( video includes dog illness, but no death )
First she took her customary backyard excursion. She generally launches at full speed from the back door to race the fence line twice, then stake out the larger trees for squirrels, and then eliminate.
Today she sped out the door and screeched to a halt 3 meters away. She peed and pooped as quickly as possible and ran back in.
She then eagerly accepted her leash and was ready to go out the front door. She was so disappointed when the temperature out there was still that cold.
Because back door and front door are different, you see.
I guess it was time to change my default icon.
Bella has burrowed her way into our hearts. Last week the Underdog Rescue placed Bella in our care. We've enjoyed every moment of our time with her.
She's a remarkably lovely dog. She's a young adult, though we don't know her exact age. She herded all the children in her first Madison placement , so we suspect she's got some Border collie in the mix. Her fur looks black from a distance but up close it's a deep brown; so maybe there's some chocolate lab heritage. We're thrilled with how easy* she is:
- She greets everyone with a wiggle and a kiss, genuinely pleased to meet new people and dogs.
- Her fur is as soft as a rabbit's coat, and she's so soothing to pet.
- She enjoys playing, walking, and sleeping equally.
- When she sleeps, she emits comforting snores, snuffles, and wheezes.
- She came to us already potty- and crate-trained
- She already knows "sit," "no," "come," and "drop it." In less than 10 days she's well on her way to "down," "hupup," and "off."
( Black dog 35in from nose to base of tail, lies on her back, all 4 paws in the air. Front two paws meet the outstretched palms of MyGuy, an older white fellow )
*: We assumed all dogs were challenging after 14 years with Teddy the Neurotic, then 15yrs with Lucy the Alpha Bitch.
"When the dogs are in the terminals you can feel the stress level drop," said Huebner. "Expressions change. People look up from their laptops and their phones. They take pictures. They come over to pet the dogs. Conversations start between strangers. And even people just passing by begin to smile."
So far I've read reports from San Diego, LAX, Edmonton and Saskatoon.
Confess! Have you seen an airport therapy dog?
These pets—Sqwark and Whiskey—were videoed by their owner Bonnie Thomson in Australia.( Finish drinks before watching )