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puzzaddled

Not always but I keep hoping, Francine. I have met so many caring and wonderful people that I still like to keep my rose-coloured glasses on when I can. I do get rude awakenings but... then I meet you and Jan and Faye and Mary and Monica and Ank and, well, I could go on in this Jigidi world alone.

bookish

Faye, I too emphathize apropos your back. Good luck. Hope you're mobile enough.
Thanks for telling us this, Michelle.
..Michelle, I've thought this for the longest time - it's easier for me to like animals, babies-very young children - than it is people. (in that order too...:) )
I feel protective towards them and love them all, without having to know them. People, well - we're not always nice, are we?!

puzzaddled

Empathy for your back, big time!! (If you only knew...)

puzzaddled

It is tough to hear but look at her face! When she finally settled in (took over 6 months for her to feel comfortable and a year to really bloom), she smiled. Who knew that she had that smile tucked away...and she really does smile like a human when she's happy.

What goes around, comes around. That man will pay sooner or later for his actions. I have to believe that!

Sneak preview since I can't post it until my 8 hours are up...Bonnie & Me...

http://www.jigidi.com/created.php?id=XOKVP08H

gemstone

Trying to catch up on comments...at least...been more or less out for two days with a bad back.

Oh oh oh...tears

But I'd still take a shovel to the real beast!!!

Bonnie...you are such a special girl...kiss, kiss, hug, hug...

puzzaddled

Francine, the story, if I am remembering it correctly, is this:

Bonnie was owned by a woman who owned a cattle ranch in Texas. (I am fairly sure that her time with the woman was positive since she bonds well to women.) At some point, the woman was shot by her boyfriend and had to spend a rather lengthy time in the hospital. Her (male) farm manager took care of the ranch while she was there. Bonnie's breeder was the one who found out about the physical abuse when he visited the ranch to see how things were going. He was so livid that he took Bonnie back and let the woman rancher know what was happening and why he did what he did. The apparent excuse for the abuse is that Bonnie would not work the stock for the farm manager properly. According to the breeder, the farm manager said that she would not listen to him and did her own thing. He couldn't call her off or re-direct her. Not an excuse for hitting her in my book!! My take? She was used to working with a woman and this guy wanted to boss her and not work with her. Bonnie is a very smart dog and I suspect that she didn't think he knew what he was doing. (Our experiences with Border Collies has shown this to be true... they don't blindly obey but think about whether what you are asking them to do is sensible in their minds.) The breeder might be tough himself about an animal paying its keep (what used to be known as the "farmer" mentality) but will absolutely NOT tolerate physical abuse. He has trained many, many, many herding dogs over his long life and has never had to resort to that. He said he didn't even realize that the farm manager had used more than his hand to hit her until he was outside himself working with a shovel not long after he had rescued her and when he lifted it up, the poor girl cringed and flattened herself. It made him even more angry and angers him still. It is a shock to realize how long that sort of abuse stays with them though. For the first while after we got her, I had to be careful not to lift my crutches up high or she would startle and cringe. She would also run away if you tossed a snack at her (over the heads of the other two so she would get it), leaving the snack behind. This after not being exposed to that abuse for 7 years! Well, we've de-sensitized her to all of that now! No problem with lifting brooms or cane or walking poles or tossing her goodies or anything. She is so trusting and laid back...the rewards for us have been manifold!

bookish

Oh Bonnie, didn't know about your first two years. Am crying for you. You've had a horrible life and have had to pack a lifetime of joy in these last five years.

bookish

Am looking at Bonnie and can't help but smile.

bookish

Thanks for that info and site. I'll file it for future reference.

I didn't expect you to respond to any of my messages. You had better things to do...So many thanks...:)

bookish

Thanks for that info and site. I'll file it for future reference.

I didn't expect you to respond to any of my messages. You had better things to do...but thanks...:)

puzzaddled

The stroller is a Schwinn bike trailer that we bought at CTC for our son to carry groceries, gear, etc. since he goes everywhere with his bike (doesn't drive). It is primarily used to cart young children and converts quickly to a stroller by adding the handle and front wheel. See http://www.schwinnbikes.com/gear/bike-trailers/trailblazer-trailer . It has two seat belts inside; we just attach our dogs' car seat belt harness (that they always wear in the car) to one of them. No issue of them jumping out as long as their own harnesses are securely on them. The dogs adapted to the trailer very quickly; our son likes to take Darcy out for rides behind him on his bike down to the lake for walks. Bonnie loves walking and puttering but when she gets tired, she happily enjoys being chauffeured, as you can see by her expression!

bookish

At some point, Pepper might need this. Our last walk together was end of August. Am sure he misses them, especially all that tracking.
Am wondering how to keep him not jumping out of stroller.

puzzaddled

You get old. You get arthritis. You can't keep up with your kids. What to do? Get your people to get a stroller for you so you don't miss out on your day! Bonnie just loves to be out and about in hers...

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