I found Ozzie several weeks ago and have been in communication with Robin, Ozzie's foster mom about adopting him. Robin offered to bring Ozzie to us within a reasonable distance, but we've decided to go there for a few days' trial to see if he and Lexie get along.
Rifle is a quaint Colorado River town established in 1905. We camped in beautiful Rifle Falls State Park overlooking a serene blue reservoir. Aside from a little rain we had nice, cool, sunny weather.
|Our campsite overlooks the lake|
|Looking at the campground on the hillside from the other side of the lake.|
This was a perfect setting for Lexie and Ozzie to get to know each other. Robin brought him, along with two other rescue dogs, Mopsy and Fergie, out to visit the afternoon we arrived. I loved all three of them but knew we could only manage one more for our total of two.
|Ozzie (red halter) meets Lexie|
|Ozzie when he was first rescued. |
The matting near his bottom is not his tail. It's feces dried in his unkept hair.
|Ozzie's picture as shown on www.petfinder.com |
It was love at first sight.
|Lexie (front) seems to be smiling. |
Ozzie is looking around to see how he likes us.
|Ozzie got comfortable pretty quickly. Lexie followed him every step.|
Because he's not completely housebroken, he sometimes has to wear a cumber bun (belly band).
|Try as he may, Wayne is unable to get either Lexie or Ozzie to come when he calls.|
This is a "first" as babies and dogs naturally love Wayne.
|Wayne decides he'll win them over with kibbles! |
He feeds them simultaneously... by hand.
Lexie on the left, Ozzie on the right.
They eat this way every afternoon at 4 p.m.
|The first of a zillion photos of the furkids. |
Ozzie on the left, Lexie on the right.
|This one is out of focus but easy to see what's important here...|
Lexie in the top of the photo -- Ozzie at the bottom.
|"Lexie... look at the camera. We're being photographed for a calendar, I think."|
Robin's home is in a beautiful setting, high on a hill with a fabulous view. She met us in the drive and we got to see Mopsy and Fergie again. We also met Jackson and Piper, Robin's other two Malteses. I begged Wayne to adopt Mopsy, a tiny little girl with lots of food allergies. Then there was Fergie, who Robin referred to as the "lap magnet" -- a fun-filled Yorkie who was Wayne's favorite. But Wayne said no, we couldn't take then all and Ozzie was a perfect fit for us.
|Ozzie's foster home. Life was pretty good out here in Colorado|
We have a tough act to follow.
|Okay, let's see if I can get this right.... Lexie in the lead, then Jackson. Fergie (the Yorkie) is next, followed by Ozzie and Piper. Mopsy was being held by yours truly.|
|Wayne playing ball with Piper. She never gets tired. |
Taken in Robin's kitchen (loves dogs, can't you tell).
Ozzie is relaxed on the shelf behind Wayne.
|Lexie, Jackson and Ozzie romp around the patio at Robin's house.|
|Robin and me with Piper, Ozzie, Fergie, Mopsy (in blue) and Lexie|
|Mopsy, Piper, Fergie and Ozzie with Wayne and me.|
After at least an hour of playing with all the rescue babies, we loaded up and headed back to the campground for our final night. We'll head east tomorrow morning.
|Going back into the campground.|