Honestly, big dogs are my favorite, but there’s something about pomeranians that just cracks me up. I think it might be due to the ridiculous amount of fluff on such a tiny dog, and the fact that they often seem to stand on their hind legs and dance in a circle. This little guy was sniffing around Crimson Horticulture when I was there awhile back, and look, he’s wearing a vest!
I love big dogs–they are impressive, in the most ridiculous possible way. Plus, they tend to have the goofiest expressions of all dog sizes. So surely combining two of the most enormous, furry dogs around creates a sort of Holy Grail of big fluffy dogs right? A side note on that, you could probably fill a non-metaphorical Holy Grail with their drool, so there’s that.
Although greater blue herons aren’t exactly uncommon in this area, it’s fairly unusual to see them stray from the coastlines and wetlands. Sometimes you see one standing on the side of the highway. And, on really exciting days, you see one hanging out in your backyard and strutting around on your neighbors’ roof. My mom and I debated whether getting fish and keeping it in the yard would attract more of the herons, but in the end it sounded kind of creepy, and I’d personally rather reserve my creepy quota for more scandalous and thrilling things than herons.
Do you occasionally see dogs in motorcycle sidecars in your city, or is that a Bay Area thing? There are at least two labs (one black, one yellow–different owners) who ride along in traditional sidecar-motorcycle set ups, but this fellow seemed to have some sort of experimental moped-like device–the kind of thing that makes you shrug your shoulders and just say, “Silicon Valley.”
You guys know I can’t resist a speckled dog–add in floppy spaniel ears and cute scruffy fur and you’ve got a real winning combination. It’s a great personal regret that I didn’t manage to get a good picture of this fellow, and an even bigger regret that I was too far away to pet him. I’ll pet you in my dreams, cute Telegraph Ave. pup.
PS – Great.ly launched today! If you’re not familiar with the new site, it’s kind of like Etsy, except the independent artists and makers are curated by tastemakers. So say you love Glitter Guide–you can shop their boutique full of hand-picked goodies instead of trying to sift through everything on Etsy. You can find some of my most popular prints exclusively on Great.ly boutiques, among them Design Crush, Jealous Curator, and Glitter Guide! Of course, other items remain available via my Etsy shop and Scoutmob Shoppe.
Seeing a dog walker is always a fun experience: first, you might think there are two dogs. But one by one, more appear from behind the walker’s legs, like they’re emerging from some sort of k9 clown car. This dog walker had five, although only three were fully visible in the picture I snapped.
You may think, due to dog stalking, that being a dog walker would be my ideal job if I weren’t an artist–and you’re partially right. Above “dog walker” on my dream job list are photographer, tv writer, or spy/independently consulting detective (like Sherlock)–all with a dog partner, obviously.
I saw this fellow at Dolores Park in the Mission a few months ago, chasing a frisbee quite gleefully but rather cluelessly. He was pretty easily tricked with the ol’ “pretend to throw the frisbee but keep it instead” trick, but honestly I don’t think you could be as happy as this dog unless you are also a little bit clueless.
In other news, happy May! On the one hand, I’m excited for my birthday in a couple of weeks (and the shoes that will be coming for the occasion). On the other hand, I’m pretty upset that all the TV shows will have their finales this month. So, strongly mixed feelings about May–how about you?