Working, daydreaming, smiling on a Friday!

Someone walks briskly to work in downtown San Diego.
Someone walks briskly to work in downtown San Diego.

Morning in downtown San Diego. Another day has begun. More hustle and bustle. More things to do.

But something feels different . . .

It’s Friday!

Working on the sidewalk early Friday morning. Always more to do.
Working on the sidewalk early Friday morning. Always more to do.
Tearing out the interior of the old Gaslamp 15 movie theater.
Tearing out the interior of the old Gaslamp 15 movie theater.
The clock on the John D. Spreckels Building is optimistic. Almost four o'clock on Friday would be good right now.
The antique clock on the John D. Spreckels Building seems optimistic. Almost four o’clock on Friday would be good right now.
Someone is wide awake and bright-eyed behind this shop window.
Someone is wide awake and bright-eyed behind this shop window.
Don't interrupt my breakfast! One of the many cats at the William Heath Davis House in the Gaslamp.
Don’t interrupt my breakfast! One of the many cats at the William Heath Davis House in the Gaslamp.
Smile! It's Friday!
Smile! It’s Friday!
A hearty laugh over breakfast.
A hearty laugh over breakfast.
Friday morning mowing at Petco's Park at the Park.
Friday morning mowing at Petco’s Park at the Park.
To a best friend on a morning walk, which day it is doesn't matter.
To a best friend on a morning walk, which day it is doesn’t matter.
Carrying the bicycle up many steps, heading toward the bayfront. It should be a fine day for a ride along the water.
Carrying the bicycle up many steps, heading toward the bayfront. It should be a fine day for a ride along the water.
Waiting for a Friday morning Coaster at Santa Fe Depot. One last weekday commute.
Waiting for a Friday morning Coaster at Santa Fe Depot. One last weekday commute.
Daydreaming while heading to work on the trolley. Almost the weekend.
Daydreaming while heading to work on the trolley. Almost the weekend.

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Remember Me Thursday love in Balboa Park.

A best friend.
A best friend.

Every year, the lives of almost 3 million shelter animals are terminated. It’s a colossal, heartbreaking tragedy that defies understanding–because it needn’t happen. Remember Me Thursday is a global event that shines a light on the plight of shelter animals, and on the positive choice of animal adoption.

Here are a few photos from the special Remember Me Thursday candlelight vigil held this evening in Balboa Park. Those who participated gathered near the corner of Sixth Avenue and Laurel Street. The annual event was created five years ago by Mike Arms, President and CEO of Helen Woodward Animal Center.

Remember Me Thursday has spread worldwide and now hundreds of animal welfare organizations participate.

This evening in Balboa Park, hearts were lit for innocent animals in San Diego and around the world waiting for adoption. Like you, they simply want to live and be loved.

Smiles from the Helen Woodward Animal Center during Remember Me Thursday in Balboa Park.
Smiles from the Helen Woodward Animal Center during Remember Me Thursday in Balboa Park.
People gather to remember animals waiting in shelters to be adopted--and those who lost their lives.
People gather to remember animals waiting in shelters to be adopted–and those who have lost their lives.
The deeply touching Remember Me Thursday poem by Mike Arms.
The deeply touching Remember Me Thursday poem by Mike Arms.
A gathering in Balboa Park and an urgent message. Millions of shelter animals around the world simply want to live and be loved.
A gathering in Balboa Park and an urgent message. Millions of shelter animals around the world simply want to live and be loved.
A banner invites messages of hope and love.
A banner invites messages of hope and gratitude.
A wish that pets know the selfless love that they provide us while on Earth.
A wish that pets know the selfless love that they provide us while on Earth.
A few loving words for the best hamster a boy could ever have.
A few powerful words for the best hamster a boy could ever have.
As the sun sets, people wait to watch a moving video and hear the reading of Mike Arms' poem.
As the sun sets, people wait to watch a thought-provoking video and hear the reading of Mike Arms’ poem.
Many candles were then lit.
Many candles were then lit.

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A short, mysterious story about a dog’s tail.

Like a mysterious living battery, your dog stores up love. Its tail is powered by love.

A healing love that flows from hand, to hand.

If you’d like to read a bit of fiction I wrote over the weekend about this magical phenomenon, a very short story that I’ve simply titled A Dog’s Tail, then follow the link! If you enjoy reading Cool San Diego Sights, you might like it!

Along with a variety of other philosophical stories, A Dog’s Tail resides on my special writing blog, Short Stories by Richard.

Cosplay dogs become celebrities at PAWmicon!

Three canine superstars get their photo during PAWmicon. Cosplay goes to the dogs.
Three canine celebrities get their photo taken during PAWmicon. Cosplay goes to the dogs.

The humans can’t have all the fun during Comic-Con!

Check out some photos of dog cosplay at today’s PAWmicon event, which took place at Hazard Center. Helen Woodward Animal Center had adoptable dogs dressed up as superheroes, and friendly pups proceeded to save smiling humans! As the bumper sticker says: Who rescued who?

Dogs brought by those attending the event were also dressed up for a costume contest. I know–a bit silly–but every two-legged and four-legged critter at PAWmicon seemed quite happy!

Helen Woodward Animal Center created PAWmicon to help adoptable dogs find loving homes. Cosplay for a cause.
Helen Woodward Animal Center created PAWmicon to help adoptable dogs find loving homes. Cosplay for a cause.
I spotted Hairy Pawter in the Dogwarts Express.
I spotted Hairy Pawter in the Dogwarts Express.
Bat-dog was keeping an eye on the mayhem.
Bat-dog was keeping an eye on the mayhem.
I see Harley-canine and Super-growl.
I see Harley-canine and Super-growl.
Bat-dog returned to the relative safety of Gotham. San Diego is just too crazy.
Bat-dog returned to the relative safety of Gotham. San Diego is just too crazy.
A cosplay dog is a star of the show.
A cosplay dog is a star of the show.
The furriest critter around wasn't a pooch--it was Chewbacca!
The furriest critter around wasn’t a pooch–it was Chewbacca!
Not sure who this dog is pretending to be. Perhaps Captain Paw-merica.
Not sure what superhero this dog is dressed up to be. Perhaps some sort of Captain Paw-merica.
Here comes Scooby Doo. He ate so many Scooby snacks, he outgrew the Mystery Machine!
Here comes Scooby Doo. He ate so many Scooby snacks, he outgrew the Mystery Machine!

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Dogs and cats run wild throughout San Diego!

A wrinkly dog stands eternally inside the front door of Old Town's Korky's Ice Cream and Coffee.
A wrinkly dog stands eternally inside the front door of Korky’s Ice Cream and Coffee in Old Town San Diego.

Here’s a fun blog post!

Once in a while during my walks I come across art depicting dogs or cats. And sometimes it occurs to me to take a photograph!

Today I rode the trolley to Old Town, where I discovered some more dogs and cats running about my field of vision!

Some of these photos were taken elsewhere in San Diego and have been sitting in my computer waiting for the right moment.

Enjoy!

A cool cat bench outside the entrance of the Coronado Veterinary Hospital.
A cool cat bench outside the entrance of the Coronado Veterinary Hospital.
Two dogs stand guard on a downtown San Diego sidewalk.
Two dogs stand guard on a downtown San Diego sidewalk.
This realistic cat is ready to jump from a flower pot.
This realistic cat seems ready to jump from a flower pot.
Pottery pooches on a shop's shelf in Old Town.
Pottery pooches on a shop’s shelf in Old Town.
An army of pottery pooches!
An army of ceramic pooches!
Beautiful dog art at Seaport Village's wonderful The Tile Shop.
Beautiful dog art for sale inside Seaport Village’s fantastic The Tile Shop.
A curious cat observes a blue moth in a flower.
A curious cat observes a blue moth on a flower.
u mad bro?
u mad bro?
A very colorful cat bag.
A very colorful cat bag.
Two dogs run in circles at the Balboa Park Carousel.
Two dogs run in circles at the Balboa Park Carousel.
A dog with a sore head. A fun image on the side of downtown San Diego's Banfield Pet Hospital.
A dog with a sore head. A funny image on the side of downtown San Diego’s Banfield Pet Hospital.
A chalk cat in Balboa Park waves to passing visitors. Fun art outside the Mingei Museum's Collectors Gallery.
A chalk cat in Balboa Park waves to passing visitors. Fun art outside the Mingei Museum’s Collectors Gallery.
A fat cat who loves treats!
A fat cat who loves treats!
A dog at Dick's Last Resort tugs wildly!
A dog at Dick’s Last Resort tugs wildly at his leash!
Two cats in one window!
Two cats in one window!

Today I also revisited the Old Town Model Railroad Depot, and I took more photos of the awesome O-Scale layout! To see them, click here and check out that old post’s update!

I’ve been busy! Coming up will be blog posts concerning the famous Whaley House, the Veterans Museum and Memorial Center in Balboa Park, and something super amazing inside the San Diego Automotive Museum. But it takes time to choose and prepare photos—-and to do necessary research–give me a few days!

Thanks for following my blog!  I hope you all enjoy these glimpses of San Diego as much as I do!

Murf the Surf and Camellia the Pretty Good Dog.

One of many benches around Mission Bay in San Diego. Most feature a small plaque remembering loved ones.
One of many park benches near the beautiful water of Mission Bay.

My walk today took me a good distance around Mission Bay.

Benches can be found at intervals along the pedestrian and bike path that circles much of the bay. Most of these benches feature a small plaque dedicated to a beloved person or memory.

I paused on several occasions to read these thoughtful plaques. One really touched me for some reason. I found it at the base of a quiet bench next to Riviera Shores. It is dedicated to Murf the Surf and Camellia the Pretty Good Dog.

There are so many stories, and so many lives. There’s much love in this world.

While I sat quietly on the bench, runners flew past.
While I sat quietly on the bench, runners breezed past.
I gazed across the beach at the calm blue water. Many have found enjoyment here.
I gazed across the sand at the calm blue water. Many have found enjoyment here.
1999 - In Loving Memory - Murf the Surf and Camellia the Pretty Good Dog. They loved this beach. Ed and Beth of Buena Vista Street.
1999 – In Loving Memory – Murf the Surf and Camellia the Pretty Good Dog. They loved this beach. Ed and Beth of Buena Vista Street.

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Guide dogs for the blind in San Diego!

Loving, intelligent guide dogs and their trainers attend a special event in San Diego.
Loving, intelligent guide dogs and their trainers attend a special event in San Diego.

During my walk today I came across a special event taking place at Embarcadero Marina Park North. A local group representing Guide Dogs for the Blind was having a gathering by San Diego Bay!

I was impressed at how loving and intelligent the guide dogs all were. I asked where people could go to learn more about possibly raising a guide dog, and was told to check out this website!

According to a handout I received, Guide Dogs for the Blind was created in 1942 to aid servicemen blinded in World War II. I also learned their services are offered free to people throughout the United States and Canada.

If you know someone who is blind or visually impaired, tell them about Guide Dogs for the Blind! Or check out their puppy raising program!

Guide Dogs for the Blind had a special gathering today at Embarcadero Marina Park North.
Guide Dogs for the Blind had a special gathering today at Embarcadero Marina Park North.
You see a puppy, a person who is blind sees the world.
You see a puppy, a person who is blind sees the world.
This best friend can make a difficult life much better.
This best friend can make a difficult life much better.
Guide Dogs for the Blind. Raise a puppy. Change a life.
Guide Dogs for the Blind. Raise a puppy. Change a life.

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