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

For me they are the role model for being alive.

~ Gilda Radner

Friday, September 17, 2010

The Berner Report: September 13, 2010

Alf's mom, Dorothea, has emailed me a few times since I left dirtville. Due to my lack of internet, I didn't receive them until Monday 9/13. She included a lot of pictures, too :)

Alf's mom writes:
"...Alfy is doing terrific. He is the apple of our eye. Sophie
adores him, and he is the first dog we have ever had that actually
retrieves his toys. He loves to empty his toy basket. I am constantly
picking up, and as soon as I'm done he empties it again. It is too

He follows me everywhere, loves to ride in the car, and go for
walks in the park. He loves children and has made a whole bunch of new
doggie friends. His training continues, and he does very well

He loves Brandy and Alan. You can't wipe the smile off his face when they
walk through the door.

The kennel stressed him incredibly, so I broke
it down and back in the garage it went. He does fine inside, except
for throwing all the pillows on the ground and scratching a bit of the
laundry room door. Just a bit of anxiety, that will pass.

I let him roam around free with Sophie and he is fine. Never had another
accident in the house. So curious about everything, it is adorable. He
tries to entice Sophie to play the way Stumpy used to do him. He loves
to go for walks. He is healthy, happy, and loved.

I'll never be able to thank Dorothea and her family for opening their hearts and home to Alf and providing a REALLY perfect environment for him to live and love forever! This really is a dream come true!

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. well-loved and happily ever after, 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.
Who's been sitting in my chair?
Runnin' with the big dawgs
There's a Berner in my living room!
He's everywhere!
He's gone
The Berner: coming and going
Berner News
The Weekly Berner Report (March 28 - April 3)
The Weekly Berner Report (April 3 - April 10)
The Weekly Berner Report (April 10 - April 17);
The Weekly Berner Report (April 17 - April 24)
The Weekly Berner Report (April 24 - May 1)
The Berner (aka Alphonso Bernard Jacob Scout Billy Bob Berner) Report: May 1 - May 8
The Weekly Berner Report: May 8 - May 15
The Weekly Berner Report: May 15 - 22
The Berner Report: May 22 - May 29
The Weekly Berner Report: May 29 - June 5
The Weekly Berner Report: June 5 - 12
The Weekly Berner report: June 14 - 19
The Weekly Berner Report: June 27 - July 3 (Experts weigh in, please)
The Weekly Berner Report (July 3 - July 10)
The Weekly Berner Report, July 17, The Details and Boatlaods of Gratitude
July 20: Vegas, Baby!
The Berner Report: New Beginnings, July 23

The Berner Report: August 7th Update


Stella said...

This is such a great story. I just never tire of hearing about how well Alphy is doing. He is a smart guy and will continue to follow Sophie's good ways, I bet. I am so glad that you and Stumpy never gave up on him!

Jo,Stella and Zkhat!

Anonymous said...

I love the happy ending stories. Often when I foster or help a rescue I do not get to hear the end of a story.

Wyatt said...

Thank you for the Alfy update. It makes us all weepy, to see how happy he is! His smile tells the story.

Wyatt and Stanzie

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

As soon as we saw his pikh, Mom started holding bakhk the leakies!

What a gorgeous handsome lukhky fella!

Of all the porches in Dirtville, he was furtunate to stumble onto yours!



Anonymous said...

Yay, I'm glad to see he's doing well and is enjoying his new life!

Elyse and Riley

Kellee the Caffeinated said...

such great news!!!!

♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥ said...

That all fills our hearts with joy - what a wonderful home Alf has now. The love just shines through the photos.

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

Gus, Louie and Callie said...

Oh that is so wonderful. Alfy certainly has found a wonderful forever home thanks to you Cyndi...

Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus, Louie and Callie

Carey Brown Strombotne said...

hooray for alf! what great pics, and an even greater story to match. i'm so happy for alf and his family! huge smile...

Susan said...

Thanks for the Alf update. Happy to finally catch up too. I had no idea you were still out of Dirtville. We enjoyed the crab soup too (maybe more than the cakes) If they had let Stella on the Boardwalk in Atlantic City, we'd still be there I'm afraid :) Drive safe when the time comes.

An English Shepherd said...

Great update on Alfy :-)

Its nice he is obviously so happy in his new home.

Wizz :-)

Anonymous said...

What a HAPPY postie! Oh, I just luved it! He is one of the luckiest boys ever, isn't he? I'm just filled to the brim with happiness for Alf.

Wiggles & Wags,

tula monstah said...

aww woo should be SO proud, Stumpy & Cindy! he's got the pawfect home now!! thanks to woo guys..

now remembah. me next:)

let us know when you're heading back in case we can sneak in another funtimes!
tula & dee

Brenda's Arizona said...

We love hearing/reading/watching Alf's updates! He is a wonderful reflection of your hard work (Stumpy's too!). Just an awesome job, both of you!

It was fun to read your post with Norwood, too! Love ya both.

Phyllis said...

If only every dog could have a happy ending like this one. God bless you for saving him. I wonder what happened the the pack he was running with.

Calsidyrose said...

Oh please, please post a "before" and "after" photograph of Alfie, using one of these shots! I'd love to be able to appreciate the transformation from frightened feral to happy camper in side-by-side pix!