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8th Annual RUN FOR IKE 5K

March 31st, 2018
    This morning, Saturday March 31st, Tessa and I limited our regular morning walk to 3.5 miles. The reason was to allow time for us to participate in the 8th Annual RUN FOR IKE 5K event starting at 8am. It’s a fundraiser for the PSPD (Palm Springs Police Department) K-9 unit. She and I were registered as #397.

    We were among the 600+ runners, joggers, walkers, baby buggies and dogs that participated in the 5k (about 3.1 miles) event. Afterwards the local Lions Club provided free pancake breakfasts together with sausage, orange juice, apple juice and water. When we reached the finish line I received a RUN FOR IKE 5k Finisher medal and Tessa received a bag of doggy treats. While eating my pancake breakfast (sadly, no coffee) Tessa sampled the treats.

    Afterwards we spent time taking photos. Tessa posed for photos with CHP Officer “Chipper”, PSPD Chief Brian Reyes, sitting before the Starting Line, the Finish Line and the 3 Mile Marker.

    The event started on the Police Department headquarters grounds populated by a number of information booths. In addition to three PSPD booths (Meet the Chief, COPS-Citizens on Patrol, Search & Rescue, SWAT display) there were booths setup by Friends of the Palm Springs Animal Shelter, California Highway Patrol, Desert Water Agency, PET Companion magazine and others.

    We were finished and back home before 10am. According to my Fitbit wristband it credited us with 16,634 steps and 8.25 miles for the combined morning walk and K-9 run/walk event. Tessa, of course, walked more than 16,634 steps.

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March 31, 2018
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Palm Springs Breaking Dawn Views

March 22nd, 2018

This morning when Tessa and I started our walk there with dark clouds overhead with a stray bolt of lightning and sprinkles of rain. Within a quarter hour the rain sprinkles had stopped and the clouds started thinning. We entered the Tahquitz Creek Golf Resort grounds just as dawn began to break. We saw light in the east that appeared almost fire like. The light show lasted for less than a quarter hour but it was quite spectacular. In the west we saw a half rainbow on the southeast side of Mount San Jacinto. Later we encountered the resident road runner bird and he allowed us to take a number of photos. Near the end of our walk Tessa and I posed for selfies.

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March 22, 2018
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Tessa Needs More Toys

December 28th, 2017

On Christmas Eve one of Tessa’s admirers stopped by with gifts for her including some treats, a festive Crown for her head, and a new Panda Bear toy. She loves it all and the Panda Bear is already on its way to decapitation or other evidence of chew satisfaction.

Yesterday when Tessa and I returned from the evening walk, in our entryway we found a large “Peanuts” stocking filled with eight toys. The contents, balls, ropes, and plush figures have been added to her toy collection. There was no card from her admirer so we don’t know for certain who left Tessa the “Peanuts” stocking of toys.

Tessa’s toy collection fills two baskets plus another half dozen scattered around “our” bedroom and more outside on the patio. Surveying the entire collection could give the impression she has cornered the market on toys. Does she need more? After all, she just turned two years of age. At this rate of toy acquisition, we may have to rent a storage facility somewhere to hold her treasures.

Bond

Bond Shands
December 28, 2017
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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.
 
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October 24, 2017
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