a Taj MuttHall Dog Diary: Disneyland and Dogs

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Disneyland and Dogs

SUMMARY: Dogs at Disneland

I don't ever remember seeing dogs at Disneyland before (except for Pluto and Goofy, of course). This week there seemed to be a tremendous number (OK, maybe 5 or 6) assistance-dogs-in-training whom we encountered at various places in the park. Maybe it was a special a-d-i-t weekend at the park.

Also met one dog in the security line before the park (yes, they check your bags now for bombs or maybe Food Brought In From Outside) who was on its way to the Dland kennel for the day. A Cocker Spaniel--a very very obese Cocker Spaniel. It's not just the human population of the U.S. that seems to need weight control--is it my imagination or are there more obese dogs now than ever before? You could've used this guy's back as an end table, it was so broad.

And speaking of Pluto--Friday night, I saw Pluto saunter out from backstage onto Main Street, and the first thing he did--surprising and amusing me--was to dash over to the nearest lamppost and start sniffing around the base. Typical dog. He did not, however, make any attempt to raise his leg, which was a relief.

Dog with keys in Pirates. This was my experiment with 1600 ISO setting. Even with the widest aperture, it was still a half-second exposure in a moving boat and although I tried 3 times, they all came out blurry.

Of course there's the dog in the Pirates of the Caribbean who holds the keys to the pirates' jail cells, and the ghost dog from Nightmare Before Christmas in the seasonally decorated Haunted Mansion. Nana, the Saint Bernard, in the Peter Pan ride. Hmm, thought I noticed dogs elsewhere, but don't recall any more offhand.

So, you see, I didn't have a weekend without dogs after all!

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