Why Dogs and Food?

Why Dogs and Food?

It's simple. Write about what you love. And what is better than dogs and food? If you are anything like me - and millions of other people - you will relate to and understand the unwavering love I have for my dogs and my passion for cooking - and eating - great food. I hope you will enjoy reading about my day to day experiences with good food and a couple of very special dogs.

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Saturday, January 28, 2012

It was rainin' hard in Frisco....

"A dog is  one of the remaining reasons why some people can be persuaded to go for a walk." ~ O.A. Battista

So, far, we haven’t had a lot of rain this Winter in San Francisco.  But recently, we had a few wet days.  When it’s raining buckets, we sometimes skip a walk or it’s a very, very short one; but if it’s a lighter rain, and not so windy, the boys may get a full walk around the bay or the neighborhood, at the very least.

I prepared for this when we first moved up here.  I bought a good rain slicker and rain boots and even a rain hat.  I purchased two umbrellas – one small one for carrying in my bag and one fancy-schmancy English, wooden-handled, BIG umbrella so the whole family could get under it.  Well, I figured out quickly enough that while trying to hold on to an umbrella and two 100+ pound dogs – rain or shine – it is not conducive to a pleasant walk.  So, I would have to go sans umbrella.  My handy rain hat would have to do.

As we ventured out into the rain, I was as dry as I could be with slicker and hat and boots; however, the boys were not.  They did not seem to mind getting wet and still went about their business.  They frolicked and sniffed and splashed through mud puddles as every decent dog would do.

When we got home it was a different story.  Wet, long-haired, soggy, stinky dogs were entering our home and were inevitably going to park their butts on the carpet or on the couch.  Not so fast!

I get the dog-towels and towel-dry them and lay down the towels on the floor or the couch.  That does not stop the wet-dog-smell though.  And so I looked into doggie slickers.  And, of course, found them.

Here are Walter and Henry donning their new rain slickers.  Don’t they look like super heroes?  

Walter and Henry in their super-hero rain slickers; although their eyes also look like "Doggies of the Corn".

 Well, maybe they don’t look that thrilled but I have to tell ya:  once we get outside, they could care less whether they are wearing slickers or sweaters and it keeps the water off their backs.  In a rainy town like San Francisco, that is something.  


Susan Campisi said...

Awww... super hero dogs! So they really love the rain? Tommy hates it. There was rain in the forecast a couple of weeks ago and I went shopping for slickers for Tommy and Louise but didn't find any. Fortunately the rain only lasted a couple of days. The weather's been gorgeous. I hope it's this nice when you guys visit!

I love the image of you in all your rain gear with the giant umbrella walking your two big beautiful doggies. So cute! I tried using an umbrella with Tommy. That didn't last long either.

Have a good week, Liz. Can't wait to see you!

Liz Berry said...

Hi Sue! Go to Fosters and Smith website and pick out some slickers for your kids. They are not expensive and help a lot to keep the water off. Walter doesn't like the rain as much as Henry does (he associates it with thunder) but still, he rarely passes up a walk - rain or shine! I probably look a bit daft in my rain gear - I have some high rain boots that have a leopard print and some rain shoes that are cute little Sorel's but the high boots let me stomp through puddles better! I will have to ask Brian to take a photo of all of us in our rain gear. :)

I can't wait to see you, too!