Mr. Buddylee was recently in Concord, New Hampshire, the capitol of the Granite State.
It’s a bicycle friendly city with bike lanes on Main Street, but if you are traveling on the sidewalks you will see instructions stenciled on the concrete. The flashing “dog” is the Happy Hound’s addition who always stays on the sidewalk, except to inspect an occasional curbside food morsel.
We were directly across from an architecturally bland office building, but when we looked at the top we saw an unusual engraved granite insert. Typically it’s the location for a building name or construction date, but the single word followed by an exclamation point made us smile. Click here for the building image.
Mr. Buddylee was looking forward to his first of the season, early morning, riverside dog park walk in Portsmouth, New Hampshire today. A traffic accident and major vehicle back up on the local turnpike changed the game plan. Spending a half hour walking through the nearby frisbee golf park was much better than sitting in traffic and we even got to meet several dogs enjoying their morning stroll. It was too early to be in the way of many players, but by the time we completed the course we were dodging a couple of plastic discs.
Mr. Buddylee has been testing a new product to clear up “Bassethound red eye”. The initial results are in and Viseen clears the redness, but it seems to enlarge the pup’s pupils. The Happy Hound will try it for several more days, but if his eyes get any larger, we may have to just accept Mr. B’s big, beautiful, brown, bloodshot eyes.
(the bulging googly eyes are not Photoshopped — good dog, Mr. B!)
Three guys try to get Mr. Buddylee to pose for a group shot. Wagon Hill Farm, Durham, New Hampshire is one of the Happy Hound’s favorite walking destinations. Uncle Rick and Cousin Dan are two of his favorite people, but all three of the humans in the photo are unsuccessful in getting the Dog to reposition himself. Despite the laser focus of three sets of eyes, the stubborn hound remains anchored in his position.
Already spotted on the streets of Portsmouth, Mr. Buddylee has only been back in Town for a couple of days. The Music Hall was built in 1878 and now it’s a showplace for films, music, theater and lectures in the downtown shopping district. Mr. B is waiting patiently in the lobby while tickets to an upcoming event are being purchased. Several years ago there were extensive renovations and this is the result. He is walking by the front entrance on Chestnut Street, just off Congress, one of the main retail streets in Town. The Happy Hound also spent this sunny afternoon saying hello to his shop keeper friends as well as creating other Bassethound converts along the way.
Most of Mr. Buddylee’s grazing, in our yard and along his roadside walking routes, is on the Lantana plants. Although we have heard that the plant is mildly toxic to humans and animals, the Happy Hound seems to thrive on the leaves of this wonderful looking plant. We used to be concerned about his enthusiastic munching, but it has been over 11 years that he has been attracted to this plant, and he is in perfect health. He only gets to consume Lantana during the 6 months he spends in Florida. As soon as he jumps out of the van, when we arrive in November, he is attracted to the plant beds. It’s now time for Buddylee to head North and his days of eating Lantana salad are numbered. He seems to know this, so we find him with head buried in the foliage more than usual. Next week we will be on the road and taking a break from Blog posting. Buddylee will be back in late April.
BL Howling could be the name of a children’s author. Unfortunately, the voice that comes from the Happy Hound scares most young children. Many kids and adults don’t understand that one way a Bassethound displays his enthusiasm is with a penetrating howl. Jeff and Zuzu are good friends of Mr. Buddylee, you can tell they are use to Mr. Enthusiasm.
Riverside Drive has an amazing gravitational pull, only felt by our adorable Bassethound. Street traffic is sparse, but we still worry about Mr. Buddylee roaming the neighborhood. One minute he is relaxed and sunning himself in the yard, the next minute he’s making his escape, always looking back over his shoulder as he exits the yard. He is obviously sneaking away and knows it! Lyn, Jon and I are pre-occupied with picking Loquats, the tree is filled with an abundance of plump fruit. These Japanese Plums are usually ready in early Spring and their flavor is a mix of peach, citrus and mild mango. Mr. Buddylee is not a fan of the crop so he’s off to discover other tasty treats.
Last weekend Mr. Buddylee found out that the Dragon Boaters who team up to power a 22 person long boat, like very long dogs. We were on the Homosassa River early in the AM and there were already hundreds of rowers and their families getting ready for the day long race competition. We “missed the boat” by not creating a dragon mask for the Happy Hound. He has the long body and tail but was missing the fire shooting nostrils. We will be better prepared next year. Cheers to Buddylee’s friend, Dieter, who did a great job of organizing the event.
Actually, this is the favorite song of Mr. Buddylee’s 2 primary dog walkers (one of them attached to the upper end of the leash in the photo). Nellie McKay, a woman of many talents, wrote “The Dog Song” over 5 years ago. We play the tune often at home, and it now pops up in my brain automatically during our daily strolls. You will spend an entertaining 3 minutes when you click on the green arrow. It is the Happy Hound’s happy song.
The non-commercial use of this song is used with permission from Nellie McKay.