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Sunday, March 31, 2013

Close encounter with Easter bunnies

A few days before Easter, Andy and I took FLD Dutch to our favorite mid-week breakfast place, the New Sunrise Cafe in Lupton, MI.

As we entered, Dutch caught sight of an Easter display in the corner--two stuffed Easter bunnies and a basket of plastic eggs filled with candy.

Awhooooo, whooooo, whooooo! he crooned, pulling to sniff this new wonder. The breakfast club regulars seated in the back of the restaurant giggled.

I made like a tree to wait him out. When he stopped pulling he got a nice treat for dropping into a "sit." Good boy, Dutch!

I let him get close enough to stretch his nose, but then he slapped his big front paw and knocked one bunny out. A few steps back and another "sit" earned him a second treat.

That's enough. Time for Andy and me to eat. Aside from one WOOF! FLD Dutch settled nicely under our table, and later heeled to the restroom with me without the need of a single "leave it."

Before we left, I thought it might be fun to take a photo of Dutch with the bunnies. I was right! Check out the three shots I snapped before finally getting a HAPPY EASTER pose...



Saturday, March 30, 2013

Eastern Market at Easter-time

A quick, pre-Easter trip to the city and FLD Dutch proves to be a real trooper. Crowds, wagons and buggies, street musicians, kids, and shopping--Eastern Market in Detroit.

Good boy, Dutch!

FLD Dutch poses among the Easter Lilies.

We can't get Dutch to look at the camera!

He's still looking at me!

Monday, March 25, 2013

A sweet day at Surline Elementary

The second-graders in Mrs. Matthews' class thought that FLD Dutch had grown quite a bit since our last visit at the end of January. One little girl said, "It's scary!"

I can't say I disagree.

When Dutch and I attended puppy-training class at Leader Dogs for the Blind at the beginning of the year, he weighed in at 34 pounds. At class again this weekend, Dutch tipped the old-fashioned dial scale at 46.5 pounds. His growth rate is slowing down, but still...

Here is FLD Dutch at Surline Elementary on January 30. We practiced something I taught him at home--"under." The kids thought it was cute when he crawled under one of their tiny, low-to-the-ground chairs. 

And here is FLD Dutch at Surline on March 21. The kids were impressed that he remembered how to go "under" the big chair. He would have trouble getting under the tiny chairs now!

FLD Dutch and I came to Surline to accompany Mrs. Matthews' class on a field trip to the Colonial Village Bakery in downtown West Branch. It was a half-mile walk from the school.

What's that snow on the ground, you ask, on this second day of spring?  Dutch says, It's Michigan!

FLD Dutch and I paused at the curb. Keeping a good distance from the second-graders helped him keep focused on walking with a loose leash.

We piled into the small, delicious smelling bakery. I handed Dutch's leash to Lance so I could take a group photo. FLD Dutch did not cooperate.

With no customers to worry about, I secured Dutch's leash to a post by the front counter. I didn't want to take him in back with the bakery-action; I wanted to take some photos for the article I hoped to write for our local paper.

Baker Jim demonstrates rolling out dough.

I managed a few shots before I heard a resounding BARK!

FLD Dutch peers through the donut case, wondering why I left him out front.

While the class learned how to make almond danish, I went back out front to take photos of Dutch.

FLD Dutch was ready to be taken off his tether. (Can you see my reflection in the case?"

FLD Dutch holds a nice "sit" so I can take his picture.

Before we left to return to the school, the baker offered free donuts to all the kids. Unbelievably, he gave them a choice of plain or powdered sugar. What do you think all but one wanted?

Back in class, the second-graders ran to the mirror to check out their powdered sugar faces!

(And yes, I took some donuts home too...cinnamon and sugar.)