The sun was out, the clouds were reduced to nice little fluffy white bits in the sky, and overall, the day was amazing. So I took the dogs out for a 3 hour walk at the park.
Safe to say, I think they had fun.
Or at least, they had fun until a random dog ran up and bit Koira in the side, leaving her with a bleeding hole. It looked worse at first than it turned out to be, and despite being in what seemed like a horrible place (the strip of skin between her rib cage and her back leg), it closed up okay overnight, relieving my worry that it would require stitches. Koira is now on antibiotics twice a day, since it was a dog bite (prone to infection) and was red and puffy the next morning. Luckily, she doesn't mind at all.
Raw feeding tip: Instead of using Pill Pockets brand treats to hide medications in (which contain wheat, corn, and all sorts of other nasties), chicken hearts are a perfect raw feeding pocket for meds. In fact, they are just the right size to cover most medications, including Koira's antibiotics, and she happily will slurp down a fresh chicken heart in no time. Just pick up a chicken heart, insert pill, feed to dog. (Note, insert it straight into the top of the heart, not into the large vessel, which will rip open.)
ETA: The other dog ran up, bit Koira. Koira yelped, ran to me (big baby, right?). The other dog returned to its owners. I leashed up both of my dogs (this was at an off-leash area of a park), walked over, and told them what happened. The owner was very nice about it, baffled at the dog's behavior, and paid for Koira's vet bill.
In any case, the park even provided a chance for a photo shoot I have been meaning to try: Dog silhouettes. I plan on trying some more, but here are the two best ones I got (of course the camera battery was dying at this point).
I like the way, in the second one, the sunlight picked out Pallo's fur, giving him a really nice partial outline. But I think I need to find a better place to try this next time, as the grasses and high horizon made these pictures not quite what I was looking for.
Anyone else have a list going of photo set-ups you really want to try out?
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