MAY HIKE 2014-with Gordy, Jaelyn, Boogie Pilgrim, Whirlwind, Denise, Artie, Thumbelina, Lady Tulip and Hideaway!
I can shout from the rooftops that my buddy is ADOPTED!!
If there is ever a reason to be joyous today it’s for a dog named Gordy!
Over the nearly three years he was in shelter, he was always playful and happy,
and never seemed to lose his spirit. This is a rare thing. Because of this spirit, he
made it to a home with a huge yard and a dog friend. I new he would “get there”,
and it’s finally TRUE.
Oh Gordy, you are the dog I have been hoping for a forever home
for soooo long! Recalling all of our visits, whether they were swimming,
hiking or just playing in the yard, I will constantly remember our times together.
I will always love you Gordy….please know I think of you every day.
I got the pleasure to hike with the infamous happy Gordy today!
It has been awhile since I’ve hiked, so I was so happy to get one
of the shelter dogs out on such a beautiful day! I had never met
Gordy before, but have heard lots of wonderful stories about him,
so I was excited about getting to hike him. Once he was brought
outside to me, I just knew I was going to fall in love with him, I mean
look at his face…how could you NOT!! Once we got into the car
Gordy was definitely ready to go, if he could reach the pedals I probably
would have let him drive, because he seemed to know right where we
were going as he jumped right into the drivers seat. Gordy got to drive
to the trail with his new girlfriend Jaelyn, who is as sweet as they come.
She is so sweet and patient with Gordy, as he was clearly on a mission
in the van going from the lap of Nicole to the backseat to sitting ON TOP
of Jaelyn! haha But she didn’t seem to mind his shananigans, clearly she was
used to it, or she is just one patient woman! Gordy and Jaelyn are one of the
cutest pairs I’ve ever seen. Gordy is probably one of the happiest boys you
will ever meet, he is so happy that he kept re-injuring his tail at the shelter
(happy tail) and it had to be docked, but it doesn’t bother him, the nub
still wags his entire body! lol
Gordy did wonderful on the hike, he was a bit of a puller at first,
but nothing I couldn’t handle, and it was wonderful for going uphill!
As the hike went on he was pulling less and less, and he was very
receptive to me when I told him to hold on, he would usually stop
and look back at me “ok, I’ll wait”. Gordy LOVES the water, every
puddle and creek he just had to stop and take a quick dip…so anyone
that loves to swim, Gordy is your boy!! At the end of the hike we
simply just got in the creek and walked down until we came to the end of
our hike…both Jaelyn and Gordy loved it!
Gordy is such a lover boy, he wants someone to love so badly, it absolutely
broke my heart when the caretaker took him back to his apartment,
he put on his brakes and gave me the saddest face like “please don’t
make me go back”…my heart sank..and now I am crying at my desk
while writing this….in the short time I had this boy, he definitely took a
piece of my heart. If you are looking for a fun, active, HAPPY, &
SWEET boy, Gordy is your man! PLEASE consider adopting or
I had the pleasure of hiking with the beautiful Jaelyn this time. We went along with her
boyfriend and roomie, Gordy, and his hiking buddy for the day, Kelly.
We had the most perfect weather and Jaelyn was the most perfect hiking
buddy. She rode in the car so polite and calm, letting Gordy climb and even
sit on her, not caring one bit. She was just so happy to be out of the shelter
and on an adventure.
I was thrilled to learn that Boogie Pilgrim would be my hiking partner
because 1) He’s my former enrichment buddy in the REP program so
we’re good friends; and 2) he is AWESOME, plain and simple!
Boogie, or my Boog Boog as I call him, wasn’t too sure about my
new car – or why the heck he had to sit in the way back, behind bars!
The nerve! I told him to talk to my husband about the new rule.
Boogie peered with sad eyes through the bars that separated us and
insisted I take a picture and send it to my husband to make him feel bad.
I did, but he didn’t fall for it. So Boogie put on a positive attitude,
deciding the bars were just a temporary barrier to a final day of fun.
He sat back, enjoyed the ride… and his peanut butter-filled Kong.
We arrived at the trail and everything went smoothly. For someone
who is apprehensive of new experiences, Boogie easily walked on the
metal bridge at the trailhead that some dogs have to be carried
across, and he did great on the hike. Because he has met and likes
some dogs, it’s not surprising that he wasn’t reactive to the other
dogs – at all. Instead he wanted to sniff plants and roll around
in the leaves every few minutes, causing us to lag behind those in
front and hold up those behind. Those behind didn’t mind much
because it’s quite entertaining to watch him roll, twist, spin, and bury
himself in leaves up to his eyeballs. He wore himself out on the hike,
so I thought for sure he would sleep on the way back. He must have
been afraid to miss something, because he just sat up with his eyes closed.
Back at the shelter, though, he was ready to go to his apartment. Probably to
sleep! I love, love, love this little Boogie Boy. He is a fun-loving, sweet guy who
loves his belly and chin rubbed. He’s a little leery of new things but he quickly
learns to trust and realize that the world isn’t as scary as it seems. He just
needs a special someone to demonstrate. Might that be YOU?
I was so excited when I found out that my hiking partner was
Whirlwind or “Whirlie.” I’ve always enjoyed walking Whirlwind, when
she was at 18th Street. When I walked her through the shelter past the
other cages, she was extremely curious and wanted to check out all the
other dogs in their apartments. It was a bit of a struggle to walk her
through the shelter, but once she got in the lobby she was perfect. She
sat like a lady in the entrance way, as we waited patiently for the rest of
the Four Directions hiking crew. Once the group was ready to go,
Whirlwind and I walked to my SUV. She jumped in to the back of my
Jeep with ease. She was a picture-perfect angel, staying in the back of
my vehicle. She didn’t even try to get in the front seat, like most dogs
like to do. (Especially my dogs! Ha! Ha!)
When we arrived to our
destination, we walked to the front of the line. Whirlwind was a great
leader. As long as we were in the lead, she was exemplary. She walked
with a steady pace with very little pulling. Occasionally, she would become
curious and look back at the other dogs and hikers. She would slow down
and turn around, thinking I wouldn’t notice. One of the times she looked
back, she accidentally bonked her head into a tree. The expression on her
face as she glared at the tree was comical. While we were on the trail, we
walked past a hunter in camouflage and a rifle. Whirlwind was great.
She walked by the hunter as if it was completely normal to see an armed
man in the woods. I, on the other hand, was a little freaked out, but relieved
to have group of dogs and hikers with me as “back-up.” (I guess the city girl
in me becomes a little nervous at the thought of someone walking around
a public area with weapons.)
We stopped twice for water/treat breaks. Whirlwind was superb. She sat patiently
for her treats. She even knew how to get into a down position for her goodies.
Even more amazing was the way she would accept the treat from my hands.
Whirlwind was surprisingly gentle. I am always super cautious with food-grabbing
dogs, thanks to my little rat terrier mix who likes to chomp my fingers while
grabbing a biscuit. On the way back to the shelter, Whirlwind slept most of the way.
She didn’t even want a jerky treat. She was content with a full belly of treats
and relaxed state of mind. This girl is AMAZING! I hope someone adopts
this beautiful grey girl soon! She deserves a forever home.
I hiked with Hideaway and we had the best time! She walks
like a dream! She is a tiny little thing that is full of kisses and cuddles.
We immediately became friends the second we met each other.
She is very well behaved in the car and remained very patient the entire
drive to the hiking spot. I did receive the occasional doggy kisses
which I did not mind, I enjoyed her sweetness.
Our hiking experience was wonderful! There was no pulling or crazy
behavior, just one incredible dog enjoying her hike and her human friend.
I could tell that she was happy to be out and enjoying the spring weather.
When approaching muddy areas and steep hills, Hideaway was very gentle
and remained calm for me. This was something that I was extremely appreciative
of. She just made the entire experience enjoyable and I found myself thinking
that this was by far, my favorite hike yet.
Hideaway was being her sweet self during the water breaks and enjoyed some
one-on-one time with me. I brought some yummy cheese treats for her and we
worked on a few commands that she conquered easily. She was not bothered
by any of the other dogs at all. Donna came by to take a few photos and she
fit perfectly into my lap to pose.
Her little legs were pretty worn out after the hike so she immediately hopped
in the back seat and sprawled out for a nap. I turned up the air conditioner
so she could cool off and she seemed to really enjoy it. She looked so cute
Hideaway is adorable, loveable, obedient, smart, attentive, and the perfect size.
She is basically everything a family is looking for so hopefully
she will be in her forever home soon. She deserves it.
Thumbelina has the classic muscular body of a terrier, and while
she is fit and agile she is also on the smaller side and very easy to handle.
She was eager to get in the Jeep and start her adventure and with a little
boost; she hopped in and we were on our way. She was very subdued
in the car and enjoyed looking out the window and occasionally giving
the humans a sniff to see what we were up to. When her paws hit the
trail she fell in line with the rest of her hiking companions and enjoyed
the scenery, not showing much concern for the other dogs.
She was excited to check out the new surroundings but she was very receptive
to me and on occasion when she pulled too much a little tug would
remind her to slow down. When we stopped for a break she enjoyed being
petted, and although she took treats gently from my hand she seemed more
interested in socializing with me than having a snack. Thumbelina was a
wonderful hiking companion and I imagine that she would make an equally
good couch-companion. How could anyone resist such a beautiful girl?
My hiking buddy this time was a mid-sized reddish terrier mix
named Denise, just an adorable little lady, super friendly and
light as a feather on the leash. It sounds like a broken record,
but all the dogs from SR seem to the best behaved, easiest to
walk that you’ll ever come across, and Denise was no exception.
She is a mellow one, sometimes pulling me along the trail, sometimes
easy-walking along my side. Not a barker, and not aggressive
in the slightest bit. When we stopped for snacks, she hung out
with me, rested and loved to be petted, sat on my leg and nibbled
the snacks I gave her. This one looks to be ready for a big throw
pillow in someone’s family room, or sprawled out on a couch.
And while I’m no expert, Denise seems to have no problem with
other dogs. We all try to keep them apart on the trail, but sometimes
they get a little close. Denise showed no aggression, barely even
barked at the other dogs. Maybe sniffed a little, but she’s too much
of a lady to make a scene.
On the ride home, Denise napped a bit, looked out the window,
and was nice and mellow. We stopped to get her a cheeseburger,
and quite a surprise, she wasn’t that interested. Usually the dogs
will eat the wrapper if you give it to them, but Denise waited until
I removed the patty, then she chowed on that. Maybe she doesn’t
like ketchup. But she gently took the pieces out of my hand without
any fuss. While we were at the burger joint, she hung out in the back of
the Jeep, with the hatch open, never even thinking about getting out.
Just a beautiful dog, and she will make an amazing friend to whoever is
lucky enough to get her.
My wonderful Saturday started with a little meet & greet with
Artie, my hiking partner for the day. He was all excited for the trip—
ready for the adventure ahead and hopped up into my back seat
without any reservation, tail wagging the whole time. Although
there were a couple of toys to keep him entertained, all he wanted to
do was sit in the passenger seat next to me and watch the world go by.
He was calm and so well-behaved and even surprised me with a couple
big wet kisses on the side of my face (I think he was happy to be out and
about!). Midway through the trip to the trailhead he curled up on the seat
and put his chin on my leg as we drove, napping in the sun. He really
seemed to enjoy being near and having me scratch his ears along the way!
Once at the trail he was pretty excited to get rolling, still a lot of puppy in Artie!
He is fairly excitable with other dogs and wanted to talk to all of them when
we were standing around, but once we got onto the trail he settled in and was
a good partner, eager to be on the move. When we stopped at our rest points,
he thoroughly enjoyed rolling in all the dried leaves–legs waving in the air, goofy
smile the whole time! I gave him a few cookies and he took them so gently out
of my hand, a true gentleman. However, he didn’t quite understand that half of
hiking is appreciating the peace and calm of nature, as after a few minutes of rest
he wanted to get going again and wanted to let everyone know he was ready to roll
with a bit of barking! Again, once back on the trail he was sweet and happy as can
be–I think he definitely liked to be in motion, eager to see what was around the
He loved getting in the water at the creek crossings and at every opportunity
would lay down in the water to enjoy–but be ready, because as soon as
he spots water he makes a beeline directly for it and you are along for the ride!
When his clumsy hiking partner took a wrong step and actually slipped into the
creek (embarrassingly!), he stopped and looked at me as if to say,
“See, it’s great, isn’t it?”
At the end of the hike he hopped right into the car (passenger seat of course!),
and got settled in. He was asleep within minutes with his head draped in my lap
as we drove back to the shelter–a pooped puppy for sure. Exercise definitely
seems to be something this guy loves, and hopefully he’ll get the chance to be
someone’s hiking buddy again soon!
As of last week, Lady Tulip has been adopted! I am simply
elated to find this out, because I really didn’t feel that, from the time
we spent together, it would take long to find her a home, and
not having to tell you all about how wonderful she truly is gives me
great pleasure!! It’s not often that I can say this, so I am celebrating
in my own way. Lady Tulip, congratulations for being chosen!!