If you’ve followed my posts for a few years, you might recall a Fathers Day story I did 3 years ago this month about Dennis Levitin’s relationship with his then 4-year-old son, Mikail. Dennis, an artist and musician from Denmark who lives in Taylor, was raising Mikail mostly on his own. Since then, I occasionally see them at the park or around town. A recent post Dennis mentioned that dad and son, now 38 and 7, were getting into skateboarding. Taylor’s new skatepark, Pierce Park, recently reopened after COVID restrictions were eased. I joined them for a recent outing. Mikail, who will be 8 in July, is really the expert. Dad was a rollerblader in Copenhaven, but skateboarding’s new to him. The last couple of photos are from the original story. FYI, dad needs to get a helmet, too!
In December, Rhonda Mindardi founded Living Grace Canine Ranch, a sanctuary for dogs, a few miles north of Bertram, Texas. The non-profit’s purpose is prominent on their website: a ” charity dedicated to saving, serving and valuing the lives of displaced, un-adoptable and unwanted Texas senior canines. Our mission of mercy celebrates all breeds, regardless of physical, emotional and medical challenges,” plus “Here, you will find rest, safety and nourishment for your weary body & spirit.” Dogs who’ve been abused find homes here, as well as dogs given up by elderly owners faced with moving into nursing homes. These photos were taken Easter Sunday, when Minardi (in opening photo) and volunteers held an Easter egg hunt for their residents. One of the dogs is Tommy, a deaf Siberian Husky. Volunteer Ally Johnson communicates with Tommy via sign language. The day I was there, Minardi was caring for 27 dogs. During the Easter egg hunt, dogs were getting plenty of cheese treats. At their age, considering how many were treated before coming here, these dogs deserve to be spoiled. Minardi lives onsite. Each dog has his/her own apartment. The photos were taken for an Austin American Statesman story by Claire Osborn. Note that this is a sanctuary, a place for these dogs to live out their lives in peace and happiness. They are not available for adoption. For ways to sponsor a dog, make a donation, or volunteer, refer to their site. Also on the site’s home page–Where Love Resides. I like that.
A couple of barn images tonight, these from the area around Beyersville, an area not mowed down by development. So far, anyway. The quality of light after rainy weather adds much to a scene.
Clouds were ominous-looking Saturday afternoon near the end of the Williamson Museum’s Pioneer Days, held at the Old Settlers Association in Round Rock. Heavy rains followed. A leftover image. A leftover image.