Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Couch Sessions

Our vacation home in Marfa, TX, is so picturesque that Ana decided a little photo session was in order.

This is my good side...

... and here is my serious side...

... and here is my crazy side.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Road Trip!

When Ana came to get me at the barn I was so excited to see her that I... sat still! If you know me, you know how crazy that is, especially since she didn't even ask me to be still, I just know that the faster I behave the faster I get what I want. And it worked. She swooped me out of the barn, we ran a bunch of errands, I said hi to Xdog and Pirate, and then we were in the truck driving for a loooong time.

A road trip is good for a dog like me because I get a lot of practice. I practice relaxing while driving, sitting and waiting to get let out (even when I'm really excited), pottying in new places, and basic obedience in new places. We stop a lot and it's new every time, but my people and the truck are always the same so I have a routine. I'm catching on really quick... maybe I should be a road dog!

One day we stopped for lunch in Palm Springs. They sure do like pit bulls there because when they saw me outside the restaurant they insisted I come in and join everyone for lunch. They even brought me my own water bowl full of ice cubes.

Everyone was "ooohing" and "awwing" over me but it was funny when I told them I was a foster dog. Then they all started feeling really sorry for me and petting me with sad eyes. It was really weird. I mean, I *am* a foster, and sure I'm looking for a forever home, but in the meantime I'm doing just fine. The ones they should be feeling sorry for are all my brothers, sisters, and friends that are still back at the shelter or who are being mistreated by bad people. Don't feel sorry for me, I'm one of the lucky ones. And if you feel sorry in your heart, then go do something about it.

Still, I was really happy for all the attention and I managed to make even the people with the sad eyes smile for me. I mean, can you look at this face without smiling?

So far we've been a lot of places. We stopped at the Salton Sea, spent the night in Tuscon, and this is me in New Mexico.

Finally, we made it to Marfa. So far, I really like it. We're staying in a really cute house attached to an art gallery. We have a ton of space, air conditioning, and a yard! Look at me go!

It's pretty hot here so I spend most of my time being lazy with the humans (who are practicing at being even lazier than me).

I'll post more pictures soon, but for now I'll leave you with the one Ana says is pretty much the best picture of me ever taken (right before I pounced on her head).

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Summer Camp at the Barn

Okay, it's true, I did have a great time at the barn. Look at me go!

Ayse and Jiggs from on Vimeo.

Ana is picking me up today and tonight we head out on vacation. Where are we going? I'm not totally sure, but Ana promises me many acres where I can run and run and the view goes on for miles... guess you'll have to wait and see!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Back to the barn... what?!?

This is what I looked like when I heard the news that I'm heading back to the barn... WHAT?!?

Don't get me wrong, I love the barn, all the dogs, all the nice people who brought me back from Cleveland, but I'm kind of used to a real house now. What did I do wrong that I have to go back to the barn?

Ana assures me it's just for a few days. She says that she's going out of town and temp-pops is on a deadline, so she'd rather I spend time at the barn with new people and other dogs rather than sitting in a crate, but what if she doesn't come back? What if she forgets about me? What if she decides that life is easier without me and leaves me up there? What if.... oh gosh, I get nervous just thinking about it!

But Ana says if I get nervous to just recite THE PLAN over and over: first a few days at the barn, and then we all go on vacation together like one big, temp-family. She says to think of it like summer camp. I'm going to play with kids my own age, help all the new barn volunteers learn about different kinds of dogs, and spend time with Tim and Donna (who are probably my favorite people on earth).

She says even if I get lonely at first then pretty soon there are going to be all kinds of fun things to distract m... oh hello, there, Mr. Jiggs!

Friday, July 1, 2011

Art walk

Sometimes when we go on our city walks we pass a lot of really cool art. Some of it wasn't paid for by the city, but that doesn't make it any less art. Here I am posing on a pretty building that was made into art by someone very creative.

And remember when I mentioned that I'm getting along with cats? Well that includes painted ones as well.

Hmmm, maybe I should learn to make art as well...