The On The Road Dog Bore
Dog Bore: Noel Russell
Job: Volunteer Services Manager for Union Rescue Mission
Dogs: Fin and Lhotse
Lhotse is a Greyhound/German Shepherd Mix (our best guess)
Fin is a Terrier/Bunny Rabbit Mix (again, our best guess)
Lhotse was adopted from a local shelter and Fin was found on the streets of L.A.
How did you meet your canine companion?
Both our pups are rescue mutts. But we met each of them under VERY different circumstances. Lhotse was transferred to 3 different shelters over 8 months because no one would adopt her. She was rescued 1 day before she was scheduled to be euthanized by truck driver who brought her down to LA where we met her at yet another shelter. After meeting all the dogs that the shelter "matched" us with, I asked to be introduce to Lhotse. The shelter attendant told me "she will never be an adventurous dog like [you] want". She has since lived the most adventurous life of any dog we know and at age 9, she still keeps up with us like a spritely teenager.
Fin was only 10 months old when she showed up at 3am in our front yard. Her whimpering woke me up and I ran outside to see her shivering, huddled against our fence. She didn't let me touch her, so I sat next to her on the concrete and talked to her. After 30 mins I told her I was cold and that we needed to go inside. She flinched as I lifted her. Her body weighed only 6lbs and I could feel every bone. I took her inside and bathed her 3 times over the course of 3 hours. I cut away chunks of matted fur, removed ticks and cleaned mites away from her ears. I quickly noticed she had giant bald spots and raw red areas of skin - the onset of mange. She ate 2 times, guzzled water and tried to bite my curious big dog who kept trying to say hi to her. At 7am, I told Jonnie that I was taking her to the Humane Society "so she could find a good home". I said we weren't "small dog people", we had one dog - and that was enough. Jonnie just looked at me and then responded, "Oh yeah? Good luck." That was 1 1/2 years ago and my heart still skips a beat every time I look at her.
What’s the story behind your dog’s name?
Lhotse is named after a really beautiful mountain in the Himalayas. Shes beautiful and strong and the name fit perfectly the second we met her.
Fin is named after a granite dome in Kings Canyon National Park. Its a small, but stunning - people hike for miles and miles just to photograph it.
How has your life changed since you have had your dog?
My life gets incrementally better each day thanks to my dogs. They make me laugh, they keep me warm, they get me hiking every day even when I feel sick. They try my patience and teach me what it means to forgive unconditionally. Fin teaches me to not get to attached to any material possessions because - at some point - she will chew whatever "thing" I love and render it useless. I tell people that she teaches us to live more simply...I guess that means I also learn to focus on the positive, thanks to our dogs.
Which 3 words best describe your dog’s personality?
Lhotse: Gentle, Perceptive, Kind.
Fin: Wild, Crazy, Fun
Who’s your dog’s favourite person?
Lhotse loves Jonnie more than she loves me, and Fin and I are BFFFFFFs
What’s your dog’s superpower?
Lhotse's super power is knowing exactly how to act around every living being in such a way that they are happier, calmer and feel loved by her. She helped us raise chickens from when they were 2 days old, she has cuddled with bunnies and birds, she has laid next to toddlers and let them pull her hair and poke her face, she has sat still as grade school girls dressed her up in princess garb. She is intuitive and kind to the core.
Fin's super power is being cute. She is so stinkin' cute that everyone forgives her for everything. She is so so naughty, but she also knows how to ham it up so that no one gets mad at her. Everyone loves her, and she doesn't really love many people back - but no one seems to care because she's just so darn cute.
If your dog had a job, what would it be?
Lhotse's job would probably be a nurse or a therapist. I couldn't imagine Fin having any job, I don't think anyone would hire her - and if they did, shed probably be fired within a week. Unless someone was looking to hire someone to chew holes in everything - then she would be employee of the year.
What’s your dog’s most unappealing / most embarrassing habit?
Fin: Chewing Lhotse: She really stresses out when people argue. Thunderstorm? No Problem. Fireworks? Doesn't even notice them. But if you start to talk sternly to someone in her midst - she totally stresses out and runs away and hides. As a result, Jonnie and I are forced to argue in "happy tones".
Where can we find you hanging out with your dog?
Almost always in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, but sometimes in the Southwest.
Finish this sentence "a dog walks into a bar….”
and starts chewing on it.