The BACS blog got to sit down with Elmer for an exclusive interview recently. Things got a little testy at points, but we think you’ll appreciate the insightful responses from one of the shelter’s top prospects.
BACS Dog Blog: So you’ve been here at BACS for awhile now. Overall, how has the experience been for you?
Elmer: To be perfectly candid, I can’t complain. Would I like to be in a home right now? Of course. Any self-respecting dog would. A nice, warm, people-filled bed to sneak into. My own yard. Unobstructed access to a kitchen. All of that would be ideal. But at the same time, many other dogs have it worse than I do. I keep that in mind, and I know I won’t be here forever. As Benjamin Franklin said, "He that can have patience, can have what he will."
BDB: Any favorite volunteers?
E: You know, people try to get me to play favorites all the time, but it’s not my style. I have my preferred volunteers of course, but giving names only causes hurt feelings. There are enough politics in the world right now. I just try to be an agent of love and acceptance. I have a happy face for anyone who comes into my kennel. But I do admit to a soft spot for volunteers who bring me treats and let me show them how good I am at “sit” and “down”.
BDB: You’re quite proud of your tricks.
E: It's important to have a big picture perspective. Not many shelter dogs get to appear on blogs and Facebook pages, so I know that I’m carrying the torch for others every time I’m out in public. We shelter dogs are just as talented as these so-called geniuses who have already found homes. We’re just a little on the raw side since we don’t get as much practice. But, come on now…”sit”? I learned that in two minutes. Even if you convert that to dog minutes, I’m in the skinny part of the bell curve if you know what I’m saying.
BDB: Any preferred walks?
E: Wow. Tough question. Where to start? I love the play area. Always dry, and I hear we just got a load of new tennis balls that need to be corralled. Aquatic Park is any dog’s dream. Lots of grass, a lake with ducks, a nice breeze. I never get tired of it. And the neighborhood sidewalks are fun too. It's always good to keep up on current events. I like to see whose yard got a fence, check for freshly blooming flowers that need to be peed on, and you never know when you might find some food scraps on the sidewalk. Really, it’s hard to go wrong.
BDB: Let’s change the subject. Can we talk about this picture?
E: What about it?
BDB: It’s a bit suggestive, don’t you think?
E: Not this again. I expected a little more out of you. Look, I’m a licker and I’ve never tried to hide it. If you're waiting for me to apologize, all I can say is that I hope your Kuranda bed is as comfortable as mine. I can’t worry about what people say. And I mean that literally – 99% of it is gibberish to me.
BDB: Yet, you’re understanding my questions?
E: I think you’re at the shelter too much. Look at yourself. You’re interviewing a dog, for crying out loud.
BDB: Point taken. Well I can’t thank you enough for your time today, Elmer. And, good luck finding your home.
E: My pleasure, and thanks. PS, my schedule really isn’t all that busy - stop by anytime. I'm always up for a bellyrub.