Danny came over from China with several other dogs somewhen about the end of 2019, if memory serves. I was fortunate to be able to spend lots of time with him for a couple weeks after he arrived. He had perfected the “I adore you” gaze before he arrived, and I admit to being beguiled by his charms. Later I discovered that he shares that gaze with everyone. Even so, I would have taken him home had I been able to.
Dogs are usually more resilient than we expect. Journey is a minor case in point. The ‘Last Hurdle’ in the title refers to Journey’s neutering and subsequent donning of the cone. This was the last challenge he had to manage before he could be adopted to some lucky home. Journey came to to Homeward Bound from a local shelter that didn’t have the resources to keep him given that he required extra time to get over his fear of people. He had been living on the streets of Sacramento for at least three weeks while some Good Samaritans tried to…
Last week I got a call from Lucky, Espresso’s Mom. He had passed. Cancer, that too frequent nemesis of Golden Retrievers. I hadn’t seen him for a while but I thought of him often. He stayed with me for a couple months after he arrived at Homeward Bound in June, 2014. I don’t recall why he came to me. He had heartworm so he had to restrict his activity severely for 30 days during treatment. But heartworm positive dogs don’t always go to foster for treatment. But he stay with me he did, and he has stayed in my heart…
We didn’t expect Hugo to stay at Homeward Bound long. And he didn’t. Have a happy life, my friend.
I won’t try to describe my feelings about Hugo except to simply say he’s special. Another video, I know. It’s just hard to accurately portray some dogs with static photos.
I don’t videos well but here is the Homeward Bound Memorial Garden. The subject helps a lot.
But this time I have some dog reactions. I first realized the goats were back by the change on Lilly’s face. I turned to see the goats making their way toward us. Today they came as close as a few meters the other side of the fence. I must say I like shooting goats. Easier than dogs because they don’t move as quickly or as suddenly. Their coats have interesting colors and some nice detail. And those strange eyes! But no more goat photos. Not for a while anyway.
The story is that Kermit just showed up one day at Homeward Bound and never left. I’m not a cat person but Kermit could live with me if he wanted to. If my foster dogs would allow it. And Yule, who stays here often. Kermit seems to just suddenly appear just about anywhere on the grounds. He often seems intent on irritating the dogs from whatever vantage point he has assumed. But, as with many cats, he affects an inscrutable air that leaves us wondering about his true motives. He.s confident, affectionate, and incredibly handsome. He used to wander over…
… for a belly-rub today.
Pepper is an extraordinary dog. A gorgeous German Shorthair that came to us because because her owner was moving. Confident, smart, good with other dogs in play group. Unusually calm and mature for her five months. There was no way sh was going to be with us very long. It took all of three days.