Saturday, October 29, 2011


Bouncer do you want to play?

No lady.  I just want to wait right here until Melody comes.  I want to think about the questions I will ask her about how I came to be because she is the one the knew me when I was lost and full of waiting. She got to see me the second I was at the shelter and the second I was out.

I want to ask her if I knew about living in a house and if I used to snore.  I want to ask her if I knew how to play with toys and if I was a good boy or a bad boy at her house.  I want to ask her if she knew what a special boy I was going to become.

I'll just wait here because I am a little unsure about meeting the lady who took a chance on my abnormally large head and if she is still happy she found me or not.

When she walked in I just had to ask.  Hi Melody.  Do you still love me?

Was I a good boy, Melody?  Do you still love me as much as you did back then?

And then she told me...
Hi again Bouncer.  You didn't know how to play with toys, and you had an uncanny way of making sure that one part of your big body was out of the crate at all times so I couldn't close the door.  You liked to sleep on my sister's bed because she let you have the whole thing and so she slept with her feet and left arm hanging off the side every night.  You played well with my dogs, and you spoke with your body. You needed to be touching me all the time, and I let you because your heart was so big even though your eyes and stumpy legs were so small.

You are a cartoon character.  And you never let life get you down.  That's what I remember.  And I remember this...

I did know you were going to be a special boy.  That's why I took you.  Because sometimes life just isn't fair, especially for big-heads like you.  I couldn't take them all that day.  I took you.  Because I knew you would make Miss Emily very happy one day.  And maybe I'm a bit of a sucker.  Because it's clear you still don't have any manners.

Thanks Melody.  I still love you too.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

How I came to be

I am a special boy.  There were many people who loved me even before I came to stay at Miss Emily's house.  I am going to meet the first lady that took me from the shelter next week, and I can't wait because I remember her bed and her toys and her very soft hands that cradled my abnormally large head.

I talked with the first lady, Melody, today and she reminded me how I came to be.

I have been following Bouncer ever since he showed up at the Merced shelter. At the time I was sure someone would get him because he looked so cute but as the weeks went and no one came, I decided to get him.  I guess you could say there was a "connection."  His shelter photo really jumped out to me for some reason. I got him early July 2010 and he stayed with me for a couple months.

This is me exploring grass at the first lady's house

Bouncer fit it really well, however I wanted to be fair to him as well (I was rehabilitating another dog from a shelter). I knew he was getting lots of love and attention with me but wanted him to get more one on one time as well. At that time I had to divide time up between the rescues, and even though Bouncer got his daily work outs and playtimes I still felt guilty. 

Getting my workout on

This is me learning about beds
Later on, a fellow rescuer sent BadRap Bouncers photos and asked them if they would take him. Donna responded and said yes!  I knew it would be hard to say bye to him, but I also didn't want to lose this opportunity for him either. 

Bad Rap is an amazing rescue organization, and I was sure they could have done way more for him then I could have. So I decided to transfer him over.  It was really bittersweet but I knew he would be in great hands. 

I must admit though, I had terrible "Bouncer withdrawal". I didn't know if I was stepping over the line at the time but I really wanted to get to know his new adopters and see how he was doing. He was really special to all of us and I'm so happy he found his way to you. (= Thank you for keeping in touch and allowing me to stay in touch with him. I cannot wait to see him again!

My name is Bouncer, and I am a special boy.  Because there were many people who loved me and took care of me even though they didn't even know who I was in the beginning.  I can't wait to see you again too Melody.