One morning about a week ago, I was filling up the big rubber water bucket on the porch of Widget's House when blind Samantha wandered up for a drink. She went not for the water in the bucket, but straight for the stream of water coming out of the faucet. Samantha stuck her mouth right into the flow, first biting at the water and then slurping at it with her tongue. It was the first time I'd seen her do that. In fact, since blind Stoney -- our other "hose drinker" -- was adopted last year, we haven't had anyone else drink this way. (Well, other than our barn cat Joshua, who prefers the modified approach of a dripping faucet.)
Now it's become a little morning ritual. If Samantha is out on the porch when I'm filling the bucket, she inevitably comes over to drink from the faucet. So on Tuesday, right after letting the dogs out that morning, I was ready with the camera to document her hydrological preference. In the top photo, she's staring at the bucket but not interested in drinking from it.
Here's what happened next -- she lifts her head up and aims for the stream of water:
Then she gets her mouth right in it to start drinking:
And finally, after getting her fill, she gives me a tongue-first satisfied look:
Love that pink tongue!
Some folks thought Charlie looked sad in yesterday's post. No, don't worry, he's not a sad tyke at all. He's actually a very happy boy. Someone asked how old he was -- as usual with these cases, we really don't know, but the Atlanta Beagle Rescue group thought he might be about 8 years old.
Don't forget, you can vote every day for us in The Animal Rescue Site/PetFinder's Shelter Challenge. Enter "Rolling Dog Ranch" and our state postal code, MT for Montana, and it will bring up our listing so you can cast your vote. We won $1,000 in this online contest last year because of your help and would like to win it again this year.
We're currently No. 7 nationwide, so your votes are adding up! Thank you!