Monday, September 22, 2008
For at least a week.
See this old scoundrel? Well, what you don't see is that he's lame in his two back legs. Hit by a car years ago. Oh, he gets along just fine, a canine Walter Brennan.
What you also don't see is that he's the nurse at LA Boxer Rescue. Most boxers here have been pets, and given up for financial reasons. But when dogs arrive that have been severely abused, used as bait in dog fights, tied to trees and left to starve -- and just about any other cruelty you can't think of -- when these dogs arrive who don't, can't trust the ground they walk on, this grizzly partner is there for them. Goes on walks with them, lays in the shade with them, wades in the pool with them. Gets them to trust again. Oh, and steals their milkbones.
Walter here is an incredible beggar. He knows the limp and the gray beard, and all his work in the nursing industry, will get him a treat. So though he's there for his charges, he is also there any time your hand is within five feet of the treat bag. You're about to hand that milkbone to another dog, but Walter's limp gets more pronounced, he sucks in his cheeks, his eyes get big and moist, and...Missed it? Don't worry, the second show is in five minutes.