Hello Everyone, it’s me, Wimsey—or perhaps his evil twin,
it’s so hard to tell these days—coming to you from Manhattan’s Upper West Side
where I have been busy entertaining visitors and locals alike with my summery
antics.But before I go any further, a
big shout out to the Magna Carta whose birthday it is today! It was signed June
15, 1215 in Runnymede, England (starting to ring a bell here?) and for those of
you who slept through history class dreaming of the bad bloodhounds you were
going to acquire, it formally placed a brake on the royal power the English
king. Personally, I think that King John was forced to sign the Magna Carta
because the English barons didn’t like him very much.Barons have a habit of doing that when you lose
France. So if ever there was a monarch
who needed a bloodhound to increase his popularly it was King John.
My bloodhounded human Maria and her friend
Elizabeth can readily attest to the difference a conspicuous canine with
“personality” can make to one’s personal popularity.But as an absolute monarch myself I do
sympathize with King John-- although I would be more apt to steal France than
to lose it (not to mention that possession is ten tenths of bloodhound law) and
if anyone presented me with a document to sign it would most likely join the
contents of the cookie pouch in my gullet. (In NYC hip hop circles I am known
as Snack Monster Wimsey).
But I digress.The
week got off to an exciting start on Sunday with New York’s Puerto Rican Day
parade. This meant that the bridle path in Central Park was chock- a- block
with mounted police and their horses which was extremely interesting.We spent considerable time chatting with an
officer who was quite taken with me and tried induce me to visit the horses in their
van. However, I have an inherent distrust of doing anything that humans want me
to do as somehow this always ends up in fingers up my bum or soapy water on my
And unlike some canines I could name (like my 25 pound
Frenchie friend Pluto who came over for a visit this week and tried to steal my
lunch!) I have a healthy respect for animals who are bigger than I am (except
of course humans who are mostly not bigger than I am and in any case have
limited potential to nip me in the tush or kick me with their hooves).I also felt strongly that the interesting end
of the equine is not the front.It turns
out that one of the horses has a habit of tossing over his basket of hay so his
human has to reassemble it for him. My humans nodded sagely—another example of
Then of course I spent some time meeting and greeting parade
attendees and listening to my humans expound on the virtues (or not) of The
Bloodhound. Someone asked Elizabeth this week what she
liked about bloodhounds. This was apparently a real brainteaser. She finally
said that we are entertaining. What she really meant was that we are
“entertaining.” (In much the same way as
a two year old on a sugar high).In any
case we Hounds are much better in the telling than in the experiencing, time
being a great healer.Except of course
when the humiliating things happen to other people.
And on the subject of popularity, our friend Virve and her
husband (who opined that bloodhounds were like a conspiracy to take over the
world), who are owned by a Finnish bloodhound, came to New York to meet
me.We all went for a lovely walk Monday
evening in Central Park where I put on a masterful display of plastic water
bottle hunting and not going in the direction that anyone to go in. And as usual what starts out as a photo op
with me ends up as a photo op of my belly.And like all good visitors our friends came bearing suitable tribute—in
this case a moose rawhide. (Funny how no one ever brings my humans anything.
But then they don’t sell Valium in Duty Free).
Now this moose chew is an excellent thing, not the least
because I have incorporated it into my early evening walking ritual (for those
of you who read this blog, you know that I have a firmly established policy of
not doing anything that humans want me to do unless they pay me to do it):
who’s here Wimsey! It’s your human Maria! We are all going for a walk!
Wimsey: Excuse me
did you say something? I’m busy here with my moose chew.
Elizabeth and Maria:
Yes, let’s go for a walk!
Wimsey: Not right
now. I’m at a crucial stage with my moose chew. I’ve got it properly salivated.
Elizabeth and Maria:
But it’s a beautiful evening and it’s time for your walk.
Wimsey: You go
then.You can tell me all about it. But
don’t pee in the tree pits—the people in the building get mad if you do.
Elizabeth and Maria:
Let’s put on your collar and harness!
not. I prefer to work on my moose chew.
Elizabeth and Maria:Here, have a cookie!
cookie?If it’s the usual Old Mother
Hubbard ones then I think I’ll stay here with my moose chew.
Elizabeth and Maria:
How about the Fromm salmon and sweet potato ones?
Wimsey:Throw in a few of those peanut butter-nanna
things from Bil Jac and you have a deal.
Elizabeth and Maria:
OK, you’ve been leashed and cookied. Now drop the moose chew.
Wimsey: It needs
some air. But it would be hard to hold the moose chew and eat a large piece of turkey
at the same time…
So the moose chew has proven an excellent addition to my
repertoire of annoying behaviors. And speaking of which (and when are we not)
as the days get warmer my addiction to the Central Park Lake gets stronger and so
now not only do I tow over to The Lake but also once I get in I refuse to get
out.This causes all manner of pleading from
my humans and photo ops for lakeside visitors. And I have been going in so deep
that I am beginning to resemble a black and tan crocodile with just my top line
and snout visible.
But in honor of my summer exploits I would like to share
with you Thursday’s photo diary.It was
a beautiful day here and so I decided that Elizabeth and I should spend the
entire afternoon in Central Park.The
fact that Elizabeth actually had work to do that I was preventing her from
doing made the day all the more satisfying:
A Walk in the Park
with Wimsey is Not a Walk in the Park
First some lakeside activities:
Here I am having a fortifying pre-dip snack before going
in.It turns out that the Lake is ringed
with all manner of succulent, delicious plants, the remains of which my humans
enjoy extracting from my bottom in subsequent days.It provides a kind of a Proustian Remembrance
of Plants Past:“Ah yes I remember that
plant—Wimsey had it on Sunday. Such a beautiful day it was.”
And here I am splashing about—so far there are no photos of
Crocodile Wimsey since Elizabeth needs both hands to keep from taking a
refreshing dip herself.
Then I noticed these two people on the rock photographing
They had a small stuffed dog in the foreground with which I
decided to become better acquainted.
Next, I decided to migrate over to this side of the Lake
where there was a very tasty looking duck.Sadly I was not permitted to get better acquainted with it either.
Then it was time for a quick lie down in the shady dirt next
to the Ladies Pavilion (soon to be renamed the Hound’s Pavilion).I like to lie down in the dirt when I am wet
as this helps me form a nice cooling crust for the rest of the walk.
Here I am in a favorite field by the Puppet Theater. I
scored the poop of a miscellaneous animal (at least Elizabeth hopes it was from
a miscellaneous animal). Fortunately these snack sized deposits are difficult
for her to see in the grass but not difficult for me to smell.
Then as I was in the process of towing over to the snack bar
at the Delacorte Theater we ran into this nice lady in whose bag I smelled dog
treats. Sadly she said there were none left. I hate when that happens.
She took many photographs of me and said that you could see
that I had a lot of “personality.” Fortunately this surfeit of “personality” is
as useful for driving my humans to drink as it is for creating appealing
Here I am posing with the snack bar in the background.It took considerable patience and a lot of
turkey to get me to face in this direction. The snack bar has excellent baked
goods of which I am inordinately fond.
I am also inordinately fond of waffles so after saying
goodbye to the nice woman with the camera I headed over to the Belgian waffle
truck to create a baying for waffles ruckus.Fortunately the people who run the truck have a sense of humor.I’m not so sure about the people trying to
buy and eat the waffles.
After a considerable amount of time by the waffle truck I
immediately high tailed it into the adjacent field by the Turtle Pond; it’s a
popular spot for picnics and for picnic invaders such as myself.
And of course, even the merest suggestion that we should be
headed home causes me to park my tush on a bench and refuse to move.This behavior draws lots of admirers (and
snickers) and inevitably leads to lengthy conversations with passersby about me
which inevitably leads to lengthy delays in heading home.I will of course obediently get off the bench
for a fistful of turkey.Until I get on the
Well I think that is about all for now.I was up for a commercial this week but I just
heard that they chose other breeds of dog.I wonder why?