Monday, October 03, 2005

I swear, it's all Josh's fault

On Saturday, because we are obsessive dog owners, we signed up for the Annual Forest Hills Cemetery Dog Walk. The annual Dog Walk consists of lots of dogs and owners meeting up at the Forest Hills Cemetery for a tour of the monuments and walk through the park. And trust me, there were a LOT of dogs. Big dogs, small dogs, loud dogs and even some crazy dogs. I was a little shocked at the number of misbehaved dogs that owners insist on bringing to events where they will encounter other dogs. Like that nasty mean little dog that kept snapping at Tango for no apparent reason, and that big brown dog that kept barking whenever the tour guide tried to speak. Look, if you have a mean dog, I understand it MAY not be your fault. But when you take him to a function that calls for friendly dogs since we will all be walking in a big group through the gravemarkers and sculptures? Then I will blame you and glare angrily. Moving on.

It was so beautiful, I cannot recommend it enough if you live in Boston and like to spend time outside. The tour was pretty interesting and since the cemetery was founded in 1848, it has a good assortment of tombstones and sculptures. It is especially good at portraying different attitudes toward death. I almost burst into tears when the tour guide took us over to see a Victorian grave of a very young girl. If you scroll down to the description of the dog event on this page you can see the statue. The young girl's family included a statue of the family dog at the foot of her grave so that she would never be alone, even though they had to bury and leave her. The girl's pet companion would watch over her and keep her company for eternity.

Now if that doesn't touch your heart, then we soooo can't be friends.

It was a beautiful day with blue skies and higher temperatures than you would expect in October. Tango and Murray were their normal sweet selves and Murray even sniffed a few dogs and said hello for a change. He is my one anti-social pup as opposed to Tango, who is a sniffer and a shaker. Tango loves to meet new dogs.

I was so excited to share pictures with you of the different dogs and all the sites, especially with such gorgeous weather. I was feeling particularly proud of myself because I'd remembered to grab the camera off of the coffee table before we left. After we'd signed in and tied the appropriately colored walk ribbons around Tango and Murray's neck, I pulled out the camera and realized... no battery. And then Josh saw fit to inform me that he'd taken it out that morning to recharge. I even wore a festive orange turtleneck to look more Halloweenish, but no such luck. So I have nothing to share with you, although I did dredge up last year's pics so you aren't deprived of my cuties. : )






In other fun, on Sunday I was able to meet Frankie and she was as funny, clever and entertaining in person as she is on her blog! I didn't even notice the time fly by until it had been three hours and I had to run to grocery shop and make dinner! I guess we are both talkers, and it was so nice to meet a new friend! I can't wait to get together again, although I am a bit jealous because she gets far more crazy action on her blog than mine. She gets naked pictures, people!!! The most I get are pictures of people's dogs! Maybe I need to sex up my blog a bit, although I'm not sure my mom would appreciate that.

Hope all your weekends were fun and relaxing! But seriously, STILL NO LEAVES. I don't want to get prematurely upset, but this is getting ridiculous.

15 comments:

Peggy said...

just stumbled on your blog and love it! Will be back again!

Phantom Scribbler said...

No dog photos??? Sniff. Were Tango and Murray wearing orange, too?

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Frankie said...

That tour sounds like a lot of fun! I had a great time meeting you this weekend...

Are you sure you want to "awaken" your naked picture people?! I am sure they read...

Pink Cupcake said...

Just make sure Josh isn't in charge of the battery and camera for Columbus Day Weekend...we wanna see the leaves!! :)

Glad you had a good weekend.

Beanie Baby said...

Love the story--it sounds like a good time. And yeah, where are the dog pics?

Honey Bunny said...

i AM getting pissed about the leaves. my wedding is in 11 days and it's still GREEN OUT THERE! *grrrrr*

Chatty Cricket said...

HL- the leaves down here will change later than the leaves up in VT.

Fear not, you will have leafs for to be peeping at!

About the Victorian girl's grave, I think that is the sweetest thing I have EVER heard.

Suzanne said...

Sounds delightful! I would love to have seen all those dogs together (although perhaps not the mean ones).

Girl said...

How fun...you got to meet Frankie AND you had a great weekend for a fun dog walk.

Have you started preparing for the amount of time it will take you to get out of the Boston area on the Friday of Columbus Day weekend??

ccw said...

Sounds like such an enjoyable event (ignoring the mean dogs).

It is supposed to get cold again (at least here) so maybe that will start turning the leaves.

Running2Ks said...

Awesome that you got to meet such a cool friend. And she got to meet such a great lady back. Fantastic!

Chris said...

I don't think I'd be asking for naked people pictures if i were you! LOL

Sounds like a fun time even if we have to imagine the pictures :-) Did you even get the nikon? I am so wanting a new camera.

Ninotchka said...

OMG that was so touching about the young girl's grave with the dog statue.

Hope you had fun at the concert!!!

Kristin said...

This is going to sound weird, but I love cemeteries. Maybe I should organize something like that in our local cemetery. It's an old one, too, and includes the graves of all the previous owners and dwellers of our house.