THE CANINE UNIT

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WHAT IT IS

 

On a warm September afternoon Cricket and I found ourselves travelling along Commercial street heading toward the TD Garden to take in an exhibition game between the Boston Bruins and the Montreal Canadians.

 

As we drove along, a speeding silver mustang convertible, blue and red lights flashing, raced behind then beyond us. Cricket instinctively floored it and we followed the mustang for several blocks until it came to an abrupt stop along with several other police vehicles.

 

It seems a drug bust involving a new, elite canine unit and regular Boston police officers was about to take place. Sapphire took this photo of the head of this canine unit as he was relaxing in his mustang after a successful raid.

 

WHAT IT IS NOT

 

CEO Hugh Grant of Monsanto has issued a directive to all senior executives that they must travel in company SUV’s and be guarded at all times by company security officials.

 

Particularly singled out was Vice President Dr. Micheal K. Stein whose chauffeured silver mustang convertible has been often seen racing around St. Louis, Missouri.

 

Pictured here is the now laid-off chauffeur Gus. Fortunately for Gus, he has recently secured employment in Oslo, Norway herding up a group of chipmunks for a national bank in that city.

 

 

THE RAIDS

                                                    

 

 

 

 

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation released this photo at a news conference held on the outskirts of Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania. According to local agents, a raid was conducted in an effort to round up some wanted ringleaders of an international insect syndicate.

 

Although the raid did not produce any arrests, a wasp, a bee and a dragonfly were seen fleeing the scene. The only item of significance found was a manifesto outlining the group’s intentions and a list of companies tied to the genetically modified seed industry.

WHAT IT IS NOT

 

Hidden among the bushes and trees are six security guards employed by the Handelsbanken in Oslo, Norway. The guards have been instructed to detain the three remaining chipmunks that the bank used in a failed customer relations project.

 

These munks were once used in an effort to help customers of the bank count their cash at the bank’s ATMs, but the project was shelved for a variety of reasons. Most of the munks have been shipped back to Canada, but the three remaining ones seem determined to continue to help their customers.

THE BUS STOP

 

 

 

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WHAT IT IS

Cricket and I were stuck behind the Beaver Falls city transit bus for some time. We were in no rush and rather enjoyed the stopping and starting; watching the people coming and going as the bus made its appointed rounds.

We were driving close to the Beaver River when the bus stopped to let on some passengers. A loud, verbal argument broke out between the driver and a couple of would-be passengers. It seems two canines were refused passage onto the bus. The two, one an Olympic athlete and the other his trainer, protested loudly that they had to get to the airport for a flight to the canine Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Cricket took this photo just before Sapphire loaded the dogs into our car and whisked them to the airport.

 

WHAT IT IS NOT

The Municipality of the French River in Northern Ontario, Canada recent passed a bylaw chastising ‘portly pups and fat felines’ who were living within the boundaries of the municipality. The bylaw would require all pets to be weighed by the town veterinarian and if they were deemed overweight, the appropriate license would not be issued.

The two dogs in the above photograph were ordered out of town for refusing to report to the town veterinarian. Sapphire took this photo as the two waited for a bus destined for Toronto, Canada.

 

THE FROG

 

 

 

 

 

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Early on a Sunday morning, Lake Tomiko resident Gus ‘the master’ Madison was leisurely paddling his canoe along the shoreline when he ventured into a swampy area of the lake. As his canoe skimmed along the water’s surface, Gus came across a huge log where small rocks were unmistakably arranged in patterns resembling Orion, The Big Dipper, Cassiopeia and other constellations were on display.

At the end of the log, a green frog dove into the murky water, but not before Gus got this photo taken. Cricket found a plain brown envelope in our mailbox containing this photo and a brief explanation of the events leading up to the time this photo was taken.

 

WHAT IT IS NOT

 

One of the most anticipated events at the Apache county fair in Oklahoma is the frog jumping contest. Frogs from all over the west south central states of the USA converge on Apache to compete for bragging rights and modest prize money.

Sapphire took this photo of ‘buck-jimmey’ who hails from Chappell Hill, Texas and who won the longest jump at thirty-five feet, one inch.

THE FLYING DUCK

Why would a duck attack a drone or apply for a job in a ballet?

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Cricket and I usually don’t find ourselves in South America, but on one occasion we were actually on a tour of Pablo Escobar’s compound in Medellin, Columbia. After the tour, we were relaxing on our hotel balcony when a drone appeared out of nowhere. As the drone was hovering in front of us, a duck smashed into the drone causing its destruction.

We later found out that twenty ducks are used by state run authorities to disrupt drug cartel drones, which they use for everything from communications to actual drug deliveries.

 

WHAT IT IS NOT

A few weeks before the production was to open, Sapphire took this photo of an Ugly Duckling hopeful as he flew around St. James park in Toronto.

On his Facebook page this duck wrote, “Mildred Duck says I’m too cute for the Ugly Duckling … she’s right.”

THE DESERT

Camping alone is not the best idea.

 

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Cricket said his guide may have had mental health issues, he didn’t know. What he did know is that the guide just left him in the Gobi Desert to fend for himself.

Cricket had gone to the desert to photograph the wild onions that are used for food by the various creatures that inhabit the desert. Cricket used his SAT phone to contact his helicopter pilot and took this photo as they took off for Sainshand, Mongolia.

 

WHAT IT IS NOT

Cricket and I spend a lot of time together, but once a year on July 2nd, Cricket strikes out on his own for a couple days of solo camping in order to show off his independent streak.

He loads up the truck with all manner of camping equipment, camera gear and any supplies he thinks he may need. During one such outing, Cricket got a flat tire and because he left behind the jack, tire iron and spare tire in favour of “necessary gear”, he found himself in quite a pickle.

After scrambling up to the top of a gravel pit, he managed to get enough of a cell signal to call a tow truck. He took this photo as he waited for the truck to arrive.

 

THE JUMPING DOG

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WHAT IT IS

 

When the International Olympic Committee announced the first ever canine Olympics was to take place in Salk Lake City, Utah, this Shetland sheepdog from Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania began training immediately.

Canines are allowed to enter three separate events. Hopes are high throughout the United States that this dog will take home gold in the high jump, silver the hundred meters and perhaps even a bronze in treat eating.

Sapphire took this photo on a cold, snowy day near where the Amtrak came to an unscheduled halt and where several canines were training.

 

WHAT IT IS NOT

 

There is a small mammal research farm several kilometers from our Wanapitei home, on HWY 537. Sapphire was asked by the owners of the farm if she could drop by and take a few photos to be used in an upcoming promotional pamphlet the farm was planning to create.

The story of this jumping Shetland sheepdog turned out to quite interesting. The dog was herding up a group of chipmunks which were to be shipped to Oslo, Norway to a large banking institution. What exactly a bank was to do with chipmunks was not made clear to Sapphire.