Monday, July 26, 2010
The Berner Report: New Beginnings, July 23
First, I have to apologize for the lack of pictures. I was so intent on Alf not getting loose and escaping, that I couldn't focus on much else. Also, two dogs on leash (3 with Fenway) makes operating a camera difficult.
Alf made the journey from dirtville to Vegas and Vegas to California in the same manner he has done everything: with class and like a gentleman.
He really did come to love going for a drive. When we were driving he could barely stand to put his head down. He wanted to see everything!
Civilization was a curious matter. He showed no fear, but was definitely confused by the hustle and bustle. He stood, for what seemed to be hours, his nose in the air, tasting the smells.
Mr. B did just fine at the vets. He napped while we waited to see the vet, in spite of all sorts of cats, dogs, and rodents who were also waiting.
The staff loved him and couldn't believe that a mere six months ago he was running with wild dogs. They did comment on his Houdini act and stellar escaping abilities.
We arrived in California, early Friday morning.
At about 10am Alf finally got to meet most of his new family. We kept the meeting low key and brief so as not to upset Alf with any emotions we might be feeling.
On Saturday, Alf's mom updated me and included pictures.
Alf on his new, plush bed, sitting with his 2-legged sister
Alf with his mom and 4-legged sister, Sophie.
She said, "...Here we are. He is beautiful! He whined a bit in the car, and then rested his sweet little head on my arm. He is really bonding with Brandy. Getting on fine with Sophie. She barked at him a bit, he did nothing. Then he found his voice. How can so much voice come out of such a little body? He is laying in the laundry room sleeping right now, and Sophie is out by the fireplace. We came home, took a tour and he officially christened our living room ottoman. Watched me scrub and lecture no relieving in mummies house. Looked pretty uninterested. Will keep you updated. Pulled out two sticky icky thorny things you had on your blog..."
I can't believe that boy, peeing in the house! He never once let loose in my house (that was the home of two male dogs before it became Stumpy's home. Or in my son's house where one male dog was living and another had lived up until a year ago! Then I thought to myself, "He's home, he knows it, and he's making sure the world knows it, too." Silly, I know, but I like it. As long as there are no more peeing in the house incidents.
I also can't believe he had two of those stupid, evil stickers in him. Both the vet and I went over him, completely! Also, I had promised Alf, on the way to Cali, that he would never be subjected to those evil things again!
Again, I want to express my heartfelt and eternal gratitude to every one of you for your support throughout Alf's introduction to the world of beans.
To Alf's family, there are no words. But if you ever need a dog sitter, give me a call!
Paws crossed that all the homeless/neglected/abused animals find their happily ever after home and family!
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.
He has a family of his own, now, and is living happily ever after and well-loved in sunny, SoCal.
If you're a new visitor to our blog, the Berner's story can be read in the posts listed below, in chronological order. 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
#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, 2010
#25 The Berner Report: August 7, 2010 Update