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Bad Climber

climber
Jan 22, 2013 - 08:14pm PT
As someone who live close to and works in Bako, I can attest to the often low-life nature of its inhabitants. There are soooo many unattended dogs in Kern County. Drives me crazy. Bunch o' creeptards down here, I'm sorry to say. Of course, some great folks, too, but it seems we have more than our share of the losers.

BAd
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Jan 22, 2013 - 09:13pm PT
^^^^virtually all the lab fosters we get into the Monterey Bay Area are from Bakersfield. Evidently it's a high kill shelter with very few hours from pick up to getting the chop. Some people ask if fostering is hard, well generally not because labs are very desirable so they are adopted out quickly and labs, even abandoned ones, still have the big lab heart. What would be hard, and I could NOT do would be the volunteers that go into the shelter and must pick and choose the labs that seem adoptable. Can you imagine having to pass up some dogs? And many of he selected dogs are seniors! We do a pretty good job of placing seniors with families, usually seniors themselves, that don't want to deal with all the rambunctiousness of a young dog. The senior dogs, over 8 years old, are adopted for free. Others pay a fee that helps off set all the vet costs as each dog is microchipped, spayed and neutered if needed, prior to adoption.

Gotta go walk the dogs!

Susan
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, CA
Jan 22, 2013 - 10:01pm PT
The problem is that people fail to evaluate their lifestyle and proper dog selection.

If you're not cragging with the pooch, or taking it on vacations, get a small dog. One that is manageable with willing friends.

Crag-dog? Be prepared for the sh#t-shows! Some people love 'em, some hate. Try to figure out logistics before you get there.

Cats? F*#k 'em.

Again it comes back to your lifestyle and getting the right breed. Try for a rescue, they need homes!
drljefe

climber
El Presidio San Augustin del Tucson
Jan 24, 2013 - 01:09am PT
Credit: drljefe
Tfish

Trad climber
La Crescenta, CA
Jan 24, 2013 - 06:39pm PT
Odessa
Odessa charging in the snow
Odessa charging in the snow
Credit: Tfish
Jim Brennan

Trad climber
Vancouver Canada
Jan 24, 2013 - 06:56pm PT
Yeah, that picture is some thin' else...
The Larry

climber
Moab, UT
Jan 24, 2013 - 06:59pm PT
Slack chillin' at Gemini Bridges.
Slack chillin' at Gemini Bridges.
Credit: The Larry
Gal

Trad climber
a semi lucid consciousness
Jan 24, 2013 - 07:51pm PT
wow, really cool pics!

Hey Dick, I'm sure Larry will tell you more, but I have a cattle dog... she is a people lover and totally aims to please (though food is her passion, so you've just gotta keep it under wraps/many a friend accidentally donated loaves of bread to her-she loves when that happens)! She does need to get outside a bit to burn off energy-but it's very manageable-just something each day if possible. She gets along with about 70% of other dogs... and then about 30%, not-and when not, a little dust-up can occur. I think it's a female alpha dog thing. These dogs are smart and very trainable-they love to learn and are agile-great boulder hoppers/crag dogs. Asia pulls off stunts that amaze me, and make me cringe. My girl makes me laugh, I believe she has a sense of humor and tries to crack me up-she does this howl when she wants certain things, and sometimes when she is really trying to get her point across, the howl can carry on, it's hilarious.

She is super sweet and gentle with kids, excellent with people, and great with non-yappy small dogs. For instance, she knows Rosebud, and they got along very well with no issues at all. I have heard that sometimes cattle dogs are known to be snappy to other people as well as other dogs, in my dogs case, only snappy to a small percentage of other dogs only, and never snappy to people, ever.

Asia.
Asia.
Credit: Gal
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Jan 24, 2013 - 07:59pm PT
Living the good life in a red convertible .   Moab, Utah.  Nov. 2012
Living the good life in a red convertible . Moab, Utah. Nov. 2012
Credit: SCseagoat


I loved this because its a neat pic plus many years ago I had a TR4 similar to this one, except mine was British Racing Green and I used to drive around with a big yellow lab. Unfortunately the car and dog are l-o-n-g gone. But we had a great time!

Susan
zBrown

Ice climber
chingadero de chula vista
Jan 24, 2013 - 08:14pm PT
Haven't seen Nani in a while, but here she is

Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Jan 25, 2013 - 02:10am PT
bookworm

Social climber
Falls Church, VA
Jan 25, 2013 - 06:54am PT
http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/01/25/blind-sled-dog-wows-tourists-in-new-hampshire-town/?test=latestnews

SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Jan 27, 2013 - 11:59am PT
My latest foster, Teddy, hanging around after an early morning workout. My last foster Buddy, pic a few posts up, got adopted in less than a week. That's usually how it goes!

Teddy resting after early morning romp.
Teddy resting after early morning romp.
Credit: SCseagoat

Teddy, between 18 and 24 months...SMART dude!
Teddy, between 18 and 24 months...SMART dude!
Credit: SCseagoat

I can never figure out why anyone lets these beauties go. This was another stray brought into the Bakersfield shelter.

Susan
apogee

climber
Technically expert, safe belayer, can lead if easy
Jan 27, 2013 - 12:08pm PT
The growth under Maddie's lip has returned...it's a bit bigger than it was a few months ago, when it was removed and diagnosed as melanoma. I'm in something of a quandary as to do anything about this one- it doesn't seem to be bothering her much (she eats ok, though she can't do a wide-open yawn), and the effects of the last surgery were short-lived.

I've been looking around for another Rat Terrier, too...digging around Rescue Groups and foster homes, preferably in the local area. Maddie was a rescue dog, but came to me via my sister. Though I'm committed to adopting an adult dog, I'm a bit dubious, too- I really want to be sure they are a good fit before making the leap. How does one do that with rescue dogs?
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Jan 27, 2013 - 02:48pm PT
Golden Gate Lab Rescue has a policy that every adoption is "pending". Meaning that after a reasonable time, usually a week or so, sometimes up to a month, if the adoption is not a "fit" the dog is returned to the rescue organization. We've had dogs go out and be returned and moved on to another family and it was ideal, and the surrender adopter then finding the next dog a perfect match! It's very much like adult human relationships, what can appear to be so promising, just doesn't work out. It becomes better for both to move on. Unlike a puppy you raise from puppyhood, we never know for sure if a rescue will fit into a particular situation and commitment ability of the owner. Doesn't mean the dog is "bad" or the adopter is "not committed" just that the relationship and situation isn't a match. GGLR also has a policy that even after a successful adoption if months or years later the dog must be surrendered back to them if circumstances change...such as a move, an owner dying etc. Check out the policies of the group you may rescue from and it may address your concerns of an adoption that doesn't "fit". It's very hard on adopters when it doesn't work, but it's much more stressful and difficult for the animal to be maintained in a situation where its just not working because of the guilt of the adopter. There are other homes that will be a better fit and the animal's needs must come first.

Good luck with Maddie, tough stuff, tough stuff indeed. I'm glad she's comfortable. Give her hugs from me and the menagerie of critters I currently have!
Good luck with adding to your family, also!

Susan
Edge

Trad climber
New Durham, NH
Jan 27, 2013 - 03:32pm PT
Scene from a parking lot. 10 degrees and windy outside, probably pretty cosy under glass...

Holding down the fort.
Holding down the fort.
Credit: Edge
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Jan 27, 2013 - 03:37pm PT
Yeah, and I suspect don't let the pink foolya about how that fort is being held down!

Susan
FRUMY

Trad climber
SHERMAN OAKS,CA
Jan 29, 2013 - 03:55pm PT
mardi gras
mardi gras
Credit: FRUMY
apogee

climber
Technically expert, safe belayer, can lead if easy
Jan 30, 2013 - 02:00am PT
That's awesome, DT.
cowpoke

climber
Feb 7, 2013 - 03:24pm PT
On the plane this morning, I saw an interesting news segment on findings (about how freaking smart dogs are) out of the Duke Dog Cognition Lab. Here is a link to a similar story and a video I found on YouTube with the investigator.

http://m.usatoday.com/article/news/1861497



And the link to dognition

Edit: if not on smartphone or tablet, you might need www instead of "m" at the start of the link for the USA today article.
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