I'm not a big fan of change. In fact, I am a self-confessed anal-retentive who loves routine. However, this picture my sister took of my dad's dogs made me decide to have a different type of post. Here is an example of not-abandoned, happy, well-looked after dogs (parsons). The one with its head turned towards my dad (no doubt questioning his attire) is a great character. The little one I haven't met yet, so all I can say with 100% certainty is that it's SO CUTE! Aaaahhhhh!
These dogs are very clever. They have sorted themselves out according to colour! The orangey ones are on the right, but the one with black is on the left. Their two matching pals stand nearby. Good effort dogs!
These schnausers came together and were scared stiff when they arrived, but it is better than where they were before - kept in cages all the time - that is, when their owners weren't taking the male one to get plastic surgery to make him 'look better' in his cage. I'd like to get their pernicious previous owners into surgery. Two lobotomies coming right up! The dogs are perfect, it is the owners who should be stuck in cages and see how they like it. Yeah, cages suspended over a pit of boiling acid, gently lowered one inch per hour...
It's the GR and 'Z' in a double attack of emotional blackmail. "Let us through the gate. You know you want to...OPEN THE GATE!" The head tilt, the big brown eyes, the GR's tongue...Aaaggghhhh! Helpless... to... resist...
See 'Z' here earlier practsing the head tilt action. Dogs are DEVIOUS in a GOOD WAY.
HOW, I mean HOW could anyone abandon this adorable cling-on dog? It fits snuggly in human arms, doesn't wriggle about, and looks uber cute. It spent a lot of time being carried around yesterday as a big golden retriever decided it was in love with it but the feelings weren't mutual.
Batty, who was found as a stray, is new to kennels and keen to show off to the others just how street-smart and street-cool he is. See how he artfully climbs the fence and once at the top does a celebratory sniff of a new friend? The little fella makes it look EFFORTLESS and yet I speak from experience (last Monday's post) when I say that climbing fences and walls is not as easy as it looks! Young Master Batty is the SIR EDMUND HILLARY of the kennels.
In contrast, whoever dumped derring-do dog Batty is THE WEAKEST LINK! Goodbye!
b) Spotting a sweet baby that has one leg in a cast and is holding candy and a rattle toy - then deliberately putting on a scary clown mask before racing over and snatching the candy out of the baby's innocent chubby hand - then stamping hard on the rattle so it breaks before the now weeping infant's eyes - then signing the cast 'Life Long Loser' - and then cackling hideously as you run away with your spoils, leaving the infant emotionally scared for life.
That's right, it's a.The golden retriever is being hurt by someone it has KNOWN AND LOVED.
Drum roll please!~ Presenting Storm as you've never seen him before!
Notice how finally the hormones have worn off after he was desexed and that now he is actually able to be in the same kennel with another dog without trying to mate with it!
SAY 'YES' TO DESEXING YOUR DOG!
Storm is actually lying on the cool floor rather than going on a testosterone-fueled rampage in the hot sun! For the first time tantalisingly pretty schnauser Cookie can relax safely only yards away from this once notorious lothario!
This dog is doing an impression of a wet dishcloth! During his bath, Bumpy decided to wow us with his impressions. Meanwhile, Arfur (featured yesterday) was hiding under his white towel and moving around in a spooky way, keen to wow us with his impression of a ghost! Thanks guys!
This PERFECT PUGGY PUG got adopted yesterday by a fine, upstanding, responsible human. Before that, he showed his potential for becoming a pampered pet by getting us to bathe and groom and generally fuss over him. Yes, indeed, in this picture I am actually tickling his neck, not in fact strangling him. That would be wrong.
See how sweet and innocent this beautiful faced dog looks? You'd never know she had a WILD CHILD side, involving her doing a Steve McQueen and escaping from the kennels that very afternoon (but without the use of a motorbike). She made her dramatic escape through a locked up construction site. I got boosted over a corrugated iron wall and tramped over unstable rubble in pursuit of this girl. She even looked back and watched my stumbling efforts to climb after her before she hot-footed it into the tropical wilderness near by. Cheeky monkey!
The good news is, a few hours later, she came back of her own volition, no doubt with adventures of doggy hijinx to impress the others. Dogs sometimes want to do their own thing, which in this case meant ESCAPING in a DRAMATIC way.*
But you have to admire the way she had kept that facade of innocence up for so long!
She'll probably get them all building an escape tunnel next.
*When they come to us though it should always be to be received with loving arms, even if you are covered in scratches and bruises.
O.K., that post title may be a teeny bit of a lie, but it does seem magical how being covered in puppy saliva creates a sense of euphoria. See how Ludo is airing his tongue in preparation for licking a human? He pays particular attention to the hands and necks of his humans, carefully covering every inch of furless flesh in magical puppy slobber. He takes pride in her slobbering work. What a model pup!
Here's another image of King John, described by historians as 'slippery' and 'untrustworthy' with his dog. See that medieval mutt frolicking merrily with his evil master? Even the puppy behind him looks happy. Further proof that dogs love UNCONDITIONALLY.
See how this puggy pug uses his awesome powers of manipulation to make you want to open the kennel dog and give him a squishy hug whilst going 'You're so cute' and 'It's O.K. baby puggly wuggly' (not that I am saying that I actually say that sort of thing). Dogs are BILLIANTLY MANIPULATIVE! Within seconds he was in my lap.
A lot of pugs get abandoned, usually because the owners have either let them get so fat* that they cut off the blood circulation when you hold them on your lap, or because they have medical problems that the MALODOROUS OWNERS can't be bothered to get treated. This chap just needs eyedrops AND SOME LOVIN'. Look at this pug's gorgeous brown baubly eyes! Check out the tiny whiskers and squishy nose! This soft wrinkly-headed chap could melt the coldest of hearts, but apparently his last owner's heart was made of STONE.
Storm, the white fluffy sex-maniac featured last month, is seen here creeping up on an unsuspecting corgi. Storm has been stalking several dogs at once in the kennels, reflecting the need for dogs to be DESEXED so they don't turn into roaming lotharios. Storm's had the snip now, but it takes a month for the hormones to leave the system. In the meantime, thanks Storm for continuing to entertain us with your antics! Also, thank you cute corgi, 'B', now adopted, for being so PATIENT and for not pressing charges!
I love spaniels. Just wanted to share that. This one at the Rescue is a real sweetheart and I think HE KNOWS IT. Check out the floppy ear action! He could do an advertisement for dog shampoo and shake those ears for maximum effect like in the timotei adverts.
Neatorama has a good link about some RAVE-WORTHILY REMARKABLE dogs in history: http://www.neatorama.com/2008/08/11/and-my-dogs-cant-even-roll-over/
I think a special mention should go to the dogs belonging to King John of England (1199-1216) possibly the most unpopular English king ever. See his dogs lovingly follow their tyrannical, treacherous, homicidal master? Further proof that dogs are GREAT because they LOVE UNCONDITIONALLY!*
Unfortunately, people who dump sick or old dogs like Mouse (featured yesterday) DON'T love unconditionally.
*Love humans that is, not stags. I think the stag in this picture is pretty much done for.
This lovely, tiny, fragile ball of fluff is 10. He has no teeth and a wonky jaw so he finds it hard to eat. So what did his previous owners do?
a) Take him to a vet and get the best possible care for him. b) Dump him.
What would I like to do to those heartless people?
a) Feed them to the large meat-loving sturgeon at Ocean Park? b) Push them into an erupting volcano which is about to spew red hot sizzling lava? c) Force them to organise England's 2012 Olympic opening ceremony?
This lonesome puppeh seems to be practsiing getting into strange positions. Perhaps he has plans to become A CONTORTIONIST. He has AMBITION! While his friends and sister are playing 'let's swamp the human with the camera' he is working towards his goal. Follow your dream, ambitious puppeh!
There should be more movies with dogs in. Dogs can ACT. There should be a dog RADA or something. See how this dog, 'Z'* APPEARS to be sleeping? Actually, it is wide awake and just PRETENDING to be asleep so that I won't give it it's eye drops. Later it PRETENDED to be fascinated by something happening on the other side of the kennels, just when I was again approaching with the eye drops. Z, you would win a Dog Oscar for sure!
I bet Z's previous owners never won an award.
*(real identity protected in case he decides on a movie career later)
The best thing about this puppy is that it has a sibling! Double puppeh joy! There are no words to describe how cute this puppy is. 100% FACT! :) There are many words to describe the previous owners of this puppy, but they are not nice ones.
This is Bart, son of the dogs featured yesterday, who has the same name as a FAMOUS PIRATE! Rrraaarrr! http://www.thepiratesrealm.com/Bartholomew%20Roberts.html
Unlike this pirate, Bart has not attacked 400 ships, killed dozens of seadogs or obtained 50 million pounds of loot. Instead, he just lazes around the kennels and submits to petting by his kennel volunteer fans.
OK, I don't know for sure that these dogs were actually marooned with their pirate owners as they were found sans humans, but they definitely came from boats. They were found living on a remote deserted island and had puppies together. The devoted canine 'Mr and Mrs Crusoe' have gorgeous natures and all but one of their children has now been adopted. Their hobbies are smooching, walking, licking volunteers and eating. The pirates who dumped them on the island were heartless and cold-blooded (typical pirate behaviour, but still, very wrong).