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!
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?