5 miles long and the climb around 700 ft so nothing about it was difficult or strenuous. We left Palm Springs at 10 am and were back by 2 pm (the Coachella Valley Preserve is about ten miles distant from Palm Springs). The day was perfect for hiking with clear blue skies, cool air temperature and only a slight wind. Great way to spend the day burning calories before setting down to an evening Christmas meal.

          There’s a nice summary of the Pushawalla Palms trail loop via the following link. http://www.hiking-in-ps.com/coachella-valley-preserve/pushawalla-palms-trail-loop/

          The photo is of me on the trail above the Pushawalla Palms area.

Happy holidays to all,

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Seasons Greetings from Tessa

December 24th, 2016

 .         To all who may be celebrating or otherwise observing the holiday season (Christmas, Hannukah, Kwanza, St. Stephan’s Day, Boxing Day, Festivus, or still obsessed with “National Chocolate Covered Anything Day”), may this find you filled with joy, happiness and good health for yourself, friends, family and others.

.          Best wishes always to everyone, everywhere, from one of the happiest and friendliest little doggies you’ll ever meet.

Tessa – Christmas 2016

Contessa Le Rouge (aka Tessa)
December 2016


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Tessa the Voyeur

December 18th, 2016

          Is her ladyship Contessa Le Rouge, “Tessa”, secretly possessed of voyeuristic interests? And, if so, is she a practicing Voyeur?

          The master bathroom in my residence has a large roman-style shower/tub design below a large picture window. The window faces a walled garden area with an open side entrance. There are no curtains or shades on the window.

          Today while showering I turned to see my little doggy Tessa standing in the garden watching me. At times she approached the window and stood up against it as if to get a better view. Didn’t know whether to assume she appreciated the photogenic quality of her view. Don’t even know whether she considered the sight to be either “photogenic” or possessed of “quality”. Must confess to disappointment over her failure to linger longer than a minute or so. Have to assume her early departure from the area was not intended as editorial commentary resulting from her view.

          Should I be surprised to learn Tessa appears to have Voyeuristic instincts? If so, where did she acquire them? Would a puppy class designed to address the issue be appropriate? What if the newspapers learn her secret? Will this affect her AKC pedigree registration and possibly add a stain to her noble lineage?

Contessa the Voyeur

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Tessa did the Santa Paws 5k

December 17th, 2016

          Today Tessa and  I did our regular early morning walk but cut it back from four to three miles. The reason was to allow us time and energy savings so that we could participate in the annual Santa Paws 5k race/walk/stroll in Palm Springs starting at 9 am.

          The Santa Paws event benefits Guide Dogs of the Desert. It’s a fun activity that includes seriously competitive runners, less competitive walkers, strollers, doggies, children (elves), buggies, wagons and decorated conveyances. All who register and pay the entrance fee receive a Santa Claus suit (complete with hat and beard), an official entry number and a course completion timing record. Doggies receive bows or bandanas.

          Tessa and I  participated as non-competitive walkers. Our entry number was 509 and we finished Overall 286th out of 547 participants. We were listed in the Male category and finished 146th out of 227 men. All finishers received a medal evidencing completion of the course. Tessa’s feelings were probably hurt when she learned her participation would not be scored separately in the Female category, nor would she be receiving her own medal. However, she wore her ribbon proudly and it was still on her when the photo of her resting was taken. (She would have scored 141 out of 320 in the Female category).

          Although she’s little more than a year old and weighs a bit over nine pounds, Tessa’s not shy around people and other dogs. If anything she probably qualifies as super friendly Nevertheless, she’s not had much exposure to large crowds. So the Santa Paws 5k crowd of hundreds of people and dogs was expected to be somewhat overwhelming. But she adjusted quite well and when the race/walk started Tessa really moved out. While Tessa didn’t lead the pack, she certainly led me – and I must confess to not being able to move at the pace she appeared to prefer. Her pace was dictated by a desire to overtake anyone in front of her. As for me, wearing the Santa Suit made the walk a bit more cumbersome than I’m accustomed to doing. Tessa might have been a top finisher in the competitive group had she chosen to do the walk with someone other than me. Now that it’s all over I’m wondering whether she would prefer to be known as “5k Tessa”?

          More about Contessa Le Rouge, “Tessa”, in my Notebook blog at www.BondShands.com.

Contessa resting after the 5k

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