April 8th 2011 10:25 am
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yesterday morning we went on a nice early walk, because we had to go to the shelter.
When we got home, mom was kind of sad-ish. Apparently when she got to the shelter to work with Milo the big Rottweiler, he was gone! Mom felt very sick. She checked his kennel and found Buck. Then mom asked one of the attendants. Apparently he was moved to another kennel in the area for dogs that are not in the adoptable section anymore. They still kind of are, but they kind of aren't.
He is not the kind of dog everyone can handle or work with. Mom was fine with him, but she is not the average handler or walker. Others could not handle him at all. That was so saddening. If we could, we would foster him and work with him. But we can't :o( I told mom she has to learn to let this go. There will be many days where she comes to the shelter and a dog she spent time with is going to be gone. Mom did not think it would touch her that much, but it does. His eyes were so kind and confused and honest. The shelter is a very honest place, though and they are responsible people, who try their best to safe dogs' lives.
Mom felt sick to her stomach and picked a dog to hang out and play with only. Remember Buck, he is so much fun and goofy. To mom's surprise he picked up on her mood and cuddled a whole lot. Good boy. They also played soccer til they dropped :o)
Then mom worked with little Pedro. He is a little Chi/Papillon mix. It was kind of funny, because mom has never worked with a dog smaller than us :o) He has this habit of barking at every dog, who walks by. Oh man - big personality. Mom worked on watch me a lot and whenever he looked at mom during the walk, mom marked with a "yes" and he got a treat. Boy is he smart. Eventually he could look at mom on command. Then we practiced with other dogs around and he was able to do it, too. Finally he could walk by another dog without barking but instead looking at mom. He did not even need treats after a while. Smart guy! Back in the kennel he curled up in mom's arm and rested. Mom held him for a while and thanked him for being so good and happy. Mom built him a nest to curl up in. What a fine dog. Whoever gets him is one lucky person.. Fun guy. He loves to jog and learn new things. He'd be perfect for agility..
After Pedro we took a new dog out, Kazou. A chubby min pin with the sweetest disposition ever. His recall is great, he can sit, shake and down and retrieve toys, he can even pick up the leash! I think he is from an elderly lady, who trained him a little. Don't know, though. He stands up on your leg and pushes his head through the harness, stands in position and then waits nicely. Mom was stunned. How cool. Really. He is sweet with everything and everyone. Such a kind spirit. His eyes are just so deep and caring. He is a giver, not a taker. He has an elbow injury unfortunately. It does not slow him down luckily. I hope someone will come for him very soon. Wonderful dog. No issues at all.
There is a new kid on the block - Amigo. Oh man, he is the cutest thing ever. He seems to be some kind of a Dane mix. Absolutely adorable and friendly. He does not care for toys or treats. He loves to goof around and be around you. He is a staller, though. Due to his insecurities, not being used to city life, he stalls a lot. Mom managed to get him walking for longer stretches. One time she had to carry him, though. But that was ok. After that he came when asked and walked. Mom worked on sitting on command and then walking. Sitting on command and walking. That helped him not having to make his own "stalling" decisions.
Boy is he cute.
Then there was Flojo.. oh man - dream dog. His only flaw is that he loves to chase shadows on the ground. He is handler oriented, though and responds well. Mom would keep him on leash in the city due to the shadow tick. Other than that he is like us. Easy to train, loves to play and easy to get along with. He will be a fine companion.
And then there is little Miss Noche, She is an energetic little pup and so sweet. She loves to play fetch and chase. Mom and her jog a little here and there and practice retrieving and obedience. Boy is she smart. What a pleasure to work with her. She is black - people don't want black dogs. She is awesome, though.
Fine dogs. Really.
We drove home with Milo in mind. Trying to find a solution for him. He needs a foster or someone with Rottie experiences or someone who needs a working dog. He is a working spirit.
Back home we all took a break. We had planned to meet up with a SDpal of ours, but somehow it did not work out as planned. We set a new date though - next Monday :o)
A few hours later we got in the car and drove to the GGP where we walked for 3 hours. We were letting go of the day and it's impressions. The walk was beautiful. We met a police officer, who admired us. Mom would usually smile and say stuff like - "yes, they try". Now, understanding how well trained, well behaved and reliable we actually are mom said "Thanks officer, they are wonderful." Jojo and I wagged our tails and did some cuddling with the officer. Mom had tears in her eyes and chatted a little with the officer about the dogs and how some people are cruel and hurt their dogs and and and.... working with these dogs is even more challenging than working with the children she worked with in the Psychiatric Hospital. The officer listened and told mom that he had adopted two dogs as well and feels the same way about it or about human cases he has. They had a nice conversation. In the mean time two toddlers played ball with Jojo on the field and had a good time. I was cuddled by their parents :D
Glad we met this guy. Mom and us moved on, back to the car.
Guess what? Mom took us to auntie Reina's place! We picked her up and drove over to a cafe nearby where we spent a good two hours. The humans were talking and talking....... as always. Then we drove to the Trader and did some shopping. Auntie Reina is very sick at the moment. She has only one functioning lung and we have to take it very easy. No problem.
After we dropped off auntie Reina, we went to another place!
This time we stopped at Anya's place to drop something off. But that was it for the day. Mom took us all home, we had dinner and fell asleep.
Today, which is Friday, we will meet up with a friend in the East Bay for some shopping for the Derby. Oh man.....
Right now we are still in bed and really don't want to get up.
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Thank you once again for sharing your day. Mom has worked at several Huamne societies so she knows what your mom is going through. She says with the ecomomy it is probably at its worst for pets who need homes. Your mom is doing such a nice thing but it will be hard on her and you will need to keep an eye on her. She will make a diffrence in many of these dogs lives wether they get adopted or not. Also it is nice for them to get the one on one attention. All of you should be proud.
That is a wonderful-- if very difficult-- thing your Momma is doing for those pups....
That's so nice of your mom to help out at the shelter!
Your mom is doing such good for those she can! Focus on the successes!
Your momma is very talented and has so much love and understanding of animals. I know it will be difficult at times for her and both of you will have to be there for her when she is down. We love reading your stories and feel at times that we are right there with you.
I can only send you all the love for what you do for these sweethearts......