Tale of Tails: Tino Hide & Seek

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We haven’t had a Tino “Tale of Tails” in quite some time, so I thought I’d dig into the archives for a Tino story. As I’ve said before, Tino was a real outdoor dog. He preferred to spend his days out in the yard even though he had free rein to come and go through the dog door. He would typically go out after breakfast and stay out there all day. He would usually come back in the house as it started to get dark – although in the summer, there were plenty of times he would sleep outside, or come in for awhile and then wander back outside.

He didn’t have a doghouse although I though of getting one plenty of times, but he did have an uncanny ability to hide himself in the yard. Yes, he had his favorite spots, but he also managed to find really unusual spots too.

During the day, I would go out back to check on him a couple of times. My office window faces the yard, so frequently I would see him making his rounds along the property line, but if I hadn’t seen him for awhile, I would go out to check on him, just to put ‘eyes on’ him – especially after he went blind and started getting dementia, I did this more frequently.

Today’s post is a bit of a photo essay of some of the odd places I have found Tino over the years.

He loved climbing in under bushes and his favorite ‘go-to’ spot still shows the signs of where he dug out the dirt to make a bed.
Unfortunately, I don’t have a picture of him there.


Here is is in just various spots around the yard. Totally arbitrary, let’s just flop down here in the middle of the yard.


And of course he slept in the bed and on the outdoor lounges.


This is one of my favorite pictures of Tino. I know he’s not ‘hiding’, he’s actually waiting for Pete the mailman to come, but this is TIno in his prime, probably about 4 years old, about 75lb, strong and healthy. A far cry from the 35lb flea & tick infested, with a torn ACL and sick with distemper dog we rescued 2 years earlier.


Not much mischief, just a bit of silliness from Tino. He was a great dog with a capital D – O – G!


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  1. I love talking about dogs of the past. It warms my heart to know that people remember their past pets and keep the memories alive.
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  2. So happy to meet Tino. Memories of our dogs stay with us furever–and it’s therapeutic to pull out some pix and share them.

    My dogs love to hide under bushes, too, particularly when it’s hot out.

    –Woofs (and meows) from Life with Dogs and Cats.
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    • Under the deck was a good spot to, but I don’t have any pics of that. I guess it was his ‘den’.
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  3. He is a handsome fellow and you can sure tell he loved his yard…every inch of it. Great photos.
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    • The funniest were when he just plopped down in the middle of the yard..why there? I can understand under a bush, in the shade, etc.
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  4. Wonderful pictures. In some of those pictures he really blends in.
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  5. Many thanks for sharing your memories with me. Tine was really such a fabulous guy. I wish they all would live forever.
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  6. It looks like Tino had a variety of sleeping positions too! I love how he is curled up in a tight ball in the one picture. What wonderful memories of him 🙂
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  7. I love the photo with Tino right smack in the middle of the bed…taking up two pillows, no doubt! Sounds like he was quite a buddy!
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    • He was indeed. He didn’t sleep on the bed often, but when he did, he really took full advantage.
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  8. awww! Great photos!
    So cool to see all the places Tino decided to flop in your yard!
    ((husky hugz))
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  9. I just love your Tino stories. What great memories. Thanks for sharing them with us!
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  10. I always love Tino stories… and they always make me think how good of friends he and Tynan would have been. Tynan also dug dirt beds and would just flop down any-old-place to sunbathe.
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  11. Oh how I love your Tino stories. Sampson likes to lie in yard too, although now as he’s getting older it’s usually in the sun. But if his dad is outside, you can bet you’ll find Sampson sitting or lying in the front yard, keeping close tabs on is street. 🙂
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  12. Aww, love all those sweet pics of him sacked out in the yard! Rita is funny – she almost never sleeps in our yard. She likes to go out there for a little bit and lay in the sun and survey “her domain” (we’re on a canyon so there’s a lot to see) but she never sleeps out there! Tino must have felt very safe and relaxed to just flop down anywhere.

    (wow – that was an interesting “spam” message. It wouldn’t let me post. It said I hadn’t spent enough time on the page to have read the post so go back and read it! Gosh – I just got scolded by your blog! Thing is… I read the first text-y part earlier, but didn’t have time to finish. So then I came back and just looked at the pics! Hopefully I’ve been here long enough now……….) 🙂
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  13. Did you ever worry because you couldn’t find him? When Onyxx first started hiding under the couch, it freaked me out because I didn’t know where he was.

    • Yes, there times I couldn’t find him and would freak a little bit. Luckily he was very good about coming when he was called.
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  14. Honey likes to hang out in the yard just for fun too. And, for that matter, so do I.

    Thanks for sharing some Tino and Sunshine as our temps drop well below zero. 🙂
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    • Jack & Maggie will both do perimeter checks, but then come right back in…Tino would stay out there all day. I think it’s just leftover from when he lived on the streets…that was his thing.
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  15. I love that you have pictures of all his favorite napping spots! He looks like he had a lot of personality! 🙂
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  16. Love that picture of Tino at his prime and ‘on duty’ – I love to be outside too, only Mum doesn’t need to check on me, cos I come and check on her about every 20 minutes, I knock on the door to make sure she’s ok, when she opens the door I just run away! Tee Hee

    I hope you’re having a fun day,

    Your pal Snoopy 🙂
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  17. Those are some really beautiful photos that make great memories. He found the perfect spots to lay and rest.
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    • If I was a scientist I would have studied his positioning – there must have been some meaning to it!
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