The Dog Days Aren’t Over
Florence and the Machine had it wrong. Sorry hipsters.
The dogs days aren’t over…they’re in Huntsville! Yesterday, we ventured up to Monte Sano park for the annual Huntsville Obedience Training Club Dog Fair. We weren’t sure what to expect…but the fair itinerary told us that there would be dog dancing…agility contests…breed parades…and even obedience lessons! Not that we know any dogs who might need those…
This is allowed, right?
Anyway, we saw on the itinerary that the herding dog parade and terrier parade were back-to-back from 10 to 11, so we knew when we needed to get there! We arrived right in time, and Ella and I quickly to our spot in the herding dog parade (right next to another girl cattledog!):
The parades were actually really cute—you’d step forward, and they’d tell the crowd the name of you and your dog, as well as any fun characteristics about the breed. The MC told the crowd that cattledogs like to nip at the heels of those around them…that is a fun characteristic!
You could also give the MC a little bit of information about your dog’s personality. Unfortunately, we didn’t arrive in time to do that for Ella, but Baxter got described to the crowd as a “real relaxer who enjoys time under the covers”…pretty accurate. Here are Ryan and Baxter in the terrier lineup:
Both pets got parade buttons…I think we’re going to pin them to their leashes.
We stayed for about another half hour, taking in some doggy dancing with our friends Julia and Bart. The doggy dancing was a little underwhelming…let’s just say that there were a lot of dog Kate Gosselins on the dance floor.
I was glad that we came early—when we left, around 11:45, there were about fifty cars backed up down the mountain, all waiting to get in for the fair! It reminded me of one of my favorite children’s books:
Do you like my hat?
Anyway, the rest of the day was pretty laidback…I had a full To-Do list, and the only thing that got crossed off was “Go to Dog Fair.” Oh well…that’s what Sundays are for, right?
We wanted something easy for dinner last night, and I, very strangely, wanted steak. Even before I went vegetarian, I was not a red meat person—it just never really sounds good to me. I can probably count on one hand the number of steaks I’ve had in the past five years…but last night, that’s what I wanted. Maybe my iron levels are low?
Anyway, we found some easy steak kabobs at Fresh Market that looked perfect for dinner. We got home, threw together a big salad, put the kabobs on the grill…and dinner was served!
Gasp!!! Blue cheese!!!!
Did you know that the FDA says blue cheese (and feta, and brie, and all of the other delicious cheeses that pregnant women were told to avoid) is okay to eat during pregnancy if the label clearly says that it comes from pasteurized milk? And the truth is, that covers a LOT of the cheeses you’re going to find in a typical American market. At Fresh Market last night, I didn’t see a single blue cheese that wasn’t marked as made from pasteurized milk. And so, I’m happy to be adding it back onto the list of things I don’t have to wait nine months to enjoy again. Sorry, crack—I hear you’re still a no-go.
It felt strange eating red meat again…but I have to say, it was pretty delicious. I don’t think we’ll make a habit out of it, but it was definitely what I wanted last night.
Along with this:
…which might have been the best thing I’ve ever put in my mouth (that’s what she said). Seriously. This was SO. GOOD.
After our big meal, we’re both feeling the need to get moving this morning, so we’re headed out to a trail with the dogs for a long walk. Hope you have a great Sunday!!