It may be hard to miss at first, but there really is a dog in that collection of canine-themed fleece blankets. This is the “day pen” in the corner of the living room that is sometimes the “hospital pen,” and at night becomes the “bedtime condo” where Tanner sleeps. It’s really just a puppy pen with fleece blankets hanging over the sides, with a 6-inch thick foam bed in the center that is covered in a West Paw bed and then more fleece blankets. The dogs love this spot, and when we let them inside on frosty mornings after their obligatory potty-stop outside, they make a mad dash for the corner.
I took these photos on a recent late afternoon, so most of the dogs were outside for a potty break. But I think a certain someone was trying to hide so he wouldn’t have to go out. Somehow, even blind, he must have heard about all the dog images on the blankets. Perhaps he thought he might just blend in and disappear?
Alas, the clicking of the shutter got the better of his curiosity, and up popped his head:
Yes, little blind Taco. He’s doing great, by the way. We had a major health scare with him a few months ago, but a liver biopsy sent to a special “liver lab” at Cornell gave our internal medicine specialist the suspected cause and a treatment plan that worked. His liver tests are now perfectly normal again.
Another Shelter Challenge contest is underway, having started on November 16th and running until December 20th. We just won a $1,000 state prize in the last round for coming in first in New Hampshire — thank you so much for all your votes! — so we aren’t eligible for that particular prize this time around, but are eligible for other categories like the grand prize. Please remember you can vote every day. The contest is here: ShelterChallenge.com