Robin and I decided to take advantage of the weather today and take our Gray Pomeranian “Smokey” to the “Big Toilet” at the Arcata Marsh Arcata Marsh for a romp. Smokey grew up with our Golden Retriever “Roxie” and thinks he is a Retriever too. Smokey has become a very aggressive Alpha dog through his 8 years and is fearless when it comes to other dogs, no matter the size. We always have Smokey on a leash on our walks and I always lead “The Smokster” and make sure he is on the outside of traffic approaching us. (I am on the inside, Smoke is on the outside of the trail.) Sure enough, we were approached by a young man with a un neutered Pit Bull. I walked Smokey off the main trail and we were completely in the rough and stopped. The young man had his Pit on his inside (showing the dog as dominant) and he let his Pit encroach our space. He tried to ask me what kind of dog I had and let his approach our dog, and I had to tell him mine was an aggressive male and walk Smokey away. He had no control of his dog whatsoever. We kept moving along the main trial and caught up on another hiker in front of us with a black lab. She was upset and talked to Robin and I about the Pit Bull we ran across. When she and her dog approached it, the Pit was not leashed and she had to remind the young man to leash it and it was aggressively looking at her dog. The young Pit owner said that the leash rule was only for bad dogs. Her lab was viscously attacked by a Pit on the beach as pup and was scared. All dogs should be on a leash everywhere in the county where exposed to others.
Hey! I was on Channel 3 tonight! I was the guy they showed shoveling. Rex Bohn was the guy they had talking….add the punch line if you will.
It was time to mow the lawn today. I brought out the mower and finished the front lawn and started to do the back and the mower quit. I asked Robin to bring out the socket wrench and tools and could see her cringe. I am one of those backyard mechanics with little skill. I have done lots of work on our past vehicles and my brothers Jim (deceased) Roy and Mike are and were accomplished mechanics. (My Brother Mike owned M&D auto locally.) When I was 7 years old, I was ordained the duty of lawn mower guy, and any time I had problems with the mowers, I had better be ready to repair them. (Funny they could work on cars and motorcycles with great dexterity, but they were clueless to the lawnmower workings.) So I could see I had a fuel problem and wanted to try to free the carburetor float. I had to take it apart a few times and I could see Robin getting restless and speaking her thought that it was the air filter, bad fuel or bad spark plug. I was right in the long run, it was the float and I was able to finish.
Oh yes. Robin gave me the OK for a Specialized/Customized Harley I am having built by a buddy in the valley. (Something I can work on!)
The Golden State Warriors have made the playoffs! I have been a huge Warriors fan all the way back to the early 70's. Used to listen on the radio big time with Larry King. I have been a e-mail buddy of Rick Barry for a few years. It is time to celebrate! Good job Nellie!