My sister came over from Amarillo with her b/f on Friday. I cooked up some chicken on the grill and we just sat and drank and talked. On Saturday we were going to go up on the Sandia Tram, but I noticed clouds dripping over the peak like icing on a cupcake. That meant strong easterly winds howling over the summit. Not a good day to go up. So I just sat at home while they drove around.
My long-lost aunt I wrote about in a previous post should have been coming through ABQ on the Southwest Chief sometime in the afternoon. We never made any arrangement to meet, but I figured I could go down to the station and try to find her. The train has well over an hour layover as they re-stock, re-fuel, and do maintenance. We arrived at the station and searched the crowd. Finally we spotted her and my uncle down the platform. They didn't see us and started to get back on the train. We caught them and much hugging ensued. Fortunately there was a mechanical problem with the train, so we were able to spend even more time on the platform talking about what had been going on over the past 10(?!?) years. Finally the train departed and we waved goodbye. Only the train didn't depart. They had to disconnect the bad car which took another 30 minutes. So we came back and waved at them through the window. They finally gave us the "will you guys just go home!" wave.
After that we headed over to the Botanical Gardens for Dogfest. This was an event where people could bring their dogs to an outdoor movie-fest. I suited up as Zunipup and waited for the crowds to appear. My sister acted as handler/photographer and she did a great job. Once again I had to deal with dog emotions. Most were very wary of me. One used me as a chew toy. One St Bernard wanted to rip my throat out. My visibility in Zuni is bad enough to begin with, but since the event took place after sunset, I had almost no visibility unless I was right under a light. At one point someone dragged me over to a t.v. camera. They told me to put my paw around this person's neck as he gave an interview. I didn't realize it for a few minutes, but it was the MAYOR! *LOL* I missed the news broadcast last night, so I don't know how it came out. I will post pix tomorrow.
My sister told me that it was a good thing I couldn't smell anything in my suit except for my own funk. She said the stench of dog urine and feces after about an hour was incredible. I even noticed a slight funk on the suit from just being around so many dogs. The Febreze will be used in copious amounts today.