Bark for Peace!
musings & ramblings, mostly about dogs, from a three being, three species family

Bark for Peace!

Dash and Splash

October 25th, 2008 . by lisa knaggs

Nothing pleases me, or the dogs, more than a romp on the trail-

Banjo Dashing Down the Trail on the Greenbelt

Banjo Dashing Down the Trail on the Greenbelt

well, I think they actually enjoy the splashing more than the dashing.

B & C Tandem Jumping

B & C Tandem Jumping

Clementine’s learned to fake Banjo out-  she’ll  bend one way, then jump the other to get out in the water before him.

Clementine fakes Banjo out and jumps solo (she's ever so pleased with herself when this works!)

Clementine fakes Banjo out and jumps solo (she's ever so pleased with herself when this works!)

It’s kinda like watching a basketball drill!  And really makes me smile!

Banjo & Clementine- Happy Dogs!

Banjo & Clementine- Happy Dogs!

A Lovely Bittersweet Reunion

October 24th, 2008 . by lisa knaggs

What a beautiful and difficult sight it was to watch Stan and Banjo rediscover each other tonight.  Stan was as pleased as punch and a very proud Papa!  Banjo was at first a bit unsure about the surroundings and he and Clementine were clearly overwhelmed with all the sights, sounds, and smells.  Everyone at the center knew about Banjo- Stan had clearly shared story after story with them – and they were delighted to make the acquaintance of Banjo Boy in real life.  He and Clementine virtually strutted down the halls to the patio and backyard, basking in the attention gushed upon them.

Happy Faces Say it All!

Happy Faces Say it All!

I was reminded again of the importance of connection with non-human animals, even those that are visiting only briefly, as person after person smiled and asked the dogs to come say hey, reaching out to touch them, stroke them.  I heard stories of dogs, cats, and parrots that had been a precious part of people’s lives and had not soon been forgotten. It was heartbreaking to listen to people speak of longing for their companions.

Banjo and Stan Reconnect

Banjo and Stan Reconnect

Banjo needed a while to get his bearings, but after taking in all the stimulation he needed, he was clearly pleased to see Stan and they exchanged multiple old banters.  When I tell people that Banjo lived in a van and on a chain in a parking lot, they often cringe.  Yet, I cannot imagine anyone loving anyone more than Stan loves Banjo. It wasn’t easy watching Stan caress Banjo repeatedly and tell him “I want you to know, I didn’t abandon you.”  “Of course, he knows that!” I tried to stay upbeat despite Stan’s obvious pain, and speak in that universal high pitched “mother-ease” that Banjo responds to so well.

Banjo and Clementine Love-Wrastle for an Audience

Banjo and Clementine Love-Wrastle for an Audience

Clementine and Banjo loved romping in the huge backyard and they put on quite a show of chase, tug, and “love-wrastling” which was enjoyed by all!

We need to go visitng more often- it was obviously meaningful for everyone involved.  And when we got home, Banjo came up and laid down with me on the sofa- I think he was thankful, I know he was at peace.

Bark for Peace! gets a Blue Ribbon

October 20th, 2008 . by blogadmin
Bark for Peace! got a blue ribbon! woof!woof! :)

Bark for Peace! got a blue ribbon! woof!woof! :)

Had two great days of fun in the sun (& dust!) meeting great folks and seeing old friends, getting inspired by talented makers, and teaching people how to make treats and toys! Pretty dang cool that we were selected as an Editor’s Choice and won a Blue Ribbon! woof!woof!

Come Get Inspired at Maker Faire

October 18th, 2008 . by lisa knaggs

If you haven’t seen or heard of Maker Faire yet, that’s OK- you’re not TOO far behind the curve! :)   If you have, then you know that it’s pretty much the coolest gathering of creative folks one can ever hope to be in the midst of! In the food line while salivating for the smoothest and tastiest Oaxacan tamales on the planet (http://www.tamaleo.com/- and yes, they have real vegetarian ones) tonight I met two robot makers, my SoAP maker buddy David, and reconnected with a local artist who not only paints, he carves peanuts! Check out Ismael’s fascinating work at: http://www.i-c-gallery.com/

This is NOT a show to come and waste money on, as Nanci Griffith famously called them, “unnecessary plastic objects.”  This is place to come and be amazed, inspired, challenged, and awed.  This is a place to meet other people who try to do ridiculous things, because they can.  This is a place to share hope for the flowers!