It's always great when I'm out and about in Bakersfield and run into readers of this column. The love we share for dogs makes it feel like I'm bumping into old friends. Regular readers often remark about how much they enjoyed a particular column while others offer suggestions for a future one. Probably most rewarding of all are the people who say that I covered something that helped them deal with their own dog's behavior.
Amusingly though, for the last few weeks everyone who has come up to me has opened these exchanges with the same question: "How's Nora doing?"
Now in case you missed it, Nora (aka Coyote Ugly) is the dog I recently rescued from a bad situation. Her owner had fallen on hard economic times, lost her job and home and was forced to move, along with her children, back home with her father. The father made it clear that he didn't like the puppy, and when he told his daughter that she and the children had to move they were forced to give up the puppy.
So how is Nora doing? The first two weeks were devoted exclusively to improving her health and appearance, establishing a housebreaking routine and working on her horrendous separation anxiety. The health part was easy. We wormed her for everything imaginable and she eats like she's starved, but she's gaining weight and her hip bones are becoming less visible.
She got the housebreaking down quickly, which allowed me to focus on her separation issues, which are always a difficult problem. Every time I would pick up my keys or walk out the front door, she would respond with ear piercing screams.
There's lots to look at, if you just take the time to see what's around you. Californian photographer Casey Christie shares these images captured in the Kern River Canyon, Bodfish and north of Kernville.
Norma Rojas-Mora never imagined appearing on the cover of "Bakersfield Life" magazine.
Malcolm is one of those dogs that you fall in love with at first sight. His dark mahogany and tan fur with a black mask and black ears give him a mesmerizing look you can't ignore.
SCAMS: A local physician shared yet another telephone scam that I simply must share with you. He was at his office when he received a telephone call from someone warning, “We have your daughter in the trunk of our car.” At that point, the doctor heard a young woman crying and screaming for help.
Lead stories from "First Look with Scott Cox's" Top Stories:
The U.S. Bureau of Land Management took a big step toward resuming auctions of federal property in California for oil and gas production with its release Thursday of an independent scientific review of well stimulation activities in the state.
REVVING UP FOR HOSKING-99: The construction contract for the Hosking Road-Highway 99 interchange will be on the agenda at the next meeting of the Bakersfield City Council.
The man accused of killing an 88-year-old Delano man, stuffing him in a car trunk and sinking the car in an irrigation canal last year had his bail set Thursday at $1 million.
Two longtime Golden Empire Transit board members refused to resign Thursday despite mounting pressure to do so, setting up a potential fight between them and the Bakersfield City Council.
A correctional officer found dead in the entryway of his southwest Bakersfield home appeared to have been shot multiple times and may have known his killer, according to court filings.