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

For me they are the role model for being alive.

~ Gilda Radner

Monday, October 24, 2011

Sunday's Snooze (#22)

Was not very comfortable

Both sides of Stumpy's cushion have been decimated.

First by UV rays and then by cactus wren and rock squirrels.

Stumpy was not pleased

Fortunately the situation has now been remedied.

Monday, October 17, 2011

ABC's "My Dog Is Better Than Your Dog" contest

Yesterday kicked off ABC's dog versus dog competition with Maggie, the golden doodle, (I dunno, she looks black to me) pitted against Ruger, the Australian cattle pup. Only one can dog advance from the first round.

It's too late to vote for a winner in yesterday's contest. But all this week dog's will be competing. You can vote for the winner in each round on ABC's FaceBook page I know, I know...another facebook deal... it just ain't right

Video raises doggy entrapment questions in Kingman

"KINGMAN - The Mohave County Sheriff's Office says claims made on a YouTube video about an Animal Control officer attempting to lure a dog out of its yard so it can be impounded are untrue...."

Stumpy and I live outside the Kingman area, but within Mohave County Animal Control's jurisdiction.

I know being an ACO is a really tough job. I also know that there are hundreds of feral dogs dying in the desert and numerous cases of animal hoarding occurring within plain sight. The county and the animals would be better served if the ACOs put some effort into those problems.

Was there really a need for this ACO to even get out of her truck?

What do you think?

I think the narration was over the top, seeking a hysterical response from the community and viewers. I think the video is not of a high enough quality to judge the ACO's actions. The case was dismissed in court, and according to Guardian Angels of Pets (GAP) the dismissal was due to the video.

I think ACOs should be out dealing with REAL problems and not harassing people whose animals are clearly well cared for. I think the owners of these dogs should invest in a better gate. The current gate is unsafe and asking for trouble.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

The Dog Park

A new, original web series on Animal Planet.
"Welcome to Washington Square Dog Park in New York City, a place where alliances, flirtations and betrayals play out. Five people have come together to make the dog park a better place for their pets. But that's only the beginning of the story..."

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

The Berner Report: October 11, 2011

In the words of his mom,
"Alphie is WUNDERBAR!"

"He is one smart, active, happy little guy. He loves his toys."

"He is very loved and has many friends at the park."

"The cart was at Best Buy. They said if I can fit him in it, he can come inside. Well, good idea at the time. Alphie thought otherwise and jumped ship."

"He has completely rescued us... We absolutely adore him."

Alphie's mom and I talked on the phone the other day and for all he's been through, he is an unbelievably well adjusted dog. His separation anxiety is almost non existent. When he's left home his biggest crime is removing the cushions from the couch. He can be seen, at the window, waiting for the return of those he loves.  Alphie loves kids and playing at the park with other dogs.  He's allowed off-leash now.

I'll forever be grateful to our furiends in blog land who supported and encouraged me, throughout this journey; for the people at the Bernese Mountain Dog Club who networked to find Alphie this wonderfully loving home. And for Alphie's family, for opening the hearts and home to him, and for keeping me in the loop and connected.

I know that every day and every night Alf is living and loving happily ever after and dreaming the sweet dreams that every dog deserves.

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.

We're still having multiple problems with blogger.  Comments are enabled, but...  Also, I have no idea where all those links came from.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Stumpy's summer, in review

We haven't done a lot this summer. Trying to save $$$, the gimps and the heat have kept us close to home.

Stumpy's stayed busy. In between her fly-catching exercises

Stumpy is still helping around the house, earning her keep

and meaty bones

We spend our evenings and early mornings watching and feeding the quail, bunnies and jack rabbits.

The cattle have visited a few times.

And we recently had two full days of pouring rain which caused the temperature to drop and the spiders to move inside.

This wolf spider is about the size of a silver dollar. Lovely.

With the drop in temperature Stumpy is once again thrilled to be going for rides.

All summer long she remained hopeful

And finally resumes her rightful place of Chief Navigator

Carefully, she scouts the road ahead for obstructions

(we're only going about 5mph on a dirt road when she hangs her head out the window)

She knows I rely on her expertise

When she's sure the course is set, Stumpy settles back in, to enjoy the ride

Stumpy and I are looking forward to outings to the lake, now that it's cooled off some! Stay tuned!

AND BLOGGER STILL SUCKS! Just not as badly, today!