Alfie Asks

If you follow my blog, you probablly recognize Alfie. She is my wife’s dog, and I am posting this to help her with her “” fund raiser. I hope you will donate to help.

My name is Sharon. I rescued Alfie when he was 3 years old (he’s now ten). Alfie had been re-homed several times before, but has found his forever home with me. He loves agility, rally and hunting lizards.

Each morning he goes for his mile walk to meet all his human and dog friends. He’s like Norm in Cheers; everybody knows his name and greets him on his walk. Unfortunately he can no longer do any of those things.

He jumped down from the grooming table and broke a toe and damaged his ligaments in the wrist. The UF Veterinary hospital says his surgery will cost between three and six thousand dollars and needs to be done asap.

He is in a soft cast now, but the vet says that he won’t heal without the surgery. We need your help.

He is my constant companion and confidant. I cannot imagine my life without him on my walk. His nickname “Lovey four paws” describes him best. His friends miss seeing his ears flapping as he runs to greet them.


The Story Behind the Photo

IMG_1231Caption: “Dude, Wait!”

The story:  Alfie, our standard poodle, and Brodie, a friends golden lab are best Buds.  Today they were working on both staying at the same time.  If they both stayed until they were released, they each got a delicious  piece of beef heart.

Each time they tried Alfie couldn’t wait for the release command.  Finally Brodie put his paw on Alfie’s, and they finally were able to earn their treat.


I have never had a rescue dog before.  What I have learned is that they take patience.  The temptation is to push them to improve.

He has been working in Rally and Agility,  He loves the tunnel and constantly wants to go back to it.  These are things that he does for us and with us.

Yesterday was a milestone.  Alfie for the first time left us and went out in our yard without us.  It was a very brave thing for hlim to do as he ordinarily will not break line of sight contact.  He also for the first time went and got a plush toy and played with it. He has also started to chase the little lizards that abound here in Florida.

He has turned out to be the best of our three standard poodles.

When the World Spins in Greased Grooves

IMG_0254First, a cup of Hawaiian Kona coffee with a shot of Amoretto topped with whipped cream

IMG_0251Watch the sun slide down the bamboo hailing the start of another day in paradise

IMG_0261Great news in the morning paper


Help a friend watch for squirrels

Don’t want to mess up the day, so I think I will go back to bed and sleep until tomorrow.


Nothing Can Be Finer….

Than the dog park on a Saturday morning.  Especially if a little Corgi is coming into heat.  What was the owner thinking?  And, of course, there were multiple males and an insuing scrum.

Please do not bring dogs to the dog parks when they are in or approaching being in heat.

If you cannot tell, ask another owner with a female to explain the facts of life to you.

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