GREAT QUOTES GO WITH GREAT HIKES-hiking with Tumbleweed, Dig Dug, Boogie Pilgrim, Reliable, Rivel, and Pinkie
BELOW ARE a few QUOTES TO REFLECT ON
OUR FORTUNES and PERSONAL GIFTS. PLEASE READ
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ON THE SEVEN DOGS
fortune may come our way we can always give it meaning and transform it
into something of value.
It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.
I have never met an animal I didn’t love. Even a house cat
has a tiny spot of charm and is occasionally worth a second glance.
In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then
burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We
should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.
Unfortunately, there isn’t much about Tumbleweed that hasn’t
already been said. For that reason, I will let him do the “barking.”
With whom I hope to share my life,
Hello, my name is Tumbleweed. It is the name I was given
when I became a shelter dog, quite some time ago.
It suits me fine enough, and it would never have to change,
should I become your best friend and you find naming me
a difficult task.
I must tell you I have had a couple “almost” forever homes.
Not being successful in those homes was truly not a fault of my own.
Sometimes people “bite off more than they can chew”, and just are
not ready to commit to true dog love and devotion. I see it every day!
It happens between people too! I understand!!
However, I truly am a great little dog, and given the RIGHT
chance, with a real human who understands fully what dog adopting
is all about, I know you will find me true to my word.
You see, sometimes, a few of us get overlooked, maybe because we are
different in our color, or perhaps don’t seem like a “guard dog” when we
approach you—in other words, we may appear timid, or afraid.
Maybe our size isn’t quite right, or our ears not droopy enough.
Quite possibly, we just do not have a fancy rescue story attached to our
personal file and could at first seem, well, boring in certain respects.
I can tell you this with confidence. My friend and hiking buddy,
Donna, would pledge her life for me and these are her words:
“Tumbleweed is the best kept secret at Stray Rescue.
He is a warm, sweet soul with a comical nature and gentle disposition. I have
become discouraged that this dog has missed the boat on an adopter for no
good reason except bad luck and timing. I am saddened by his continued listing
as “adoptable” when he should have been “adopted” so long ago that
my heart wants to break for him. Sufficient frustration has caused me to
ponder creative ways to “scream from the rooftops”—
TUMBLEWEED NEEDS A BEST FRIEND….
….WHY ISN’T HE GETTING WHAT HE DESERVES?”
As a little stray dog that is now rescued, I am overwhelmed with
happiness and gratitude that I have a warm shelter with food and many friends.
I just want you to know that its hard for me to see others leave with their forever friend
and not get my own chance. I am not asking for the entire world,
just one person in it.
Dig Dug is a fantastic dog who thrives in the outdoors. He was a little
apprehensive to leave the shelter, but once he jumped into the car he transformed
into the perfect companion. He sat in the back seat casually gazing out the
windows and taking in the scenery. After we got on the trail, Dig Dug followed
behind a male dog and maintained a calm easy-going pace for the entire
5-mile hike. He seemed to feel at home walking through the wooded hills of the trail
and consistently responded to any command I gave him. He was even courteous
enough to look back periodically to make sure I was there since the leash
was rarely pulled taught.
Dig Dug’s demeanor throughout the day was so pleasant and all he
wanted to do was hike and chew on the sticks that I gave him.
He loves tug of war and will play with any stick that you give him.
He never barked on the trail and did not appear to be affected by any of
the other dogs regardless of their personality. He does have an aversion
to cyclists and could use more exposure to the positive side of the cycling
world to overcome his fear. Dig Dug is a very lovable dog and one of the
shelter favorites. He’s very friendly and will give you plenty of kisses if
you show him an ounce of affection. I would recommend him to anyone
looking for a loyal, compassionate companion looking to open their home
to a shelter animal in need. This dog deserves a great home!
Reliable was very excited to get out of the shelter. He behaved
so nicely while waiting to get in the car. While I helped with
Dig Dug he took interest in a banana I had in the car for him and I
to share. On the way to the hike he figure out how to peal the banana,
which made up for smooshing it on the seat. Reliable barely reacted
to other dogs outside wanting to play as always. He handled other
dogs being “aggressive” and challenging well.
During the hike Reliable was constantly checking in with me
and making sure I was still behind him. He also responded very
well to direction and commands. Per Reliable’s normal behavior
and tastes he wanted to trim every tree and roll in every bush like
the silly boy he is. Reliable wanted to play a couple of times with
other dogs and thus did a play bow before speeding off expecting
someone to give chase.
He was an absolute dream to share a sandwich with and on the ride
back to the shelter. Reliable made a spot right under my moon roof
to take in the heat as he slept on the way back. He did not want to
go back in and was very interested in being close after the hike.
Reliable is a sweet boy but the person walking him needs to be firm
in tone, and the person needs to be aware of his behaviors
and know how to deal with them.
That aside, he is READY to be adopted and worth the challenge!
I finally got to meet Boogie Pilgrim, what a handsome fella!
I can honestly say I had heard his name before more than
a few times amongst other volunteers; he has the reputation of being a
“shelter favorite”. Boogie and I were recently paired up for a cool Saturday
morning hike together. When we were introduced that morning, he greeted
me humbly yet he showed eagerness and enthusiasm to leash up. As we left
the shelter and headed towards the sidewalk, he was full speed ahead. Boogie
was on a mission. He was excited to walk around and showed interest in all
our surroundings. I could tell right away he was quite spirited! As Boogie and
I waited to gather with our fellow hiking friends, I asked him to sit. He followed
my instruction without skipping a beat and sat nicely without delay. We then
had a few moments to get acquainted with one another so I knelt down to give
him a rub. He responded most appreciatively to my touch and requested seconds.
Later as we proceeded to head way to our trail, I asked Boogie Pilgrim to get
comfortable in the back seat of my car. Again, he obeyed, and sat nicely in my car in the
back seat the entire trip. He rode extremely well, probably one of the best doggies
I have ever traveled with, cool, calm and relaxed. I had a few of the windows rolled
down a smidge so he could take in the fresh fall air and he obliged. He enjoyed all the
smells, sounds and new things to see as we drove. At one point during our car ride,
I had my arm resting on the passenger seat. Boogie took this as an invitation to lick my
hand. What a sweet boy, a real heart melter.
At the trail, Boogie was an explorer. He smelled everything in sight, every plant,
stick and rock. He also sampled on an occasional leaf. Boogie was fun to watch
during the hike because he was so interested in our surroundings. He had such a strong desire
to explore the world around him. The trail had a few logs to overcome through its path.
These were no issue for Boogie; he jumped right over, no big deal. Boogie Pilgrim was up
for any obstacle and any adventure. We traveled up and down hills together with no problem.
He continued to respond willfully to my requests to slow down or stop. During our hike
break, he took delight in more doggy rubs from me and some tasty treats. Each treat I
shared with Boogie was accepted so gently too. After a short break, he was jazzed
up and ready to go again. Up and down hills again, Boogie was even kind enough to pull me
up a hill or two during our hike.
After our hike ended, Boogie found comfort curling up on a warm blanket
in the back seat of my car. He slept the entire ride back to the shelter.
Boogie was so quiet that I looked back at him occasionally to make sure he was alright!
He was an impeccable car companion, a first-class hiking buddy and a charming doggie who
possesses such a kind hearted disposition and a fun-loving personality. I had no trouble
at all understanding why he has the reputation of being a “shelter favorite”.
meeting Boogie Pilgrim. He is patiently waiting! I promise he will definitely
jitterbug his way right into your heart, as he did mine,
and be your steadfast companion.
Rivel thoroughly enjoyed the hike we went on. She was eager to explore
the trail and smell new things. At the beginning of the hike, Rivel wanted
to go as fast as possible because she was so excited to be somewhere new,
but she remained attentive to me. Towards the end of the hike, she slowed
down to a more comfortable pace. She was not particularly reactive to other
dogs on the hike. Also, she patiently sat while we stopped for water and treats
or moved to let other hikers go by. With some more hiking experience,
Rivel will be a great dog for any avid hiker, or anyone who likes to
do outdoor activities!
As I got to the shelter that morning, volunteers had already started walking
dogs, and Hideaway was one. I was anxious to meet her, my partner for the hike!
Once she returned from her walk I was pleasantly greeted by her happy little black and white
She seemed excited to getaway on a hike, and I could tell she knew the routine.
We walked out of the shelter together, and jogged around the building to catch up
with the other crew members who I suspected were waiting for us.
Once we got into my car, Hideaway did well! A couple of times she attempted
to get in the front seat, but responded quite well to a calm “no”.
As we approached the trailhead, she really settled into the pack
and didn’t seem to mind being in the middle of the line on the trail. As we
continued to trek on, she just kept walking. There was one dog that seemed to
get her attention and she would keep looking back at him but not in any negative way.
Hideaway also did well when we stopped as a group. Sometimes the dogs can become
anxious to continue, but in her case, this was when the kisses began to
be delivered—all over my face! She really is a lover and doesn’t try to hide it.
As we wrapped up the hike we stopped for a snack. I could tell that Hide Away
knew this routine as well. She was very polite taking
food as any lovely lady would. Hideaway then slept in the car on the way back.
When she returned to her apartment she was so compliant, so willing to get right
into more naptime. Hide Away would be a great addition to a family ready for her amazing
affection and obedience, as well as darling personality.
~~Scott and Donna
On a brisk November morning, I went to meet Pinkie, my trail buddy for the day.
She cheerfully wagged her tail as I greeted her in her apartment and we took a few
minutes to get acquainted. After several slobbery kisses and belly rubs, we went
outside to join the rest of the hikers and dogs for a little pow-wow before heading
to the trail. Pinkie let out a surprisingly big wailing/barking/squealing noise as if to say
“Hey everyone! Look at me, I’m here!! Now let’s get this show on the road!”
After inspecting the entire interior of my car with her nose, Pinkie chose to sit up
front and be my co-pilot. She was AMAZING the whole way! She just sat there like a
perfect brindle statue, taking in the sights along the highway.
When we arrived at the trailhead, Pinkie was eager to get out and explore the wilderness.
Since this was the first Four Directions hike for both of us, I was probably just as excited
as she was! She sniffed everything in our path and was clearly happy to be sporting her
chic reflective vest (although she probably wished it was pink!). Pulling quite a bit in the
beginning of the hike was expected, but she certainly improved on her hiking etiquette as we went along.
When we stopped to take a break, she was very well behaved but also pretty curious
about the other dogs on the trail with us. We both drank some water and had a little
snack before posing for a quick photo-op, then heading back out.
For some reason, after our break, she kept stopping on the trail and seemed to be
more easily distracted than before. Donna suggested that we try going to the front to
lead the pack. It worked! Pinkie forged ahead and appeared to enjoy being the leader.
When the moment came to head back to our cars, she let out several more of her signature
squealy-barking howls. I think she was trying to say “No, let’s keep going guys!! I love it here!”
Pinkie slept quietly next to me the whole way back to Stray Rescue. I even caught her
snoring a few times along the way. I know this will be a day we’ll
both remember and cherish for a long time to come J
Always hold your head up, but be careful to
keep your nose at a friendly level.
~Max L. Forman