Saturday, February 13, 2010
Who's been sitting in my chair?
It's not Fenway.
We first saw this dog last week. It was raining, I was headed to the food bank. Poor thing was soaking wet and covered in mud. You could tell he/she was lost. It looked so hopeful when we pulled up.
We get so many dogs dumped out here. That's probably the case everywhere, now. Still, not a day goes by that I don't see one or two strays, or one of the several packs of feral dogs.
I stopped that day and called to the dog, it wanted to trust me, but couldn't bring itself to come close.
Wednesday night it showed up out front, at dusk. Again, I couldn't coax her close. She and Stumpy met. I think Stumpy thought she was Fenway. Her new friend wasn't interested in playing, though.
I called to her and sweet-talked her, but she was even more skittery. No doubt, she is being chased out of peoples yards, at this point.
Yesterday she was resting in the sun in our driveway, when we came home. She and Stumpy bumped noses but she skedaddled when I called to her.
This morning she discovered Stumpy's chair and that is where she was when the sun came up. Stumpy didn't mind sharing, but she wanted to play. Her guest did not.
I'm calling her "she" because I don't see any leg lifting, not that that means anything, really. She looks to be a Bernese Mountain Dog mix. She looks enough like one that she could be a purebred; just stunted, young or badly bred. I'm thinking a border collie/Bernese mix, perhaps. She's losing weight. I haven't left food out because of coyote and the hoarders' dogs, next door. And Stumpy is a pig and can be possessive (only with dogs) if I am not close to remind her she knows better.
Now that the Bernie is coming up on the deck, I will leave food out on the deck when Stumpy comes in.
I have a one dog agreement with my landlord and no extra finances for another dog. Plus, if my dream comes true, I will be living in an RV and traveling, come summer. I am trying to picture two dogs in a small RV, one being a 90ish pound Berner. Yeah, I know people who do it, too.
I'm thinking my jealous little girl is telling me I better be taking pictures of her, not the invader!
I do lover berners, though....hmmmm...
*disclaimer: pictures are lousy because they are taken through a window with a solar screen.
If you're a new visitor to our blog, The Berner (now known as Alphonso Bernard Jacob Scout Billy Bob Berner)was a semi-feral dog trying to survive in the Mohave Desert.
Through the Pawer of the Paw, Alf has a family of his own, He's living, well-loved and happily ever after, in sunny SoCal.
The Berner's story can be read in the posts listed below, in chronological order. If you don't have time, now, Alf's story can be read, at your leisure, by clicking his picture on my side bar.
#1 Who's been sitting in my chair?
#2 Runnin' with the big dawgs
#3 There's a Berner in my living room!
#4 He's everywhere!
#5 He's gone
#6 The Berner: coming and going
#7 Berner News
#8 The Weekly Berner Report (March 28 - April 3)
#9 The Weekly Berner Report (April 3 - April 10)
#10 The Weekly Berner Report (April 10 - April 17);
#11 The Weekly Berner Report (April 17 - April 24)
#12 The Weekly Berner Report (April 24 - May 1)
#13 The Berner (aka Alphonso Bernard Jacob Scout Billy Bob Berner) Report: May 1 - May 8
#14 The Weekly Berner Report: May 8 - May 15
#15 The Weekly Berner Report: May 15 - 22
#16 The Berner Report: May 22 - May 29
#17 The Weekly Berner Report: May 29 - June 5
#18 The Weekly Berner Report: June 5 - 12
#19 The Weekly Berner report: June 14 - 19
#20 The Weekly Berner Report: June 27 - July 3 (Experts weigh in, please)
#21 The Weekly Berner Report (July 3 - July 10)
#22 The Weekly Berner Report, July 17, The Details and Boatlaods of Gratitude
#23 July 20: Vegas, Baby!
#24 The Berner Report: New Beginnings, July 23
#25 The Berner Report: August 7th Update
#26 The Berner Report: September 13, 2010
#27 The Berner Report: November 30, 2011