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

For me they are the role model for being alive.

~ Gilda Radner

Saturday, July 2, 2011

The Berner Report: July 2, 2011

It's been almost a year since Alf went to live the good life in Laguna Beach. I hadn't heard from his mom in quite some time and was a little worried; not so much about Alf. I knew his beautiful sister Sophie had undergone surgery in December for a torn ligament and was more worried about Sophie and Alf's mom.

Sophie joined her brother Einstein and our loved ones over the bridge shortly after her surgery. Alf's done his best to comfort his mom and keep her warm.
Sophie - Halloween 2010

I extend my deepest sympathies to Alf's family. And hope the the joy Sophie brought to your lives will help heal the pain of loss. (Alf's mom doesn't read blogs, but if you leave condolences, I'll be sure to forward them to her.)

Run free, sweet Sophie! I know Einstein is there for you and has a great Bavarian chef that knows all your favorite treats.
Sophie (rear) and Einstein (front)

Alf navigated a road trip to Oklahoma where they spent the winter.

And took frequent breaks in the comfy area, set up to meet his every need.

They visited with his 2-legged sister who attends school, there.

Alf commandeered the most comfiest sleeping places (a desert dawg, no more!)

He continues to charm everyone he meets. He loves his stuffies!

Alf's as handsome as ever, if not more so.

Oops! I think the camera monster disturbed someones nap!

Doga in the morning does a body good (obviously!)

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 the good life, well-loved and happily ever after, in sunny SoCal.

The Berner's story can be read in the posts listed below, in chronological order. Or Alf's story can be read 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
#27 The Berner Report: November 30, 2011


Unknown said...

oh that's sad about sophie but Alf is sure keeping everyone's spirits up. It must be an extremely good feeling that you were able to do all this for Alf. Just an amazing story. Woo and Stumpy are top notch in our books

An English Shepherd said...

Great to hear about Alf again.

And welcome back to blog land ;-)

Helen Verte said...

So sorry about Sophie. It's just heartbreaking when we lose one of our fur kids. I'm sure she's watching over Alf and mom like a good dog angel should. Listen for the soft sound of angel wings buzzing. She's there. And Alf is adorable! Love that hat, but more so his expressions. What a fabulous face!

rottrover said...

Thanks for the Alf update, Stumpy! You did a good thing. We were sad to learn about the loss of Sophie, but hope that Alf was able to comfort his mom. Have a good weekend, and stay cool!!

-Gizmo, Bart and Ruby

Anonymous said...

Yay for an update on Alf!! He looks GREAT! So sorry to hear about Sophie, but we're glad that they have Alf around to cheer them up some.

Looks like Alfie has totally acclimated to being a "house dog." He seems so pampered! It's so great to see him acting like a "normal dog."

Take care and have a safe and happy 4th of July!!

Elyse and Riley

Anonymous said...

So sorry to hear about Sophie. Please do pass on The Roo Family hugs to her Mom.

Wonderful story about Alf. That guy sure does deserve the good life that finally found him. Yay for Alf!

Waggin at ya,

Kari in Alaska said...

Run free Sophie


Lorenza said...

Our thoughts are with Sophie's family.
Alf's story is pawesome!
Happy weekend.
Kisses and hugs

♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥ said...

We have been wondering how Alf was doing - thanks for the great update. Soft woos to Sophie's family - that is so sad.

Hope things are going OK there.

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

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

Alf is one furry furry lukhky khanine!

But woo knew THAT!

We are furry sorry fur Sophie's khrossing ;-(


bbes tribe said...

Sorry about Sophie but it looks like Alf is doing his best to take care of the rest of the family & entertain them. He is very handsome and very lucky to have found such a loving new family.

the booker man said...

awwwwww, alf is livin' the good life for sures! i can see that he's gotten very super good at snoozin' and stuffie playin'. teehee.
me and asa and mama are very sorry to hear that miss sophie had to leave for the bridge. pretty please pass on mega huggles to alf's mama for us.
happy happy independence day to ya'll! :)

the booker man

Anonymous said...

Please pass along our condolences to Sophie's family. We are sending up prayers for Sophie.

It is wonderful to know that Alf is living his best life and adding to the enjoyment of others' days.

Kristine said...

I am so sorry Alf's mom recently lost a very special family member. Please pass on my condolences. Sophie was a very beautiful girl and I am sure she has been greatly missed. She will live on in this blog, no doubt.

I am glad Alf is thriving in his new home. It looks like he found the place he was meant to be. Thanks for all of your hard work.

Brenda's Arizona said...

Wow, Billy Bob Berner Alf grew up, grew trusting, grew all because of your patience with him! Thank you for sharing this, Cyndi and Stumpy. We often think of BBBAlf, and what a thrill to see him so loved and so loving. Your rescue of him makes you OUR HERO!

Wyatt said...

Sorry about dear Sophie. Send our love to her mom.
It's so nice to see how happy Alf is! He's really blossomed!

Wyatt and Stanzie

Jed and Abby in MerryLand said...

We're so very sorry to hear of Sophie's passing. Gentle hugs to her family.

Alf was before we discovered Blogville. What an inspiring, hopeful story! We're super happy he was also rescued, like us, and now lives a happy life.

Jed & Abby

Pat Wahler said...

Such sad news about Sophie. It's good that Alf is there to comfort his family.

I loved seeing his pictures and getting an update. He looks wonderful!


Sandra said...

I'm so glad to read and see that Alf is happy. You did a very good thing for that dog, look at him now!