Friday, July 15, 2016

A Very Sad Day

Yesterday, I left my class at the Alliance Française at noon. We wished our teacher, who is from France,  "Happy Bastille Day" and some of the students were planning to attend a local Bastille Day celebration. When I arrived home, I learned about the tragedy in Nice.

I  watched the fireworks on Bastille Day from le Jardin Albert 1er in Nice some years ago. It was such a beautiful setting! So many people gathered together to celebrate freedom on a balmy summer night.

Terrorism and the murder of innocent people is unpardonable.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Retirement Project:A Pet

our first visit

During the last year, Monsieur and I have been sharing our common interest: a puppy called Tilde.
Tilde (M. made up the name). I wanted Sophie or Phoebe but her name is Tilde (pronounced Tildee).
Tilde just celebrated her first birthday with a visit to the dog-groomer and a birthday card from one of the neighbours.
our first outing

A few week-ends ago, Monsieur and I took Tilde on her first overnight driving trip. Our destination, Ellensburg Washington for Dachshunds on Parade. We found this fun event on the 
Internet and we decided to attend. Three hundred dachshunds and their owners in a small town in Central Washington State!!

Tilde has a very comfortable fleece-lined Sherpa carrier. She has a chewy stick and a toy in her cozy domaine. We stop regularly at rest stops so that Tilde can have a break.  

Tilde is now a part of the family

We stayed at the EconoLodge in Ellensburg. Why do non-smoking rooms in travellers' motels 
always smell as though someone smoked? Our room is clean and dog-friendly so I guess that a little
mustiness won't kill me.

Tilde has a trick! Tilde plays soccer. If we kick a full-sized soccer ball, Tilde runs after it and "dribbles" it back with her nose. She works at her trick every day with Monsieur who takes her to practise on an empty field. Tilde performed  her trick in the pet  show.

Oh, my goodness! Tilde won a giant trophy. It is almost bigger than she is. Tilde came in second in the pet tricks contest.

Tilde plays soccer

Such a big trophy for such a small dog!
Tilde is my first pet that I have raised as an adult so she is a different sort of retirement learning project for me.