Monday, May 31, 2010

Gratitude and Respect

Presented without commentary... Bogart and I found a field of American flags out for the Memorial Day holiday... 1000 flags for 1000 brave souls lost.




Saturday, May 29, 2010

East Side Adventures

East Side Esplanade here we come!

I like to avoid all of the bike riders by walking off of the main walkway when I can - plus it smells far more interesting down here.

Hard to see in this photo, but you will notice that it is not completely grey today - we are experiencing a "sun break" for a few hours and I cannot tell you how fantastic this is. So fantastic that mama and I decided not to wait until our normal evening walkie time to run out and walk in the sunshine. This is a photo of the waterfront village, the part of the Rose Festival that I was walking through yesterday that was deserted. More intrepid folks wandering around today.

What's that? Some-thing or some-one is yelling at me.

It was this little bugger. He was singing and taunting me from his perch on the SE Washington sign. I thought he might try to "let loose" his frustration, so we didn't walk directly under him.

Mama didn't plan on us taking a dip in the dirty water, but hey, we were in the neighborhood so why not?

Splishing and a splashing means I'm gonna have to get a bath at home tonight... but who cares?

Looking handsome - ruggedly handsome.

It doesn't matter where I am, there will always be either a stick or a cone for me. This lovely piece of driftwood needs to be mine.

Mine Mine Mine

Can you hear me, Portland? THIS STICK IS MINE


I mean, I'll carry it home (at least most of the way mama)... all of this walking has made me HUNGRY



Friday, May 28, 2010

Raining on the Roses

When ya gotta go, you gotta go...

Ah, the many days of rain have put a damper on everything around here - even I am starting to grow weary of getting soaked every time I have to pee - and the Rose Festival is no exception.

The Fun Zone is not only not fun...

It's not educational either (you must MAINITAIN forward movement - what's mainitain?)

All of the rides look so sad - the Tiger Express isn't roaring, and the lumberjack bears aren't, well, lumberjacking.

And I think the water slide doesn't even need any added water to be slide-y.

The Fire Brigade is grounded - no one to save from fire in the rain...

And the Flying Tigers aren't flying either.

Motorcycles don't run really well in the rain.

We were looking for the live animal area - on the news this morning we saw that there are tigers and lions here - but I imagine because of the rain they were cuddling inside somewhere. Maybe another time...



Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Feeling Clean + Green

The nice folks at Clean + Green sent us a can of their carpet and upholstery cleaner, made especially for pet stains. As you can imagine, we have our share of those. Oddly, we received the can a few weeks back and there has been no VOMIT, POOP, or PEE in the meantime (well, not in any inappropriate places, that is - otherwise we'd explode).

Luckily, just as mama was about to give up, this appeared courtesy of Kafka (yes, it's cat puke):

And he was kind enough to "produce" on the off-white carpeting that covers our place. Purrfect. So we first cleaned up the "extra" bits per the instructions, and then soaked the new stain:

After waiting for about 15 minutes, most of the stain was gone, with no scrubbing:

After another round:

The stain was almost completely gone. And mama can confirm that the smell was gone as well.

At the get-go, we weren't expecting much. Mama has tried almost every product out there that claims to get rid of pet-related stains. We were really pleasantly surprised.

This product worked really well on fresh stains - it was a bit more challenged by older ones (yes, we have a few of those around as well). It definitely faded them (even one that wasn't pet-related) and didn't do any damage to the rug itself which was great. The can itself is large but empties rather quickly (after soaking the one new stain 2x and trying out 5 smaller older stains), but maybe mama soaked them more than necessary - if you have a lot of stains to remove, definitely get more than one can. I'd say that this was a really tough test for this product, as our carpet is both lightly colored and fuzzy and therefore difficult to clean (I can hear mama whining about it now), and it performed well and as advertised.

The bottom line is that Clean + Green is a definite Buy Me product, super to have around for "accidents" - especially ones that you find quickly. It's completely safe and non-toxic for pets (a BIG plus), and I saw some at my local pet store the last time I was there. Take a look for yourself at their website, you can buy online too!



Sunday, May 23, 2010

Rose-y Nose-y

Preparations are well under-way for the Portland Rose Festival coming up next week:

It looks like it's going to have all sorts of rides, events, and things for the humans to make themselves sick on.

I am not much for these sorts of things, they're usually really crowded and have lots of little children screaming.

I understand the appeal of the shiny, light-up things, but not of being thrown around and around right after eating greasy carnival food.

And of course, dogs don't like to fly (unless it's straight up in the air after a tasty pine cone, or I hear that frisbees also can induce some canine aire-time)...

One of these days we have to walk over the Steel Bridge - it's the coolest looking one here, but it's never been open for walkers whenever we've wanted to walk across. It's raining today, so maybe next weekend...

Your intrepid Rose Festival report - completed. More to come when it's actually in full swing!



Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Just Darling

American Darling Valve...

American Darling Dale...

What happens to our darling friend Melon Man after a week or so in the Portland rain...