Tino at Big Bear

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We wrote about our trip with Jack and Maggie we took to Big Bear a few weeks ago, but we have gone to Big Bear for years and all of our dogs have enjoyed it and had lots of adventures there.
We typically get a cabin right on the lake so that the dogs can enjoy the beach and Steve can pretend he’s fishing off the dock. We also try to get a place with a fenced yard so the dogs can roam freely. We’ve yet to find the perfect combination of amenities although we’ve had plenty of nice cabins. Sometimes the water in the lake is low and there is really no beach at all, sometimes the house is too old and dilapidated, sometime the neighbors are too close or too noisy. One year, the cabin next to us was being renovated – hardly relaxing.
tino2After Tino went blind in 2009, our top priority was to get a fenced yard so we could allow him to be outside without worrying about him wandering off. We were lucky to find one that looked nice and had a totally fenced yard. Unfortunately, when we got there, we realized that even though the house was on the lake and had a dock, there was no walk-in access to the water. Sally was pretty disappointed and she had never jumped off a dock before, so that probably wasn’t going to happen.
The second day we were there, we realized the house next door was empty and they had a perfect walk-out beach. We decided to sneak over there in the afternoon and let Sally have a swim. We left Tino in our yard – he was sound asleep on the deck and he didn’t enjoy swimming anyways. We opened our gate and the gate into the neighbors yard and made for the beach. We ran around the beach with Sally for a bit running in and out of the water, swimming and playing fetch, etc.
After about ten minutes of romping around, I turned towards the neighbors gate and who do I see making their way down to the water…Tino. He had woken up from his nap and heard us and followed the sound of our voices down from the deck, across the yard, through the gates and was heading our way at the beach. It wasn’t that far, maybe 40-50 yards, but remember, he was blind.
Who knows how many things he bumped into on his way over there to us, but he heard his family laughing and having fun and he didn’t want to miss out. How brave he was to just follow our voices – he had no idea where he was going or what he was going to encounter, but he heard us and was going to join in the family party.
After that experience, I understood the power of Tino’s hearing and sense of smell and we worked much more on utilizing those senses to help him get around more easily. He was quite a dog.

What sense is most powerful in your dog?

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  1. Awe! What a sweet story!
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  2. My dogs are definitely driven by scent. We can be in the house, air conditioning on, doors and windows closed, and Jasper will know there’s a fox in the yard, without even looking out the window.

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    • Yep – mine are like that with the coyotes.
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  3. Aww! What a sweet story!!

  4. I’m sure the noise woke him up and then the scent and sound led him towards you. Bailie always knows exactly where we walked when she is left home. Mom finds it amazing. What a sweet story.
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    • I know – and they always know when a coyote is near too – usually long before I see them, or I never see it because it’s gone.
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  5. Wow, that is amazing! I am constantly baffled by what dogs are able to do. About a year ago, we were looking at getting a second dog and found a really great, deaf pyr. I started reading up on training deaf dogs and what they are able to accomplished is amazing.
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    • I know – I was more freaked about his blindness then he was at first. He could care less.
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  6. How amazing!! We are so glad it had a happy ending! Our noses tended to get us into some trouble more often than not! Thanks for sharing!!
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  7. That is so cool how he wanted to be with you, but must have been scary too.
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    • I would have been pretty afraid, but Tino was truly fearless. He never let anything stop him.
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  8. What a beautiful little story about a loyal and loving pup. Ridgebacks are allegedly sighthounds, but I would say their strongest sense is their ever present sense of hunger!

    • Yeah – whatever it takes to feed that belly beast…
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  9. Tino sounds like such an amazing dog. Thank you for continuing to share his story. 🙂
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    • Well we love reminiscing about Tino…
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  10. Such a touching story today Slim. Our pets and their abilities are endless. What an incredible animal. Harley’s strength is probably his sense of smell. Never really thought about it, so now I’ll pay more attention.
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  11. wow….that was so beautiful! Sweet Tino!
    I can only imagine how you felt at that moment.
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    • First I was freaked that he was wandering around because we left the gates open, but then so proud of him.
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  12. That was a very touching story, I’m glad Tino found the way to you. The senses of dogs are amazing, I’m sometimes really puzzled that Easy can hear the noise of candy wrapper over miles.
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  13. Oh, sweet Tino! I worry that Rita’s vision is not great. She has barked at me and the hubs many times when it was dark in the house and she wasn’t sure who we were for a moment. I’d definitely say her sense of smell is her best sense. Next would probably be her hearing. She’s always on alert for strange sounds!
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    • Yeah – Jack sometimes loses me – especially if I’m standing still against a similar color background. I have to talk to get him to see me.
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  14. That’s a lovely story and just goes to prove how devoted to us they really are. BTW, you know I’m a big Tino fan. 🙂
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  15. Tino sounds like quite the amazing dog. Great post!

  16. Love that story! So sweet.
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  17. What a great story! I am sure Tino wasn’t worried about any danger getting to you he just knew he would. My nose rules my entire life and makes mom’s miserable. Love Dolly
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  18. This just made me saw “awww” out loud. He certainly didn’t want to miss out on the fun.
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  19. That is such a sweet story. Thanks for sharing it. ☺ Bentley will smell every where we walk in the yard. Pierre can hear a car door several houses away.
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  20. What a great story….I love how determined Tino was. Our dogs’ sense of smell seems to be their most powerful. We often see noses going up in the air, sometimes when the wildlife is in the area. If the cat escapes outside, Cricket will follow her trail….yelping away with excitement!
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  21. Bless his heart, this brought tears to my eyes. He wanted to be part of the fun.
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  22. That is a wonderful story. He could probably follow just from the scent trail. 🙂
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  23. Haha My family like to do that ‘pretend’ fishing thing soon! 🙂

    Sounds like a fun trip,

    Your pal Snoopy 🙂
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