Saturday, June 22, 2013

a day in the life of Smudge

Guest blogged by Smudge, with a little help from intern Laura Mundy. Thanks, ladies!

Hey-oh! Smudge here. Since it was recently revealed that I'm a BAD RAP blogger, thought I'd go ahead and elaborate a smudge about my doings for all of you wonderful folks out there.

I should preface by saying that the humans here understand dogs need a variety of life too, just like them. So we engage our senses, have many adventures, and play games. And as you may have heard too, staying active, mentally and physically, keeps you young. You don’t have to ask me twice to subscribe to this theory!

A recent “Day in the Life of Smudge” went a little something like this:

After breakfast, I knocked out some work, as I think most clearly in the morning.  

I played with the funny-looking dog.  

I basked in the sun and had many deep thoughts. That day’s deep thoughts drifted to global commerce, social justice, and how to manipulate Intern into giving me more food. 

I initiated a road trip to visit the goats. I told Intern, "Let's go see the goats!

She was more than happy to oblige, being a goat-lover herself. There was some dispute over the best driving route, and Intern called me a “backseat driver,” whatever that means.

Goats! Goats! Goats!

To ward off our mid-afternoon slump, we grabbed a Venti Iced GreenTea at Starbucks. I made Intern hold me while I sipped it. It's cool to be held like that. Really. A nice man and his son came up to give me pets and treats. That was the best.

Back at the barn, I thoroughly removed all the peanut butter from the Kong someone had so thoughtfully left in my kennel. There’s a rumor floating around here that if you are well-behaved, the Kong Fairy will pay you a visit. I'd say that rumor is true.

Zzzzzzzzzz. Sweet dreams.

And before I knew it, the big beautiful sun was setting, and it was nearly time for bed. Intern and I had a quiet game of hide and seek, just before she tucked me in for the night.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Guest Blogger!

June has been one of the best months ever at the barn. Why? For one entire month, we're enjoying the TLC of intern Laura Mundy, who is living on-site (hellooo tiny cabin) during a break from her life in Seattle. She's busy helping us ready the current batch of dogs for adoption and has been doing chores glamorous and very-much-not-so glamorous. But we'll let her tell you about all that.

Here's her first blog installment with promises for a few more. Thanks so much for adding your fuel to this little O-town fire Laura!

Laura Mundy! Intern Extraordinaire

When I told my friends I was doing an internship at BAD RAP, there was a lot of excitement and celebration. I also got a lot of “Keep us updated!” I promised I would.

In my first week of working at BAD RAP, and living next to the barn, I’ve experienced quite a few things. There are the things you would expect, like getting to know the dogs, the routine, meeting the lovely volunteers, how to use a flirt pole, etc. There are some other things that may surprise you. So, without further ado, I give you:

Top 5 Little Known Facts about BAD RAP

1.      BAD RAP houses not only dogs, but a healthy population of gophers as well. Diamond keeps a close tab on their activity.

2.       Hipster barn dogs, like Ned Flanders, wear their cones in the downward position.

3.       Dog Mountain is only 39.5 inches in elevation, but to Corky, it feels much higher!

4.       Dogs earn their keep by providing light administrative support. Smudge is also an occasional ghost blogger. 

5.       There’s a peeping tom who lives on the property. But he’s friendly.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Zuzu Love

Zuzu met the Weiss family today during their search for new love. We can't tell if they liked each other ... Can you?

This pretty girl came to us from the overcrowded South Central Los Angeles Shelter thanks to LA group Angel City Pit Bulls. We first met her courtesy of Lori Fusaro's photos. How can you say 'no' to photos like these? Impossible.

Go Zuzu, go Zuzu! (click on photo to biggin it)

Saturday, June 1, 2013