size of a small dog

anonymous asked:

If you like big dogs, may I recommend you put Russian bear dogs on your desired dogs list? They were originally bred to hunt bears and their size is definitely reflective of that. (People joke about dogs looking like small bears. These dogs are pretty much slightly smaller bears.) I want 3 one day. -J

Not a bad suggestion.

Overwatch Characters as Dog Breeds

Genji- Shiba Inu: “The Shiba Inu originated in Japan and was used primarily as a hunting dog to flush out small game and birds. A small, agile dog that copes very well with mountainous terrain, the Shiba has an independent nature and can be reserved toward strangers but is loyal and affectionate to those who earn his respect.” 

McCree- Coyote: “The coyote is a canine native to North America and one of the most adaptable animals on the planet. It is gregarious, but not as dependent on packs as more social canid species like wolves are. The coyote is a prominent character in Native American folklore (Southwestern United States and Mexico), usually depicted as a trickster. As with other trickster figures, the coyote acts as a picaresque hero which rebels against social convention through deception and humor.”

Pharah- Pharaoh Hound: “The Pharaoh Hound is an ancient dog breed who has changed little since its development more than 5,000 years ago. They were the dog of kings and may have hunted gazelles with pharaohs, hence their name. As with any hound, they can have moments of aloofness and can be strong-willed, but in the main they are gentle and get along well with others. They love human companionship and will seek out affection and attention from people while still maintaining their independence.”

Ana- Canaan Dog: “ The Canaan Dog is a pariah dog that has survived in the desert region of Israel for thousands of years. Canaan dogs have a strong survival instinct. They are quick to react and wary of strangers, and will alert to any disturbances with prompt barking, thus making them excellent watchdogs. Though defensive, they are not aggressive and are very good with children”

Reaper- Presa Canario: “ The Perro de Presa Canario, A.K.A. the Canary Mastiff, is a Molosser-type dog breed originally bred for working livestock. They are large dogs with thick and muscular bodies. Their aspect denotes power. They are especially gifted for the function of guard and defense; their impetuous temperament, fighting skill, and low, deep bark make them quite formidable. They are gentle and noble with family and distrustful with strangers.”

Tracer- Jack Russell Terrier: “Jack Russells are an energetic breed originating in England, and rely on a high level of exercise and stimulation. Jack Russells tend to be extremely intelligent, athletic, fearless, and vocal dogs. Despite their small size, they have a tremendous amount of energy, a fact which can sometimes lead to trouble involving larger animals.”

Hanzo- Akita Inu: “The Akita is a large and powerful dog breed with a noble and intimidating presence originally used for guarding royalty and nobility in feudal Japan. The Akita also tracked and hunted wild boar, black bear, and sometimes deer. A fearless and loyal guardian of his family, the Akita does not back down from challenges and does not frighten easily.”

Junkrat- Dingo: “The dingo is a wild dog found in Australia. They are opportunistic hunters, but will also scavenge from human settlements and even eat fruits and plants. Europeans regarded them as devious and cowardly, since they did not “fight bravely”. They were seen as predators that killed wantonly, rather than out of hunger. They were associated with thieves, vagabonds, and bushrangers.”

Mei- Samoyed: “ Originally bred to hunt, haul sledges, and herd reindeer, the Samoyed dog breed proved a valuable companion for northwestern Siberia’s Samoyede people. To this day, the Samoyed’s reputation as an intelligent, dignified, family dog is well deserved. They often choose to dote on one special person in the household, but are affectionate with everyone in the pack. Happiest when part of family life, this breed needs to be with people. In fact, leaving a Samoyed alone too much is the best way to make them miserable.”

Torbjörn- Schipperke: “Known for a stubborn, mischievous, and headstrong temperament, the Schipperke is sometimes referred to as the “little devil”. Schipperkes are very smart and independent; and sometimes debate listening to owners, instead choosing to do whatever benefits them. They are formidable barkers and can be aggressive with other dogs.”

Widowmaker- Standard Poodle: “The poodle is a medium sized dog that was standardized in France. Although today’s poodles seem to epitomize a life of leisure and luxury, make no mistake: These are real dogs bred to do real jobs. Poodles are renowned for a playful but dignified personality and keen intelligence, as well as what his fans call “an air of distinction”: a dignified attitude that’s hard to describe, but easy to spot in the dog.”

D.Va- Korean Jindo: “Originating in South Korea, the Jindo exhibit unmatched loyalty. They are incredibly intelligent dogs with a knack for hunting, tricks, and even agility. Renowned for their bravery and intelligence, they show diehard loyalty to their owners, making them great companions, and rather reserved with strangers, making them effective watchdogs as well. In fact, they are such good watchdogs that the Korean army frequently uses them as guard dogs for military bases.”

Reinhardt- Leonberger: “Originally from Germany, this giant breed, with their lion-like looks and deep bark, make intimidating watch dogs. First and foremost a family dog, the Leonberger’s temperament is one of their most important and distinguishing characteristics. Leonbergers are self-assured, well-composed, and self-disciplined when obliging its family or property with protection.”

Roadhog- Bullmastiff: “The Bullmastiff is a a large, quiet, fearless dog with the speed to track down poachers and the strength to hold them. While standoffish toward strangers, they have a soft spot for loved ones. Large and powerfully built, the Bullmastiff was bred to be a silent watchdog and only rarely barks; their formidable appearance is a wonderful deterrent to would-be attackers or intruders. They are determined protectors when needed and a loving family companion the rest of the time.”

Zarya- Caucasian Shepherd Dog: “Caucasian shepherd dogs are large, strongly-boned, muscular, and even-tempered molossers originating in Russia. They have existed since ancient times, and served shepherds in the Caucasus mountains as guard dogs, defending sheep from predators, mainly wolves, jackals and bears. They are still successfully served in this job.”

Lúcio- Boxer: “ Boxers are large, muscular, square-headed dogs who look imposing but are very bright, energetic, and playful. They are known to be clownish and loving to their family, but also headstrong, dignified, and self-assured, especially in guard work. They often are distrustful of strangers at first, but will not be aggressive unless they perceive a threat to their families.”

Mercy- Berger Blanc Suisse: “The Berger Blanc Suisse is a breed of dog originating in Switzerland. Most are gentle, very intelligent and learn easily. They are loyal to their family and may be wary around strangers, but are not prone to show shy or fearful behavior. They are suited for a variety of services to man from search and rescue to medical alert to therapy. They are also structured and have temperaments to succeed at performance events.”

Symmetra- Kanni: “The Kanni is a rare indigenous South Indian dog breed used mainly for hunting. Though usually shy, it will always defend its home or master, if the need arises. They are a silent breed and are not nuisance barkers. The Kanni dogs are faithful and easy to train but they will always think independently when on a hunt. They are extremely agile and strong while remaining light on their feet.” 

Soldier: 76- Yellow Black Mouth Cur: “ The Black Mouth Cur is a well-muscled rugged herding, hunting, and all around utility dog originating in America. The black mouth cur was bred as a homestead dog that would protect its family and home against intruders. This means that a well-bred black mouth cur is territorial; most off their ‘turf’ work well with other dogs, hunting or herding stock, but on their family property will chase the same dog away.”



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anonymous asked:

Do you know anything about Black Russian Terriers?

We’re going to do something new for asks! We will have “guest speakers” who will answer some of the fun fact asks for you. If no one’s @ is indicated, then it’s just me. Otherwise, I will let you know who has answered the ask at the bottom!

The Black Russian Terrier isn’t really a terrier in the small to medium sized dog sense. They are a large working breed. 

They originated in what is now Russia during the 1930s by a military kennel known as Red Star (based out of Moscow). They wanted to create a native breed to help the national security forces. Due to the upheaval of first the Russian Revolution of 1917, the economic depression of the late 1920s and 1930s, and then World War II, the program was a challenge. 

Following the war, it surged. The Red Star kennel used selective breeding of Giant Schnauzer, Rottweiler, Airedale, and Newfoundland, as well as 14 other breeds to create the breed we know today as the Black Russian Terrier. The BRT was bred for military and police work and by 1956, the Red Star Kennel had its breed. The first breed standard was created in 1958 but it wasn’t until 1981 that the Russian Ministry of Agriculture recognized the breed. It was international accepted by the FCI in 1984. In the United States, they are considered a rare breed. They are part of the working group under the AKC classifications.

These are NOT first time dog owner dogs. They large and strong dogs and need someone who has experience in training. They are very intelligent but can be aloof towards strangers and therefore continual training and socialization is needed. They come in one color, solid black (though a grey hair or two isn’t a problem). The males of this breed at maturity is between 27-30 inches and for females it’s between 26-29 inches. BRTs have a double coat and therefore do require daily brushing. 


Here’s a great source for if you want a BRT:

Answered by: @wagrobanite

2iren  asked:

17 for yuuri?

Beautiful Blue-eyed Platinum-haired Russian men

Yuuri just fuckin loves dogs, man. Dogs of every shape and size. Big ones and small ones and hairy ones and ugly ones and ones with floppy ears and ones with big paws and ones with bad breath and ones with huge jowls and old ones and puppies.

When Yuuri got to America and realized just HOW MANY KINDS OF DOGS THERE ARE because he’s from Japan and the Japanese dog population is rather homogeneous, he just felt so blessed?? The first time he met a dog tall enough to put its paws on his shoulders while he stood upright was the closest thing to a religious experience Yuuri Katsuki has ever had. The dog’s name was Puck and it was a brindle-pattern Great Dane and it belonged to a guy Yuuri had a shameful two-night stand with his freshman year in college. The only reason it was a two-night stand was Puck the dog.

Yuuri almost feels bad about having a favorite kind of dog but man, it’s gotta be poodles. He just loves everything about them. His favorite cut for a poodle is a teddy bear cut (for obvious reasons) and he just?? fucking?? LOVEs POODLES. When Yuuri sees a poodle on the street his entire face lights up and Viktor just loves it.

“A poodle!” Yuuri gasps, like he doesn’t see one every day, like he isn’t currently holding Makkachin’s (a certified poodle) leash.

He was always hungry, her Drogon. Hungry and growing fast. Another year, or perhaps two, and he may be large enough to ride. Then I shall have no need of ships to cross the great salt sea.

But that time was not yet come. Rhaegal and Viserion were the size of small dogs, Drogon only a little larger, and any dog would have out-weighed them; they were all wings and neck and tail, lighter than they looked. And so Daenerys Targaryen must rely on wood and wind and canvas to bear her home.

Mother of Dragons - Game of Thrones fan art by Minnie Zhou

Smol and Tol Prompts

For anon who requested Smol and Tol Prompts

(A is always the Tol and B is always the Smol in this prompt set)

- A finding B in their sweater that is easily 3 sizes too big for them and B trying frantically to explain why they are in A’s sweater

- A just shows up to random events with friends with B on their shoulders for no reason and this has just became the norm

- A getting beat up by some bullies on the playground so B comes in, and B is not even half the size of the bullies, yet B pounds all of their asses into the ground and tells A that they are gonna teach A about self defense and A right then and there just fell in love

- A always runs up behind B and picks them up and twirls them around, and since B likes it so much, B tries to do the same thing to A but fails miserably

- B climbs up on the counter to get some ingredients to cook with and A comes in and laughs because B looks so cute standing on the normal size counter getting ingredients

- A makes a flower crown for B but it doesn’t turn out too good because their over sized fingers can’t tie knots right but B loves it anyway

- B loving being the big spoon and A loving to be held like this because A was always the big spoon in other relationships and all A wanted was to be held and B finally gives them what they want

- A randomly picking up B bridal style through out the day and kissing them and telling them how much they love B

- A coming behind B while they are cooking and wrapping their arms around B, B always leans back into A, and A always leans down and rests their chin on B’s shoulder and kisses their cheek

- B always gets a piggyback from A when they are in a huge crowd because A doesn’t want to loose them

- B is the loving and sweet one who loves everyone and everything while A is an edgelord who hates everyone except for B

- A always making fun of B’s height so B perfects 6 inch stilettos so now they are the average height of everyone else

- A always feeling so abnormal for being so tall and B feeling so abnormal for being so short, so they both bond over being abnormal and then eventually get married and in their vows they talk about how they bonded over their height differences

- A accidentally grabbing one of B’s coats and being stuck freezing because how the hell can anyone even fit into this size of clothing? It’s so small

- A seeing B next to their gaint fuffly dog and A saying they have to take B’s picture because B looks photoshopped because of how smol they are

- A cuddling up to B because they are cold and B always being warm because B is a smol ball of fury at all times

- B sitting in A’s lap and they couldn’t feel happier

- A shielding B from the rain

- A using B as a bench press while B goes on their phone and blogs

- B using A as a bench press while A goes on their phone and blogs

Poodle- Andre Burakovsky

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Omg thankfully it’s gone. That boy has TERRIBLE big hair. I love him but no! Anyway… google English sheepdog poodle and tell me it’s not Andre! Anyway… Enjoy!

Warning: None

Anon Request: Can you do an Andre one where you tease him about his hair


              “It’s like you have a poodle on your head” you said, giggling. Andre pat the top of his head, trying to smush the curls back into place.

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Return - Part 1 - Jim Kirk

Summary: takes place during sequences of star trek beyond; the last few years of episodic space travel have been taxing on jim as his heart remains with you and the abronath remains with him. a trade-off is imminent, however, when he spots you and someone else spots the artifact. (series following loot; no real reason to read it, though)

Warnings: language, lil angsty

A/N: finally! i missed reader from loot so much and i’m so excited to write that character again! the story is going to be like star trek beyond but with a VERY large addition. so! should be good, should be long. we’ll see! (i’ve tagged those of you i used to tag for loot just in case!) peace out

 It was a long time in the making— two years and three months, to be precise. 

Jim wanted to rid the Enterprise of the artifact as soon as he was alerted of its presence on the starship. He wanted to launch it into open space and watch it freeze up, watch it drift away from his life— hopefully with any memory pertaining to it. 

But planetary emergencies, more pressing peace negotiations, and other Federation business caused the artifact to drift from priorities. It was logged in the archives and remained there— neutralized as much as can be and collecting whatever dust could cling to the protective case. 

As more time passed, Jim found himself increasingly hesitant to set course to Teenax and finally pull the Abronath from the depths of the ship. 

Not because time had led to an increased attachment to the damn thing, but rather because he wasn’t as mentally prepared, as filled with anger as he once was. Facing the issues that caused the last two years and three months of space travel to stretch on like taffy in episodes that melted and oozed together was a daunting task— a task the slump-shouldered Captain didn’t think he could handle anymore. 

So as he stood and spoke before the Teenaxi Delegation gingerly clutching the case he avoided meeting the gaze of at all costs, he could see and feel his own exhaustion, his own reluctance. 

He thought right then that he actually might have grown attached to it. Though it sat in the archives and was long-forgotten by the crew, it had become a source of comfort for him. After all, loving was so short but forgetting was so long and on the self-indulgent days that led forgetting to seem like an impossible chore, the artifact was a trace of you. 

The artifact served as a reminder that he couldn’t feel his heart beating in his chest because it was somewhere far away— lying beside the perpetrator, beside someone who was likely unaware of its presence. He didn’t know its precise location, didn’t know what condition it was in, but he knew you still had it— as much as he wished that wasn’t true, as much as he’d tried otherwise. 

Jim stared at the creatures perched several stories above him, seated all around him so he stood in the middle like the circus performer he likened himself to. Their rough skin was grooved and dented to form spikes and wide features that were contorted in anger and suspected dissatisfaction as they leaned forward, extremely muscular arms holding them against the barrier while they clung onto it with curved, sharp claws. 

Jim swallowed, stood up straighter, and began the introduction Spock had written, “My name is James Tiberius Kirk of the United Federation of Planets. I am appearing before you as a neutral representative of the Fibonan Republic. I bring you a message of goodwill and present to you, esteemed members of the Teenaxi Delegation, a gift from the Fibonan High Council with the highest regard.” 

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anonymous asked:

What would be the boyband's reaction to their smol s/o having a HUGE dog? (My dog outweighs me by like 30 pounds ;;w;;)

My stepmom has a dog too, but he doesn’t outweigh me. Thank goodness for that, though, he’s a playful ol’ thing. (His name is Jesse and he’s super adorable. I love him.)

Noctis absolutely loves animals. He was super excited when his s/o said they had a dog, and he was eager to meet the pupper. Of course, when he actually meets their dog, there’s very lightly veiled terror underneath all that excitement. Noct and his s/o are pretty close to each other in weight, and the dog outweighs him, too. He’s wary not to get caught under all that bulk (he warped out of the way when the dog tried to jump on him), but the moment the dog calms down enough, Noct’s probably gonna take a nap against his back.

Prompto’s immediately inclined to compare his s/o’s dog to a sleeping chocobo. The size is actually a bit intimidating. Similar to Noct’s situation, Prompto and his s/o weigh around the same, which of course means the dog could topple him with one paw, probably. Prompto’s a bit wary around the doggo, but then he sees his s/o playing with him, and he immediately joins in on the fun. Lots of pictures are taken up until the moment where the dog almost steps on Prom’s camera. Less photos are taken, now from afar. 

As soon as Gladio meets his s/o’s dog, the two become inseparable. That pupper loves Gladio, not only is the guy super big but Gladio is always super enthusiastic to play with him. Finally, a bro who outweighs your dog. So yeah, Gladio plays with the doggo all the time. Tug of war, fetch, racing, you name it, they’re probably off doing it now. Gladio just got really excited when he saw that his s/o’s dog is the size of a small bear. He loves that dog, and has a soft spot for him. Whenever Gladdy’s reading, he’ll let the dog lay his head across his lap, and he’ll rub his ears.

It takes some time for Ignis to warm up to the dog. While he does love animals, it’s at a lesser intensity than that of the other bros. He’s actually momentarily concerned for the safety of his s/o. What if the dog were to sit on them? After he meets the dog in person, Ignis’ opinion improves. The dog, none the wiser however, often gets into many shenanigans that involve Ignis, leading to absolutely comedic situations. The look of utter betrayal on Iggy’s face when his s/o laughed after their dog licked him from chin to forehead was priceless. Another time, Iggy’s s/o walked into the living room to find the two of them in a standoff, each waiting for the other to make the first move to grab the toy centered between them.

anonymous asked:

Hi! My SDiT is a standart Australian Shepherd and I have the problem, that I need to use puplic transit on a daily basis. He is really calm about it but he tends to place himself in the middle of the way (like he wants to see everything) and while I manage to place him near me I am not sure about how to train him to lay down under the seat for example. Any tipps for the training and for traveling with service dogs?

Hi Anon!

If you use public transportation with your service dog, he really can’t be sitting or laying in the isle. Not only is it impolite and unprofessional, but there are rules which state all carry on items must be stored either under the seat or in your lap. You aren’t allowed to store anything in the isle for safety reasons. Same rules apply to service dogs. They must be either tucked under the seat (preferred) or in your lap (size-permitting). 

The easiest solution to this would be training him the commands “under” and “tuck.”  

How to Train Your Service Dog “Under”

To train your dog to “under,” start by sitting on the edge of a chair so there’s plenty of room between your feet and the chair legs. Take a treat and lure your dog through your legs so he’s standing in between your legs and the chair. Now tell your dog to down, and add the command “under!” Reward with a treat, and tell him to “stay.”  

Over the next few days, gradually increase the duration your dog must remain in this position. You can also gradually start scooting back in the chair as well so you’re sitting in a more comfortable position, and the space your dog has to “under” is less.  Again, reward for increased duration. 

Continue to practice frequently and increase the duration they must stay under. Faith is pictured here staying “under” on a boat ride last year. Yes, she looks hot and miserable lol. It was over 100*F and we all were. I worked her unvested that day. 

How to Train Your Service Dog “Tuck”

Start by finding a box that measures about the same length x width of your dog. Teach your dog to jump into the box and lay down. For Faith, I used a laundry basket. Once they can reliably jump into the box and lay down, add the command “tuck.”

Gradually reduce the size of the box until you reach a desired size. A good size to shoot for is about half the dog’s length. Obviously small dogs will have an easier time in small spaces than large dogs will. Nevertheless, I have seen large (and even some giant) breeds tuck themselves to fit into very tight locations.

Continue to practice frequently and increase the duration they must stay tucked. At restaurants, they might have to stay there for an hour or two. If they go to work or school, it’s even longer. Faith is pictured here tucking on an airplane. She stayed there for 6.5 hours when we flew to CA last year. 

I hope this helps! 
~ Lex (& Faith)

anonymous asked:

I don't know how to child, but I'm writing a biography outline for my characters. Is there a chart that shows approximately what percentage of their adult height they will be at what age, generally speaking? (Looking more specifically for at what age someone who's destined to be unusually tall will think of themselves as big enough to fight adults, and can't really narrow it down more than idk teenagerish sometime.) I know this is highly variable due to lots of factors, just looking for average.

Hey there! 

So I’m not sure exactly how much this helps, and it’s kind of an odd chart, but this is the CDC chart for the expected height and weight for boys: 

The chart for girls is here:

Both height and weight are shown by percentiles, with height and weight in both US (inches / lbs) and metric (cm / kg). 

I’m using boys because I found that chart first, but you can look at the same chart for girls if your character is DFAB. 

So looking at this chart, a 10-year-old boy in the 50th percentile would be about 51″ tall (4′3″) and about 70 lbs. However, a 10-year-old in the 95th percentile would weigh about 100lbs and be 59″ tall (4′11″). 

Fast forward to 12, when boys hormones start going crazy out of whack and the fighting instincts really start to take hold (oh, puberty). A 95th-percentile 12-year-old would be 5′2″ (62″) and 130lbs. That’s not huge, but still large enough to have some measure of confidence in their size and strength, especially if they’re an athlete, in going up against an adult. 

By 15, this kid might be 6′1″ (73″) and 175lbs – a truly towering figure, and someone who will definitely be feeling his oats when it comes to physical prowess. 

But to quote somebody famous (probably): It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog. Meaning, your character might be small compared to an adult (even at 12), but that doesn’t always stop people from fighting. If you’ve ever seen a Chihuaha take on a mastiff, you’ll realize that aggression and surprise count for a lot in terms of mindset. 

So I would say any time from 10 to 12 on would be appropriate for your kid being willing to fight an adult. I’m not saying they’ll win – that depends on lots of things, and kids are generally at a disadvantage, especially if the adult has fighting experience – but that might be when they try. This is down to personality as much as anything else. 

I hope this was helpful! 

xoxo, Aunt Scripty


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Cottontail Rabbit - The Hamburger of the Desert

Nearly everything out here eats this rabbit. It’s utterly delicious tasting like dark meat turkey. Anything bigger than it that is a predator eats it including Hawks, Ravens, Coyote, Snakes and Vultures. 

They don’t get too big, usually the size of a small dog and really only up to ten pounds at the very max but usually more around three to four pounds. They live in groups of just a few individuals up to nearly fifty or so. They make their home in Burrows, very thick brush or rock piles. Anything to help keep them safe from predators. Their diet consists of everything edible in the desert which is quite a bit for them. They blend in very well with their terrain and boy are they fast. They like to run and zig zag. They are easily identifiable from a Jack Rabbit by their size being about half the size of a jack and the tuft of white fur at their tail which is how they got their name Cotton Tail. The ones out here tend to be thinner than the ones back east but they taste just the same. 

I love these little guys. Their fur is decently thick and their skins while thin do take well to curing and you can use rabbit hide in many craft applications. It comes off pretty easy also and once you skin them they cook up fantastic. The meat is so lean there’s really no fat on it and it’s also dry so when you cook it you’ll have to cook it with something moist because it will soak up that moisture. Two of my favorite ways are stew and campfire however campfire rabbit does dry but it’s still tasty. 

They breed like… well… rabbits. A rabbit born at the beginning of the year can have her own liter of babies before the end of the year. That’s how quickly they mature. Their numbers wax and wane with the seasons. If it’s a good year they will be thick as flies and if it’s a bad year you’ll hardly see them. 

They tend to hold up if you’re walking and hunting them until you just about step on them then they break out from under the brush fast and hard and it’s a challenge to shoot them. It is damn fun to get lunch this way. You can also set snares and traps for them which work fairly well on game trails or outside burrows. 

All in all the Cotton Tail Rabbit is pretty much the most eaten animal in the Mojave. I’ve taken them with Slingshot, Arrow, Rifle, Shotgun, Pistol and traps. 

  • you fools: pleading for fall, which is the season of death and gateway to the frozen agony of winter
  • me: sweaty and sunburned but nonetheless elated in my tank top, surrounded by romping happy dogs, drinking an iced coffee the size of a small child. I am wearing three pairs of sunglasses