Sunday, January 08, 2012

Good day

Tavo Cruz called us yesterday to meet him and other dog- in- laws and coursing friends for lunch at the Owl bar and a run down by White Sands missile range, where hares seem to thrive even in droughty years. I am gratified that old farts like me and Dutch Salmon are still walking, and that 8 year old Ataika found and ran the first hare of the day. Dan Gauss's "Motley Crew" (that's him on the right-- click to embiggen) says it all. I am in the middle flanked by Tavo & Dutch.

Taik after a run-- pretty good shape for a girl of a "certain age"...

10 comments:

NorCal Cazadora said...

Wow, she's beautiful!

Jess said...

Ataika is related to Vladimirs Adel, isn't she? Our Nazgul, Adels daughter, has something of the same look. Tho Nazgul has a big fat head.

Chas Clifton said...

Eight is not old! Go, Ataika! (And her people.)

Steve Bodio said...

Jess-- yes, and a first set of photos headed yr way. Email when you get 'em.

Jonathan Hanson said...

I presume you all had the chile-cheeseburgers at the Owl?

Janeen said...

Totally unrelated but something I thought you'd appreciate - this link to a series of photos featuring a battle of falcon vs snake in the Snake River:

http://www.utahbirds.org/ThisAndThat/SnakeRiver.htm

Steve Bodio said...

JH-- as Canat Cheryasda would say. "offcouse!"

Janeen- neat pix. I do believe the "falcon" is an immature redtail (the snake a bull or "gopher").

N_C said...

Good to see you out and about!

Anonymous said...

Isn't 8 the new 4 in dog years now? I have a 9(almost 10) Salmon-bred longdog that is still quite vigorous and active! My desert bred Saluki and Azawakh were also quite functional up to their last year(13 and 11, respectively). And at 52 myself, I aim to try to live up to the quote from one of my favorite movies "The Wind And The Lion" about Sean Connery's character, the Raisuli, "last" of the Barbary Pirates(paraphrased here)--"He's over 50, and still quite the formidable brigand!"....L.B.

Steve Bodio said...

LB-- I think it depends on the breeding. Atai's family is incredibly long lived-- I should post a pic of her at about 3 months with her 15 year old mom, who I believe lived to nearly 20, the day we met her in Almaty. I believe her grandmother, another compact little dog, also lived about that long.

Lashyn on the other hand, not yet 12, has been slowed down for years, and now has diabetes and cataracts. Lurcher Plummer is 2 years older and fat and a bit creaky but otherwise still thinks he is a pup.