Over the years I’ve posted various photos of the characters standing on the other side of the gate?from our dining table and kitchen. The gate remains the same, while’the line-up of dogs changes over time, and also from day to day, depending on who’s in the living room at our mealtime. For example, here are past scenes from 2009, 2010, 2012, and 2013. And here’s?someone who almost squeezed through the gate. I took that photo above a couple of days ago, and it shows from left to right, Aurora, Esther, Wilbur and Stella. They are forever hopeful … and for good reason, because they do get the occasional treat.
Blind Sophie, who was standing up at the gate in one of the earlier?photos, is put up in the dog wing for our meals because she is diabetic and can’t have treats — she can only eat when she gets her insulin injections. So we don’t want her to hear other dogs getting a bite of something and wonder why she’s being left out.
Wilbur is still miffed that we don’t open that little gate-within-a-gate so he can come in while the others have to stay out. He thinks it was designed just for him.
Barb Ribinski says
It is funny how the crowd at the gate keeps changing. And each group has the same look on their faces. (Hey, let us in! We’re here waiting!) Tell them to open that little gate, Wilbur! Where are the rest of the dogs during the day when it’s too cold to stay outside? Sleeping on the other side of the house in the dog wing?
Kathleen A. Rivard says
I’d never be able to resist those beautiful faces! As a matter of fact, when I received the December newsletter yesterday, I kissed the “cover girl”, Stella, right on her beautiful muzzle. She’s got it and she’d get anything she wanted if she was mine!
Kathleen, Roo, Genie Bee, Soto, Bella and Blue
RDF pooches are my favorite “motley crew” at the gate for sure……I haven’t seen any recent posts on Aurora’s medical issues so I hope this note is finding her happy and healthy. I am wondering though how bossy Darla doesn’t chase them all off and demand all treats only for her highness.
Tonya Allen says
Oh, those eternally persistent barbarians. That’s quite a nice gate, by the way. Must be the extra-deluxe model. Of course that little door is just perfect for the smallest minions. I’m sure they deserve special privileges…
Janet in Cambridge MA says
“Good fences make good neighbors.” Robert Frost
Heidi, Emmett the Beagle, and Moxie the Kitty says
So good to see Miss Aurora with the gang! I was wondering how she was doing, considering her health situation is a bit precarious. Glad to see her among the “Gate Gang”!
Shirley and James says
All doll babies! The Newsletter with Stella on it is FABULOUS!! RDF you do everything with such HEART !!!!!!!!
It’s hard to see the photos that include Widget.
Tonya Allen says
Just received your latest newsletter! I love that photo of Stella. Possibly because her face looks a lot like my dog’s when he was older. But also she’s just a really beautiful girl. I was interested to read your conversation with the vet at the Louisiana clinic. It is a sad fact that everyone involved in animal rescue has to prioritize because they can’t save everyone, but it is very fortunate for Stella and everyone else at Rolling Dog Farm that you and Alayne have dedicated yourselves to saving those who are left behind by the mainstream. And unjustly left behind, as every story here so eloquently shows. I’ve said it many times, and I’ll say it again: Thank you for all your effort and care. You are truly inspirational.
Steve Smith says
Tonya, thank you for your kind words, but it’s only because of our wonderful supporters like you and many others that we can take in dogs like beautiful Stella. So thanks to all of you who make it possible!
Barb Mc says
What kind of gate is it? I have a wide hallway and can’t seem to find a gat to span it!!
Steve Smith says
Barb, the gate is this one — with extension panels — from Foster and Smith:
Colleen & Andre says
This is just great. I loved seeing the cast of characters from the past. Oh how I miss those babies that have gone to the a Rainbow Bridge. It’s funny how the little things don’t change although the faces do.