We took the step and volunteered for foster three Doberman puppies... these are three sweet girls, four weeks old, in the meantime five and a half. They are called Elsa (red), Princess and Lilly.
While they are really adorable, there is a lot of work involved. So if you want to get a puppy, be sure to talk to people who have done it to know what you are getting yourself into. But enough of the talk, here are some pictures.
Alan Rickman passed away at age 69. His recent fame came with the Harry Potter movies, but my best memory will always be his role in Galaxy Quest, a grossly undervalued movie, where he joined a great cast. The famous quote, which he perhaps uttered a half dozen times with a wide range of meanings in the scenes context was "By Grabthar's hammer, by the suns of Worvan, you shall be avenged. " I saw it today in various cuts on YouTube, hilarious, despite the occasion.
Just a short while ago it was announced that David Bowie passed away, at age 69. With no doubt, he was one of the most charismatic people out there. My early memory other than his music is actually associated to the movie Labyrinth from 1986, where he played the Goblin King. There is no need to list the music at this place - I will remember these for a long time to come.
We are now going to Fiesta Island from time to time, and Skylar the Doberman is happily going into the water, despite rather cold weather. Below is a video capture that shows him nearly swimming, I like to think that he lost touch to the ground for a second or two.
The YouTube video also features Google's new Donate card, it's popping up at supported devices around second 15. I picked the Southern California "Dobies and Little Paws Rescue" in Fillmore, CA, a little north of Los Angeles. While Skylar has no known relation to that organization, we went there once to looks for a companion. Since it's the season, watch it and donate if you feel like it, or do other good things :-)
Another Skylar Video, this time about learning to overcome fear of water in the pool. We placed a favorite toy in the mini-pool and while Skylar was hesitant in the beginning, he did go after the ball quite fast and without fear after a few attempts.
Interesting side story: I was using the song "When Johnny Comes Marching Home" as music because of the Dr. Strangelove reference. The original song origin is dating back to the Civil War, so it should be freely available, but I could not find it for "free", other than at dubious locations. There was a version at the Library of Congress, so I assumed that this one would be free to use. But YouTube matched it against a copyright claim... too bad. It is legal to use, but may be monetized by the copyright holder. I left the song in, because it really fits well with the content. Anyway, odd situation, because the main content is the video, and why would the monetization opportunity go to the soundtrack? It's probably too late because you watched the video already, but an alternative version with different music and NO ADs is here.
Also, FYI: the video was shot with iPhone 6, and edited with Vegas Pro 13.