Does new baby have a name yet?
Yes, she was a feral who was picked up in a spay-and-neuter program and they tipped her ear with the intention of returning her to her colony -- except when the time came she didn't want to go. She lived her whole life from then on indoors, never attempting even once in the eleven years she lived with me to go outside. She knew when she was well off.
I went over to the shelter and adopted another feral with a similar story, this one missing half her tail along with the tipped ear. Her name is Marjorie -- all my cats have had dignified human names -- and she is hunched at the top of my stairs glaring. This shall pass.
Your Casey and our Sandy, who went the way of all things late in 2021, could have been littermates, judging from appearances. We have no idea of just what the late Sandifer’s heritage might have been. We got him from a private mutt rescue at an Adopt-a-Thon in a Petsmart parking lot in Puyallup (say that three times fast).…
We still have the hybrid- mutt- "designer dog"- Teddybear, Casey. A Bichon- Shih Tzu mix. No denying that he's a lot smarter than his Pug siblings were. I miss the days when the three dogs graciously allowed my wife and I to share "their " bed. Casey likes being an only child-- if for no other reason than there are no fights over wayward morsels that happen to hit the deck anymore.
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Casey was given to us by my sister. She came up with a story about how she was going to move into a condo that prohibited pets and was looking to strangers at a family member's party to take him. We stepped up and the rest is history.Your Casey and our Sandy, who went the way of all things late in 2021, could have been littermates, judging from appearances. We have no idea of just what the late Sandifer’s heritage might have been. We got him from a private mutt rescue at an Adopt-a-Thon in a Petsmart parking lot in Puyallup (say that three times fast).
Puyallup is in Western Washington, where spaying and neutering of dogs not meant for breeding is all but universal. So you might find a nice cat at a shelter (as we did, way back when), but dogs, other than rescued pit bulls, are scarce. (This is not to disparage pit bulls, but rather too many of the people who choose to turn them into public hazards.)
It’s quite a different story over on the much more rural dry side of the Cascades, where the rescue operators have more mutts than they know what to do with, short of loading them up and taking them to the wet side of the hill, to Petsmart parking lots, where Westsiders line up to claim them.
Our Sandy came from Richland, Washington, on the Columbia River. It was love at first sight between him and my lovely missus. The first time I saw Sandy he was sitting on her lap (she’s a wheelchair user). She asked the woman about that sandy-colored dog. The woman told her “no one wants that dog,“ but my wife asked to meet him. When the cage was opened he immediately jumped in her lap.
I’m guessing that your Casey sees the groomer every couple-three months, lest he become a mop with legs. That was the case with our Sandifer.
Sandy’s ashes are in a fancy wooden box on our mantel.
Born to fetch... outstanding eye-mouth coordination plus agility. Tomorrow she starts 'tracking" classes. She's being groomed as a 'cadaver search dog' per my daughter. I think with a keg around her neck, she could look for me when I go missing when lawn cutting.Mixed breed shelter puppy. DNA screen has her ~75% Australian Cattle Dog. She lives to fetch... anything, anytime, anywhere. She doesn't need the life jacket, but the river was pretty swift and she was curious about the rocks midstream.
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Brevard, North Carolina
I’m sorry for your loss, Bob