I think dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love.

For me they are the role model for being alive.

~ Gilda Radner

Sunday, June 6, 2010

The Weekly Berner Report: May 29 - June 5

I can't even begin to tell you how proud I am of our Berner Boy. We had company, which included Kuzzin Fenway. After a half-hearted show of dominance, Fenway became Alfy's new best friend! On top of that, Alfy welcomed our three 2-legged guests with confidence and and tail wags. He was perfectly happy to go from human to human for pats and skritches. You would have never guessed this guy was fresh off the streets. Three strange people in the house and he was just fine with them. I know from reports by neighbors that he is still stand offish when he's wandering. Even when they call him by name, he ignores them. they try to entice him with treats and he wants no part of them.

Summer has arrived in dirtville :( The dogs and I are outside from about 5 until 7am, then inside for most of the day. We finally have some shade around 4pm. That doesn't leave much time for training. Having an extra dog here complicates things a little further.

I don't go far from the air conditioning in the heat, but Alfy has been left in the kennel for a little over an hour without stressing. I have left the video on on the camera while I am gone, and although it doesn't stay on for long, I don't see any stress. My guess is that he is perfectly happy to be inside out of the heat.

I have been searching for a car all week (. That means driving a minimum of 50 miles and at least an hour one way. I've had to leave Alf outside because the trips end up being all day affairs. Do you think he's ready for the kennel all day?

Mr.B plays well with others (besides Stumpy) He and Fenway get along pretty good. Occasionally, there's a small disagreement, usually when Mr. B tries to take a toy that Fenway is not ready to give him. Alfy backs right down and looks pretty embarrassed that his "tough guy" bluff got called out

Alfy learns about air conditioning ducts

when we come in from outside he heads for the closes duct.

And he learned that The bathroom is the coolest room in the house

If he's not laying on top of an air conditioning duct, you'll find him in the bathroom.

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. 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


Sam said...

Air conditioning ducts are something that Marge learned quickly about, too!

He's coming along so well!

bbes tribe said...

Berner is a handsome boy & it looks like he has the art of cooling off down pat. Hope he finds his loving forever home soon. He is lucky to have you all to be with & learn to trust & love.

Gus, Louie and Callie said...

The Berner has figured out there are pack rules and he is abiding by them. We are so proud of you and him for being such a gentleman with company...
We are proud of the Heeler's they played well with the Little People we met while in Wisconsin. Louie love to play ball so no problems there. Callie decided she wanted to try and herd a 2 year old and he really enjoyed watching her zoom around him.. Memaw and Grandpa didn't want to see the Pack leave they really enjoyed them helping MeMaw cook and just laying beside them..

Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus, Louie and Callie

♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥ said...

Good going, Alfy - you made your Mom proud.

Woos - Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

An English Shepherd said...

Well done Berner Boy :-)


Cyndi and Stumpy said...

Sam, Stumpy likes heat. I'd never seen a dog lay on a duct beore.

Bbes tribe, we're hoping mr.B finds his forever home soon, too. He deserves it!

Heelers, it really seems there's nothing this boy can't do.

OP Pack, he sure did! and he amazed my guests!

Wizz, I'll tell him you said so!

NAK and The Residents of The Khottage Now With KhattleDog! said...

Late getting here today - attempting to get khaught up after the transport/etc -

What a great post for Mr B!

Our magikh khool air khomes from the ceiling - we know where to position ourselves on the floor!

Woo need one of those autosalesfolks to bring the vehikhle to woo - Mom's Xterra was driven to her to see it/etc - it saved her an hour or so drive to the Reading PA area from 'here' -

Keep up the good work ALL of WOO!

Khyra & Khousin Merdie

Sandra said...

You have given him the opportunity to be a happy dog. You are his hero. I continue to be amazed at how docile he is considering he still has his brains between his hind legs. He is a very good dog and you gave him the chance to show it. Hurrah for both of you.

Southbaygirl said...

Mom has been such a failure with blogging! Can i fire her??? So, we're obviously a little behind, because we thought you might keep Alfy? But mom and I are guessing not. He does seem to be adjusting wonderfully!!



Cyndi and Stumpy said...

Khyra, We can't get a plumber to come to dirtville, never mind a salesman!

Sandra, the Berner amazes me, too. I just can't imagine omeone giving this dog up, willingly, leaving him behind, or not putting a major effort into finding him if he is lost.

Pat, you can be sure the Berner will find the perfect home. We won't settle for anything less.

Velcro, I have said from the beginning there is no way I can keep Mr.B, for multiple reasons. The only thing that has changed is how difficult it will be to give him up.