Posts Tagged ‘Golden Retriever
We had a Golden Retriever named Molly that was absolutely panicked when she heard anything remotely related to a thunder storm. She even freaked out when she heard semi-trucks banging along the highway behind our house. It was so bad that she’d cower under a piece of furniture in the house until the storm left. We felt so very bad for her being unable to comfort her from her extreme fear.
One day, when we were away from home when a quick afternoon thunderstorm blew up, that she totally lost it. She tore into the METAL back door, pulled it up, losing a few teeth, scratching her back terribly and needing vet care when we discovered her.
After that incident the vet prescribed tranquilizers, but we often couldn’t get them into her far enough ahead of a storm to make a difference for Molly.
I wish Thundershirt had been invented when she was alive. It would have made all the difference for her peace of mind:
Heading over to an Etowah Valley Humane Society Adoption Event – little Tabasco – who’s my profile picture – is looking for a home today! Cross your paws for him and his kennel mates to find new homes.
Dog Offers to Help Clean Up Oil Spill
I just found this news article about my latest efforts to save the world from itself.
Bo Hoefinger, the dog best known as the author of Bad To The Bone: Memoir of a Rebel Doggie Blogger, has offered his services to clean up the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
As has been clearly documented, dog hair soaks up the oily remnants of drilling platforms gone bad better than sponges, handy wipes, and even wildlife. Quite simply, dog hair is to oil as paper towels are to pee in a living room.
With everyone getting angry at the lack of success in containing the oil spill, Hoefinger decided to do something about it.
“I’m not here to point a paw at anybody. Not British Petroleum, not the government, and not even Charlie, the local tomcat. Maybe it’s because I don’t have any Irish Setter in my bloodlines; you know how much they like to point their paws.
“But when I saw the great work that was being done by the Matter of Trust folks in getting pet hair to help clean up the spill, it spurred me to action. Besides, if I want to be the ambassador for shelter dogs, shouldn’t I help out too?”
And that’s what he offered to do.
“I like swimming. I like the gulf. I’d like to go swimming in the Gulf and soak up some sun, and a bunch of premium grade oil. How could anyone refuse my offer?”
Aides to Portuguese Water Dog in charge Bo Obama, are said to be sniffing through the proposal before making any public comments.
Hoefinger likes his prospects although there is some disagreement among environmentalists as to whether the blogging dog’s idea is a good one.
Mothball Morris from The Cat Litter Disposable said, “The question you have to ask yourself is whether Bo will do more harm than good. Read his book and you’ll find he has a propensity to cause more damage than intended.
“What’s to keep him from peeing in the gulf, or worse, pooping in it? This could lead to two environmental disasters rather than just the one we’re dealing with now.”
Ultimately it comes down to approvals; the first from Bo Obama and the administration, and the second from Bo’s parents.
Bo’s mother main concern is safety and wonders whether it will impede the amount of help he can actually give.
“If he’s to be safe, which means not swimming until an hour after he’s eaten, he’ll never have enough water time to do any good. Bo is a snacker and he needs his Milkbone (the big ones) every hour and a half. You do the math,” she said.
Although a gracious offer, Hoefinger does have concerns.
“I know I’ll be very tired from the swims, but I’m more worried about my hair. The oily, grunge look may work in Seattle, but in my home town the bitches like the Justin Bieber poofy hair look. With Bieber fever infecting the canine community, it will be tough, but I’m committed to the cause.”
Time will tell whether Bo will be allowed to help those humans unable to help themselves. If not, he urges everyone to help the cause and work with the Matter of Trust folks today.
Written by Bo who lives in Kennesaw, Georgia.
Watch this 30 second video – it’ll put tears in your eyes – Guaranteed!
Atlanta’s Most Popular Breeds 2009 according to the American Kennel Club:
1) Labrador Retriever
2) Golden Retriever
3) German Shepherd
5) Yorkshire Terrier
* Registration data pulled from Atlanta zip codes as specified by U.S. Postal Service
“Atlanta has remained loyal to its favorite dogs over the past two years, with the same breeds remaining in the top five,” said AKC Spokesperson Lisa Peterson. “The German Shepherd Dog and Boxer have also tussled playfully in their rankings since 2007, but this year, the German Shepherd Dog triumphed.”
I’m surprised this one didn’t win. He totally looks Atlanta.