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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.

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December 28, 2017
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Shoes With Lifetime Warranties

September 19th, 2017

          Why do shoes wear out? So many products come with lifetime warranties, why don’t they produce shoes that carry lifetime warranties? Surely this is a subject that needs the attention of a Congressional Committee. No shoe manufacturer appears to be offering products with lifetime warranties. Should we assume shoe manufacturer collusion is the reason? After all, shoe products aren’t cheap, and these businesses make lots of money from shoe replacements.

          My favorite pair of New Balance walking shoes is showing signs of wear. In fact, they may not last through the upcoming winter season. I can’t understand why they appear to be falling apart. I’m certain they’re less than five years old and don’t believe I’ve put more than 1,500-2,000 miles on them in each year. Why are they showing signs of age?

          There’s more than two dozen pairs of boots and shoes in my closet. And I wear some of them. But my daily walking shoes, the ones I start out wearing each morning, are my white New Balance walking shoes. At least they were white when new. This is not a the way I had planned on spending my Golden Years. Breaking in another pair of decent walking shoes is not only a painful prospect, it’ll hurt the checkbook, as well. I’ll bet such problems were never faced in years past when civilized society included cobblers who repaired shoes.

          Look at the photos. These shoes should have lasted another five years. Why are they falling apart? Our nation needs a citizen shoe lobby to force Congress to fix this problem. Where is the leadership we so desperately need to organize and lead this cause?

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September 19, 2017
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Tessa & Green Snake

March 31st, 2016

          Contessa Le Rouge,  “Tessa”, was four months old on Monday, March 28th. She’s growing quite fast. Two months ago she weighed about 3 lbs – today she’s up to 5.6 lbs. I had originally thought her maximum weight would be around 6 lbs – but now am beginning to suspect it’ll be more like 7 lbs.

          Last Friday we visited Dr. Cutler at the VCA Desert Animal Hospital for a regular checkup. She also received her final puppy vaccinations and is now able to safely mingle with other animals. She’s since played with a neighbor doggy and had a great time.

          Tessa continues to show needs related to puppy teething and chews on practically anything. So far I’ve lost one radio speaker cable, one Internet cable and barely caught her in time to save an electric lamp cord. Have since moved all cables and cords away from her reach.
 
          She’s a joy to watch bounding around the residence, learning to make noises, fighting the doggy in the mirror and playing with puppy toys. She’s particularly fond of a 4 ft long green snake toy that she wrestles, drags around and chews. It’s many times her size but that doesn’t deter her from pulling it from room to room. Photos below show her wrestling with the snake.

          We now do morning walks which Tessa seems to enjoy and particularly so when we encounter anyone (person or animal) during those outings. She’s very, very social and tries to greet everyone within sight. She’s also the most energetic bundle of activity that appears to currently exist in our neighborhood.

Tessa Wrestles Green Snake

                 Tessa Wrestles Green Snake 

Tessa Wrestles Green Snake

            Tessa Wrestles Green Snake

Tessa Wrestles Green Snake

          Tessa Wrestles Green Snake

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Clipping Tessa

March 20th, 2016

          Today my third effort at clipping Tessa’s always ever-growing hair occurred. The result confirmed my continuing suspicion that it’s a task requiring talent, expertise and a willing subject. None of these were present during this morning’s puppy clipping episode. She moved, backed, squirmed, wiggled and in other ways made clear her lack of interest in having been chosen to participate in such a dumb activity.

          The task’s result may not rise to the quality standards of a going-out-of-business beauty parlor, but there’s little more that could be done in the absence of a team of handlers and experienced clipping artists.

          Didn’t manage to finish the job without drawing a bit of blood. Blood, that is, mine – not her’s! Time to check the Wall Street Journal and see about investing in a Band-Aid manufacturer’s stock. My supply constantly needs replenishing. Am wondering whether all puppies have such healthy teeth and nails? Tessa’s appear to be of first rate quality.

          Many who have seen other photos of Tessa may not notice any difference in the ones below. Nevertheless, they were taken after the clipping experience and, while neither of us feel particularly gratified by the experience, we are both thankful the job is finished.

Tessa on Rug

Tessa On Rug Upright

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Tessa & Mirror

March 16th, 2016
     Since her first encounter with mirrors about six weeks ago Tessa has continually tried to get the other doggy to play. Her “friend” in the mirror moves, comes close but never touches, smells or makes sounds.
 
     The residence has three free-standing columns covered on all four sides by mirrors. Tessa, following early encounters, ran around the columns trying to play with the other doggy who was always there. She finally abandoned the doggy in the columns but continues to seek out the ones that appear in other floor-to-ceiling mirrors.
 
     I have to wonder if she’ll ever learn who the other doggy actually is?
 
     This little story will join the others about little lady Contessa Le Rouge on my Facebook page.
 
Tessa & Mirror