Lilly the Lookout

Lilly spends a lot of her yard time watching. I assume she is checking her surroundings for signs of danger and the occasional tasty critter. She’s not one to abandon her post. Staying on task — at least this task — seems to come easy for her. Lilly sometimes seem unaware of me when I enter the yard and approach her. She does allow herself to sit but her eyes stay glued to the terrain in front of her. Even moving in front of her doesn’t guarantee attention from her.

Ride ’em, cowgirl!

Nora, the blonde below, is a superstar dog when it comes to playing with other dogs. Nora excels at adapting her play style to the dogs she is with. In this post you can see her being a ruffian with the boys (Ryder and Decoda). Always willing to play but never gets too rough. On the other hand, it’s amazing to watch Nora self-handicap when playing with a puppy. She even takes the time to teach the young ones how to play properly.

Yukon searches for a friend

A Homeward Bound alumna visited today. Yukon, originally “Marie”, came back to look for a new friend. We thought Ryder would be a good match for her but it didn’t quite work out. I told Ryder that a Great Pyrenees wanted to meet him. But I think Yukon overheard him respond, “Yeah, what’s so great about her?” She met a few other dogs, and was polite and all, but she didn’t show much interest in any of them. Once we ran out of suitable suitors for Yukon, I decided to play along shot and went home to get Monty. You…

News we don’t like to get

Of course, we want all of our Homeward Bound dogs to stay adopted once they go home. It’s much easier to take if it’s simply a matter of the match not being right. Perhaps the dog was too high energy for the adopter’s lifestyle, or someone in the household turned out to be allergic to dander. Then we can vow to get it right the next time. Occasionally though, we have a dog come back due to a bite. That’s much more distressing. Yesterday I received a text message from a friend/volunteer at the rescue that Walter had come back…

Monty & Scrappy

I was out in the back with Scrappy and Lilly this evening. I took some shots with the camera. Tried to get Lilly to stop posing like a goof when I had her next to Scrappy. No luck. I suddenly decided to introduce Scrappy and the new boy, Monty. I’m normally reluctant to do a dog intro by myself but I felt okay about this one. Scrappy is pretty safe in such situations but I chose not to include Lilly. She can wait until tomorrow. I returned both Scrappy and Lilly and out them behind a barrier. Then I ushered…

Montgomery (Monty Python)

Monty is a stray that was picked up in Bakersfield. He arrived at HB on Saturday, April 1. We thought he was too frightened to brave the noisy kennels so I took him home. We didn’t have a kennel for him anyway so he had to go somewhere. He’s a very sweet boy with the unseemly habit of lifting his leg in the house. He goes to the vet tomorrow morning so Dr. Codde can rearrange his manly parts. I’m hoping that will fix his desire to mark where he has been.

Yule & Chief

Yule departed yesterday after a visit lasting 2 1/2 weeks. His Mom, the wealthy heiress, reportedly had been gallivanting around Europe with a 17-year-old high school student her teacher son and 17 middle school students. When I have Yule here I like to introduce him to new dogs in hopes of widening his circle of friends. As you may recall, Yule is not the trusting type when it comes to dogs he is not acquainted with. He used to bark furiously whenever he as much as saw a strange dog at a distance. Looks like we messed up some numbers…