An extreme marathon runner met a stray dog with whom he formed an “unbreakable bond” during a 250-kilometre (155 mile) race in the Gobi desert in China. Dion Leonard, 41, said he hoped to raise the funds that will allow him to be reunited with the dog, named Gobi, who joined him during the annual 4 Deserts Race Series in March.
Mr Leonard, from Edinburgh, developed a particularly close bond with Gobi. He told The Independent: “At the start of Day two, Gobi was on the start line next to me looking up at me.
“This was the first contact I had with her and as I ran off the line I noticed her by my side.
“I didn’t speak much to her that day thinking she wouldn’t stay with me, but at the finish line she followed me into the tent and we slept next to each other. That was it then.”
I received several different April Fools emails today and I love this one for dog and cat chosen color kits. It reminded me of how I used to have our cat, Edward, pick tarot cards for me. When you clicked the link you get to the page (I’ve included it below) it had a sale-code for all their color kits that I blocked out…
I noticed that dogs weren’t exactly color-blind with Rob when he had his knee surgeries and couldn’t run around to play so I had to keep him entertained with problem-solving games. There was a toy called a Cuz that I found in lots of different colors and I’d have him find the orange Cuz or the green Cuz and he’d only get a treat if he brought the correct one. He was able to tell all of them apart except for red from orange so we went with a big red with horns, Bad Cuz, and a smaller orange without horns.
We have a fresh dusting of the lovely, clean, white stuff today!
Granted, it is 41F so it won’t last long but it is pretty. Rob and Gracie were so excited to run around in it this morning that it is already plowed under in the dog yard. Gracie apparently decided an extra layer was needed over her sweater because her blanket is out there too. I searched the archives and found some fun old posts…
100 rescue dogs searched the rubble of the World Trade Center for survivors and then for remains during the weeks after the plane attacks on September 11th, 2001. I spotted an interview in The Daily Mail with Dutch photographer Charlotte Dumas about her book which “captured the remaining dogs in their twilight years in their homes where they still live with their handlers, a full decade on from 9/11.” The portraits are sweet, like the one above, of the dogs at home juxtaposed with pictures of the horrible event that brought them all together and stories about their encounters with survivors and with other rescue workers. I am so glad she did this now because they are a rapidly vanishing resource. When Dumas began travelling the US to take these portraits fifteen of the dogs were still alive, only thirteen are still with us.
To see more of her wonderful portraits and read the rest of the article, click: DailyMail.co.uk
I am just bringing you a public service announcement today.
If you haven’t chipped your pets this is something that I personally think is a good idea.
If you have, make sure to check your chip from time to time. Of course you want to re-register the chip when you move or change your phone number but remember when Gracie was lost almost a year ago? I felt an intuitive nudge to check her microchip registration number online and the information on her chip had reverted to the vet in Taiwan. I had to call AVID and refax my information in case she was found before they received the mailed registration form. It was all more stressful than it needed to be. Remember that if there is a real disaster, you may not be able to correct any information at that time, phone lines may be down, evacuations may be ordered.
I decided then to check them before camping season every year even though I haven’t moved or changed my phone numbers in 20 years. I also ask the vet to scan their chips at every annual exam to make sure they are still readable. It is a good thing to just make a habit of it. Like replacing the smoke alarm batteries before they start beeping at 2 am. The official website below has links where you can check your microchip #s and change your information online if you need to do so.
June 6th is the day we brought Robert home! I figure most of you have never seen any puppy pictures so here are a couple along with some more recent ones. It is pretty hard to believe he wasn’t always part of the family and even harder to imagine what it will be like without him someday. He was about 6 months old and only 45 pounds when we brought him home… as you can see he was an adorable pup! Freya went along with the idea during the initial meet and greet at a friend’s home until it suddenly occurred to her that we meant to keep him, then she took a bit of um, convincing. He was always really good with her. In fact, when he was about a year old, Freya was getting really arthritic but still loved to play fetch so we would go to the park near us at night and let them both off leash. Scott would throw the Frisbee, Rob would chase and retrieve it, and then bring it right to Freya so she could return it to Scott for the next toss — all without a word spoken or a prearranged plan — it all just somehow fell into place thanks to Robbie.
That intuitive caring is why Robbie has been such an amazing therapy dog. I would take him to an assisted living facility for a scheduled visit and as we’d enter the common room where everyone was gathered for the event, I’d have him sit at the entrance to get our bearings. I’d watch him scan the room’s occupants and then look up at me to indicate he was ready. I’d nod to him it was okay to go and let him lead me as he walked right up to a specific person and engage them. Without fail, the event coordinator would come up to me and whisper, “That’s who I was going to ask you to be sure to visit. He or she has been having a really hard time. How does he do that?” I’d just beam at him and say, “He’s a rock star!”
I’ve heard it said that it takes a village to raise a child and a dog is no exception. Thanks to…
Audra, for pulling him from the Pierce County Humane Society
Dana & Larry Babb of Paws-Abilities for making training fun for us
My Mom for teaching him so many of his tricks
TDI, Therapy Dogs International, for giving Rob a job he loves
Drs. Theresa Hetrick and Tim Cavanaugh for taking care of him
The staff of the VCA Emergency Animal Clinic for saving his life a couple of years ago
Tanya for being the best dog-sitter in the world
Everyone else who falls in love with him everywhere we go.
So Robert was doing his “Reading With a Doggie Friend” gig at the Puyallup library today. It has been a long time since we went there and about a dozen kids were waiting for him. I can’t photograph the kids but you can get an idea from the pictures how much they enjoy this program. He was pretty filthy from rolling around in all the construction debris and plaster dust from our kitchen remodel so I gave him a shower. I can’t get a picture of bathing him because I have to get in there with him and I am sure that any pictures of that process would violate WordPress decency rules. 😉 The cool shower attachment is available here: Rinse Ace on Amazon. I love how fluffy he looks after bathing but the ring it leaves in the shower is pretty horrifying!
In other news:
The kitchen project proceeds — we are drywalled, taped, mudded, sanded and primed. Painting will take place on Saturday and cabinet installation on Sunday.