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Clark, Betsy and their love for tennis balls

20 Sep

I am such a huge animal lover and I make no exception when it comes to my friend’s pets.  One of my closest friends Emily and her husband, Matt, have the most adorable Boston Terriers you will ever see.  They were down in the San Francisco area this weekend visiting so of course Ian and I had to go visit with them and see the pups.  I used to live with Emily and Matt in Lake Tahoe right before they got married.  At that point in time they only had Lord Clark Hamilton the third…. Or just Clark 🙂 (top left photo).  Before I would leave for the day to go snowboarding and after Em and Matt would head to work, little Clark would crawl under the covers with me and put his head on the pillow right next to mine.  It made my mornings, every morning.  Then when it was time to wake up, his little snorting breaths would increase as he’d hop up and jump rambunctiously around waiting for me to hopefully throw his beloved… tennis ball.  The only snuggle time you get with Clark is before you fall asleep or right before you get up for the morning.  Besides for those times his focus is strictly on the tennis ball.  I knew dogs loved these things but Boston Terriers take love a little over the line to obsession.  After I moved back to the San Francisco area, they got another Boston Terrier named Betsy to keep Clark company while Em and Matt were at work.  Betsy is so adorable but has joined Clark in his obsession with tennis balls.  Now they fight over the tennis ball and like energizer bunnies, chase each other endlessly in search of the ultimate “find” of the tennis ball.

This is how they look at the tennis ball when you hold it just out of reach.  Their attention span lasts for hours, I swear.  Once, we tied a tennis ball to the top of the stairs just out of reach and when we came back later that day Clark was still sitting right beneath it staring at it waiting for it to magically fall into his mouth.

This is where it gets good…  They also are avid swimmers.  Well at least Clark is and Betsy waits for him to bring the tennis balls back so she can love fight with Clark for the prize.

Here you can see it in his eyes… HA!  Since the tennis ball is almost as big as his jaws, he has quite the tough time actually wrapping his jaws around the tennis ball.  He bobs it a few times before locking it in to bring home to Betsy.

If Clark doesn’t reach it the first time, he launches back in to try again.

His extension is really remarkable.  Eye on the prize.  He is committed to getting that tennis ball 🙂

Finally Clark gets the ball and heads back to his girl Betsy.

She appreciates is but after all Clark’s work, Betsy is getting tired.  The two of them don’t easily tire but when they do, they are ready for a nap.

(This is Em’s photo)

Finally, at some point they do forget about the tennis ball and remember what’s most important to them.  Each other 🙂

Ohhhh, it is loveee!

2 Aug

My brother (Andrew Hedin) and his fiance (Liz Stewart) are getting married this September and what an amazing match they are!  My brother has flown in the air force for the past 9 years as many job titles but never his life long dream title of Pilot, although he is a pilot outside of the air force with gliders and private planes.  His dream has been to fly for the air force and major commercial airlines which was made a dream come true about a year or so ago.  He wanted to sharpen his skills before taking the final pilot’s test so he decided to go to a tutoring center to really hone his skills.  Who do you know was managing the office… Liz!  Needless to say, Andrew passed his test so he and Liz will be leaving after their honeymoon to go on his pilot journey for three years.  He’s lucky to be able to bring his other half along : )  I couldn’t be more happy about the union of the two and wanted to take some photos for them.  What better place to do it than an airshow!  The very thing that brought them together is the very thing that’s going to keep them together on their travels.  Here are a few of my favorites from Sunday.

The ring!

Airplanes : )

Watching the air show together which was incredible to watch.

In the background is my brother’s helicopter!!  It was SO cool to sit in his seat and see his “office.”  Funny note: His seat is actually so small he couldn’t sit in it properly.  He had to sit on it sideways and on one knee to be able to perform his duties on the helicopter.

The nose and tail of this plane both opened up, it was HUGE.

LOVE.

Watching the planes together.

There are more but I’ll leave it up to the happy couple to determine what they’d like to share!