May 13: Dog day

13 May

Today’s storyline is brought to you by Milk Bone.

So we’ve got this pet, a 2-year-old she-dog named Bella, and this 2-year-old she-dog named Bella is a golden retriever-poodle mix, and there is a name for such a mix, but I refuse to call any dog of mine a goldendoodle, so I will stick with “golden retriever-poodle mix,” even though it takes a lot longer to say, because I have a huge ego.

After a couple years, incidentally, I’m just now starting to like this golden retriever-poodle mix. And …

Since the weather has finally evolved and some of the shooting has returned to the great outdoors, I’ve had the pleasure of Bella’s company on those outdoor-shooting mornings. She doesn’t do much, really. Walks around a little. Lays on the driveway. Plays with Pumpkin the cat. Sticks her head in front of the camera on occasion. She’s pretty chill, according to my English-to-teenager dictionary.

Regardless, it’s just nice to know she’s there.

This morning, with the air perfectly still, dry and reasonably warm, things were going along faster than ever. For 1,500 made shots outside — with one ball, and “Annette” (the SKLZ Rapid Fire ball retrieval system) doing the rebounding — it’s usually an hour and 45 minutes. We’ve beaten an hour and 40 a bunch of times, an hour and 35 once or twice, but never in our driveway have 1,500 made free throws happened in an hour and a half or faster, which would be 100 every six minutes. That’s the coveted mark: 90 minutes.

Are you serious? I just realized I’m actually starting to make basketball sound nerdy. Anyway …

Screaming along today, it seemed like that 1:30 mark was going to finally be achieved, and after No. 1,500 went through, I jumped quickly to the camera to check the clock. Exactly 1 hour, 30 minutes …

And 24 seconds.

You know how long I had to step away from the free throw line, at roughly 5:30 a.m. in the middle of our session, in order to hush our 2-year-old she-dog golden retriever-poodle mix, when she went after the newspaper delivery guy?

Twenty-four seconds.

I have since shared with her that she officially cost me a shot at the title, in hopes she would show the appropriate level of remorse. She seems not to care one single whit.

For more on Hoops For Heroes, with a goal of 1 million made foul shots and $1 million raised for the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, visit or contact Dave Cummings at 603-554-7855.

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