Friday, August 19, 2011

Hand to the Plow

Hazelnut has fleas. And tape worm.

She has never been to a vet as far as we know, so i've made an appointment.

She needs crate training as well as house training, and a good puppy obedience course wouldn't hurt.

This, my friends, is why i have never had a dog. Knowing my limits, monetary and time wise, i knew i couldn't provide all that a dog needs. Not and keep up with all the other things i have on my plate.

Yet here i am having to help a sweet young lady with no where else to go do all these things.

My hand is to the plow, i will not look back. It does confirm what i knew, however; that i am cut out to play with your dog, but not be responsible for one of my own.

Today is:

Buhe -- Ethiopian Orthodox Church (Christian remembrance of the Transfiguration.)

Independence Day -- Afghanistan

Hanawa Bayashi -- Kazuno City, Japan (parades and music in the merchant's quarter, through tomorrow)

Helsinki Festival -- Helsinki, Finland (through Sept. 4; Finland's largest arts festival)

Hot & Spicy Food Day

Linwood National Pickle Festival -- Linwood, MI, US (through the 21st)

Manuel Luis Quezon Day -- Quezon City, Philippines

Muddy Frogwater Country Classic Festival -- Yantis Park, Milton-Freewater, OR, US (lots of family fun, including the square dancing, firefighters' water fight, and lots of country cooking and BBQ; through the 21st)

National Hug Your Boss Day (Be careful with this one!)

Northeastern Wisconsin Antique Power and Machinery Show and Thresheree -- Sturgeon Bay, WI (continuous display of operating antique machinery and lots of fun; through the 21st)

National Aviation Day -- US

National Men's Grooming Day -- US (sponsored by American Crew, participating salons and barbershops host a day of grooming events for men)

Potato Day

Saviour's Transfiguration Day -- Russian Orthodox and Gregorian Orthodox Churches, popularly known as the Apples Feast

St. John Eudes' Day

St. Sebald's Day (a/k/a Sebaldus) (Patron Saint against Freezing)

Vinalia Rustica -- Ancient Roman Calendar (Festival of Ripening Grapes)

Watch the Pot Wednesday -- Fairy Calendar (sometimes actually occurs on a Wednesday, more often not)

World Humanitarian Day

Birthdays Today:

Snuffleupagus (year unconfirmed)
LeAnn Womack, 1966
John Stamos, 1963
Adam Arkin, 1956
Mary Matlin, 1953
Jonathan Frakes, 1952
John Deacon, 1951
Tipper Gore, 1948
Bill Clinton, 1946
Jack Canfield, 1944
Jill St. John, 1940
Diana Muldaur, 1938
Willie Shoemaker, 1931
Don Ho, 1930
Gene Roddenberry, 1921
Malcolm Forbes, 1919
Jimmy Rowles, 1918
Ring Lardner, Jr., 1915
Philo T. Farnsworth, 1906 (forgotten inventor of television)
Ogden Nash, 1902
Coco Chanel, 1883
George Bellows, 1882
Orville Wright, 1881
John Dryden, 1631

Today in History:

The Roman Senate is compelled to elect Octavian, later Augustus Caesar, Consul, BC43
Augustus Caesar dies, 14
Crusaders defeat the Saracens in the Battle of Ascalon, 1099
Mary Queen of Scots arrives in Leith to assume the throne, 1561
Five people are executed for witchcraft in Salem, Mass., 1692
Presentation of Jacque Daguerre's new photographic process to the French Academy of Sciences, 1839
The New York Herald reports the discovery of gold in California, 1849
The first All-American Soap Box Derby is held in Dayton, Ohio, 1934
Hurricane Dianne kills 200 and does about $1 Billion in damage, 1955
Leonard Bernstein conducts his final concert, ending with Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony No. 7, 1990
Several hundred East Germans cross the frontier between Hungary and Austria during the Pan-European Picnic, part of the events which began the process of the Fall of the Berlin Wall, 1989
A series of strong storms lashes Southern Ontario spawning several tornadoes as well as creating extreme flash flooding within the city of Toronto and its surrounding communities, 2005


  1. Well, Hazelnut is lucky... so many abdicate on taking care of animals when it gets tough. Kudos to you, since she's not even your dog!


  2. Good on you for taking Hazlenut on. That's one lucky pup.

  3. Thank you all. Leaving her uncared for it not an option.

  4. One of my friends had a dog with that problem, and named him... Flerms. Ugh. I am quite interested to see how the cat + dog doings will go. I am sorry that Hazelnut isn't exactly yours by choice, so to speak, but hoping all will go well...