My dog is a bit of a brute. At 100 pounds and more athletic than most humans could ever dream to be, Rodney the Weimaraner has a ripped physique and an impressive bark to match. He runs on heel or pulls on command, a hook-up for power on skis in the wintertime and a running partner by my side all year ’round.Living and getting out daily with a “fitness dog” like Rodney necessitates specialized equipment, and over the years I have acquired custom canine gear, fleece doggie jackets, and even fashionable items for workaday walks when I want my dog to stand out from the proverbial pack.The latest “fashion piece” for Rodney is a collar called the Kahuna. Made by Stunt Puppy, a Minnesota dog-gear brand, the oversize collar uses webbing that’s 1.5 inches wide and comes with funky patterns as well as stout construction for the big dogs it’s built to adorn.The Kahuna, which costs $25, is a collaboration with Croakies, a company most known for its sunglasses straps. Stunt Puppy worked with Croakies for its expertise in making high-strength nylon webbing that looks good, and the thick collar is offered in six colorful prints.On the performance side, once the snow falls you’ll find Rodney showing off his X-Back Dog Harness from Skijor Now LLC. The company requires you to perform multiple measurements of your dog’s body before it custom-stitches the X-Back, a harness built for pulling humans around on skis.I got the X-Back five years ago and it has endured many miles of Rodney’s worst. We fly on skis, and he never grimaces because the harness’ padded straps align to his anatomy like a glove. At $39.99, the Skijor Now harness is a bargain for any dog put into the pulling position on snow.Dog park visits see Rodney wearing a collar with a built-in retractable leash. The Release N Run collar has a thin cord that serves as the leash — it pulls out of a slim compartment on the collar. A reeling mechanism retracts the cord instantly back into its hidden place when you let go.For dog parks and wild areas where you rarely need a leash, the Release N Run collar, at $32.95, is a great option. The retracting cord is four feet long, and it is fine for casual walks when you’d rather leave your primary leash behind.Toys keep Rodney entertained at home when he can’t be running. This summer, the Orbee Ball from Planet Dog has been a favorite. Touted as the “world’s best dog ball,” these rubbery spheres come in four sizes and cost $7 and up.The Orbee Balls are nearly indestructible for chewers. They bounce and are somewhat soft for safety while tossing. Best part? The balls float, letting Rodney and I play by water and not worry about his favorite new toy sinking in the creek where he swims. –Stephen Regenold is founder and editor of www.gearjunkie.com. Connect with Regenold at Facebook.com/TheGearJunkie or on Twitter via @TheGearJunkie.
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The AquaTrojans from East Central hosted its annual East Central Relays Saturday in St. Leon. After an exciting meet the Connersville Boys and Greensburg girls pull away with the relay meet victories. The scores were as follows.Girls: Greensburg 64, East Central 62 (9-2), New Palestine 62, Greenwood 60, and Connersville 40.Boys: Connersville 84, East Central 70 (8-1), New Palestine 54, Greensburg 50, and Greenwood 34.The AquaTrojans had a fantastic showing at this meet. Relay winners include:Girls 400 Medley Relay (Alexis deLong, Kacie Jackson, Lydia Weber); Boys 400 Medley Relay (Alex Ketcham, Alex Pruitt, Dustin Schantz); Boys 375 Crescendo Relay (Jakob Paff, Alex Pruitt, Dustin Schantz, Derek Roth); Girls 150 Butterfly Relay (Kacie Jackson, Lydia Weber, Alexis deLong); Boys 150 Butterfly Relay (Ryan Lammering, Curtis Schondelmayer, Derek Roth); Girls 400 Freestyle Relay (Jenna Wernke, Ashley Bortlein, Lydia Weber, Alexis deLong); and Boys 400 Freestyle Relay (Alex Ketcham, Ryan Lammering, Curtis Schondelmayer, Derek Roth).The next meet for the AquaTrojans will be on Friday and Saturday January 9-10 at Connersville for the EIAC Conference Championships). Go AquaTrojans!!Courtesy of AquaTrojans Coach Brandon Loveless
A shop-manager who had a disagreement with the owner later went and torched the adjoining pub.Shane McGinley of Crievesmith, Letterkenny, set fire to the Snug 39 pub after getting into the premises through a side window on January 2nd last year. Gardai had received a report concerning the premises at Oldtown, Letterkenny, and CCTV footage identified the defendant as the culprit.Garda Michelle Kelly told Letterkenny Circuit Court she had gone to investigate and found the premises filled with smoke “and a lot of damage done”.A cash register had been removed along with optics and bottles.McGinley, aged 35, formerly of Killylastin Heights, was plainly seen on the CCTV footage.Local businessman, John Larkin, knew the defendant who had managed the shop attached to the pub.There had been a disagreement between them and the relationship did not come to an amicable end, Garda witness told the court.The Garda added “He had drink taken and thought he would do some damage to the property.”McGinley admitted the arson attack after being arrested and taken to Letterkenny Garda station.He had two previous convictions relating to minor road traffic offenses.Following the incident at the pub, he had sought a place in the White Oaks rehabilitation centre.The court was told that the injured party had chosen not to make a victim impact statement.Barrister for the accused, Ivan Toner said when Gardai called to his client’s home, he had led them to the property immediately. “When Gardai arrived at the door, he showed them where the items were before being asked.”On the night of the fire, McGinley admitted he had taken drink and sleeping tablets. He had not come to the attention of Gardai since.Barrister Ivan Toner said his client had a troubled life and in 2002 had suffered “very serious injuries” after being knocked over by a drunk driver.It had triggered a “depressive state” and on four subsequent occasions, he had attempted to take his own life.Describing the incident as a “moment of madness”, the barrister pointed to a very favourable probation and welfare report and suggested a number of conditions be attached to whatever sentence was imposed.“He knows it was completely wrong and irrational and should not have happened”, said Mr Toner who told the court it had been an “isolated incident”.Judge John Aylmer said arson was “always a very serious offense” but said the defendant clearly had a very troubled background.Referring to the defendant’s depression and a history of mental illness, Judge Aylmer offered to give him the fullest possible credit for the mitigating features involved and described it as an unusual case.He sentenced the defendant to three and a half years imprisonment, suspended for a period of two years on condition that he enter into a bond of 100 euro to keep the peace and be of good behaviour and remain under the supervision of the Probation Services.He also ordered McGinley to stay away from alcohol and unprescribed intoxicants and to attend all appointments with the probation board and to engage in one to one programmes with the services.Shop manager who fell out with owner torched pub in arson attack was last modified: July 16th, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:arsonattackletterkennyOldtownpub