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Santa Paws 5k Report

December 16th, 2017

 The Sixth Annual Santa Paws 5k Run/Walk/Stroll/Crawl

The annual Santa Paws 5k event, sponsored by our local Lions Club, benefits Guide Dogs of the Desert. Registered contestants are provided with Santa Claus suits (jacket, pants, cap, beard, black belt and a white t-shirt), lots of upcoming race literature and a little candy cane. The route started at 9 am in the Temple Isaiah parking lot, and proceeded to follow a winding route north to Stevens (a block short of Vista Chino) where there’s an official mid-route water stop, before returning to the Finish Line at the starting point. There’s a separate event later in the morning for small kids on the nearby O’Donnell golf course.

I wore my Santa suit and was accompanied by Tessa who walked and jogged the route au natural. Most of those doing the event wore all or part of their Santa costume and many doggies wore Santa apparel. Men, women and children contestants included marathon runners, other runners, joggers, baby strollers, and lots of well-behaved doggies on leash. I don’t run or jog so Tessa had to pull me for much of the route, for her pace was quite a bit faster than my own.

We started the day at 6 am with our usual 4 mile walk. Managed a nice photo of the sky as dawn was breaking in the east. Clouds were noticeable but appeared to be clearing in the west. Later, around 8:30 am while seeking a parking spot, a few rain drop sprinkles hit the car, but it lasted less than 10 minutes. The significant cloud cover made the morning appear rather gloomy. That, however, made the 55 degree air temperature excellent for running and other physical activities. Like several others, I was dressed almost too warmly, but cooled off on the downhill section. As for rain, we didn’t encounter and during or after the event.

Since the event is an official timed race, RaceWire recorded all the finisher times. They captured the embarrassing finishing numbers for Tessa (and me). Overall we were 361 out of 489 finishers, 189 out of 229 male finishers, and 6th out of 6 in our age group. If I had followed Tessa’s urging to pick up the pace, we would have done better.

Photos of the race/walk also include the one from the early dawn morning walk.

This was our third annual Santa Paws 5k event and we plan on another repeat next year.

Bond & Tessa

Bond Shands
December 15, 2017
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Tessa aka Countess Dracula

October 25th, 2017
 
.      Her ladyship The Contessa Le Rouge is ready for Halloween. Yesterday she devoted precious hours to rest and relaxation before being whisked off for her haute couture appointment at the exquisite Bath & Brush beautification resort.
 
.      Tessa returned from her beautification appointment in time to be fitted for Halloween evening wear. As befits one of noble rank she will be wearing the Countess Dracula cape and medal indicating her high station. She is looking forward to greeting Trick or Treat visitors on Halloween.
 
Bond Shands
October 24, 2017
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Tessa & Our Thin Blue Line Flag

September 12th, 2017

           The following post was made on the Palm Springs Police Officers’ Association Facebook page a few days ago.

“In honor of our heroes; Officer Gil Vega and Officer Lesley Zerebny we are asking residents of the Coachella Valley to display a Thin Blue Line Flag on their home and or business until October 8, 2017. We will have 3 x 5 flags for sale at the Police Station for only $10. Thank you for the love you have shown our Officers.”

          After reporting difficulties in obtaining a flag, Officer Joe Cook,  PSPOA president, delivered one to my residence. He mounted it on my pole, asked for permission to take a photo, and thanked me for the donation and my support.

          Later I took several photos of the Thin Blue Line Flag with Tessa seated  (in the shade) at the bottom.


 

           Officer Cook said he would be willing to deliver flags to any who are unable to pick one up from the Police Department lobby window. His email address is: j.Cook@palmspringspoa.com. If more information is needed, I have his card and may be able to respond using that source. View the original PSPOA Facebook post at: https://www.facebook.com/PSPOA/videos/1565250090205336/

Meaning of the Thin Blue Line Flag

The Blue represents the officer and the courage they find deep inside when faced with insurmountable odds. The Black background was designed as a constant reminder of our fallen brother and sister officers.

Bond Shands
September 12, 2017
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Tessa’s Changing Hair Color

September 12th, 2017

          Tessa’s registered AKC name is Contessa Le Rouge. She was sired November 28, 2015, by Lepeteet’s Tsai Radient Red and her Dam’s registered name is Vanilla Chip. 

           Tessa’s a Red Toy Poodle whose hair color is definitely taking on a lighter hue. It may be that her mother’s name is a clue to the source of the lighter hair color that’s slowly becoming evident.

           The six photos were taken in the months of January and August, 2016; December 2016 and March 2017; and August and September 2017. The last photo in the series reflects her appearance following today’s earlier visit to the doggy beautification salon (sometimes referred to in less couth circles as the local Bath & Brush).

Bond Shands
September 12, 2017
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Tessa and Spike

September 4th, 2017

          Early Monday morning (5:30 am) in our Silent Valley Club campsite, Tessa and I were about to set out on our morning walk. Suddenly we were surprised by a cute little Yorkie puppy dog wandering into our campsite. It had a collar with small Skull & Crossbones designs on it, but no identification tag. I attached him to our RV with an extra dog leash, for there appeared to be no owner present in the vicinity. Tessa and I then proceeded on our walk with a stop at the Ranger Station to report our newfound friend  as a Lost Dog.

          Upon returning from our walk the new friend wanted to play but Tessa was totally not interested. The way she seemed to ignore him was almost comical. Failing to get Tessa to play he then badgered me into playing with him. He turned down offers of water and food, though Tessa quickly gobbled the food he didn’t touch. I  alerted several passing walkers to  news we had found a lost dog and asked that they share the information with others they may encounter.

          Around 8 am I happened to glance out the RV side window and noticed several people wandering rather aimlessly nearby. I exited the RV and asked if they were looking for something. They responded their little Yorkshire Terrier dog was missing. I said the dog was safe with us, retrieved him from the RV and handed him over to his owners. When asked, they said his name was Spike.

          We enjoyed our time with Spike, though I suspect Tessa was not quite ready to share with another doggy. He was quite friendly, cute and loveable. If the owners had not been found I planned to take him home to Palm Springs with us and have him checked for a possible microchip. That, of course, proved to be a step not needed.

          Was happy to have found Spike’s owners. It turned out they were camping in a tent not far away and he had simply wandered away. Our nighttime RV lighting system may have been what attracted Spike to our campsite.

Bond Shands
September 4, 2017
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