Life with Senior Dog Rescues, Bikini the pig, Stuart the rabbit, and etc.
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I can hardly ever convince Bikini to just hang out and watch a movie. She prefers to doze off in an adjacent room and then storm in every once in awhile, just to disrupt the viewing. I can tell she finds this very amusing. Once she's become the center of attention she sashays back out of the room wagging her tail in a mission accomplished type manner. This is the 3rd or 4th time she interrupted this particular movie, and it wasn't the last.
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Thanks to a technologically savvy niece, I'm finally able to post a video from the recent New York interview at Petcon. You can see the whole thing here if you're interested. http://www.fox5ny.com/fast-food/pig-bunny-senior-dogs-instagram
And a special thanks to @sdelikat for putting a well thought-out clip together.
At 17 Eeyore is my oldest dog and he was the first senior dog that I adopted after Wolfgang died, setting into motion what is now a house full of senior rescues. He came to me at a time when I really needed healing. I sought him out.
Stuart the rabbit was left in my front yard a little over 10 years ago. I had what I considered a full life at that time and no real interest in keeping a rabbit. But it worked out and he quickly became one of the family.
Blessings come into our lives whether invited or uninvited. We just have to learn to recognize them and to make a place for them.
You know how some men have the confidence and poise to pull off just about any type of clothing or accessory? Well, it turns out I am not one of those men. I'm taking Edsel to the Christmas parade of lights tonight with some friends and considered using this 'dog carrier' so I could get him into the bar afterwards. But when I grab it by the handle, somehow it ends up looking like a big orange purse, the type that Paris Hilton uses for dog transportation. It gives me the same painful, self-aware look on my face that you see on Edsel. I guess we both lack that certain kind of confidence, so Edsel will be in a backpack tonight.
In my house you can always tell that winter is approaching when Bikini begins parking herself in front of the fireplace. As the temperature start to drop she practically hibernates there all winter long. If the fire is on she's quiet, and the house is peaceful. If the fire isn't on, she groans and squeals and grunts. So I keep the fire on most of the time.
As everyone starts preparing for Thanksgiving I wanted to share this picture of the original Pilgrims and their pet rabbit at Plymouth Rock. As you gaze upon the steely resolve of these early settlers you probably have some of the same questions I do. Why are some of the women dressed like men, could it be Amazon was out of the small size Pilgrim women costumes? Did one of their blacksmith forge that Restoration Hardware looking bench over the coals of a fire? Why is the rotund woman on the left naked except for the traditional Pilgrim Bonnet? And most puzzling of all, how was this picture taken 200 years before the camera was invented?
Got out the suitcase and started getting organized for my trip to New York this coming weekend. Engelbert is the only one that's really supposed to come with me, but technically the suitcase size qualifies as a carry-on and technically these five fit in it.
( There are few tickets still available. Info on link in bio. Use promo code WOLFGANG)
And no there wasn't a strong wind in the room, Melvin pulls his ears back like that when he gets excited. I like how you can see Melvin's different expressions through his ears, in contrast to Edsel who seems to have the exact same look on his face no matter what the circumstances are.
Update: Petra has been adopted!! After just one day- amazing. Thanks everyone.
Once a month I work with the Maxfund rescue group in Denver to help them find homes for Senior Dogs in need. This month I'm featuring 10 year old Petra, the black and white beauty on the left side of the picture in the pink jacket. Petra is a hurricane rescue from Texas. (Too bad she never barks because I love a Texas drawl.) She has a delicate bone structure like a greyhound mix but she's really tiny, with a calm, sweet, gentle disposition. After hanging out with the dogs for awhile and being very patient getting her picture taken, she waited until she got outside to go to the bathroom. I can't find a single flaw with this beautiful girl other than she's too skinny. But unfortunately a lot of dogs lose weight with the stress of life in the shelter.
November is Adopt-a-senior-pet month and you're not going to find a better senior to adopt than Petra. Once you meet her I know you'll want take her home. So please call Maxfund and change this sweet girl's future.
Maxfund is open today and everyday except Tuesday. 1005 Galapago, Denver, Colorado. Call 303-595-4917 or email Kim @email@example.com
This is Waylon guarding my front door. He may not look overtly threatening, but be warned. Almost invariably when he yawns he coughs, and when he coughs he immediately passes gas. It will keep anyone away from the perimeter.
This picture was professionally taken by my friend @shainafishman She's a commercial animal photographer and has taken a few of my favorite photos of these guys.
#yawnsandfarts (Kinda sounds like a law firm.)
Just about 2 weeks until Engelbert and I go to New York for Petcon and, you know, he's got to look his best. Luckily, my friend Tammi owns the Purely Organic Skin Boutique in Denver and she'll have him looking so good no one will believe he's old enough to be on the senior panel at the conference.
Hope to see you there, tickets and info available at Link in bio. (If you use promo code WOLFGANG when buying the tickets, there still should be some discounts available for the next couple days.)
In case you need some clarification on what you're looking at, this is EngelBeard the pirate. Although not as well known as his cousin Blackbeard, he was definitely one of the more financially successful pirates. I mean, just look at the size of that booty beside him!
Happy Halloween Weekend
You know how when you think about senior dogs you inevitably end up thinking about contemporary art? Okay, well maybe that's not generally true, but on November 2nd if you are in Denver you just might be able to make that connection. I've been invited to bring these guys (and Enoch) and give a presentation on senior dog adoption at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver as part of their "3 Things Any 3 Things, an Experiment in Performance, Lecture and Music" series. Click on the link in my bio for ticket information. But, if this interests you at all, please hurry because seats are limited.
Just a normal day(it wasn't), you know when Jodi Picoult drops by the house to read her latest NY Times #1 bestseller "Small Great Things" to the gang. Englebert is of course sure that the title is in reference to him (it isn't) and I suggested her next book could be called "Large Great Things" (it won't be) as a nod to Bikini.
Thank you Jodi, truly such an honor.
When you're friends and family you're close, and when you're close you do things for each other. So as a friend of wolfgang2242 for the next 24 hours you can get 20% discount tickets to Petcon on November 18th and 19th in New York by using the code WOLFGANG on the link in my bio. There will be a meet and greet with lots of Instagram dogs (including Engelbert) and several interesting discussion panels such as the senior rescue panel hosted by myself, @chloekardoggian, and the expert of all experts on senior adoption @susiesseniordogs . So if you are in New York area on those dates get your tickets and join the fun. More info on link in bio.
Just doing what I can to make sure Melvin feels like he fits in around here.
It's been about 2 months since Melvin came to live with me and it feels like he has always been a part of this family and our everyday routine. He's started to do that little happy dance that most dogs do when we meet them at the door at the end of the day, but for some reason when a senior dachshund does it, it's just funnier. Just imagine those tiny little legs and that long body hopping around like a puppy, and those big ears flapping up and down like a goose before take off. Then throw in his low, husky bark that has gravelled with age. Well, that alone will make anyone happy to be home. (On a side note, wouldn't it be great if the next Batman movie featured a senior rescue dog as Batman's sidekick? A senior rescue dachshund perhaps, named Melvin.... rates are negotiable.)
I know I already park pretty close to the border of Crazy Town when it comes to these animals. And probably buying a pink, princess, toddler bed for my pig has pushed me way over that line. But I can't help it. I love that pig and if it means scouring the internet for a reinforced toddler bed that supports more than most manufacters' 50 lb maximum standard, then that's just what I'm going to do. Because Bikini is no average princess.
Englebert in his natural habitat, ie. my friend's backyard garden in Montecito. If you pretend he's not wearing a Spiderman shirt and you pretend you can't hear the faint buzz from the neighbour's leaf blowers, it's just like one of those episodes from the Discovery Channel.
If you're going to be in New York City on November 18th and/or 19th, come and meet Englebert (and me) and lots of other famous pet influencers at the first-ever PetCon convention. There will be lots of meet and greets, pet adoptions and informative panels such as: how to create content, pet training tips, special need pets and even a panel about senior pet adoption, hosted by yours truly and everyone's favorite minx @chloekardoggian
Englebert and I would love to meet you and answer any questions you might have. He'll probably do most of the talking.
You can find out about tickets to the event by checking out the link in my bio. Hope to see you there.
The senior adoption panel that I'm on is on Sunday the 19th, however I will be hanging out at the convention both days to meet people.