Wednesday, October 31, 2012

the photo of photos

We're moving a little slow it seems on sorting through the many wonderful photos snapped at the hoedown last Saturday night. But let's just cut to the chase. This video shows the making of the photo of photos. It includes seven the CA-transferred V-dogs with their parents, exactly five years after landing in California.

The evening weather was perfect, our photographer Mark Rogers was the best kind of job boss, the dog families were looking gorgeous and the dogs all seemed to know this day was all about them. More to come later as we pick apart the highlights of the event, but for you non-facebookers especially, here is the memory we will all carry forward.

Monday, October 29, 2012

dance floor

Elliot and Oscar try out the dance floor the morning after the Home Sweet Home Anniversary Hoedown. A grand time was had by all. Photos to come!

Saturday, October 27, 2012

chill will's siesta

Willy enjoys spending lots of quality time with girlfriend Nina...

though he's finding it all very exhausting (chortle!)

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

story time

the other day at the barn........

me: and blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah

Farnham: you don't say? really? Hmmm - wow!

Oscar:  good grief, how loong is this story gonna be? there's a stick over there begging to be chewed!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Jilly's Beautiful Manicure

Most black dogs have impossible to trim black toe nails. Jilly has the most unusual nails. Each one of her nails is pink with a thin black pin stripe.

She may look like a plain black dog at first glance, but there is nothing plain about this pretty girl.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

A dog of many talents - by Willy

I'm a modest and quiet kinda guy but Aunty says I should be proud of my many talents and had me make a list. 

You may have read about some of them so you already know I can do magic (I can appear to disappear right in front of you), and you know that I'm a good boyfriend to Nina and a great dog-friend to the Kikster.  Aunty says I have LOTS more talents but I don't want to brag, so here's just some of them:

  • Aunty says that I'm the best back-seat driver ever because I daydream and don't say a word.

  •  I  am a polite office-dog and I listen well (though I have no idea WHO the Giants are!)

  •  I'm an excellent trash can inspector  (hmmm, is that shrimp fried rice?  Yum!)

  • I'm a dog for-all-seasons.  Here I am styling in my fall bandana. (Aunty thinks I'm quite the male model )

  • I'm a jogger and an excellent exercise companion

And one of my favorite talents that I like to demonstrate whenever I can...

  •  I'm a great lap dog!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Ken Foster Slept Here

Celebrated author Ken Foster will be here in less than two weeks for the hoedown. But even MORE exciting than Ken (we love him, but really) is his book. His BOOK - I'm a Good Dog - will be hot off the press and in his hot little hands and then in our hands and then in everyone's hands. At the hoedown. Not ho-down, mind you.

Rumor has it that he'll be sharing our humble guest cabin with celebrated dog diva Clara Yori and HECTOR and good god can you stand it WALLACE (if he's feeling up for the drive) and pimping their own milestone book: Wallace

So then, do we post a 'Ken Foster Slept Here' plague on the cabin wall or do Hector and Wallace trump Ken? Dueling books, dueling pit bull celebs. Our brains are exploding.

Not to end on a commercial, but our guest list has climbed over our original mark and we're considering closing the ticket sales so we can order this food we need to order already and call it a day. So if you're considering whether to join us, please do it now while we're still mulling. We would so love to see you in the glow of the party lights and everyone's bigger than life smiles. Event Link

Friday, October 12, 2012

highlights from Olive's recovery

We like to packrat video clips during dog intros and other key moments in hopes that they can help somebody someday. Here are some highlights of those beginning days in the barn with Olive, and her gradual acknowledgement that dogs are not only safe -- but fun! Enjoy.

(A wee warning: this one is nine minutes long and could've gone much longer if my iMovie didn't keep crashing on me!)

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Olive's transition

After a rough start in her new home "Oh my dog? What's happened to me and why am I in a brand new place?" Olive decided maybe her brother dog Zoo (who was once frightfully insecure himself) was right when he whispered, "Don't sweat it Olive. This place is great."

First report:
I thought I would drop you a line to let you know how Olive is handling the kidnapping!
I am just sure this is what she thinks happened. She was a nervous wreck when we first got her out of the car. We had to leave the leash on her for several hours so we could get her to move around with us. When she was in the yard she kept running to the gate or the car. Finally around 6 she started to get hungry, so I made the pet crew dinner. She ate about 1/2 her food and then claimed her space on a couch. After she had this space, she started to calm down. 

We had dinner guest, so Olive got to meet our friend Peggy. It was good that Peggy came over because we were focused on talking and eating dinner, which gave Olive time to calm down. She did come over to meet Peggy and even let Peg pet her. After Peg left, Olive ate the rest of her dinner and I took her outside for a walk. At bedtime, she chose to sleep on the couch (with one eye open). 

Oh, as I was cleaning up after dinner, I asked her to twirl. She did a very slow circle, but she twirled.

Karen's most recent update:
Olive found her play mode, and we had lots of fun with her toys. She was grinning and being silly. This morning after our walk she was being goofy, and it was very hard for me to walk out the door. I wanted to stay home and play. I just check-in with Larry and all is well for everyone.

Sorry I forget to mention that Zoo changed as soon as be put Olive in the car with us. He really likes her. Last night's walk was with the three of us, and he volunteered to go. What a difference.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Willy's got a girl friend

Well, actually handsome Willy has TWO girl friends - one older gal and a very young one.  I'm talking about the sassy furry Nina, and the two legged curly haired kid, Kiki.  I'll show ya what I mean.

Willy and Nina
Nina may be an elder-bull, but she sure likes young Willy.  Here's a little peek at the two hanging out:

... here they are sitting pretty and giving me their best "PLEASE give us a treat" faces


... the pooches practice 'leave it'


...and together they inspect something interesting in the back yard

Willy and the Kikster

From the time the kid arrived, these two were virtually inseparable:


... early in the morning, while still half asleep

... taking walks together


... at the playground together

... even when pooped out after a busy day

Oh yeah, foster-life is pretty darn good right now for gentle hunky Willy.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

What Jilly Wants

Um, excuse me, lady

You know how that guy behind me has a nice chew toy?

Do you think there's any way a little girl dog could get one of those?

YES! Thank you nice lady!

Friday, October 5, 2012

Loni says...

...Well. Now what? This smart street urchin thinks being tossed full tilt out of the van was by far the very best thing that ever happened to her. It's clear she wasn't home. And with swinging teats and bleeding bite marks, she would not have been popular at the shelter.

We don't understand how the cosmic bingo game works or why it spits out a certain dog's number in our direction when it does, but we don't fight the game. One man's trash is going to be another man's treasure and we get to holler 'JACKPOT!' when her playing card finally fills up. Welcome to our world, little Loni.

where's Willy?

While Willy is learning about being a house-dog at my house, I've discovered that Willy has learned how to 'appear to disappear'.

For a few moments early this morning, before I'd had my coffee, I thought Willy had disappeared somewhere in my room. 

Can YOU see him?

And then he looked up, and I saw him....

- and a refrain of "do you think I'm sexy" started playing in my head.  Meanwhile, Nina (my brindle-spotted girl) is smitten with Willy - she thinks this handsome boy is!

Thursday, October 4, 2012


Farnam was just told off by Loni for getting too close to her kennel. Oh the horror. All he wanted was a little bit of that kibble she was eating. Girls are so mean.

stray day

An email Sunday morning: "I am desperately looking for a foster parent for a sweet female pit that my daughter and I found yesterday on a busy road. She was covered in blood, emaciated, and clearly a new mom. A neighbor told us that she saw a car throw her out on the street and then speed off. Please let me know if you can foster, or know of anyone who can. Thank you so much."

Lucky girl to have friends. Thanks to Jibboom, who saw fit to get a home and especially to Aunt Anita, who kindly took Willy home to open precious kennel space - this stray found a safe spot. In two weeks, once her stray hold is completed, she'll be ours to place.

'Til then, she eats, she smiles, she sleeps, she wonders what in the world just happened to her. Life is what happened, lil girl.

We'll name you Loni. "People with this name have a deep inner desire for a stable, loving family or community, and a need to work with others and to be appreciated."