Saturday, May 24, 2008

Meet Boomer and Bessy

As I considered my topic for the day, I came up empty...
--Nothing particularly humiliating has happened to me since the "shoe incident."
--All of my friends seem to be feeling well. (Praise God!)
--Our foster-dd got engaged this week.
--I don't have 10 different kids to write about.
--We haven't traveled anywhere exciting.

All in all, it's been a fairly boring week at our house. With this in mind, I decided to fall back on stealing other blogger's ideas--I'll talk about some of the critters that live on our vast estate. Since I've already talked about our equine variety -- these would be of the canine variety.


Meet Boomer. He's an American Bulldog who became part of our family in early 2001 when he was about 10 weeks old. He was so cute then. Today, he's about 7 1/2 years old.

This is pretty much his favorite position.

Unless you count this. This is the only 'child' that Boomer will tolerate. He loves his girl. She can drag him by the tail, sit on him, and any number of other humiliations...but he loves his girl.

I never dreamed we would own a dog that didn't like kids. Actually, Boomer HATES kids...and that is NOT an exaggeration. We don't know why he is this way. It started when he was about a year old. We think he has an eye-sight problem and that short kids scare him. I voted to get rid of him, but as you can see in this picture --that was NOT an option.

This is his ALERT look! For some reason, FedEx and UPS drivers think this looks menacing. Frankly, it just means he is awake.

This look says "Somebody has a treat in their hand and is teasing me with it." Boomer is like a goat. He will eat virtually anything...usually in one gulp! He's so easy to entice into the dog-pen...just take a little scrap of bread...he doesn't care. He thinks its a big treat and willingly follows you anywhere!

This is his normal pose for "I'm such a good doggy, please give me some attention!" He is a good watch dog. He watches and then runs and hides if you get out of your car...unless he thinks you're a short kid (like Donna T.).

He's very good at staying at the house when dd heads out to ride her horse. But he will sit under the carport and whine and moan (you would think he was dying...) until she comes home.


Meet Bessy. She is about 8 1/2 years old and is a full sister to Boomer...but from the litter before him. She came to live with us when she was over a year old because the folks that had her couldn't keep her in their fence. Of course, Bulldog's must be contained or you're asking for trouble--just because of the breed.

Bessy is a super-dee-duper loving girl. She is also super-dee-duper aggravating. In her earlier life, she had been beaten. This makes her nearly impossible to discipline. She cowers and shakes if you even raise your voice to her. This is her sad, "I'm in jail" look.

She is also very, very sneaky. You don't dare go for a walk without her because she will show up on your walk when you least expect it. She refuses to be left behind! She climbs gates and slides under fences (like in the picture). She is amazingly agile. Once she catches up to you on your walk, she's your best buddy and hangs right with you.

This is her "I'm just a sweet girl ready to play and follow you anywhere!" look. If we really pampered our dogs, she would have had braces to fix her weird bottom teeth. It doesn't seem to affect her ability to eat. She's a butterball!

This is her favorite position. Her 'dead dog' look. She'll sleep like this. She loves to scratch her back out in the yard!

So now you've met Boomer and Bessy...

They both make our lives a bit richer and our wallets a bit poorer...but we love them!

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Kelley said...

What fun dogs! I love dogs...we're even looking for a dog now! I have convinced myself though, NOT to go through the puppy stage again for the next 20 years or so. That's kind of hard when I see my friend's adorable lab puppies...but just one thought of the work involved and I seem to snap back to reality.