Week of June 15-19

Categories: On the Road with Marlin

It’s been a long week for me since I was looking forward to a couple of weeks off! Wednesday, June 15, I drove the behavior staff, volunteers and dogs to a drop-off point in Pasadena. They all went on a social walk over to Euro Pane Bakery. I, on the other hand, had to head over to an auto parts store and pick up a signal light bulb so I could legally start making left turns again! I got back just in time to pick everyone up and I made several left turns all the way back to PHS!

On Friday, June 17, we headed over to the Golden Road Brewery on San Fernando Road. If you haven’t been there, not only is it a brewery, but a lunch and dinner location. And yes, the smell of the wonderful food kept many of our dogs focused on the tables! We were set up in a dog-friendly area inside the brewery (where it was cool and shady), and the dogs immediately made themselves at home on the many sofas scattered throughout the area.

The volunteers and dogs were: Betsy and “Annie,” the senior white Terrier who is missing a few teeth; Carol and “Daphne,” a sweet and mellow German shepherd; Pamala and “Bobby Z,” the super playful and affectionate Lab/pit bull mix; Louise and “Toby,” our mellow Chihuahua/mystery mix; and Kelly and “Cleo,” a sweet and shy Chihuahua/min Pin mix. “Cleo” had been turned into PHS by an owner who just had too many dogs at her house. After a couple of hours at the Brewery, I got a phone call that a relative of the former owner was adopting “Cleo.” So the day ended well for her.

“Toby” was his usual friendly self. He didn’t interact much with the big dogs, but he played with the small dogs. “Annie” moved from table to table taking in the sights and smells of all the food around her. “Bobby Z” did his ball chasing and toy playing and handed out kisses to multiple people. And “Daphne” just loved all the attention. This mellow dog would stretch out and soak it all in! We were only there for three hours, but the crowds were enough that our dogs began to wear down and it was time to call it a day! We headed back to PHS in time to pass “Cleo” over to her new owner!

On Saturday, June 18, we headed over late in the afternoon to the Arboretum for the first concert of the season by Pasadena POPS. Our volunteers and dogs were: Cheryl and “Jayda,” our longest staying dog at PHS who loves people; Morgan and “Bobby Z”; Mary Ann and “Peanut,” a tiny Chihuahua/mystery mix; Mary and “Toby”; Judy and “Annie”; with Allison and “Daphne.” After passing through hordes of traffic police, we pulled through the back gate and drove on to the grounds of the Arboretum and parked on the grass in the cool shade. There were a few peacocks in the area. “Toby” was ready to take one down! “Bobby Z” was trying to determine if they were another form of squeaky toy, and the rest of the dogs remained on alert. With the number of people arriving and claiming their picnic spots, the peacocks gradually gave ground and disappeared into the foliage.

As crowds of people began making their way over to our area, shy little “Peanut” slowly came out of his shell (pun intended!) and began to enjoy meeting everyone. “Toby” remained friendly as long as he wasn’t crowded by people . . . a dog of his stature needs his space! Besides, it’s always best to greet a strange dog one person at a time! “Annie” caught the scent of multiple picnic boxes and was on the prowl trying to charm everyone into sharing! And “Daphne”? She stretched out in the grass and savored all the petting she could collect! “Jayda” and “Bobby Z” went into full play mode rolling over each other, jumping on each other and at one point even “Daphne” roused herself to jump in a couple of times. We met a lot of wonderful people there, but the really good news is that someone is bringing her dog tomorrow to PHS to meet “Toby.” If they all get along, Toby’s long stay with us may morph into a fur-ever home!

Around 7:00 as crowds began to almost block our route out of the grassy field, we packed it up to head out. Pasadena POPS welcomed us to stay longer, but I think the audience wouldn’t much appreciate barking dogs punctuating the music! We got back to PHS around 7:30 and I headed home at dusk!

Other Mobile dogs to mention: “Bailey,” the super sweet Pit Bull mix, was finally tracked down by his actual owner and earlier this week went back to his true fur-ever home. “Shadow,” the mellow German shepherd, was adopted, and I’m sure is being the couch potato he was meant to be inside his new home!

The next event coming up for Mobile will be in July since I will be out of the office for the next two weeks . . . did I mention that already?? On Sunday, July 3, we will be at the Flea Market at Pasadena City College from 8:30-2:00 depending on the weather! On Monday, July 4, we will participate in Sierra Madre’s 4th of July Parade. It starts at Sierra Madre Memorial Park and ends at Sierra Vista Park on Sierra Madre Blvd. The parade starts at 10:00. Until July 2, I’ll be somewhere “On the Road.”

About Marlin Miller

After my first entry, people have been asking, "Who's Marlin?" Briefly, I am the Mobile Outreach Coordinator for PHS. I drive the 33-foot long Mobile Unit and squeeze it into impossible spaces at a variety of community events. Inside, we have kennels for adoptable dogs and seats for enthusiastic mobile volunteers. We happily motor off to events every Saturday and Sunday and a day or two during the week as well. At these events, we display around 40 informational sheets or flyers and showcase our adoptable dogs while representing PHS. We are in such demand that our event calendar is booked several months in advance!