Thursday, September 11, 2014

Dogspeed Harper!

May 16, 2014

A far-away shot of a woman wearing blue jeans, a grey t-shirt and a purlple zipped sweatshirt open over it, standing on the shore of Lake Superior holding a leash in her left hand. The leash is attached to a golden retriever puppy who is standing on the left toward her, but looking at the camera. In the long foreground is a sandy beach iwth small rocks strewn about. There are dirty small ice bergs floating in the blue water behind them. The sky is about the same blue as the water and the horizon can barely be discerned.
Tammy and FLD Harper enjoy a bit of solitude along the shores of Lake Superior.

We make a few stops on the long drive home from Baraga.  This will be FLD Harper's last trip to the U.P.

A golden retriever sits in front of a large metal sign. On the left of the sign is an antlered deer standing on its hind legs, on the right side of the sign is a black bear standing up on its hind legs. The two animals are holding the outline of a brown metal sign that has the word "Lakenenland" in yellow inside of it Behind the sign are trees. The dog is sitting in what looks like mulch. He is wearing the blue Future Leader Dog bandana.
FLD Harper poses in front of the Lakenenland sign. The "junkyard art" exhibit is between Marquette and Munising along M-28. We've been driving past Lakenenland for months and finally stopped. Tammy had fun posing Harper next to many of the metal sculptures.

The golden retriever with the blue bandana is lying down inside a hollowed out section of a large tree trunk. He is looking out like he is ready to take on the world.
FLD Harper strikes a proud pose in a tree trunk!

The golden retriever sits on a section of brown metal facing the camera. On the left in front of the dog is a large blue metal dog food bowl with the name "Peaches" on it. There are large metal bolts in the bowl lke dog food. To the right behind the dog is a metal "cell" with red metal bars with a blue chain holding them together. Inside is some kind of creature with his mouth open and large white teeth.
FLD Harper sniffed Peaches' food but it was tooooo rusty!

The golden retriever stands in front of a metal sculpture of a dog sled team, mounted on a wood ramp. His leash is tied to the lead metal dog and his eyes are squinting. There is a metal man on the sled behind the metal dogs. A black metal sign above the sculpture says "Finnish" and on the side it says UP 200.
FLD Harper is amused to think that he could lead the UP 200 dogsled team. The UP 200 is a qualifying race for Alaska's Iditarod sled dog race.

The golden retriever, weraing a baby blue "working" jacket, is sitting on a wooden float in front of a white life ring that is hanging on a wood rail. In black letters on the ring are the words "Palms Book State Park." There is a wire grate between the top wood rail and the bottom rail.
FLD Harper sits on the observation raft on the "Big Spring" - Kitch-iti-kipi at the Palms Book State Park. The natural spring is 200 feet across and 40 feet deep. The raft has a glass bottom and the water is crystal clear to the bottom. (The raft is totally closed in, so there is no fear of losing Harper.)
It was a bitter-sweet trip.


  1. Harper was very lucky to have you. What a handsome fellow!

    1. I was lucky to have Harper stay with us a few times, but my friend and puppy counselor Tammy was his raiser. He was lucky to have HER! (Thanks for stopping by!)