Long walks with Doc, cats still need homes

Greetings Sonoma! I hope this finds everyone enjoying the summer-like weather. I know we all want the rain, but why not just get out and live in the beauty of the moment?

I have been going for long hikes with my dog, Doc, and savoring every minute. I knew I was hooked on this dog when we were in the middle of our cold snap in early December and I’d happily suit up in my arctic gear to take him for a walk.

Now I imagine when we do get the rain, I’ll do the same in my rain gear, but until then we are both happy to frolic in the sunshine.

I have been seeing more coyotes up in the hills and in the lowlands, which I understand could be a consequence of the drought. Doc and I are very cautious and observant when we are out in the hills. Please be vigilant with small dogs and cats. I keep my cats close and always indoors at night.

OK, one more story about Doc, and I promise I won’t write about him in every column. This is just so sweet. One morning last week, I was in a hurry when we went out for our morning constitutional. Doc was nosing around in the leaves and I went over to see what caught his attention when I saw a little sparrow with broken wings lying on the ground. He was barely alive and I thought that Doc was being a curious goofball and I called him away from the bird to see if I could help it. I turned back to see if he was following me and he was ever so gently nosing leaves on top of the little birdie to keep him warm and to camouflage him from predators.

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