Flip’s Friends

I’m getting cranky in my old age. OK, I’m getting crankier in my old age. A few random neighborhood dogs have been wandering by my house lately. My immediate response is to bark, ‘Get off my lawn,’ and then mutter something unintelligible under my breath about kids today. Excitable young dogs jump up enthusiastically when we greet on a walk. My response is to not even make eye contact. If they persist I show my teeth and growl. I don’t know what it is with young pups today. I blame social media. The cats are texting. The dogs are tweeting. I look like a caveman showing up with my notebook, pencil, and press pass. I think it’s time Moonshine Ink bought me a laptop.    

This month I met a young fella named Bruno who restored my faith in the youth of today. Bruno is an 8-month-old Boxer mix who was found out at Boca Reservoir. Bruno isn’t on Facebook but if he was his status would be ‘looking for a home.’ Bruno and I went for a nice hike in the snow by the Truckee River and I was impressed. Bruno listens when he is called. We played and romped in the snow, and Bruno never once checked his iPhone. He is highly motivated by food and will try his best to earn a treat. Bruno knows some basic commands and is housetrained.

Some of the dogs from the shelter have been going to obedience training and Bruno really shines. He figures out games and puzzles quickly and takes his treats without biting your hand off. Bruno is also great because he looks like a tough guy but is really just a lover.

Bruno would be great in a house with another dog. He’s smart, which is great, but you will need to keep him busy. My folks would like to add that Bruno is soft and snuggly. My house is a little crowded — otherwise I would take him home. If you are looking for a handsome, easy to train, smart hound, I highly recommend Bruno.

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Flip Speckleman

RIP 1999 – 2011

Flip Speckleman was one of Moonshine Ink's original columnists, writing his beloved column "Flip's Friends" for almost a decade. His wry sense of humor, eloquent style, love of shelter animals, and appreciation for Tahoe living touched readers over the years, with many citing Flip's Friends as their favorite part of Moonshine.

A sample of his writing:

“I’m getting cranky in my old age. Ok, I’m getting crankier in my old age. A few random neighborhood dogs have been wandering by my house lately. My immediate response is to bark, ‘Get off my lawn,’ and then mutter something unintelligible under my breath about kids today. Excitable young dogs jump up enthusiastically when we greet on a walk. My response is to not even make eye contact. If they persist I show my teeth and growl. I don’t know what it is with young pups today. I blame social media. The cats are texting. The dogs are tweeting. I look like a caveman showing up with my notebook, pencil, and press pass. I think it’s time Moonshine Ink bought me a laptop.”  

~ “Bruno: Short, Brown, and Handsome,” published in Moonshine Ink, Dec. 10, 2010