Dogs with a knowing gaze

Is it because Border Collies are dogs known for being smart? Why does Noemi have such a deep and thoughtful face? 

She’s such a sweet girl and since I have spent the last three or four weeks visiting with her at Muttville Senior Dog Rescue, she has only shown me this quiet demeanor.

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When I look into her eyes she seems to be telling me something important. I get the feeling that I need to pay attention, so I find myself  putting away my camera and not taking pictures when I’m with her.

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Her body language definitely encourages quiet petting sessions.  I found myself today sitting on the hard  linoleum floor with her, quietly massaging her hips and petting her sides for over 15 minutes.

It was glorious to only think about how to get her so relaxed that she would start to snore. I stopped thinking about the world and the noises from out on the street and only thought about maintaining the rhythm of petting her. 

I wonder if the knowledge behind her gaze was that she knew that I needed this time with her ? 

Noemi is available through Muttville’s Fospice program

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Cute News Desk: Your first dog or next dog could look like this...

You never know what kind of dog will adopt you, and vice versa. This is true whether you discover the love of an older dog, or a young one.

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You could look down and recognize a fellow companion ready to share your adventures and life. I believe we meet the right dogs at the right time, that the match is made from equal parts timing and openness, with a dash of magic.

But that's just me.

What do you think?

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All the dangers dogs save us from

Our dog saved us from being murdered by 40 mail carriers, 16 UPS drivers, and because we live in San Francisco, add 4 solar panel salesmen, 2 possum, and 1 raccoon...guess we should be more grateful. 

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Whatever the corgi says... #WordlessWednesday

Corgis may be lowriders on the city sidewalks, but I think that makes them even more observant of the world around. This dog clearly is not sure of the man he's crossing paths with on this rainy day. I'd vote dog every time, especially when they have their own nation, a #CorgiNation!

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Her Majesty loves her Corgi subjects | Wordless Wednesday

Dogs know what love feels like on the other end of a leash, and how you pet them. Look at the face of this corgi feeling all the love Queen Elizabeth is giving them.

Dogs know love. I saw it with the stray dogs in Turkey, and I have witnessed it here in San Francisco. The expression made by both giver and receiver looks like a visceral response to the rush of oxytocin flowing.

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Dog butts and a good scratch! Wordless Wednesday

I have yet to encounter one dog who has turned down a good scratch when the spot is hard to reach. The dogs I met while traveling in Turkey enjoyed my human affection, and this youngster most definitely loved getting her butt scratched after lunch.

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Have you ever had a dog turn down a butt scratch?

 

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Warning! Happy pit bull spotted in local park

Just call me a fool for any happy dog who is dying to show you the ball they so cleverly caught at the park.

Warning! Happy pit bull spotted in local park. Proceed with caution, or you'll find yourself late for work because said dog will convince you to throw the ball for her.

This sweet pit bull girl came running up while we were admiring the view from Bernal Heights in San Francisco. She jumped up on the bench in front us to be sure we didn't miss her "show and tell" performance too. 

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Best kind of strangers!

I may never have met this dog before but with her happy face, and incorrigible demeanor, she is no stranger to a animal lover. Am I right?

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Dogs We Love: An encouraging image from Turkey

In April, I traveled for the first time to a place where the majority of people didn't love dogs the way I do, the way most of us do in the United States.

This was my first experience of seeing stray dogs roaming city streets, staked outside with little shelter, or being chased off of a sidewalk by someone with a broom. It was overwhelming at times emotionally because it was obvious there was little that I could do to make the dogs lives any better. 

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For each lonely stray I saw in the countryside, the bright side was seeing images like this one. It was heartwarming to witness some level of kinship and connection between Turk and dog, even if it wasn't what I was used to experiencing here in San Francisco.

This snoozing puppy was at Pergamon, a world heritage site in Bergama, Turkey. 

 

 

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Just give me the dog treat already

You didn't have to know much about dog behavior or body language to figure out what he was trying to say to this lady. We were in the Aegean region near Fethiye, Turkey, and this dog was fluent in the international language of good smelling dog treats.

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Dogs understand what treats are, and how to ask for them in any language... 

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