Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Popeye from the Archives: My First Glimpse

This was my first glimpse of Popeye. My thought was he was so adorable that he wouldn't have any trouble finding a home. It wasn't until later that I learned he was paralyzed and that it might be be as easy for him as I had thought.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Popeye from the Archives: Packaged in Taiwan

This is a very early picture taken of Popeye, back when he was still in Taiwan (where he was found already paralyzed as a stray.)

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Popeye from the Archives - Popeye Steals Toy from Bandit

This always makes me crack up when I watch it.  Especially their expressions at the end of the video.

Friday, June 29, 2012

Popeye from the Archives - Sharing a Toy

Here's something we never see anymore.  Popeye sharing a toy (with Bandit).

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Popeye from the Archives - Running

We would sometimes use a Bottoms-Up Rear Harness to keep Popeye's hind legs elevated so he could move like a regular dog.  This was while we were waiting for his new cart.  As you can see from the picture, not having the use of his 2 rear legs did not slow him down a bit.  I could never keep up with him.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Popeye from the Archives - Lots of Teeth

Popeye with Bandit. No dog would dare to get this close to him anymore.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Popeye from the Archives - Racing

Popeye racing across the lawn.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Popeye from the Archives - Peeping

Popeye peeping from under my desk.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Popeye from the Archives - 1st Wheelchair

This wheelchair came with Popeye. It was made by a vet in Taiwan.  It was put together nicely but the design was flawed, especially for Popeye's hind legs, which were incapable of bending at the knees.  It was extremely difficult to put him in the cart and when he was in there, his hind paws would drag along the ground, which is why they're bandaged for protection here in this picture. You can also see that his spine is elevated in the back rather, which isn't ideal.  What a long way from his current Doggon' Wheels!

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Popeye from the Archives - Bandit Meets Popeye

Bandit was another foster puppy we had at the time.2 weeks prior, I saw him being surrendered at the animal shelter.  He had a broken leg. I picked him up as soon as my then-current foster dog had been adopted.  Days after we got him, we arranged for him to have surgery to repair his broken femur. You can see the red stitch line on his left back leg in this picture.

Bandit was an incredibly incredibly good-natured dog.  Really, the opposite of Popeye in temperament. They were a great match.  Bandit was Popeye's first friend here.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Popeye from the Archives - Strollin'

Before Popeye got his new wheelchair, I used to walk him around the neighborhood in a baby stroller.

Popeye from the Archives - Stuffed Toy

The first night we had him.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Popeye From the Archives - Car Ride Home

I've been going through old photos and videos of Popeye over the years. He came to us in 2008, almost exactly 4 years.  I think they're worth a second look so I'll be posting them here on a daily basis.  Hope you enjoy rewatching Popeye grow.

This is Popeye just a couple of hours after he arrived from Taiwan, where he had been rescued off the streets.  He had been flown to SFO, where I picked him up. It was a looooong drive home (with lots of wrong turns), but he was so patient and quiet the whole time.  Man how he fooled me.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Popeye T-Shirts Available - Fundraising for Callie

Popeye is now immortalized on a t-shirt. This was designed by "Fuster Dud."  We're offering this t-shirt as a thank-you gift for donations of at least $25 through June 12, 2012 (estimated delivery time around June 25).  These are 50/50 cotton/poly blend. Please specify S, M, L, XL, or XXL with your donation.

Tax-deductible donations can be mailed to:

Walkin' the Bark Rescue
4464 Lone Tree Way, Box #1064 Antioch, CA 94531

Donations can also be made through Paypal:

All proceeds will go directly to funding Callie's medical expenses.  Callie is an 8-year old quietly lovable mix who Robin & I are jointly fostering.  She has 3 lumps which have just been diagnosed as mast cell tumors.  We are currently seeing an oncologist for additional testing to determine what our best options are.  Read Callie's bio at  Updates are posted on Popeye's Facebook page.


Sunday, May 6, 2012

Scooter Jones

It's not often I hear of another paralyzed dog who runs in his/her cart the way Popeye does.  Meet Scooter Jones.

Here is her story:

You can "friend" her on Facebook at

Sunday, April 15, 2012