Tuesday, March 19, 2013

young love

Gum: "Sassy, Sassy. Can I hang out with you Sassy? You're so cool and so pretty and I think we could be friends. Whaddaya think Sassy? Huh? Huh? ... Sassy?"

Sassy: "Pfffft!"

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Spring is springing

Spring is here and its time to make sure the yard is ready for the sunnier and warmer days to come. This year I am lucky enough to have a professional sprinkler inspector in the house.
This one works - excellent water pressure!
 Jilly couldn't believe the wonder of having FIVE hoses to play with at the same time.
Now to inspect the one in the middle of the grass. 
Around and around the yard she ran taste testing each sprinkler head.
Woo hoo! this is the best job ever!
The verdict is in: we are ready for spring.
Can we do that again?

Saturday, March 16, 2013

fare-thee-well Farnam!

Aw shucks ... You're embarraskin' me!

Barn Crew teammate Allie Intondi gives Farnam a little good-bye cuddle as he heads out the door to his new life. We're all going to miss his baby browns, but sure are happy to know there's a sofa with his name on it and two adoring people to scratch behind his ears now.

Happy Travels Sweet Farnam! <sniff>

Thursday, March 14, 2013

thursday spring fling

Kissin' Sassy.

"How'my gonna git up der?"


Queen Sassy and loyal subjects.

Stretchy lips.

Corndog Wild Child.

Warm temps daydreamin.'

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

night duty

Night duty at the barn means letting the dogs out for their final pee before tucking in for the night. Tim usually has this shift after working late on his carvings - between midnight and two in the morning. He's usually joined by the coyotes, a mass of croaking frogs, and lately, two great horned owls showing off for each other from the pine trees.

Part of night duty can involve cuddle time for the dogs. I can always tell when he's been working on teaching a squirmy dog to sink into squeezes. "Have you been holding Diamond at night? She's been extra chill lately when I hug her." Tim: "Yep. Love that dog."

That may be why, rather than rush around in the dark, most of the dogs run outside, do their business, then run back to the door asap. "Let me in." It's time to cuddle, get a treat, fall asleep to the night sounds and wake up to start a brand new day.

Monday, March 11, 2013

not your average mountain goats

Farnam and Loni spent a fun morning helping us organize the pieces of Dog Mountain. Too high? Too scary? Not scary enough? It's amazing how quickly their confidence climbed with a few strategically placed treats. Magic!

Both dogs came to us with weak legs and atrophied muscles. Once relegated to a dog crate in an abusive hoarding situation for who-knows how long, Farnam's rear leg was so flat that he couldn't pick his foot off the ground and it crabbed when he walked. No more of that. Our joy boy has plumped up really well during his recovery here and he and continues to gain strength and confidence.

Judging the distance.

Queen of the Mountain!

"I like this game!"

Many thanks to LUSH Cosmetics for gifting us with a way to create this fun and important addition to the Rescue Barn. We love how you bring beauty to the world, and to dogs like these who need a little extra TLC to get their groove on.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

bittersweet happenings

Happy-Sad-Happy News. Our token fluffer 'Corndog' has found a home - with another fluffer. She'll be spending one last week with longtime companion Sassy before saying final good-byes. Wouldn't it be great if Sassy found a home this month too? Keep your fingers crossed for her. We'd love to celebrate two homecomings, even if they are to two different homes.

EDIT: Oh Corndog! The brother fluffy was all love on neutral turf but declared war on our girl back at his home and was not willing to accept the fun she had in store for him. She did a good job trying to help him see that she's no threat, but alas, his sofa and his mama were just way too precious to share. Cornie made a quick U-turn back to our program and will be entertaining other offers. A Day in the Life, for sure!

EDIT AGAIN! Corndog has been in yet another new home with a new male dog and all is going well. Meanwhile, Sassy is enjoying her new home and adoring family. As the World Turns!

Monday, March 4, 2013

Flea Bear

Corndog has every right to be a little confused. We left yesterday to visit the flea market and came back with this weird little animal.

Fleas? Where are they? Are they hiding somewhere? Why would anyone want to visit a market that sells them?