She waits at the door every night at 6:30 p.m. to go with me to my Mom’s nursing home. Heaven help me if I’m not there right at 6:30 p.m. or if I try to leave without her. She puts her plump little body between me and the door and refuses to move until I say, “okay, let’s go.” She runs outside to do her business, then jumps in the car. She’s quite admired at the nursing home and has any number of elderly friends as well as staff.
She considers Kate and Allie ruffians. I call them The Wild Indians, which Ting considers an insult to Indians. I found Allie at a rescue group adoption. I meant to adopt one dog only and was instantly drawn to Allie (the one lying down in the photo) and was about to claim her when the foster Mom said Allie had a sister, one too shy and traumatized to show well at an “adoption.” Quite impulsively, I said bring both over – they inspect the house before adopting – and I would think about it. But Kate — the shy one — walked in, took Ting’s bed and refused to leave. They knew an easy touch when they saw it.
They are beautiful Australian Shepherds but in their first three months with me made Dennis the Menace look angelic. They ate everything I own, including dining room furniture, computer cords, electric wires, shoes galore and a sofa. They dug holes under the fence, and I planted rose bushes at every hole to prevent other attempts. My yard is now lined with rose bushes. There was even that night they locked themselves in the bathroom, and I had to call the locksmith at one in the morning. Now THAT was an interesting conversation.
After three months, they suddenly became model dogs. No more chewing. No more digging. No more accidents. They finally realized, I think, that they had a forever home. No more testing necessary.
So here are my dogs. I would love to hear about your pets. And I would also like to pose a question. Can you remember any standout animals in western movies or series? About the only ones I can remember is Hondo’s dog, the dog in Little House on the Prairie and the pig in Lonesome Dove.