Sunday, April 19, 2009

Lena's Revenge!

One of our local feed stores, "The Farm Store" sponsors many fun events supporting local animal rescues.   Yesterday Stella, Lena and I went to their "Save a Life" Rescue Fair and had a fun and horrific (from their perspective) time.  Attendence was awesome and there were SO MANY dogs.  One very popular booth was the BATH Booth, a fundraiser for Heart of the Redwoods Horse Rescue.  Baths!  Lena and Stella both needed baths and so, much to their dismay, we made donations for two.  

When happy, Lena's face radiates her pleasure.  When peeved beyond belief, Lena's face shows her determined . . . lust for revenge!!!  Hear her thoughts, "Mom will pay dearly for this!"

That was yesterday.  It did not take long for Lena and Stella to get their chance to pay mom back and remove all traces of the nasty bath.  Today in the general pasture Lena found exactly what she needed to enact her revenge.  She  found this . . . 

And then she and Stella did this . . . 

And this . . . 

Happy dogs!!  All is once again right with their world.  They've got the good stuff back where it belongs, all over their bodies.  Hmmmm.

I know two dogs who have a sorry surprise coming tonight at bedtime when they find their stinky selves aren't welcome in their usual spot at the foot of my bed.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Dogs On Thursday

A love of the trail, any trail.

Any time, any place - Lena is always ready for the trail.  Wind, rain, mud, snow, ice, nothing fazes her.  She thinks the finest word in the human vocabulary is "Go."  Even better than "Cookie." 

Visit Dogs on Thursday and meet more fun-loving dogs (like there was another kind?).  Wish them happy 100th memeday while you are there.

Wordless Wednesday: Go?

Monday, April 13, 2009


Stella loves her softies.  She absolutely detests the hard ground.  Where does she sleep?  Where any pittie is happiest sleeping, on the bed.  If we visit friends in the evening, come 9:00 she begins her campaign to get me to leave so she can go to bed.  First, a nose bump.  Then a trip to the door with a suggestive glance my way.  Next, the whining begins - quiet at first, gathering volume when I ignore it.  When shushed, she lays at my feet, her relentless stare blasting me with pit bull mind control "home, home, home, home, home."

Having lived with Stella for four years now, she has educated me regarding the delicate preferences of her breed. 

Macho?  Oh please. She hates to get her feet wet, prefers the warm inside to the cold outside, and the comfort of my truck seat to the wilds of the general pasture. And she ALWAYS wants to cushion her naps with the softest surface available.  Dog beds?  Acceptable.  The bed?  Preferable.  Is this trait something unique to my dog?  Not even.  Here is Ben, my son's dog.  Favorite place?  The sofa.  Next favorite?  The bed.  Read pittie blogs - the softie theme is common.

Knowing this passion and longing for comfort, cozies, and softies, my heart breaks when I see the  living conditions endured by pit bulls who live in the despair of fight kennels. Chained, isolated, and forced to live on cold ground or concrete.  No comfort. No softies. Even worse, no contact, no kind touch. Pit Bull hell.   Yet from these horrific conditions - cruel for any living creature, agony for these comfort loving dogs, have come amazing survivors whose capacity to love and enjoy love somehow remained intact.  

 Learn more about the "second lives" of 10 dogs who survived the Michael Vick abuse at his infamous Bad Newz Kennels.  Visit The Vick Dog Blog.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Beach Day

Sun, Friends, Stinky Piles to Role In, Waves, Chase = World Class Walkies