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Abominable Snowman of Astoria

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– photo by Mitch Waxman

Zuzu, our noble dog and faithful subject, demanded reasonable access to the amenities of curb and hydrant and so compelled- I grabbed the camera and we went out into the storm. On the corner of 45th and Broadway, we came across this sinister homunculus.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

Mastery over snow and ice is but one of Zuzu’s many abilities, but her foot pads are vulnerable to ice melting chemicals and road salt. Her pads were prepared for the saline ponds and frozen mounds with an application of Musher’s Wax, which is a commercial variant of Beeswax. We left her comical coats and sweaters at home, since there really was no point in them as Zuzu was punching in and out of snow banks. Cry Havoc, and let slip, declareth the dog, and we went to Newtown Rd. and 43rd street.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

It was decided that Broadway, where we just were, would be a superior spot to sniff. As always, the corner grocery is open. Somehow, these guys had power back during the Astoria black out in 2006, and their sandwich counter is both clean and surprisingly affordable. They even make home made yogurt!  Zuzu stared at this corner for a while, it was probably since she knows that this is where yogurt comes from.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

Giving my loyal canine a moment of privacy, Zuzu went about her business while I stared up into the trees. A dogs life has so little dignity, offering a moment of discretion when they need to powder their noses is only polite. Cleaning up her steaming dog egg, I realized that the snow was again taking a turn for the worse. So did Zuzu.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

Zuzu got cold, or hungry, and decided it was time to go home at this point. I followed.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

Zuzu during warmer times.

Written by Mitch Waxman

February 11, 2010 at 4:05 pm

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