Duke and the balloon
Tuesday, July 20, 2010 5:29:46 AM
Anyway, two years ago my friend Todd had to go away suddenly (a death in the family) and asked if I'd like to watch his house and dog for a few days. Duke doesn't travel too well, and it was too short notice to get him put up at a kennel. I always enjoyed the country even if I live in town now, so I said "No problem" - and mostly it was.
Anyway, that was the weekend of the Balloon Fest that year. I got to see some of the activities as I drove by on my way there, but I figured I'd miss most of it. But things didn't quite go that way...
The next day they had an event where the balloons were to fly out of the city park where the Balloon Fest is based (Emory Adams park, if you're looking for it on a map), presumably trying for distance in a certain time or some such. Todd rents his house from a local farmer, the field behind the house had just been harvested.
I forget exactly what I was doing, Duke was outside asleep on the porch. Apparently the pilot spotted the field and radioed his chase crew that it looked like a good place to land - and it was, but I'm sure you've heard the old adage about letting sleeping dogs lie. Duke didn't take kindly to this strange woman coming up to knock on the door (to put it mildly). I heard the ruckus and went to look ... fortunately Duke knows how far he's allowed to go and only chased the lady half-way back down the drive.
After I got things calmed down and found out the situation, I said it was fine for him to land there. Then of course I went back inside and grabbed my camera. Duke and I went out there, and I snapped a few pictures (though there wasn't way too much to see by then). The little red pickup in that one picture is the landlord - he saw the balloon come down and decided to come see as well. The plane - I'm not sure whether he was related or not, he made a couple of passes as I was on my way out there so I took a picture of him too. Maybe he was sightseeing, maybe he was making sure the crew got down safely - hard to say.
The lady said Duke snapped at her, I didn't get to see any marks but I wasn't too happy with him - as you can tell from his posture in that picture I took after we got back to the house. When I or his master is around he's well-behaved, once I got outside he was fine. And of course we don't mind him letting us know when someone is around, but biting and chasing them isn't acceptable. Yeah, I understand she surprised him and all, but ... well, you understand.
I'm actually watching Duke again this week - this time Todd and his wife are on vacation.