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April 27, 2009


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We needed a medical certificate for Ozzy when we flew from Atlanta to Connecticut last summer. Perhaps the vet thought you were flying to Alaska.

My folks thought Fred and Hank were so well-behaved!

Take care, Pam, Jack, boys and dogs

Please be sure to tip the headline writer! Summarizing all your brilliant writing in a few words is a tall task, yet the headline is just as enticing as the rest.

My thought on the tiff between the dogs is this: Fred is at a disadvantage with his paw. It probably bothers him more than he lets on. I would guess he was taking some of that out on Hank and maybe felt the need to assert himself so Hank wouldn't take advantage of his injury. I know that is what happens in my house when one of the dogs is not feeling well - we end up with tears and hurt feelings, and often some blood because my pup Jenny is a vicious beast when she loses her temper.

Your photo of Fred in the corner is completely heartbreaking. Poor Fred. However, I am guessing Hank is not as dumb as all that after all (your traveler profile, I believe) ... he is clearly using the mirror to give Fred the impression he has Fred surrounded. Pats to Fred (and Hank).

"Ah, to be young again."

You're ef'n nuts, if that wasn't already apparent.

Dogs in Canada
If you bring a pet dog or cat at least three months old from the United States, you must have a certificate to show that the animal has been vaccinated against rabies within the last three years. The certificate has to be dated and signed by a veterinarian, and it must identify the animal by breed, age, sex, coloring, and any distinguishing marks. Animal tags are not acceptable in place of certificates.

If you bring a pet dog or cat under three months old from the United States, or a guide dog from any country, you do not need a certificate, but the animal has to be in good health when it arrives.

See also, the U.S. Customs regulations regarding pets and wildlife.

Dogs must be vaccinated against rabies at least 30 days before entering the United States. This requirement does not apply, however, to puppies less than three months of age or to dogs originating or located for at least six months in areas designated by the U.S. Public Health Service as being rabies-free.


Thanks Mary Lou -- We do have the rabies certs. so we should be set. And Joan, I love the idea of the suprisingly wiley Hank -- "surrounding" Fred by using the mirror.

Reason for Dogs in Canada precautions - in order to drive into Alaska from the US, it may be necessary to go through Canada. The folks there are really nice, but they're not actually in one of the 50 US states, and they may politely ask for things like passports and good doggie certificates. It's a holdover from that last (scary) administration in DC, so please don't hold it against the Canadaians!

Poor Fred sulking. I swear, those dogs're human.

Was the doctor's name Archie Graham by chance? Did he also answer to "Moonlight" Graham? This would explain his confusion about Alaska being a state, as it did not enter the union until well after his one and only major league appearance in the early 1900s.
h/t The Estate of Burt Lancaster

I moved last June to a new state into a house without a fenced in yard. Big changes for me and the dogs. My dogs are used to having a backyard to run in, and Fred the Beagle just zoom-zooms like a crazy man each time he gets outside. Being a Beagle, he must have the fence for fear that his nose will go to ground and he won't look up until he's two states away, or in Lakw Champlain. My new house didn't have a fence (yet), so Fred hadn't had a chance to run in weeks. He started attacking Bailey (his best buddy hound mix) out of the blue and for no reason. This behavior continued on and off until the fence got built. Of course, Bailey has a loooooong memory, and is still afraid of Fred; they don't play like they used to.

That picture of the boys sulking is so sad. Bailey and Fred have been there. Miller, my now 16 year old Lab/Golden mix, just projects his inner Rodney King: "Can't we all just get along?"

Since you will in fact be going to Oregon, I'll repost and expand on my northwest recs:

In Portland: The Benson is probably the best-regarded hotel. You might also consider McMenamins, a wonderful chain of brewpubs that has branched off into hotels, and has locations throughout the northwest. Food's good too, if you're not looking for anything fancy.

And I know you've got a no-beer thing going on, but if at any point you're going to break it, this is the region to do it in. A sampler collection, maybe?

As far as activities in Portland are concerned, a walk in the park blocks is always nice. For a real dose of official Portland weirdness, check out the 24-Hour Church of Elvis (http://www.24hourchurchofelvis.com/). The really nice parts are outside of town, so try driving around Mount Hood and making stops at Multnomah Falls (a steep hike, but short -- and worth it) and/or Crown Point.

From Portland, take I-5 north, detour to do some hiking around Mount St. Helens (really fascinating landscape) then jump off at Olympia to circumnavigate The Olympic Mountains. I'm particularly fond of the areas around Hoodsport and Lake Quinault.

Agreed, the photo of Fred in the corner is heartbreaking, but we love it just the same. Reminds me of my two...except that when Elvis and Abbey have a fight, he drops on the floor and rolls on his back with a very goofy look that says, "Awww, Abbey....shucks, I was just joshin'..." But to Abbey, things like goodies are sacred and HERS. Period. :)

I concur with the others, as I live about an hour and a half from the Canadian border: you do need paperwork on the "boys". Glad you have it.

Interesting tidbit about the song "Shine" -- the Django recording includes the original lyrics, which are thought by some folks to be racially insensitive. Newer recordings tend to use different lyrics.

Despite the lyrics, it's a good tune, though!

The photo of Fred (in the corner)and Hank is totally fascinating. I see it opening a whole new world for you in photography: storytelling. There are a whole slew of fine art photographers who do this (and of course their names elude me. You would be great at it!

Aw, man. I felt today just like Fred looks in the lead photo, but reading about the Hank-and-Fred tiff just busted me out laughing. Could you keep up this blog full-time? You're way cheaper and more fun than therapy.

If you are venturing about while in Portland you might consider heading about an hour east on Rt. 26 to Wildwood recreation area. Cascade Streamwatch, located at Wildwood, is a riverine environmental education area. there's a fish viewing window, lots of easy to walk paths, great picnic areas (including flush toilets (hooray!). Since I helped to get this thing off the ground and now about 2000 kids go through the center (don't know how many drop in visitors come) I'm pretty proud of the facility and its record. It's a really gorgeous spot and very relaxing and dog friendly.


I burst out laughing at the picture of poor Fred in the corner. My alternative take on it would be that maybe he was punishing himself for being a 'bad dog.'

I LOVE the photo of Fred and Hank after the fight. It's classic! You have really gotten some excellent shots of them throughout the trip too.

If you want a sneak peak into the way dogs communicate, I highly recommend the book "How to Speak Dog" by Stanley Coren. It's a great insight into the ways of doggie communications.

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