On Saturday I took Kitty to Cuba. No, not the place with Castro, Cuba, NM. It's a ghetto little town in an incredibly beautiful part of the state. I had promised Kitty that I would take her up into the mountains to see the aspens changing colors. Well, I knew we would be a few weeks too late, but it would still be pretty. I took her to a place where I had camped a few years ago. We walked with Anubis along a dirt road for maybe a mile just enjoying the solitude and the still-pretty forest. We met up with some hunters and chatted with them for awhile. Seems like the elk had already headed down to lower elevations. After our hike we drove through the forest and hooked up with the main highway at a different point. New Mexico is so ghetto that we have a state highway that's dirt. We stopped along the Jemez River and I shot some photos of the fall foliage. Here's an example.
And here are a few more pics:
Bright sun and bright colors
The Jemez River
Anubis enjoying the leaves
On Sunday was the big fundraiser for Animal Humane, the Doggie Dash and Dawdle. It's a competitive run combined with a fun walk. What sets it apart from most races is that pets are encouraged to participate with their owners. I have fursuited this event for the past 3 years. This year I invited tenax to join me as Ralph T. Wolf. We had a blast! It is such a wonderful event in that you get to interact with dogs while in suit. If you think that dealing with children is a challenge, you should try performing for about 1,000 dogs! And there are hundreds of different breeds! And people love to see how their dog will react to a fursuiter. Surprisingly it's the little dogs that tend to accept fursuiters better than the larger breeds. All in all we were accepted by most of the dogs. There were no incidents except for a pug that marked Ralph's paw. *lol* I have been lucky in that regard. I have had a few close calls but never a "hit."
What made me extremely happy was that this year I (and Ralph) were treated as celebrities. When I did the event in 2003 I had a ghetto fursuit but I was warmly welcomed because it was a new thing. When I performed as Zuni last year, people were blown away by the suit. Now that I returned this year I was actively sought out by people wanting pics. Kitty gave one of my business cards to a woman who wanted to hire me to come to her home so she could take pics of me with her pets for a Xmas card. Sabot's fursuiting tip for the day: Make up professionally looking business cards with a pic of you in suit and contact info that either you or your handler can pass out. It might lead to a paying gig down the road! There had been a big raffle which had been going on for weeks before the event. The winners would be announced at this event. 3rd prize was an autographed team photo of the Albuquerque Isotopes. Orbit came out to pick the winner. It was great to see him again and he remembered me! He gave me a big hug (and even talked in suit! *gasp*) I was supposed to have been the one to chose the 2nd prize winner and our local celebrity weatherman was supposed to have picked the grand prize winner. Well, the weatherman had to leave early so Ralph got to chose the 2nd place winner and I got to pick the grand prize winner. And the prize wasn't shabby! It was a Ford F-150! So I guess I am officially an Animal Humane celebrity now.
Oh yeah. I promised more pics. I chose ones with nice looking dogs. Well, except this one:
I don't think the bulldog knows WTH is going on
What's cuter than a collie puppy? Almost nothing!
Rescued greyhounds. They were saved from the shotgun
That expression is priceless!
Ralph and Zuni attempt carjacking
I find in highly amusing that the Zeta Club sets up at this event every year. It's a club of Datsun/Nissan Z car enthusiasts, but most of us know that Zeta also has another meaning (think Zeta Creatiions). It cracks me up to see Zeta Club at an event with 1000 dogs. So wrong yet so right. *lol*