Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Man and Dog

"Dogs are our link to paradise. They don't know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring--it was peace." ~ Milan Kundera

Crisfield is a great place for man and dog to be at peace. You can do nothing for a long time and not get bored.

I am on vacation until next Wednesday. Of course, I am not sure if I should stay home and organize photos that are in a zillion folders scattered all over my desktop, do absolutely nothing, apply for grants, or take off on a long road trip - my original plan. In the meantime, a dog photo or two is always good for the soul.

Oh, our five cats are very jealous because they seldom get published, but they never go outside. So in fairness to cats everywhere, here is a little cat quote:

"“Dogs have Owners, Cats have Staff.”

Our cats live in a five-star hotel.


Chef E said...

Ha, this cracks me up...cats have staff! It is the truth, and even the dogs work for friend here in VA has five dogs, and there are three pups of the mom and pop pooch factory!

J9 said...

Patty - I FINALLY figured out how to get to the photos on The Daily Times site, and went through the Derby shots, as well as other events you've shot, and other photogs as well. You are by far the most consistently good photog on there, and the difference is sometimes shocking. I loved the race and picking set as well as the parade set from the weekend, and the little miss and mister set was just cute! I also noticed that there is a TON of stuff you don't cover (or if you do, it doesn't hit your site), and was wondering if that was intentional - just showing the positive aspects and news - I don't think it's a bad thing, just wondering if that is a conscious choice.

Patty said...

J9: Glad you are enjoying the Times. We have a photo gallery that highlights the good aspects of our area. I think it is great that the newspaper does not focus on only bad things. So many newspaper do that.

The Times is actually 40 minutes from my house, out of my county. I cover the events in Crisfield and my county (Somerset - Somerset Harald). We are owned by Gannett who owns USA Today, and they have newspapers spread out all over the area. A lot of my photos do not make the daily paper because they are single "feature" shots or "news" shots. But when I do events, around the county, they usually make the web extra.

Keep visiting their site, as we have many talented photographers in Delaware, Virginia, and Maryland who will keep you entertained with "happy" photos!

You can also check the weekly papers listed at the top of the Times site; look for the Somerset Herald. You will most likely see one of my photos on the front page each week.

You won't see me in the newspapers for a week, though. I am on vacation until next Wednesday - maybe Thursday. For someone who is retired, I have not taken a week off from the paper for 2 years.

I still have no idea what I am going to do.

Denise said...

I love this - "You can do nothing for a long time and not get bored." I feel that way about my area -Kennebunk/ Kennebunkport. It's just so beautiful and peaceful (at least after the summer tourists leave ;)

Patty said...

ChefE: I will be popping over to your site soon. I am trying to catch up from a busy week, clean house, and of course there are constant demands for the feline guests. And where am I going for vacation?

Hopefully, we can meet up on your way back.

Anonymous said...

Our "boyz" never go outside either so-o-o-o I am the head of their staff!! LOL!!

Jim said...

Hi Patty, have a nice holiday. And yes, do hit the road for some away scenery.
This is a neat little pictorial story of a fellow and his best four legged friend.
My buddy, Adi, is getting old and slow and even graying a lot but she still likes to be with me.
Dogs like that back in Eden feeling as well as.
Thank you for peeking in on my blog.
BTW, the link on my name above is Adi's meme post.

Patty said...

Jim, we sure do miss our dog. She was a yellow lab, and she passed away 4 years ago. She was 14 and she was constantly by our side. We thought about getting another dog, but having being pinned down for 14 years, we decided to just stay with cats. At least you can go away for a few days and not have to worry.

Patty said...

Marilyn: Yep. They do rule. We have a a back and front porch and there is always someone wanting to go out. The bad thing about the front porch is that we put one of those cat doors in the window that blends with the window, and though they use it all the time, if we are nearby when they want to go out, they expect their "door people" to open the door for them. I think they get a kick out it.

J9 said...

hop a boat to an island paradise!

Ann said...

Hi Patty,

What time is it at your place? It is 10 am NEW ZEALAND time here.Friday..

I just started my school holiday. It started being cold again, and it is drizzling. I was going to go for a walk, but the drizzle.

Glad you like my aged and weathered.

Yes, I took a lot of photos of the durian during my June hols. The King of fruits according to the South East Asian people. I will post them tonight. Have you heard that some people call them (I use a polite word on your blog) human excrement. They featured durian in many Fear Factor series.

But me, I am the Queen of durians. I was born in Borneo, I may be in Canada and New Zealand for almost twenty years, you can't take the durian out of me. heheheh.

Cheers, and have a good weekend and vacation.


Ann said...

Hi Patty,

I read or heard some where.

Dogs are working dogs,

Cats are regal, they are queens.

Sorry to say, their cousins in Borneo/Sarawak have been dethroned. There, cats are working cats. We don't feed the cats in the evening. This will make them work for a living. They make the best mousers. So good that once, when the regal cats in Saudi Arabia were so useless in catching mouse that the Saudi Arabians had to import Borneo/Sarawak cats to catch their rats.

I am very proud of my working Borneo/Sarawak cats.

When I had rat problems, I had to fight with my husband to keep a cat. He says, "New Zealand cats are no good Mouses."

I told him about the "Don't feed at night" and the Saudi Arabian story."

I had to give in when he played the allergy card.



Patty said...

The first time I was in Thailand, one of the house women, where I was staying, cut up a durian for me before I left on a long trip to go to the Cambodia border. She put it in a plastic bag.

I headed for the bus, and the driver ran towards me waving his hands yelling, "No durian! No durian!" He promptly took the durian from me and put it under the bus, in the storage area. It must have been 110 degrees outside, hotter under there.

By the time I got to the border, it was really stinky, but one of the refugee people was very happy to have it.

I also noticed that many of the hotels in Thailand had signs that read, "No Durians."

About 5 years ago, I actually found a durian in an Asian store in Atlanta, Georgia - it was a real one, not the canned suff. I was excited and they were very surprised to see an American know what a durian was.

I have no idea how they got it into the states, but I never saw another one. I do love them.

On the cats: I know New Zealand is not fond of roaming cats. I couldn't imagine life without a cat in the house. A quote that I love (can't remember the author), "A house without a cat is a house with a soul." We have lots of souls in our house, sometimes too many.

Patty said...

Denise: I love your part of the country. I did several assignments up your way several years ago. I always took time to do nothing when I had finished shooting.