I got an ice cream

Good morning, Friends,

This is me Layla dictating to Mom what to write as today I feel like the Boss and she, my slave. So today we are going to discuss me aging as I am now over 18 years old and that means in human years, I am older than Mom and therefore I have the final word in everything.

This past week has been great, we have been going to the park daily and the minute the idiot arrives we pack up and go home but at least we are getting at least two hours there if not more. Today we sat in a different area which was so good as I had so many new smells I did not sit or stand for a minute but walked about happily doing my thing and of course barking at my slave to be served water when I was thirsty. It was really warm there and my favorite Aunt joined us so Mom was chatting away while I was sniffing. We both had a fun relaxing time but Mom for once forgot the camera at home so no pics sorry, bad Mom.

Aunt was saying to Mom how she could not believe my age and how good I am looking but the main issue Mom has at the moment with me is my back legs are slowly giving In so I sloop when I potty and have problems getting up but thank goodness my slave, she helps me plus having the stroller helps on long walks.

The one exciting adventure we had this week was to get ice cream from Ben & Jerrys as they had their annual free scoop day which was so good. Mom got of course for herself a coffee ice cream and she got for me a cup with vanilla ice cream in, I could not eat it fast enough before it melted and it was so yum, I wanted another, but Mom said no more sugar for me, I thought then she was horrible although I know she is keeping me healthy. After eating the ice cream, we went to the park to hang out for a bit and that was fun as my tummy was full and the weather was perfect but when the wind started we packed up and came home.

Waiting for the bus

I am smiling cos it was so so good, Layla

Park time on the way home

So, my friends, as you can see, I am aging gracefully but enjoying life to its fullest as we must take each day as it comes and treasure the memories.

This weekend starts the Jewish Holiday Passover, the story of the book of Exodus when Moses led the Jews out of Egypt, it is an important story as means freedom for those that were slaves in those days plus today and we must pray for freedom for all animals or people that are being abused as everyone deserves love.

As we say before the Holiday Chag Sameach, which Is Hebrew for Happy Holiday,

Stay safe and have a wonderful week

Love from Layla

 

 

 

 

Should we go to the dog park

Good morning Fur friends,

It is the end of the week, and the weekend has arrived. The weather has been good this week, so Mom has tried taking me to the park daily for a couple of hours which is good for us.

I have been reading articles lately about the pros and cons of dog parks and there are days when I question is it safe  for Layla with her age but living in a city and therefore no yard it is the only place where she is free to wander around and sniff which she needs.

There are many dog parks in San Francisco, and some say there are more dogs than kids here but the park I go to daily is two blocks away from where I live, it is convenient and easy to get to although I do go to other parks by bus when I have more time. This park is very much a community and some of the dog people there have been going for years. I have been going there for about 12 years if not more and we all know each other, we know what dogs are allergic to what treats and we all keep hawk eyes on our dogs and make sure they are all behaving. Yes you have the odd one like this woman that sits on a bench in the park with her dog trying to hump every dog while she sits there handing out treats like an ATM. She is not liked by most of us and she knows she dare not give Layla a treat as I do not trust what she is feeding them.

But today was the final straw for me, I got so angry with someone and picked up Layla and came home. There is a newbie as I call him, that has a beautiful labrador who is blind, he comes into the park, lets the dog loose and the dog just runs everywhere, and he sits on a bench on his phone calling his dog all the time. This dog knocked Layla over on the lawn on Monday and thank goodness she was startled but fine, the regulars immediately ran to check on her. It happened again today, and I just exploded yelling at him and all he did was laugh and tell me his dog is blind. When I told him Layla is blind and a senior, he just laughed so I turned around and said then you watch your dog carefully as there are small dogs in the park also and one especially Layla can get hurt. He stood there laughing and called me silly so I told him it takes one silly person to recognize another and if his dog hurts Layla he will have to pay the vet bills.  He sat back on the bench for a few minutes and when his dog nearly knocked a kid over (there is a playground for children in one corner of the park) he took his dog and walked out of the park.

That is when I question myself, am I doing the right thing taking her to the park. I feel bad for her as she loves going, wandering, barking at me, or just sitting or standing with the sun on her face, and she needs it mentally. I try to take her when there are not a lot of people in the park for her safety but then you have a disrespectful dog owner who spoils the park time for Layla as after that incident, I put her in her stroller and brought her home. She is fine, ate her food, barked for her snuffle toy, and then went to lie down and to sleep.

I would love to know what you think as summer is around the corner and I want to take her out on adventures or to her regular park.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone, be safe.

With a woof and love from Layla

 

Easter Sunday Fun Event

TGIF!!!! Woof hello friends,

It was sunny but the sun has gone and now it’s cold and rainy. I am not happy as I was enjoying the fun in the park in the sun and now we cannot go as it is too cold and rainy and guess what, today Mom decided to take me to the park as the sun had come out but as we got to the park it started to rain heavy with hail, wow, hail was falling like little stones on my plastic cover which kept me safe and dry but we turned around and came home, shame BOL Mom was soaked but I was all toasty and dry so I ate my dinner, played with my snuffle toy and then went to bed and that is where I am staying.

Saturday was Mrs Ropers Day, they were in our dog park and wanted a photo with me 🙂

Last Sunday was one of Moms favorite events in Dolores Park, it is called Hunky Jesus and Foxy Mary and it is a fundraiser organized by an amazing non-profit organization called the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, they do fantastic work helping the LGBTQ homeless youth get their lives together. This organization is world wide today so many young people are being helped.

Bunny ears on, I am ready for the fun,Layla

Getting cuddles from some of the Sisters

Nadav my friend took this photo of me taking the photo of Layla

You can read more about them on the link below:

https://www.thesisters.org/

Mom took lots and lots of photos, her camera is her best friend, and she loves making memories with it so we have shared with you some of the photos from last week’s event so you can see how much fun it is. The weather was warm, and it was perfect day to be outdoors, relax, see all the costumes, listen to the entertainment and just relax. A perfect Sunday with Mom and Moms friend.

Me with one of the Jesus contestants

I can smell the hotdogs where are they ?

Part of the jam packed park

The rest of the week has been busy with Mom nonstop doing things including housework BOL and I have just relaxed and recharged my batteries. I am not sure what we have planned for this weekend, but it depends on the weather also. I really hope it clears up so we can go on an adventure somewhere.

So that is what has been happening in the Layla neighborhood,

Have a wonderful weekend and please be safe

With a woof and love from

Layla

April Holidays and Observances

April has arrived and with-it new holidays and observances.

 

 Month

  • National Heartworm Awareness Month
  • National Pet First Aid Awareness Month
  • Prevention of Lyme Disease in Dogs Month
  • Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month
  • Canine Fitness Month
  • National Adopt a Greyhound Month
  • Celebrate Diversity Month
  • National Frog Month

 Weeks

  • April 1–7 | International Pooper Scooper Week
  • April 1–7 | National Public Health Week
  • April 7–13 | National Dog Bite Prevention Week
  • April 14–20 | Animal Care and Control Appreciation Week (second full week in April)
  • April 15–21 | Animal Cruelty/Human Violence Awareness Week (third week in April)
  • April 17–23 | National Pet ID Week
  • April 23–29 | National Scoop the Poop Week

 

Days

  • April 2 | National Ferret Day
  • April 4 | World Stray Animal Day
  • April 4 | World Rat Day
  • April 6 | National Siamese Cat Day
  • April 7 | National Pet Health Insurance Day
  • April 7 | World Health Day
  • April 8 | National Dog Fighting Awareness Day
  • April 10 | National Hug Your Dog Day
  • April 10 | National Siblings Day
  • April 11 | National Pet Day
  • April 11 | Dog Therapy Appreciation Day
  • April 12 | World Hamster Day
  • April 18 | Pet Owners Day
  • April 19 | National Cat Lady Day
  • April 19 | Dog Parent Appreciation Day
  • April 22 | Earth Day
  • April 22 | Pet CPR Day
  • April 22  Passover begins
  • April 23 | National Lost Dog Awareness Day
  • April 24 | International Guide Dog Day (last Wednesday in April)
  • April 26 | National Kids and Pets Day
  • April 27 | National Little Pampered Dog Day
  • April 27   Dogfest 2024 in San Francisco and we will be there
  • April 27 | World Veterinary Day
  • April 28 | National Pet Parents Day
  • April 28 | International Search and Rescue Dog Day
  • April 30 | Adopt a Shelter Pet Day
  • April 30 | National Therapy Animal Day
  • April 30 | National Tabby Day

 

Happy April Everyone and if you are in our neighborhood on April 27, we will have a booth at DogFest 2024 which is lots of fun

 

With a woof and love from Layla