This photo of our little guy Bugsy was taken by a professional photographer from Maine named Jill Piper, who was at the farm for our visitor day earlier this month. Jill took some amazing photos, and kindly gave us permission to use them. So you’ll see them appearing from time to time on the blog and in upcoming issues of our print newsletter. If you’re in Maine and want some stunning photography, here is Jill’s studio website.
Bugsy, as longtime blog readers may recall, was an enormous challenge when he arrived. He attacked us during his first week, and when he finally stopped going after us, he settled for avoiding us. The behavior had nothing to do with being blind, but was from the trauma he had gone through (having his eyes literally knocked out of his head), compounded with too much change in the immediate aftermath of that — a quick succession of stays in veterinary clinics, shelters, a foster home, a road trip to New Hampshire, and suddenly an entirely new environment here at the farm. It proved too much, and he snapped.
He finally turned the corner with us, though the first few times he encountered new people he would get nervous and look to Alayne or me for reassurance. That was then, this is now. These days he is Mr. Personality, and he loved all the attention he was getting from our visitors that day. He returned it in kind:
It was so heart-warming to see how far Bugsy has come. However, we don’t think we’ll ever put him up for adoption because the veterinary medicine behavior specialist we consulted back then said “no more change” for Bugsy. The last thing we’d ever want to do is send him back into that state of mind he was in when he arrived. So he’s staying, and he seems pretty happy with that. Though a few more hands to lick might be in order.
2014 Shelter Challenge Underway
The latest round of the Shelter Challenge for 2014 is underway. It began July 14 and ends September 21. You can vote every day at http://www.shelterchallenge.com/. To search for us, type in our name, Rolling Dog Farm, and Lancaster, NH 03584. We’ve won thousands of dollars in the previous contests, so your daily votes do bring in serious money for our disabled animals!
Please note that I cannot help with technical or voting problems. If you find yourself having issues, please consult their FAQ page and their Rules page.
Thanks for your votes!