Jeff Smith 4 p.m., Dec. 20
On the way to the Turtle and Tortoise Show, we ran across the weiner dog picnic.
It was a sunny, mild day in Balboa Park, just right for the San Diego Dachshund Club’s annual summer picnic. Barky little dogs and their humans romped the grassy park and made new friends, starting noon Sunday. The bravest doxies waited in line with their people for barbequed hot dogs and other grilled savories.
Dachshund Club member Dawn Zipper estimated that about 100 dogs and their humans participated in the event July 29, positioned to inform passersby about their favorite breed and raise funds for the club.
Deeper into the park, in the Prado, was the San Diego Turtle and Tortoise Society’s indoor show. Advertised as their biggest “live event” of the year, the free show was well-attended, capturing many park-goers with a big tortoise ambassador lumbering the main walkway. The large tortoise named Sheldon is a 10-year-old African spurred Sulcata, according to his human, Irene Estrada. Mrs. Estrada said that Sheldon was abandoned by his last owner after he grew too big. She thought Sheldon might live to be 60 or 70 years old, but she wasn’t sure about that.
The San Diego Turtle and Tortoise Society advertises themselves as a non-profit which rescues and rehabilitates “chelonians.” They do want to adopt their rescues out to approved homes, and the public is invited to visit their website at www.sdturtle.org