We hope you all had a whole lot of loving from your dogs on Valentine's Day. Mr. Darcy gave me a beautiful card and some slobbery kisses, but best of all he refrained from running after cats on our walks. I think he sometimes forgets that my arm is attached to his leash.
Speaking of walks, doesn't it seem like no two walks are ever the same? Whether it's meeting new friends, taking a different route, or discovering something new in the neighborhood, every walk has some unique quality.
Yesterday, we walked through the Canals. On the way back, looking down at the canal from the corner of Chester Street and Doyle Street, I saw two swans napping on a dock. They were huge and at first I thought they were statues. Darcy barked as a family of ducks swam up to the dock, and one of the swans woke, stretched and yawned before returning to its sleepy tuck position. Beautiful!
The dogs are missing the snow this winter. All of nature seems confused. The cardinal family is back early. Our backyard trees were blooming with some kind of berry and there were hundreds of birds covering the otherwise bare branches. Looked like a Hitchcock movie. Playing in the backyard, Darcy and I watched a squirrel building a nest in a hole in the tree. I didn't know they did that, and can't remember ever seeing a baby squirrel. We'll keep you posted...
If you haven't already done so, pick up or renew a dog license from the city clerk's office. Did you know that you could be ticketed, not only in Long Beach, but in any city or state park if your dog isn't registered? Who knew? The clerk's office said that only about 400 or 500 licenses had been issued this year so far. We all know that there are many more dogs in this town. It might help in any lobbying effort for dog-friendly spaces if larger numbers are documented. There's power in numbers, especially voting power.
You can get information about licensing at www.longbeachny.org/cityclerk.
Have to go now--we're late for Yappy Hour at Meg & Emma's...