If you’re reading my itty bitty dog blog, I’m sure you’re familiar with the wonderful series Maddie On Things. If not, do yourself a favor and check it out.
I took Rufus hiking at our favorite little spot today as well as a quick trip to a local park. One of his favorite “tricks” is to jump up on an object and hold a “stay” while I snap a picture, ala “Maddie On Things.” Then again, he loves anything involving treats and being outside. Here are some of my favorites:
(Disclaimer: all of these were posted on Instagram first, so excuse the filters)
Even when I’ve had a bad day, it’s not so bad. These two make me happy every single day.
And yes, I’m still dreaming of puppies. But…I’ve also had general “dog fever” for about a year now, so anything is possible!
You guys. I have had CRAZY puppy fever for about two months now. I am blaming this on the fact that we have had a ton of new puppies joining the pack at work…and they all happen to be SUPER adorable and perfect.
You guys. Talk me out of this insanity. I’m sure Rufus would appreciate it as well.
**Photos taken from Daily Puppy. Refrain from this website if you’d like to keep your sanity!
I like to think that my love for dogs is unbiased. When I was fostering, most of the dogs had issues. Most of these were fear-based, some of them due to under-socialization. Their issues did not make me dislike them or find them exhausting. In fact, I found myself drawn to the dogs that needed my help. I loved watching them grow and become more comfortable. The same goes for the dogs at work. During my first job, it seemed as though many of the fearful dogs bonded with me and I LOVED that they trusted me enough to open up. Earning a dog’s trust makes the relationship so much more rewarding, in my opinion.
Even though I’m open to adopting a second dog with some fear or behavioral issues to work through, one special guy has me longing for that happy-go-lucky companion. You know the one: dog park approved, happy to meet anyone and everyone, obedient and submissive but still confident in himself. Oh goodness, doesn’t that sound lovely?
Murphy is a goldendoodle, but don’t hold this against him He is an absolute joy to be around. He cracks me up at work and I always look forward to having him in my play group. He can be a little barky when he gets excited, but he’s still a youngster in learning mode. Of course he already has a wonderful family, but I do know that other dogs like him exist. They’re out there, right??
Rufus searching for his perfect companion.
Don’t get me wrong – I looooooooooove my Rufus and all of his quirks. But maybe it would do him some good to share his time with a well-balanced dog?? One that could show him how to lighten up in certain situations. I think a dog like Murphy would be a great balance of fun while also allowing Rufus his own space. Rufus is a man that needs limits, and that’s ok too.
Of course I’m just daydreaming right now, but it sure is fun to do. Do you have a happy-go-lucky dog, or do you prefer a challenge? Or do you have one (or more) of each, and if so how do they get along? I’d love to hear your experiences.
Side tongue for days.
Ready to bound off after squirrels and birds.
A girl’s best friend
“Enough with the pictures, mom. You can be sooooo boring sometimes!”
The weather in the Portland area is supposed to be gorgeous for the next few days (and has been gorgeous the past few days as well!), so Rufus and I will be spending as much time as possible exploring the great outdoors. Here’s hoping for clear skies for all of my dog blog friends out there. What are your plans for the weekend??