Bolo - boisterous, ballistic and beautiful.
2005 - 2018
Bolo was our "problem child". He was a big bundle of loving energy, but he had no idea how to direct that energy. If our dogs were going to get into mischief, guaranteed, Bolo would be the merry ring leader.
Bolo was a strong Wheel dog and had the best work ethic of the team. Of course, being at the back of the team means he always came back dirty after a dry land race through the mud. His favourite technique to cool down was to flop in one of his self-dug holes with his face in or on his water bowls.
At one point, J was coordinating the SHCV's rescue program, taking in dogs that were at risk of being euthanased in pounds and rehoming them where-ever possible. Bolo was his one rehoming failure - thank heavens!
When J picked Bolo up from the Lost Dogs' Home, poor Bolo was in a pretty horrific condition. He was skin and bones, coated in filth and totally unsocialised. He was believed to have a cruciate ligament injury and a psychological issue. He would not acknowledge humans or even other dogs. It took multiple baths and even clipping (a rare event with Sibes!) to get his coat to a reasonable state. J persisted, despite Bolo sometimes reminding him of a particular Spanish weapon - hence Bolo's name!
When it was attempted to rehome Bolo, J's efforts came home to roost. After 4 months of care, Bolo had emerged from his shell and was happily interacting with people and other dogs and even following orders. A "forever" home was found for him. Unfortunately, he was going to be an only dog, at home alone, while his owners were at work each day. Bolo had a particularly piercing scream when he howled, and he had the police called on him after the first day, prompting his return to J, Ishka and Frankie. Bolo HATED being alone.