Friday, May 28, 2010
The dogs in our lives, the dogs we come to love and who (we fervently believe) love us in return, offer more than fidelity, consolation, and companionship. They offer comedy, irony, wit, and a wealth of anecdotes, the "shaggy dog stories" and "stupid pet tricks" that are commonplace pleasures of life. They offer, if we are wise enough or simple enough to take it, a model for what it means to give your heart with little thought of return.
Both powerfully imaginary and comfortingly real, dogs act as mirrors for our own beliefs about what would constitute a truly humane society. Perhaps it is not too late for them to teach us some new tricks.
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
This interesting looking little guy is "Dragonfly"; he's one of our charter members here at Sit & Stay. "Drags" is a Peruvian hairless mix that came to us with some anti-social behavior.
He lives with two Chinese Crested, and gets along fairly well with them, but he had no tolerance for any other dogs, or people when he first got here. In fact he seemed uncomfortable in his own skin for the first several visits here. Everything scared him, including something as natural as a sudden breeze!
My first course of action was to simply find any sign of joy from him; as in most anti-social cases, this meant observing him and above all patience was key. His nipping was sort of cute and didn't require gloves; he doesn't have many teeth, and with one good eye his depth perception isn't what it should be either.
You might think that would be enough of physical problems, but no, "Drags" also has just one functional ear! We make a point of not "babying" him though, he has no idea that he's any different, so why feed into that? Now that doesn't mean "manhandling" him either, but rather encouraging him to have some fun!
Now, Dragon knows all of our residents, and a good number of our regulars. His confidence has improved by leaps and bounds- it's easy to catch him enjoying himself. The first thing he does when he walks in the door is to greet me, as if to say "when do we get to play?"
Dragon's folks, "The Gordons", are incredibly supportive of our efforts here at Sit & Stay. Mrs Gordon donates time to "Max's Pet Connection", one of the local rescue groups we work with as well. We're looking forward to Dragon and his siblings "Butterfly" and "Fa" boarding with us in the near future- I'll be sure to take tons of photos to share with everyone!
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
First of all to understand what happened to killer, you gotta understand who killer the dog was. Now killer was born to a three-legged bitch of a mother. He was always ashamed of this, man. And then right after that he's adopted by this man, Tito Liebowitz he's a small time gun runner and a rotweiler fight promoter. So he puts killer into training. They see killer's good. He is damn good. But then he had the fight of his life. They pit him against his brother nibbles. And killer said "no man that's my brother, I can't fight nibbles" but they made him fight anyway, and killer, he killed nibbles. Killer said "that's it!" he called off all his fights, and he started doing crack, and he freaked out. Then in a rage, he collapsed, and his heart no longer beat. wow.
Jim Breuer "Brian the Stoner" from "Half Baked"