Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Weekly Wags

I'd like to offer some Weekly Wags to stuff (news, photos, information, laughs, general mayhem and tomfoolery) I've found while scrounging around on the internet.  Not sure if this will become a permanent fixture here at VetWrite, but let's give it a try.  Stuff will usually revolve around animal stuff and writer-ly things.  Go figure.  Here we go!

1. Washington International Horse Show!

This exciting equestrian event is this week at the Verizon Center in Washington, DC (October 22 - 27).  We went last year on Thursday night, which is Barn Night and Gambler's Choice, where different jumps are assigned varying point values and riders pick jumps to accumulate as many points as possible within the time limit. This year we have tickets for Friday night which is the Puissance competition - horses and riders face the Great Wall as it gets higher and higher and only one pair remains without knocking it down.  The height to beat is 7 feet 7.5 inches, set in 1986.

2. Brides Throwing Cats Tumblr

OK, don't worry, it's all Photoshopped, but hilarious - a creative Tumblr account replacing bouquets with cats. Brilliant!

3. US Military Working Dogs Team National Monument 

On October 28, the very first national monument for animals will be dedicated in San Antonio, Texas. 

4. Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck

Steinbeck with his endearing French Poodle Charley
Route of travel
The truck and camper Steinbeck traveled in, lovingly called "Rocinante"

I just finished this book and I loved it.  In September, 1960, Steinbeck took a drive across the US to "discover America." He was alone save for his faithful canine companion, Charley. Filled with delightful vignettes on Steinbeck's encounters with locals, traffic, and bears (!), this book was a surprise delight for me. Next up, The Grapes of Wrath (no, I haven't read it, don't judge.)

5. Dog sweaters. Argyle sweaters.

Because winter is right around the corner.

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