In September I attended the Riverside Art Museum fundraiser ‘Art Bark in the Park’. Selected artists had been given a metal dog to paint on and they were auctioned or sponsored as a fundraiser for the museum.
The reception was held in White Park in Downtown Riverside one warm evening. There were a lot of dogs there. I was really surprised how many.
All dogs were well behaved!
Oh look. Jeni and a Beagle. It inevitably has the poem about dogs painted into it.
Some dogs were painted on the back too (mine is the colorful one in the middle)
The crowd matched the amount of dogs
No on had to pick up after their dog! The perfect pooch.
We sometimes get animals at art fairs. The least favorite is boy dogs attached to owners who are oblivious to the fact that we’re outdoors and even the best trained dog can make an honest error being unable to tell between a lamp post and a booth wall or even a chair or desk, and fail to monitor ‘activities’.
One of the better ones some years ago was a herd of pet llamas in the park at Yorba Linda. Fortunately the city employees with the fair explained that this was the only* bad day of the year to bring the herd to the park and the owners led them home.
Birds are ever present and can sometimes fly or walk into a booth and take a look around, but they usually leave their credit cards at home or say it really wouldn’t match the decor in the nest.
Local Neighborhood gopher
Last weekend we could see we were in gopher territory by the state of the lawn, but we were surprised to get a visit from below. I guess he was just acting like he owned the place. At one point the crowd gathered round him included a boy of about 5 and I was delighted that the youngster got to enjoy wildlife up close.