Tale of Tails: Tino Hide & Seek
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!