April 27th 2009 8:00 am
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A couple years ago we took Mordecai for a ride on the Madaket on July 4th. The Madaket is owned by the Humboldt Bay Maritime Museum and operated by Humboldt Bay Harbor Cruise, she continues to be the oldest vessel in continuous service in the United States, boasts the smallest licensed bar in the state and is a California historic vessel. When the Madaket blew it's horn at the beginning and end of the trip, Mordecai nearly jumped out of his skin! It terrified him.
Yesterday we went to Dolbeer Donkey Days at Fort Humboldt State Park. Fort Humboldt is situated on a bluff overlooking Humboldt Bay. This remote military post was established in 1853 to assist in conflict resolution between Native Americans and gold-seekers and settlers who had begun flooding into the area after the discovery of gold in the northern mines. Dolbeer Donkey Days is a two day event in April featuring logging equipment in operation and logging skills competition. An old steam engine is fired up for rides. I went with my friend Richard to test Mordecai's mettle and feeling his oats for future train rides. As we stood in line, the train blew it's high pitched horn. Mordecai looked around slowly, looked at me then faced forward again. He didn't mind at all. We boarded the open car and Mordecai laid down on the blanket I put on the splintery wood floor. As the train made it's way to it's top speed of 10 mph, Mordecai and I enjoyed the short ride at Dolbeer Donkey Days.
In less than two years Mordecai has made so much progress. While he is an official Service Dog and not in training, there is always training and upkeep to be done. I'm so proud of him.
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