Dog of the Day: CorgiCon Husky

This was one of the other non-Corgi visitors to CorgiCon. (Other besides me, I mean.) He seemed to be having almost as good a time there as I was.

Soaking Wet White Siberian Husky Galloping Through The Water

My hair used to look like that, some mornings. Back when I had hair.

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Sunday Switchup: Ratterday-on-Bunday

Yes, it’s Ratterday-on-Bunday, and I don’t mean that strange little town in southeastern England. I went to the San Francisco Dungeon’s Rat Cafe yesterday, and it was…

…a disappointing experience in more or less every way. I could have planned better given fifteen minutes and a piece of paper and a small pencil stub.

We arrived at 9 AM, to find that the ‘cafe’ was an almost-unlit room with a bunch of stand-up tables, a pair of pots of coffee (and no tea!), some Costco pastries, and not even any water! (They sent someone out to buy water, so after twenty minutes or so we got some bottled water in. That’s thinking ahead!) We all stood around feeling somewhat confused. Where were the rats? Never mind the rats, where were the chairs? The concrete floor was hard on a lot of people’s feet. There was no butter (let alone marmalade and clotted cream) for the scones. Did I mention that THERE WAS NO TEA?

Finally, after half an hour, they let us into a room, where five or six volunteers stood around with one rat each. We were allowed to approach the volunteers and, if the rat was in a good mood, interact with him or her. No holding the rats. There were around, what, thirty? forty? of us. Did I mention six rats? And no tables. And a tiny room, so everyone was crammed in tight. I ate two elbows.

And then, after slightly more than 30 minutes, they herded us all out again. No more rats. We could go on the San Francisco Dungeon ride if we wanted. Well, I did. That was 90 minutes of my life that I will not regain. It was basically Disney with a much smaller price tag but roughly the same profit margin. It was supposedly educational, but you could’ve learned more San Francisco history for free off of a single one of the signs on Hyde Street Pier, and it would’ve taken you 40 seconds, max, to read.

I happened to overhear that one of the coordinators of the Dungeon was fairly high up the food chain in the entertainment organization department at Disney. Welp, I suspect that if he left to make his million he’s been successful, but he sure hasn’t made anything much of interest to me. And that, alas, includes the rat cafe.

That said, the rats were cute, as were one or two of the visitors.

Little Girl In Mouse Jumper

Meet Lilah. Lilah has been a rat enthusiast since she was three months old. If you do not think this is adorable there is something very wrong with you.

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Caturday Supplement: Herding

More Cat Town kittypix!

Three Cats At The Oakland Cat Cafe Cat Town

These three (there’s another one back there) were the only ones moving around for quite a while.

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Dog of the Day: Curious Corgi

Another corgi from CorgiCon.

Corgi Smelling Seaweed On Beach

There was kelp scattered around on the beach. Shockingly (given the smell) most of the dogs weren’t very interested.

Corgi Eyeing Kelp On Beach

Despite the hovertext, this one was, and had to be dragged away to keep him from rolling in it.


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Patriotic Dog of the Day: Stella the Yorkshire Terrier Chihuahua Mix

I ran into Stella, a lovely lady of 5 years old and sunny disposition, on my little jaunt up to the North Bay. (Thanks, David and Florence, for inviting me up there!) She and her mom, an equally lovely lady of equally sunny disposition, were doing some gardening when I imposed upon them to get some pictures of Stella. I then learned that not only is she adorable, she is also talented: she tries very hard to help teach the horses to do all the tricks that they are supposed to learn, by modeling the behaviors. I hope I’ll get to see this next time I’m up there because it sounds adorable.

I got a boodle of pictures of Stella, so I am going to wimp out (again!) and not do any captions or hovertext. I’m sure you can make a narrative of your own. The only things you need to know are that Stella does seem, despite all the extended tongues, to quite like being picked up, and that she is a complete leaner… the most difficult part of taking pictures of her was keeping her from coming over and leaning against my knee when I was kneeling down.


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Looooong Dog of the Day: CorgiCon Attendee!

So I mentioned last week that I took those puppy pictures while on my way to an event. Well, the event was CorgiCon! I got bajoodles of pictures of corgis. Here is one of the longest.

Woman Holding Red And White Pembroke Welsh Corgi In Her Arms

Someone, and I’m not naming any names here, was NOT being a good boy, and was in time-out.

Woman Holding Red And White Pembroke Welsh Corgi In Her Arms

Someone, and I’m not naming any names here, did not want to be put in time-out. Wiggle wiggle.

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Caturday Supplement: Sleeping Calico


Another Oakland Cat Town Cafe kitty!

Calico Cat Curled Up In A Cat Bed

Kitty ball!

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Dog of the Day: Milo the Pomeranian Mix Puppy

I ran into Milo (6 months old) on my way to an event which you’ll be seeing pictures of later. But it meant that I had my good camera with me, and Milo made me very glad I did.

No captions. No hovertext. How could I possibly capture the grandeur that is Milo?

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Double Dog Day: Marlowe the Labradoodle Puppy And Labradoodle Friend

I find myself a little short on time tonight, especially after going through all the pictures of Marlowe (11 weeks old and utterly ridiculous) and picking out a few and editing them, so I’m afraid tonight is a no-captions/no-hovertext night. Please do leave hovertext ideas in the comments if you have any.

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Dog of the Day: Brit the Brittany Spaniel Puppy

This is Brit. Yes, her full name is Brittany, and she is a Brittany spaniel… a 14-week-old Brittany spaniel puppy, to be exact.

Well, it’s easy to remember, I’ll give them that.

Brittany Spaniel Puppy Getting A Belly Rub

I always forget how big Brittanys are when fully grown. If she’s this size at 14 weeks she’s gonna be a big’un!

Brittany Spaniel Peering Into Camera

Nose freckles!

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