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Memories of a good dog

Otto sunset at Capital Hills

By Greg

There wouldn't be dogs without humans. And it's probably fair to question what would have become of humans without dogs. I mean, who would want to live in a world without dogs?

Humans and dogs are so symbiotic, their stories so intertwined, that it's easy to overlook the fact that dogs are absolutely amazing. A whole separate species that lives alongside us, follows our directions, reads our emotions, and brings us joy. They'd seem like magic if they weren't already such a part of us.

And because they are such a part of our lives, there's an empty spot when they're gone.

We've been feeling that absence acutely ever since we lost Otto two weeks ago. He was such a presence in my family's life, in our neighborhood, and here at AOA.

We miss him. A lot.

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Today's moment of autumn

otto capital hills 2015-11-20

First walk of the season at Capital Hills. Otto was happy to be back.

Today's moment of late autumn

otto running up golf course hill

Otto very much enjoyed a dash up the lightly frosted slope at Capital Hills on a crisp, clear morning.

Shampoodle

otto bath shampoodle

Otto generally tolerates the bath, in part because we bribe him with treats. Also we think he secretly kind of likes having the dryer used on him.

After a few walks in the rain and mud had left Otto looking (and more importantly, smelling) not so fresh, we knew what it was time for: a good Shampoodling.

Shampoodle is a do-it-yourself dog bath/grooming place with locations in Delmar and Clifton Park. It's come up once or twice before, but we figured it's worth its own standalone mention. Because it's the best way we've found to give Otto a bath.

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Hot, hot, hot

hot Otto

Hot. Dog.

This just in: it's a bit warm outside. The temp at ALB this afternoon hit 88. And it looks like Wednesday will be even hotter.

Here's the (paraphrased) forecast:

Tuesday night: Some relief, low of 61.
Wednesday: Find a cool drink -- and swim in it. High of 93.
Thursday: Eat the ice cream cone quickly, high in the upper 80s. Fifty percent chance of thunderstorms.
Friday: Cold snap. High in the upper 60s. Chance of rain.
The weekend: What you hoped for -- sunny and 70s.

Now, if you'll excuse us, Otto's demanding more ice in his drink. And a tiny umbrella.

AOA office memo

otto asleep

Otto hard at work. As usual.

MEMO

To: all AOA editors, contributors, participants

Re: office dog

Two years ago today Otto started his job as AOA's office dog. Please join us in warmly congratulating him on the anniversary.

otto_napping.jpgDuring the past two years Otto has grown (literally and figuratively) into the position. His originally modest job description now includes:

greeting visitors
twittering
US Postal Service liaison
summer replacement
document shredding
product testing
lunch monitor
holiday model

In addition, he's also enthusiastically served as AOA's goodwill ambassador.

Here's to many more years.

Happy Holidays

otto christmas tree

Otto's spot for a long winter's nap.

AOA's taking a bit of a break for the holidays. We'll be posting on a lighter schedule through the New Year.

We hope you've had a great year. Thanks for spending a little bit of it with us.

Happy Thanksgiving

Otto pumpkin

Otto's thankful he didn't have to wear this pumpkin costume very long.

What's AOA thankful for this year? All the interesting people who take the time to comment and send along cool ideas.

Thank you.

Taste testing Rachael Ray Booscotti

Otto choosing treats
Otto considers his choice.
Rachael Ray Booscotti

Not content to merely take over the human world, Rachael Ray -- and her brand -- recently expanded into the world of dog treats and dog food. The Rachael Ray Nutrish line features "premium" dog food, chewy "Grill Bites," and crunchy "Booscotti" (as in Isaboo, Rachael's dog).

Here's how the Booscotti are described on the RR site:

It's fun to watch my Isaboo start her tail waggin' the minute she sees these treats. I'll bet your dog will go crazy for them, too.

Well, we'll just see about that. We put the Booscotti to the test with Otto, the AOA office dog.

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Otto's Summer: ice cream

Otto with a doggie sundae

For Otto's next trick, he'll make this sundae disappear.

By Otto

Frozen yogurt is one of my favorite treats. I like to tag along with my people when they go to Emack & Bolio's because they buy me a doggie sundae there. (And the last time we were there, the scoops were much bigger.)

Otto is the AOA office dog

Otto's Summer: picnics

picnic by the lake in Washington Park

Otto likes to have a view while he picnics.

By Otto

My people like to take me on picnics to Washington Park. Not only are there lots of places there to roll out the blanket, but it's also close enough to Lark Street that they can pick up some food if they're not feeling like packing the basket themselves.

And if you're just looking to eat al fresco, sans blanket, be sure to check out the Capital Region Outdoor Dining Map.

Otto is the AOA office dog

Otto's Summer: baseball

Otto at the Joe

Otto is looking forward to Bark in the Park at The Joe on August 30.

By Otto

I like a game of fetch as much as the next dog, but sometimes it's nice to sit back and watch humans chase the ball. And the ValleyCats do have some fun promotions.

Otto is the AOA office dog

Otto's Summer: swimming

Otto in the pool

Otto only goes swimming with supervision.

By Otto

In case you haven't noticed, I'm wearing a fur coat pretty much all the time. So when it gets really hot, I like to take a dip in the pool. Unfortunately, I don't have a lot of choices when it comes to pool selection. But humans in the Capital Region certainly do.

Otto is the AOA office dog

Otto's Summer: grilling

Otto at the grill

Otto enjoys the convenience of propane.

By Otto

One of my favorite things to do during the summer is grill. I'm a big fan of the frankfurters from the Troy Pork Store (I can't bear to call them "hot dogs" -- too weird). And when I don't feel like a burger or 'furter, I like to mix things up with some locally-made chicken sausage.

Otto is the AOA office dog

AOA Memo

otto_napping.jpg

We're not sure napping was in the job description

MEMO

otto_closeup_small.jpgTo: all AOA editors, contributors, participants

Re: new office dog

His name is Otto. He's a collie. He enjoys chewing, napping and chasing people as if they were sheep.

His current project is making sure to take care of business outside. Otto will report directly to the editors.

Please welcome him aboard.

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