This weekend we went to the Cyclone Country Kennel Club's agility trials in Ames. They're held on the campus at Iowa State University, home of the Cyclones. I graduated from there with my journalism degree in . . . well . . . a long time ago. I'd say it was in another century but dang, that just makes me feel old.
After the trial on Saturday, the dogs and I enjoyed a long walk around campus to work off a wonderful meal and ice cream at Hickory Park.
Phoenix made some new friends. These sculptures at the Oak-Elm residence halls were done by Christian Peterson, a Danish-born sculptor who came to America, worked with Grant Wood and got himself appointed sculptor-in-residence at Iowa State University in 1935. (Okay, that's a super-condensed version of his life.) His work is all over campus. He's probably best known for his statue "The Gentle Doctor," which is known (dare I say universally? that might be stretching it) as the symbol for veterinary medicine.
Phoenix thought she might have a cookie in her lap. He was disappointed.
The dogs are posing on a wall outside what used to be Old Botany Hall. It was Old Botany when I was an undergrad. To me, it will always be Old Botany. Back in the day it was kind of a wreck, had virtually been condemned and even had a couple of good ghost stories attached to it. Now it's been restored and is Carrie Chapman-Catt Hall. No word on how the ghosts feel about it.
The dogs in front of Old Botany . . . err . . . Carrie Chapman-Catt Hall.
Phoenix found a kitty! These bronzes are also Christian Petersen's work and have recently been restored and placed on the campus. I wanted to get more pics but you can see Phoenix looking at something out of frame.
That would have been the half-dozen very small children were were running at him. They came complete with totally ineffective adults who apparently got their parenting skills out of a box of Cracker Jacks. Mom and Dad were saying, "Don't climb on the statues! Don't pet the puppies! No, no, we don't do that. Stop. No. You're not listening."
Um. Yeah. You know exactly where this is going. I grabbed the dogs and got the heck out of Dodge. And people wonder why there are so many dog bite incidences every year. Fortunately, both my guys were okay with kids but I wasn't going to stick around and wait for something to happen.
I didn't quite get the photo session I wanted on central campus because, darn it, people thought they had to go and get married on a lovely afternoon in June. They were all set up for a beautiful outdoor ceremony at the campanile.
There were several weddings happening on campus. Here's one wedding party on the steps to Beardshear Hall. I remember Beardshear very well. That's where you went to write the BIG CHECK at the start of every semester. You can probably pay on-line with a MasterCard and PayPal account these days.
My final pic was going to another Christian Petersen work, his Fountain of Four Seasons at the Memorial Union but guess what? Another wedding party beat me to it. Okay, fine. We'll try it again next year.
After taking pics, I drove to the Campus Bookstore, just in case they had another T-shirt with a clever saying like "Friends don't let friends go to Iowa, Partnership For a Hawekeye Free America" (that's the University of Iowa, for you non-Midwesterners, and the Cyclones' in-state arch rival).
The Campus Bookstore was closing! They were having a 50% off everything sale. I had to shop. I had to buy things like sweatshirts and hats and scarves. It was horrible. Just horrible.
Good to get home early, van is cleaned out, dogs are crashed and laundry is going. With a little luck, I can get some stuff organized for our trip next weekend to Denise Fenzi's seminar near Chicago.