Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Bird Dog

As far as I know, she has no genes for bird hunting.  Our vet thinks she's a mixture of German shepherd and Border collie, but no one knows because she was found running around free in Hayward three plus years ago with no collar and no microchip; she was on death row when Smiley Dog Rescue took her out of the shelter and gave her to us. I suspect there's a little Lab in there, as she LOVES to paddle in the bay and she will chase absolutely anything with wings, from swans to houseflies. This is her "poultry point," which shows up whenever I roast a bird.


Cora would never be so rude as to snatch food from the counter, unlike our neighbor's goofy and very tall dog who will, but she can dream and yearn, can't she? She patiently awaits her turn.


When dinner is served, Cora lies down politely under the table, occasionally giving a quick lick to someone's bare toes when she feels they need a little attention but otherwise being nicely quiet while the meal is under way. No drooling on one's knee, no imploring eyes. She knows that when dinner is over, she gets her turn to lick the plates before they go into the dishwasher.


Whatever kind of dog she is, we feel lucky to have her with us. 


*Update: she got skunked this morning for the second time this year. She's not always so angelic...

11 Comments:

Anonymous jann said...

You are lucky. You so are! She is a gem indeed.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012  
Blogger Hungry Dog said...

What a good (and pretty!) girl!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012  
Blogger Zoomie said...

Jann, well, I'm feeling a little less lucky this morning - she found another skunk and honked him off enough to get a face full of spray. Off to Mudpuppy's for a bath.

Hungry Dog, she really is pretty - everyone remarks on her beautiful, shiny coat. But she has her dark side, too - cat-and-skunk-chaser.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012  
Anonymous jann said...

OH, not a good start to the day at all. :( Hopefully Mudpuppy will set her right.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012  
Blogger cookiecrumb said...

Poor doggie! I've had experience with that. Poor doggie!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012  
Blogger Zoomie said...

Cookiecrumb, yes, she's pretty uncomfortable when she is skunked, but the memory of that wears off faster than the skunk smell. This is her third or fourth skunking - she just can't resist them.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012  
Blogger Diane said...

Love Cora's story and how you have given her a second, wonderful life. Too bad about the skunk!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012  
Blogger Zoomie said...

Diane, how fun to find you here! Skunk or no skunk, Cora is the best dog I have ever had. We lucked out when we adopted her.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012  
Blogger Ms Brown Mouse said...

I wish our girls were so polite at dinnertime.

Friday, May 25, 2012  
Blogger Zoomie said...

Ms. Mouse, ours never learned that, either. Dogs have owners; cats have staff.

Saturday, May 26, 2012  
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Monday, June 11, 2012  

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