Friday, March 30, 2012

Pooch Park

We have gone to the Pooch Park many times since this video was filmed. Indy continues to love Agility but he is now afraid of the balance beam. I think it has a lot to do with him jumping off at the top a few times (including one epic leap into my arms.)

The park is fun when it isn't filled with mud. Sometimes our very white puppy comes home brown!

Normally everyone at the park is very friendly, and Indy has a lot of positive interactions with dogs and people. Indy is too shy to drink out of the public water bowl (he takes possession seriously) so we bring a water bowl for him. He will growl if another dog attempts to drink his water. He also can be "protective" of us at times. Unfortunately, last weekend these two issues combined in a confrontation with a chocolate lab which resulted in the lab accidentally biting my leg. The two dogs where growling/snapping at each other, Indy under the bench and the lab on the other side of me. The dog wasn't trying to bite me, I just happened to be in the way. The owner of the lab was really friendly, and the bite didn't break the skin (although I have a nasty bruise) so we did not need to seek medical attention. This is my first first-hand experience with a dog bite, and shows that even the most friendly dogs may accidentally bite someone. I still plan to go to the dog park, I will just avoid sitting on the bench!

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Keith's Birthday

February is the month of birthdays and we celebrated accordingly. Rebecca gave me a lego star wars advent calendar which meant I got to open something almost every day in Feb. The picture below shows some of my bounty (including a subscription to a pickle of the month club!).

We ended up celebrating on the 27th with some delicious Mexican food as I had a big presentation that day and taking the day off the week before didn't seem prudent. Rebecca gave me the new Uncharted game which is great because it plays like a movie and is therefore fun for her to watch (and really fun to play). For a cake she made frosted star wars shaped brownies and cupcakes!

In other news ,the final two first author papers from my graduate work came out recently (here and here). I'm still working to publish some of the work I did with undergraduate researchers, but that's almost wrapped up too. Life in the new lab has been very different from my graduate studies, but a great learning experience. 


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