Sunday, October 16, 2011

Buddy Loves the Great Outdoors!

The Bangor Humane Society is offing a special during the month of October - $30 for dogs who have resided at the shelter for more then 30 days.  I, Buddy, am part of this deal!!!  Today I had a well deserved break from all the barking and goings on of shelter life - today I was the pick for Dog's Day Out. 

I'm sure you are just waiting to hear how my day went, so now I am about to tell you:

The car ride was great with the exception of my long legs and long tail trying to fit into a small car that does not have much of a backseat.  I was very much in control during the whole drive, even when I discovered I could stand in the backseat and reach my head out the moonroof.  This was too cool and this also got the Mrs to laughing - I think I love laughter.  On the way home, I actually was able to curl up in the front seat and have a little rest.

On the leash I do have a tendency to pull:(  This would be a project for my future owner and I to work on. We worked on it today and I do understand the concept - I just need practice.

I LOVE nature - all the smells and sights in the Bangor City Forest were incredible.  So incredible that I was more interested in the outdoors then I was in the people passing. 

When I mentioned people above, that did not include children.  We met several groups of these little folks and they all wanted to pat me.  I was as calm as could be while receiving multiple pats all at one time.  I think the Mrs was a bit apprehensive, but I did great!  Also, listening to their little children squeals during our walk made me want to smile.

Okay, now I will tell you one of my downfalls.  It is probably why I am still hanging out at the shelter and not at a forever home.  Other dogs!  I think I love other dogs - my tail wags like crazy / I pull out of control / I just want to get at them and say "Want to be friends?".  But rumor has it that when I have had visits with other dogs, I want to show my dominance - like getting on top of them, if you know what I mean.  This is not a good thing.  So today when I did meet a dog, I pulled out of control and was quickly ushered away from the other dog.  The Mrs did not want to have me show my not so good stuff off on our outing today. 

Lastly, we went up on a grassy hill for a photo shoot.  I do not care for cameras being aimed in my direction and I do love green grass.  So you probably got my drift - the picture-taking was short lived.

If you love nature and want a dog with simular interests, please come and check me out at the Bangor Humane Society.  I am a three year old retreiver/hound mix.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Murdoc wants a hug...

What the heck is Murdoc doing back at the shelter???  I will say that the Bangor Humane Society does a great job in making sure folks (yes, the two legged ones) realize the responsibility of adopting a pet and they also do their best in making sure each adoption is the right fit.  But every once in a while the adopter is not who they portrait and that's what happened to poor Murdoc.

Sadly to say  he is back in the shelter waiting for the right owner who is not only responsible, but is also looking for a dog who just wants to hug. I've been volunteering at the Bangor Humane Society for almost two years and I don't think I have seen a dog who just wants to sit and hug as much as Murdoc. The downside of being sooo loving is that he does not like being left alone. He would definitely not do well in a home where he was left for the day while the humans were at work.

I did bring Murdoc to my home to meet Lola a while back and that did not go well at all. You see Lola likes dogs who love to play with her. In fact, Lola really likes dogs who do not like me. Murdoc could care less about other dogs, but loves to hug and sit next to humans. Obviously it was not a great scene. My thoughts are that poor Murdoc deserves a home where there is no competition for the hugs and kisses from the two legged folks.

If you are interested in a dog that just wants to be loved, contact the Bangor Humane Society asap.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Paw's on Parade 2011

What a successful (although wet) day it was last Saturday for the Bangor Humane Society.  That is the day Paw's on Parade gathered 300 humans and their dogs to walk and raise over $56,000 to benefit the shelter and the animals they house. 

I attended with my dog Lola, husband and camera.  I captured too many photos to even try to post in a blog, but have add all photos to my photography website (click on the hi-lighted words). 

I will mention a few special moments to my day:

Seeing Chuck who had been a long term resident at the shelter (yes, "had been" means he was adopted this week).  He is a very sweet, well behaved dog who just needed a chance.  Those marble eyes of his made him look just a little bit crazy; which he was not.

Also attending from the shelter was Buddy.  What a handsome dog he is.  I believe at this time he is still waiting to be united with his new owners.

....and you all know me as being a sucker for a dog who loves me.  Well, this little beagle couldn't keep his eyes off from me.  Oops - it was his nose and it wasn't me:(  It happened to be the pocket full of treats I had.  He sniffed me out anytime I was within smelling range.  And the children were delightful.  Thanks to them for rescuing such a great sniffing dog.

Thanks to those involved and thank you to all those who have adopted/rescued a dog and given them the much deserved chance!!!