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Monday morning Sudo

Sudo the greyhound upside-down on the couch, head resting on stuffed blue puppy, ears up, tongue out

“What?”

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Innocent face, guilty face

The face of an innocent dog enjoying the sunshine in the recliner:

Sudo in recliner, front feet hanging off, mouth open

The face of a guilty, library-book-chewing dog:

Sudo lying on couch with head raised looking at camera

“Who, me?” Yes, you.

This was hours after the crime was committed. You can’t hold a grudge against dogs because they don’t remember what they did, but she was in the metaphorical doghouse for a few hours anyway. I’m a librarian! I can’t have a dog who eats books. Now I’ll have to replace I Capture the Castle. I hope it was delicious.

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Sudo goes outside

She might not like it, but she does. (You know how some dogs do that thing where they roll ecstatically on their backs in the grass? Yeah, no.)

Brindle greyhound dog lying on grass with head against a baby gateUsually she prefers to be inside, but if the weather isn’t too hot or too cold and we’re hanging out in the yard, we try to get her to enjoy it, too.

Sudo using a flip-flop for a chin restIn lieu of the stuffed dog toy she usually uses as a head rest, my flip-flop suffices.

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Ivy League Dog

Sudo has now been to three fancy northeast schools. First, she visited Brandeis, for a de-stressing even before midterms. Then we went to Tufts, then Harvard.

Sudo lying down, surrounded by people petting her

At the Tufts event, Sudo was the smallest dog in the room, until a field spaniel arrived. (At about 57 pounds, Sudo is rarely the smallest dog in the room, but she still got plenty of attention.) The other dogs included a Leonberger, a Newfoundland, a Great Pyrenees, a Golden Retriever, and a chocolate Lab.

Sudo on the floor, being petted

Naturally, all that attention became tiring, so she took a brief nap under the couch.

Sudo lying on the floor, her nose underneath the couch

Like the Brandeis event, the Tufts event was very well organized; people met us at the door and guided us to the room, which was welcoming and large enough for all of the dogs and people without anyone feeling crowded. The students were grateful for the dogs’ presence.

The Harvard event was in a smaller space and not so well attended, but it was probably due to the weather, which was sunny and passably warm; plus, there was music, free food, and baby farm animals outside. I love my dog, but I’m willing to concede that she can’t compete with baby goats. A few people came through and petted Sudo, but when I realized the room wasn’t going to get overcrowded, I let her come up on the couch so she’d be more comfortable.

Sudo on a leather couch, her paws on my lap

Again, the organizers were very nice and appreciative, and even brought Sudo a little dish of water in case she got thirsty.

Sudo on the couch, staring at her stuffed alligator toy on the floor

“That thesis isn’t going to write itself, you know.”

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Sheepshearing Festival at Gore Place

Goats and sheep running toward the cameraThis is what happens when you find a flyer in the library. Or at least, when Ben does. He was intrigued by this sheepshearing festival, and the weather was nice, so off we went. We saw a herding dog demonstration, some other animals (chickens, a baby lamb, oxen, a llama), trapeze artists, and lots of wool products.

Ben standing next to a sign that reads Sheep Shuttle StopA black-and-white herding dog crouched in the grassTrapeze equipment and netsA 2-year-old white ox tied to a trailerThe two-year-old oxen were not that impressive, size-wise; a sign said they weighed 1,200 pounds each, which is about the same as a Thoroughbred horse. But around the other side of the trailer…

Full-grown white ox tied to a trailer…an ox suitable for Paul Bunyan. Or for pulling the trailer – I don’t know why they bothered with the truck.

A llama lying down in the dirt, head up, facing the camera

Dentists’ nightmares are full of llama teeth.

A sign of "Diet Tips"

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Outside the fudge tent (of course there was a fudge tent, what self-respecting farm festival doesn’t have a fudge tent?) was this sign of “Diet Tips,” which may as well be my family’s motto. It’s a little long for a motto, but it can be summarized as “Mmmm, chocolate.” (Sub-motto: “This is mine, get your own.”)

Blue sky with white cloudsAll in all, it was a lovely day, if five or ten degrees colder than we might have liked. At least the wool merchants were happy.

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