Longtime blog readers know I have, over the years, chronicled many of Alayne’s “minions,” as I call them. These are the dogs, most of them small ones, who absolutely adore her and follow her everywhere. This usually leaves chaos in her wake, as this brief video from a blog post way back in 2007 shows.
Many of those in that video have passed on, but the minion pack has a self-renewing feature to it. New arrivals appoint themselves minions, and the minion pack refreshes with the regularity and predictability of the seasons. The two newest minions are deaf Esther the Sheltie/Collie mix, and that character in the photo above, Sunny. That shot was taken during our August visitor day by Maine photographer Jill Piper.
You may remember that when Sunny first came, he stayed in his crate for days, growling at us. He finally came forth and joined everyone, and though he tolerates me, he immediately gravitated to Alayne. He is now part of the group of dogs who swirl around her ankles as she makes her rounds.
After medical consultation and our own months-long evaluation, we decided not to remove Sunny’s deformed right leg. After watching him live with that leg throughout the summer, we realized it didn’t bother him at all, and he never developed any sores or other problems with it. So we opted for leaving well enough alone.
Yes, I do have my own minions. They are many fewer in number though much bigger — Stella, Darla and Aaron the Maremma, for example. (I think Tanner’s trying to become one.) So although I may not have as many minion units as Ms. Marker, I definitely have way more minions on a per-pound basis. Not that we’re competitive about this or anything.
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The fall round of the Shelter Challenge for 2014 is underway. It began October 13 and ends November 23. 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!
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