"Walking is the best possible exercise. Habituate yourself to walk very far."
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"Black Sun" by Isamu Noguchi at Seattle's Volunteer Park with dogs Brychwyn, Wilhelm, Huxley, Volunteer Reservoir and the Space Needle. See more beautiful Volunteer Park photos and read about our recent Seattle urban hike there via the Washington Park Arboretum & Interlaken Park by clicking on the photos or here.
While talking with a friend on the phone in early October 2007, I told her Jason and I had gotten a dachshund puppy. "So you got a weiner dog?" she asked. "Yes, a long haired dachshund," I replied. "Seriously?" my friend queried, "you got a weiner dog? Like a hot dog dog?" I tried to talk to her about the breeds hunting and sporting history but there was no getting through the chortling that was growing into heaving laughter. In my friends defense, she is a sworn eternal Labrador and golden retriever owner and enthusiast. And, well, weiner dogs are really, really funny.
Wilhelm's fast moving, short legs make me smile everyday. His bark that is too big for his body is cartoon like in the way that he literally levitates all four paws off the floor when exuding his powerful voice. Then there's the burrowing: Wilhelm will dig his way under and through comforters, blankets, sheets pillows, pillow cases not to mention tall grass, shrubbery and hedges. And those giant floppy dachshund ears... we affectionately called Wilhelm "Dumbo" when he was a puppy. Although he grew into the elephant ears that I was certain he would use to fly when he was smaller, Wilhelm's ears are still so fun and expressive.
A to Z Challenge: Yesterday was V for Volunteer Park Via Washington Park Arboretum & Interlaken Park: Seattle Urban HIke With Dogs, tomorrow is Black & White Sunday and Monday will be X for...