Yesterday was a holiday here in Nova Scotia. Officially called Natal Day, every year a festival is held in commemoration of the province’s birthday. However, since this festival is called “Alexander Keith’s Natal Day Festival”, I like to call it Beer Day. Though Mr. Keith may have been a three-time mayor of the city of Halifax, his brewery remains his claim to fame.
Yesterday we decided to head to the harbour front to check out the party.
The HMCS Montreal and HMCS Sackville were both docked in Halifax. They were offering free tours for those interested in climbing aboard. As no dogs were allowed, we satisfied ourselves by watching from afar.
With such beautiful weather, the waterfront was packed with people, children, and dogs. A great opportunity to practice some of those life skills. Shiva handled herself remarkably well. I think she was most excited by the myriad of take-out boxes littering the ground. We made sure to give her numerous breaks in the shade.
For a dog with very little kid experience, she was even kind enough to stop for a few pats. I’ve learned how to read her body language well enough to know when her excitement level starts to climb. As soon as I see those hind legs tense, like she is going for a jump, it’s time to walk away. Knocking over four-year-olds is not a good way for Shiva to pass the time. No matter how much she would enjoy herself.
Shiva was rewarded for all that hard work in self-control when she got to chomp on her brand new antler for the rest of the day. Bets on how long this one will last?