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

For me they are the role model for being alive.

~ Gilda Radner

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

The Berner Report: November 30, 2010

Dorothea, Alf's mom, and I have tried, on numerous occasions, to catch up with each other. We were finally successful last night!

We miss Alf terribly and each morning I look in my mailbox, hoping for an update on Alf. This morning my wish came true.

Alf is doing great! He's adjusted, wonderfully, to life in civilization. He has a growing fan club, both canine and human.

Most importantly Alf loves and is loved by his family, more and more each day! He and his sister, Sophie, are inseparable.


and going

like they're attached at the hip.

Sophie seems to know that Alf is "speshul" and makes allowances his quirks and anxieties. She IS the angel she portrayed on Halloween!

Alf tried on a few costumes before deciding which suited him best.

The wig wasn't working for him

He looked dapper in the hat!

But, Sophie rocked the hat-look, too!

Finally, he chose the pirate-look

Once a rebel, always a rebel!

Alf and Sophie greeted trick-or-treaters at the door. I'm thrilled to death (and not surprised) that Alf loves kids!

As much as we miss Alf, I am pretty sure he never would have made the adjustment to civilized dog in Dirtville. Dorothea and her family have provided a life of opportunities for Alf that I simply could not, living in dirtville.

Last night, we spoke, for about an hour. Dorothea told me many stories of Alf's adjustments and escapades.

Alf still suffers from anxiety if left for extended periods, so he has a dog sitter come in when he's left for longer than hour.

No kenneling for Alf, he still can't deal!

Remember how much work it took to get him in the car? Now, there's nothing he likes better than going for a ride!

Dorothea wrote, "...It was great talking with you tonight. Here are a few pictures as promised. Alphy is the sweetest little boy, Sophie truly loves him. Poor Alphy has to put up with a lot...
Just cannot thank you enough for our sweet little boy."

As always, my heart overflows with gratitude to Alf's family for opening their hearts and home to this special dog.

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


Carey Brown Strombotne said...

So great to hear how well Alf is doing! Thank goodness he's got such a great life now. Cute pictures, too! Alf is ADORABLE, but that picture of Sophie with the hat? I think the Ford Modeling Agency will be calling soon!

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


Mom has such a smile on her face now looking at those great pikhs!

Thanks fur giving him that chance!!!


Jan said...

I love happy endings. I've taken in countless strays through the years and either found their homes or found new homes (or kept a few). But I have never had a challenge of a semi-feral dog. How rewarding for you.

Wyatt said...

We just love a happy ending. Thanks to you and your efforts, Alf has the 'happy ever after'.

He makes a great pirate!

Wyatt and Stanzie

♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥ said...

Mom says it warms her heart so much to read this report and see the awesome photos. And YOU should be beaming with pride for the new life you prepared him for so very well.

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

Stella said...

Nothing better than a whole lotta good news on Wednesday! Three cheers for Alf and for you and Stumpy too, for raising up that boy to be civilized!


Anonymous said...

YAY! An Alf pupdate! It made me smile from ear to ear to see how happy he is and how much he's luved. He sure is a very lucky boy and thank you, thank you for helping him on his journey to his Most Pawfect Home That Ever Was!

Wiggles & Wags,

Cyndi and Stumpy said...

Carey, that picture of sophie is almost too perfect!

Khyra, I've had a big ol' grin on my face since last night!

jan, Things couldn't have turned out better!

Wyatt, Thanks to the Pawer of the Paw! So many dog lovin' beans were involved with alf's success!

OP Pack, I'm beaming with happiness. Alf had the makings of a great dog, without me! All he needed was a chance!

Stella...wait, it's Wednesday? OH DOG! I am in trouble!

Maizie, We're all smiles, here, too. Really, I am honored that Alf allowed me to help!

K9 Katastrophie said...

Awwwww Sophie is so cute!!


Alien said...

Sallie and I are so happy that Alf is doing well.

And Stumpy, I think you should run for office. You have our votes!


An English Shepherd said...

Great to see Alf is happy in his new home :-)

And all due to you :-)


Gus, Louie and Callie said...

Dad here, a bit puzzled how one puts and keeps a hat on a dag, Louis and Callie are fearful as they see the wheels turning in his head !!!

3 Heelers Wild ....

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the update! I loved looking at the pictures of him trying on all the Halloween outfits. He and Sophie are so sweet together.

Elyse and Riley

Sam said...

What a GREAT POST to read. And this is all because of you.. all because you took a shot at this dog and saved his life.

Maybe his momma can try some Melatonin for the separation anxiety?

Cyndi and Stumpy said...

K9K, Sophie's a wonderful big sister, too!

Alien, Stumpy can run for office if she can come love withyou. I don't want no politicians living here!

Wizz, I REALLY can't take too much credit for Alf's journey. i was just in the right place at the right time.

Heeler's, Stumpy is like the reds. Alf, however, was only afraid of the beans. He's willing to try anything!

Elyse, He and Sophie make a great team, don't they?

Sam, All because Alf was willing...

Anonymous said...

It is so amazing how wonderfully this all worked out. And for a semi feral anybody to become a fashionista! (or is it fashionisto?)

Thanks for stopping in to check on me. Going slow, but I am breathing better.

Cyndi and Stumpy said...

dogsmom, Each time i speak with Dorothea, alf's progress amazesme. It truly is a miraclous journey! Glad your feeling better!

Brenda's Arizona said...

Oh wow! I love Alf's updates (OK, still Billy Bob Berner to us!). Stumpy and you need a round of applause for Alf's life as he knows it now.

And anyone who has a sister named Sophie can't have a bad life at all (I bet Mr. Gus would trade his sister Sophie for Alf's sister Sophie!).

Cyndi, I love these updates. I want to scratch Stumpy's ears and belly and add an extra treat to dinner tonite!
Thank you for sharing, both the trials and the success!

Gus, Louie and Callie said...

Callie has "many" shortcuts, through out the house/yard, she uses to keep ahead of the boys. The top of the cage is where shoes end up after Callie does a drive-by ........

3 Heelers Wild ..........

debs daze said...

Thanks for the update Sister o'mine... keep them coming! You SHOULD take some credit for your hard, patient work. Thanks to you, Alf has the life that most of us dream of!

Cyndi and Stumpy said...

ah, Deb S'tar...just like Stumpy, it's a "question of who rescued who." Alf won this round!

tula monstah said...

this has got to be THE BEST rescue story of the year! it makes us feel all warm inside fur ALF! What a lucky doggie!... me next, ok stumpy??!!!