Friday, May 25, 2012

newest addition

New additions at the barn always bring a lot of excitement. This one was extry special. It all started when the dogs started broadcasting super sad face whenever we left the barn at the end of our shifts.

"Don't goooooooo," they'd plead. "What if we could make a place for the people to stay with us?"

You mean? Like a home space where vistors could - gasp! - sleep overnight?

"Yes, yes YEEEES!" howled the dogs. "Like that, Like THAT!"

Hmm. And campers and interns and adopters and friends could wake up to next to the barn and help us take care of you? And best yet, you dogs could pretend to have a person for keeps?

The dogs spun in circles. It was just too much excitement for one brain to manage, so we kept thinking about it because sometimes big wishes can become real. If we had a special place for guest friends to stay, it could look sorta like this ...


So we started calling on the bully gods to help us make it real, and the fine folks from the Unexpected Pit Bull Calendar and HeARTSpeak overheard and said, "For sure, we can help here." So they took gorgeous photos of dogs and turned them into a calendar that would charm the country. And then they gave every penny of that calendar to groups like ours so we can all find more ways to help the dogs. 

And VOILA! The imaginings became real. As soon as the rain stopped, a tiny used cabin with a fresh new purpose was flying down the freeway on its way towards the Rescue Barn. It snuggled up next to the barn, under some old oaks and just steps away from the dogs who first asked for it.


Rooney said, "This is good." And with a wag and a snort, she declared, "When the guest friends come to stay, I will sit with them in the morning when they have their coffee and I will make them feel at home."


And Elliot said, "I will show our guest friends where they can serve me banana pancakes in the morning, and I will listen very carefully as they plan new ways to help my pit bull friends."


Diva said, "I will surf on the counters so our guest friends can feel useful when
they teach me about rules."
(All the other barn dogs agreed that this was a great idea!)


Inspired by everybody's approval, Diva wagged and added, 
"I will help our guest friends decide which bunk to use and teach them how to 
give me lots of room so I can have the best sleep ever."


And Rooney said, "I will show them how to get up to the loft where 
we can listen to the coyotes at night together. 



And it was good.

And now we just wait for our next friends to come by!

Keep watching. They'll be here soon.


29 comments:

  1. Made me smile :D Thanks! I'm sure the dogs'll be smilin' too!

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  2. Extra adorable! Where can I sign up for a night at the Barn Guest Cottage? What a perfect vacation: feed Uncle Elliot his banana pancakes, flirts pole sessions, snuggles and cuddles in the bed. Sounds like heaven to me.

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  3. Fabulous! Maybe the one day the bully gods will smile on me and I'll get to come visit!

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  4. I'll be right there! Awesome pics and versed perfectly! What perfect little hosts and hostesses!

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  5. Is it a Tumbleweed (http://www.tumbleweedhouses.com/)? What a perfect solution for everyone!

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    1. Isn't it just so friggin' cute? It's a used Adirondak cabin on wheels. We can't wait to flea market and trick it out BR style, and even better, can't wait to fill it with guests and good times.

      http://www.rvlogcabins.com/12x28.htm

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    2. You're going to have to start the BADRAP B&B!

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  6. How cool!!! Everyone must be wanting to have the first sleepover!!

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  7. Love it. Just wonderful. I am sure fun will be had by all.

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  8. Remarkable! What an amazing success! Love the comments from the dogs too!

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  9. awesome, happy tears for these guys

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  10. awesome happy tears for these guys

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  11. Donna what a great story and wonderful pix's to go with it. You have to follow up with how the first sleep over went.Both Tim and yourself are an inspiration, wish you were in NYC.

    Great blog post again.

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  12. Pittie heaven...where can we sign up?

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  13. What a wonderful addition to the premises, Donna and Tim. Can't wait to see it. Bean arrives Monday, hopefully for forever. Once she's settled, we'll work on next steps for me! Lisa L

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  14. How about a guestt house warming party? I'll bring cookies for both, two and four leggeds.
    anastasia@indiecakes.com

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  15. Is there a way to apply to come? I already pass the bunk test . . . have six in bed w. me every night (3 of them pitties:-) But, I know there is a lot that these dogs can teach me. Thanks!
    Linda Satchwell K-911 Rescue

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  16. I took one of the photos in the calendar, and seeing this just made my day. Thanks :)

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  17. I can't wait to stay there :) Just say where the sign up & reservations can be made. Beth

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  18. So cool. So very cool. Love your stories and pictures. It has all the dogs' approval. I am sure you will have a long waiting list of people wanting to stay in that adorable cabin and help all those cute dogs.

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  19. LOVE LOVE LOVE this! It would be Lucia's dream birthday to stay the night! Perhaps have a doggie/girl birthday party? I just made Angus the most awesome pumpkin biscuits. I promise to bring some for the gang when we visit!

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  20. Yay, yay, yayyyy!!!! Love this cottage, love you guys, so thrilled to be a part of making this happen! Thanks for all you do!

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  21. That would be some roadtrip to come check out the adorable guest cottage! Love my calendar and so happy for you all to have such a great new part to your training program. Congrats!

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  22. Congrats Donna and Tim! What an amazing addition to your already beautiful paradise. Let me know if you have any vacancies in August. I want to bring hubby up to check out the neighborhood. :) Hugs to everyone!

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  23. Oh, this reminds me of the guest program at Best Friends in Utah. I would love to come stay and help. Let us all know when we can start signing up!

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  24. Oh wow. I was hoping to make a trip out your way this summer to see my friends poster exhibit at the Oakland Museum. Gonna be around in July or August?

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    1. Springs' mommyMay 28, 2012 at 8:54 PM

      What an awesome place to share "Pibble Love" Very exciting!! Love it!

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  25. Your website is a gorgeous place of helpful info! Do you mind if I pingback one of your blog entries on my website?

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