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— Doonka —

September 30, 2008 — A few days after encountering Mariano at Barcelona's "Plaza de la Seu" I had the good fortune of meeting another Great Dane at the very same plaza! His owner spoke no English, and since I speak no Spanish (much less Catalan), we communicated by smiling and pointing. First, I asked the dog's name. The answer sounded something like "Doonka." Next I asked Doonka's age. I was met by a blank stare so I counted on my fingers. Doonka's owner blessed me with a broad smile and flashed 10 fingers. I flashed 10 back. He nodded. Doonka, meanwhile, was very busy sniffing the ground. He paid us no attention. His owner finally managed to tease him into action with the promise of a nonexistent treat, enabling me to grab a few shots:

Doonca, in Barcelona

Doonca, in Barcelona

Doonca, in Barcelona

Doonca, in Barcelona

Homeward Bound

Tomorrow morning, bright and early, we will leave our temporary home at HWK and fly back to the United States. We have been enormously busy all week packing suitcases and storing our household goods for when we return the Germany next May. By the time we settle into our seats on the plane, I'll be more than ready for a rest. And yes, I hope to see many of you soon — at the Nationals!

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