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12 June 2005 @ 06:20 pm
Dogs, everywhere! (Petwalk 2005)  
Petwalk was a lot of fun, as usual and it's always SO MUCH fun to see all the different dogs there each year. This year there must have been almost 8,000 dogs at the park - the most, I think, that we've ever seen at Petwalk. :) Some dogs were dressed in costumes, others were being pushed in strollers... We even saw a HUGE white rabbit walking on a leash that was so big it looked (and acted) just like a dog! :)

With all the dogs together in the same place, I was surprised that most of the dogs seemed so well behaved. In past years, I've seen dogs who have stopped in the middle of the course (which used to be 2 1/2 miles) and just refused to go any further. It was a funny sight to see the owners try to coax the dog to move ahead - some ended up trying to push their dogs along, and eventually some ended up carrying their dogs the rest of the way. :)

I was worried about Sydney. Two years ago when we did the 2 1/2 mile course she did really well but now that she's a little older (she's almost 8 years old!) we were worried that maybe she'd become one of those dogs that we saw in the past. ;) Thankfully Sydney was a great sport and finished the course (albeit the shortened course) easily and even kept up with Susan and Fredrick's puppy who is only 8 months old. :) Walking back to the car, however, was another story. ;) Thankfully Syndey is a small dog and only weighs little over 19 pounds - if she was a german shepherd or a golden retriever, I don't know how we would've gotten her back to the car! :)

Along the course there were a lot of water stations with huge tubs of water for the dogs to drink out of as they passed by. One of the cutest sights that I saw this year was a cute little dog at the end of the course who decided to do the all the dogs one better and not just drink from the tub, but actually SIT INSIDE it! It was funny to see the embarrassed owner try to coax the dog out of the water, only to have it stare back at her - refusing to move. :D It was so hot at the end of the course that if I could join it, I would've - smart dog! ;D

I took A LOT of pictures of the other dogs that I saw and their owners (and some pretty nice moments that I happened to see between the two), unfortunately they were all with my standard film camera and I'll have to wait for them to be processed to see how they turned out. I did take a couple of quick snapshots (mostly of Sydney) with my digital for our family that I've uploaded. I'll post the other photos as soon as I get them back from the lab (they were all B&W so I have to make the trek into town to process them this week!) :P

Sydney was just too interested in everything going on around her to pose for a photo! :P

Mark ended up having to carry Sydney back to the car! Luckily she's not a big dog! :)

Excuse my messy hair in the picture, as you can see a haircut for me is WAY overdue! ;)
Sydney looks cute though! :D

I'm off to wake up my sleepy dog and hubby and start some dinner. Hope you all had a nice weekend. :)
Current Mood: happyhappy
Current Music: "Tunnel of Love" Side Show
I'm so cool too bad I'm a loser: sarah the dogaudienceawaits on June 13th, 2005 05:05 am (UTC)
Awww! She is so cute! I can't wait to see the rest. 8000 dogs - sounds wonderful!
Sheri: Sydney - happyshutterbug93 on June 14th, 2005 06:49 am (UTC)
Awww, thanks Gill. :) And you know that's my favorite icon you're using - Sarah's such a sweetie! I'm sure that you, Karen, and Sarah would've loved it at Petwalk! :D
queenstacey on June 13th, 2005 05:22 am (UTC)
YAY for having fun! Look how cute you all are!
Sheri: Sydney - happyshutterbug93 on June 14th, 2005 06:50 am (UTC)
It was so much fun! You would've loved it with all the cute dogs there! :D Thanks for your sweet comments, Stacey! :)
Shannon: Teddybourriquet76 on June 13th, 2005 05:30 am (UTC)
She is just too cute, I want to hug her!
Sheri: Sydney - happyshutterbug93 on June 14th, 2005 06:51 am (UTC)
Awww, thanks! Sydney's usually such a ham, but she was so distracted yesterday she wouldn't even sit for a photo! ;P
Expresso Maniac: Leilani & ball (8/21/04)expressomaniac on June 13th, 2005 07:28 am (UTC)
I love the pictures :)
Sheri: Sydney - happyshutterbug93 on June 14th, 2005 06:52 am (UTC)
Andrea! I miss you! :( Hope you're doing well - how are you?? How's Leilani? Please give her a big *HUG* for me! :D
(no subject) - expressomaniac on June 14th, 2005 10:00 am (UTC) (Expand)
Kananigirlkananigirl on June 13th, 2005 08:22 am (UTC)
Awwwwwwwww Sheri, Sydney is so kawaii! ;-) Btw, you and the hubby look good too. :-D
Sheri: Sydney - happyshutterbug93 on June 14th, 2005 06:54 am (UTC)
Awww, thanks Rayna! :) Sydney was just so amazed at all the other dogs that we couldn't get her to pose for any pictures yesteday. I was lucky to get her to sit still for the first picture (though she wouldn't look at me!) :P
Smithasmittenbyu on June 13th, 2005 01:40 pm (UTC)
All three of you look great! :) I would also like to see those 8000 other pictures :P
Sheri: Sydney - happyshutterbug93 on June 14th, 2005 06:55 am (UTC)
Thanks Smitha! :) I hope some of the other photos come out. :) I'm getting them back from the lab this week. Hopefully I'll be able to share some of them. :D
defygravity73 on June 13th, 2005 03:09 pm (UTC)
That sounds like a blast! I wish they had things like that here. I'd totally take Lola. Love the photos!!
Sheri: Sydney - happyshutterbug93 on June 14th, 2005 06:56 am (UTC)
Oh you and Lola would've had so much fun! :) The best part (aside from the fact that it was for such a good cause) was just sitting around and seeing all the owners interact with their pets - it was so heartwarming to see! :D
Blanche: rooblanche on June 13th, 2005 03:17 pm (UTC)
Dog decided to go wadin', hee! As ever, beyond cute pics of Syd.

We have to carry Roo sometimes, and she's only 8 lbs, and she gets heavy! 19 lbs may be less than a Lab, but hopefully it wasn't that long of a walk!
Sheri: Sydney - happyshutterbug93 on June 14th, 2005 06:59 am (UTC)
That little dog in the tub of water was just SO cute! :D

Thankfully we were about halfway to the car when Mark had to pick Sydney up. :) I don't know how far we would've gotten if she was any heavier though - thank goodness she lost a little weight recently. :D
karmastyx: Brock made by careleswhisperkarmastyx on June 13th, 2005 07:07 pm (UTC)
AWWW Sydney is as always ever so cute. You and Mark look nice too. :)
Sheri: Sydney - happyshutterbug93 on June 14th, 2005 06:59 am (UTC)
Awww, thanks Laura! :) I think Brock and Sable would've enjoyed Petwalk too. :D
(no subject) - karmastyx on June 15th, 2005 12:27 am (UTC) (Expand)
Carriecarrieh on June 13th, 2005 08:16 pm (UTC)
Sounds like lots of fun, and we think we have so much chaos with three labradors. Sydney certainly looks like she's enjoying herself, love the photos. When Tess was 14 years old she could still happily manage a 5 mile walk, Ben hasn't got half the stamina that she had.
Sheri: Sydney - happyshutterbug93 on June 14th, 2005 07:01 am (UTC)
Most people don't have half the stamina that Tess had. :) What an amazing dog she was! :)
bigrivermusical: Dannybigrivermusical on June 13th, 2005 08:47 pm (UTC)
Soooo cute! Once we entered a Dog walk too and I think we did 5 mile and we were dead afterwards.
Sheri: Sydney - happyshutterbug93 on June 14th, 2005 07:01 am (UTC)
We were so dead after this walk and it was such a short course! Everyone came home and took a long nap! :D
Sabine: Micki's placesabine10 on June 13th, 2005 09:49 pm (UTC)
Thanks for sharing the photos, Sheri. All of you look great and as well it looks like that you all had fun. I'm glad that Sydney is so very fit. My sister's shepherd's dogs weigh 35 kilogram now and I can't imagine that it's possible to carry one of them. Susi is as heavy as Sydney and I know (we once had to carry her because a bee stung her in a paw) that even 19 pounds can get heavy with time. Hope the way back to the car was not too long.

I'm looking forward to see some other pics. :) Oh, and what is Sydney wearing around her neck? Is it part of her collar?

*Hugs* and *love* to you, Sheri. And please give Sydney also a hug from me. :)
Sheri: Sydney & Sherishutterbug93 on June 14th, 2005 07:07 am (UTC)
It was so much fun! And Sydney was rather brave and wasn't really afraid of the other dogs like I thought she'd be. :)

I'm surprised that Sydney and Susi are the same weight. And Mark did comment on how much heavier Sydney seemed to feel after walking the entire course. ;) Luckily we were almost to the car when Mark decided to pick her up. :)

I should be getting my other photos back sometime this week - and if they came out alright, I'll try to post them. :) And Sydney is wearing a new tag that I made for her at Petsmart while I was in LA last month. :) It makes a distinctive jingling noise when she walks up the stairs. ;)

Big *HUGS* to you, Sabine and please give one to Micki too! :D
karen: christian and christopherwakedistracted on June 14th, 2005 12:59 am (UTC)
Those are such sweet pictures of Sydney! :)
Sheri: Sydney - happyshutterbug93 on June 14th, 2005 07:08 am (UTC)
Awww, thanks so much Karen! :) BTW, I love your icon! :D
(no subject) - wakedistracted on June 14th, 2005 11:37 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Care: smilecareleswhisper on June 14th, 2005 08:21 am (UTC)
Very cute pictures!!! :) Thanks for sharing.
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on June 15th, 2005 08:59 am (UTC)
Thanks, Carrie!
ex_angeldove677 on June 15th, 2005 07:02 am (UTC)
Such a lovely dog!! Never heard of a Petwalk but that's interesting. Don't worry about your hair, you always look beautiful. :-)
Sheri: Sydney - happyshutterbug93 on June 15th, 2005 08:59 am (UTC)
You are just too kind, Angela! Big *HUGS* to you! :)