Buster departed for The Bridge this week. He was an entertainer who milked a crowd for all the attention he could command. Maybe he opted for a sudden departure for its dramatic effect. Or perhaps he thought it would be a kindness to those he loved to avoid long, agonizing goodbyes. It’s hard to tell what such a dog as Buster was up to. I wish I had the skills to do justice to the wonder that was Buster. Better you should read Ogee’s Buster’s Little Miracle for that. Still, I feel compelled to offer a few poor words and some…
Tucker makes a new friend
Tucker lost one of his special play friends a few days ago when Baxter got adopted. Tucker was one of the few dogs that wasn’t overwhelmed by Baxter’s energy and rambunctious play style. I tried to take Tucker as often as possible to give them both a workout. As luck would have it, Tucker met a new friend the day after Baxter said farewell. His name is Karl. We quickly found out that Karl and Tucker had quite similar play styles. Here’s hoping they can spend many hours together.
Yule and Tucker
Yule met Tucker during his last visit but they didn’t get on right away. That’s actually not unusual for Yule even though we’ve introduced him to quite a few dogs over the last two or three years. Yule is generally standoffish for a bit until he decides the other dog is safe. Then they’re good. But with Tucker it seemed that Yule had to replicate his “new dog” assessment each time they shared the yard. So Yule met Tucker’s advances with a worried look and an occasional weak growl. About 20-30 minutes into the play session Yule would pluck up…
Red was an adult, feral dog that came to us from Oregon. He has made great strides in relating to humans over the last few years thanks to Tatia and many other volunteers. When I look at him I always wonder if he holds the record for longest ears on a Golden Retriever.
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…
Play date at the park
Ryder and Decoda got to spend some together in the BIG yard at Homeward Bound.
Wordless Wednesday: Grizzlies in the wild
Scrappy meets Chief
The first time I saw Chief my heart did flip-flops. Even from a distance I could see that he is special. I stood and watched hm move about the yard for a while. He didn’t seem quite right. That’s not unusual for new arrivals at Homeward Bound, of course. Many of our dogs have been through a lot by the time they make their way here. I found out later that Chief had endured the soul-crushing experience of being dumped by his owner. The next day I went looking for Chief in the kennels. Turns out he was not at…
Oscar came to us all the way from Shanghai. He’ll need to learn some manners here. He twice tried to body-slam me in the chest when I had him out for photos.
Buddy pays another visit
You’ve met Buddy before in previous posts. He’s a Homeward Bound alumnus who comes to stay with me and Scrappy every now and then. Well, with me, Scrappy, and whichever random dogs happen to be here. That can be an unsettling proposition for a dog that lacks confidence. But Buddy has come a long way since he was adopted by Mary and Drew. This time it was the lovely and talented Daisy with whom Buddy was forced to share living quarters. Scrappy played chaperone the entire time. I had to keep Daisy and Buddy separated for the first couple days…
Lazy Friday miscellany
About a month ago I started to like Teddy. That’s when I knew he was just about ready to go home. To his forever home. I should be clear: It’s not that I didn’t like Teddy, it’s just that there wasn’t much of anything to, um, like about his behavior. The pattern was familiar: Dog walkers with harried looks asking me when I’m going to take Teddy home. Lisa faithfully taking Teddy to the park for a good workout every day (because Teddy knows she’s the boss). Many volunteers taking him to a yard because he’s too much for them…