Dog Day Afternoon

17 07 2008

July in Rome and all the dogs do is pant.  Panting



It’s hot, it’s humid and the streets are streaming with tourists.  The air is thick with a smattering of assorted tongues: different languages buzzing above my ears and an array of tongues dripping before me.  Buxley Panting in Car after Dog Park


Thank God Rome is replete with fountains at every piazza.  Roman fountainsMost are dog-low, and those that aren’t have broad enough lips to grant any dog a steady perch for a long drink.  Roman fountain


Rome fountains are still fed by the clear, pure water of the hills to the east.  Where there isn’t a fountain the savvy dog can always find a nasone: the nose shaped pipe that offers a constant flow of cool water, any hour of the day. Nasone The truly parched canine will stand just under the nozzle until his coat is drenched. 


L’ultimo in “cool” tricks, no?  Who says an old dog can’t learn? Billo e il Nasone....



A Fool and His Dog

12 07 2008

I believe Samuel Butler had it right when he said:

“The greatest pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him, and not only will he not scold you, but he will make a fool of himself too.”

Trick DogDogs make great fools, just look at any one of Old Dog, New Tricksthem. Dog on a bike / chien sur velo - Bangkok, Thailandtrick dog getting the mailTrick Dog

They will try anything once, even if it’s the last thing they try.a one trick dog....

After all, man has been their role model since the first spark flamed the campfire.  As we have become domesticated, we have moved our center toward those things which tickle man.  Imitation, after all, is the sincerest form of flattery, no?

112/365  Stupid Human TricksTrick for Treat


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