First of all I would like to thank Paula who blogs at Woof, Whinny, Whisper for helping to find Mr.B his happily forever after home. I really appreciate that you posted his story on your blog. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
If anyone would like to share the Berner's story to help him find his home, let me know and if you want, I will send his most recent post in editing format to make posting easier.
Many people think I should keep this handsome guy. Believe me, there is nothing Stumpy and I would like more. It's going to break my heart part with him. My living situation is a tricky one and my finances less than stable. The responsible thing for me is to find him a home that can afford the care of another dog and one that knows where they will be living from one day to the next. There was a time when I could keep dogs that I fostered, if I had questions regarding their ability to adapt. That's not the case anymore, and hasn't been for a long time. As a matter of fact, I wasn't even sure I could bring this dog along.
There is no question in my mind that Alf will adapt to a new situation. All it will take is patience and TLC and plenty of snacks. Berner's are known for their loyalty and it has been said that rehoming them is often difficult because of that fact. Alfy has been affectionate and welcoming to anyone and everyone that has visited. I expect he will bond with someone, deeply, when given the chance, love and, PLEASE, don't forget the cheese and hotdogs.
On to the news... the main deal now, is getting him to transport safely. Basically we're just working with getting him to ride in the car. In the past, when I worked with transporting an anxious dog I always made sure we went somewhere fun: the park, the lake, to get ice cream. I don't have any of those options in dirtville, unfortunately.
Monday, June 14
Alfy was so quick to jump into the car, that I had a hard time getting a video! He didn't even give me chance to tell him to get in!
I shut the back door and he hopped into the back seat. He did seem a little stressed, so he got some of his favorite snacks and some lovin'.
Tuesday, June 15
Mr.B is hopping in and out of the car, like it's nothing. It doesn't matter which door: front, back or boot.
It looks like he's ready and waiting to go for a ride, doesn't it?
Wednesday, June 18
Berner Boy went for his first short ride, today. He was less than thrilled but didn't puke so I was happy. After the ride he didn't want to get near the car. In hindsight, I know that I rushed him. Boo on me :(
Thursday, June 19
Mr.B is a little hesitant to get in the car, but hotdogs convince him it's not all bad. I was hoping we'd all go to the lake or river for a swim on Monday, but I think Alf needs more time. We're back to just feeding him hotdogs while sitting in the car. No more rides for awhile.
Friday, June 20
Alf doesn't like Blue, Stumpy's new truck, at all. We're starting from square one with the truck and working with both vehicles now.
He hops into the Trooper from the back with no problem.
Getting into the back seat causes a little more concern for him.
Stumpy is eyeballing the hotdogs
Don'tcha know? ACD's have sooper telekinetic powers. Those hotdogs are magically going to pop right into her mouth any second now!
Some random cute Berner Dog pictures
OK, I know I shouldn't allow him to put his head on the table. I corrected him after I got my pictures.
Yes, I know. The correction probably didn't mean a lot after I slid some treats under his nose. He's just so cute and such a big galoot, I can't help myself!
Frog dog for Merdie!
Just to give you a clue on exactly how laid back the Berner is, I offer this video. Quite often Alf lies down twice before entering. I think he enjoys me walking and over him, maybe hoping for a belly scratch. He's NOT one of those dogs that bothers to get up, to trip you, when you walk over him.
If you are interested in adopting this handsome boy please refer to my sidebar and check out Petfinder's "New Dog Adopter's" Pledge. This is the home Alfy deserves. He will come to you house broken, crate trained, vet checked, neutered, up to date on his vaccinations and micro-chipped. Alfy will bring his crate, his bed, favorite toys and some food with him. Vet references will be required. A home-check is a possibility. Because of his wander lust a fenced yard is probably necessary. Distance may not be a problem. I'll be traveling east in the not too distant future. I have also had offers for transport help, when the time comes.
The Berner (now known as Alphonso Bernard Jacob Scout Billy Bob Berner)is/was a semi-feral dog trying to survive in the Mohave Desert. If you're a new visitor to our blog, the Berner's story can be read in the posts listed, in chronological order, below. Updates are posted on Saturday.
#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