A Luminous Halo

"Life is not a series of gig lamps symmetrically arranged; life is a luminous halo, a semi-transparent envelope surrounding us from the beginning of consciousness to the end." --Virginia Woolf

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Location: Springfield, Massachusetts, United States

Smith ’69, Purdue ’75. Anarchist; agnostic. Writer. Steward of the Pascal Emory house, an 1871 Second-Empire Victorian; of Sylvie, a 1974 Mercedes-Benz 450SL; and of Taz, a purebred Cockador who sets the standard for her breed. Happy enough for the present in Massachusetts, but always looking East.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

New Trick for Taz

Today I received a video which shows a black lab sitting patiently as strip after strip of beef jerky is placed on his head. The dog looked a lot like Taz, who's half lab, but the resemblance ended there. Taz is not exactly patient, especially when food's in range.

I decided, however, to try to teach her a similar trick. My initial mistake was to start the training with real food. When I switched to strips of paper with food as a reward, she did a little better. A little better. If she wants to be in the movies with me, she's going to have to learn to follow directions.



Anonymous Christopher said...

Taz??? That adorable puppy ... is an impatient critter? I'm shocked, shocked.

9:21 AM  

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