Leaping with Joy

posted by Sharon September 6, 2013 13 Comments

Animals have brightened my week. So my random 5 this week is about dogs and cats.

1. The leaping black blur is a pup named Bogie. I’ve met him on my Saturday morning runs in the park. He greets me with a cheery bark and jumps and circles and twirls. His owner says he loves me and must have a blond fetish. But I know it’s not my blondness that he loves. Bogie loves motion. When I run, he is just beside himself with joy. He runs with me, around me, egging me on if I slow down.

Bogie is a rescue, abused when a man poured hot oil on his back. He has a jagged gray scar that mars his silky black coat. But now, he has a new life. All is forgiven, and I hope forgotten. He loves and is loved. He can’t contain his joy. What an inspiration he is!

2. We visited a wonderful animal rescue house in the mountain town of Idyllwild — ARF (Animal Rescue Friends). We got to meet 20 cats of all makes and models. They purred, entwined around our legs, begged to be scratched on the chin. Today I read that 2 of those we met, Boomer and Tippy, are adopted and going to their new home together. Yay!

3. Idyllwild’s mayor is named Max. Here he is.

Yes, the mayor is a dog! He even has his own website. People “paid” to vote, and the money went toward animal rescue. This small place raised $30,000 by electing its mayor. You gotta love this town!

4. While in Idyllwild, we met young Ava.

Her owner, working on socializing Ava, let us pet Ava and we all talked. I said I’ve always loved German Shepherds, but we live in a condo and these dogs grow large. The owner said they make fine dogs for small spaces. That they are as active as their owners. They are service dogs for people in wheelchairs, after all. Do any of you have advice on German Shepherds in small spaces?

5. No matter if we return from a weekend away or just a day at work, I’m always greeted at the door by my cats Murphy and Emily. Here’s Emily looking sweet.

How about you? How was your week?

Linking up with Random 5 Friday and Friday Finds.

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lynn September 6, 2013 at 11:12 am

Bogie’s story is sad but now sweet-this photo of Emily is beautiful so is she..I wish our town mayor was as cute, Ava is gorgeous ? apartment I don’t know for…but have known a Great Dane who did well in an apartment.

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Latane Barton September 6, 2013 at 11:17 am

I am happy that Bogie got rescued. Sweet dogs, all of them and that Emily… I do love cats.

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Tanya September 6, 2013 at 11:20 am

bogie sounds like a great running partner! it makes me so sad to hear when someone intentionally hurts and animal like that. glad he is now living a happy life!

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Debra @ HOMESPUN September 6, 2013 at 12:06 pm

Ah what a nice post and that puppy is too cute! 🙂

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Susan Penn September 6, 2013 at 1:55 pm

Love it, Sharon. Nice way to begin my Friday. Bogie’s story is amazing, and I have a similar tale with my sweet and happy dog. I have friends who have a Shepherd and live in a condo, no problem!

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Anne Payne September 6, 2013 at 3:05 pm

It’s been an emotional week but I’m managing. Cats & dogs always make me smile even though I don’t own any. I enjoy looking at your photos!

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Veronica Roth September 6, 2013 at 4:05 pm

Love the animals! I’ve been getting to know my two Vancouver cats again after being away for two months and, simultaneously, missing my British cat who I won’t see now for about three months. I’d love to have another dog, (I had two malamutes in the past), but our lives are too chaotic to have a dog right now. 🙂

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Robyn September 6, 2013 at 5:59 pm

Pets add a special aspect to our lives that is priceless!

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Marie-AZ September 6, 2013 at 6:10 pm

This was just the sweetest post on dogs and cats and I loved it! Your Emily is gorgeous!

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Rose September 6, 2013 at 6:59 pm

I don’t know what makes people so cruel…so glad Bogie has a home where he is loved. Having a pretty good week here…getting a quilt quilted and have vegetable soup on the stove. What more could one ask for? My Random 5 is at Pics & Pieces

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Ida P. Krause September 7, 2013 at 12:02 am

Oh my I gasped in horror when I read what had happened to Bogie. I’m so glad though that his life has made a turn around and he has a great “forever” home with loving people.
I always want to take every animal home if I visit the shelter so I don’t go often.
Your kitty, Emily is gorgeous. – I didn’t do R5 this week but do have posts up if you want to stop by.

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a spirit of simplicity September 7, 2013 at 7:52 am

I would give consideration to how a german shepard would be with cats before thinking about the issue of small spaces. They are all beautiful animals and you’ve photographed them so nicely.

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Nancy Claeys September 7, 2013 at 11:28 am

Regarding Ava and German Shepherds (thought I could weigh in here because I have two GSDs) — I don’t believe the issue would be space so much but how much time you have to train and interact with them. They are not hyper or disrespectful, but will find their own entertainment if not engaged regularly. PS — we have 7 cats, 2 in and 5 out, and our dogs have been trained to leave them be and they do.

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