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Busy Christmas Day

Barbara and I had a very enjoyable, but busy, Christmas day. While everybody else was chowing down on turkey and fixin’s (or perhaps turkey-flavored kibble), we were doing the Sheltie Rescue thing.

First, we went over to Cottonwood Animal Hospital to retrieve a recently-rescued Collie who’d been staying there for a few days being neutered and treated for kennel cough. Next, we drove the Collie, whom we’d named Chauncey (more on this below), over to the home of the man who’d agreed to foster him. Chauncey is incredibly sweet, smart, and affectionate, and I was taken with him immediately. Well, the man who was going to foster Chauncey wasn’t as obviously openly all mushy with him, but his attitude was clearly spot on, as he didn’t bat an eye any of the three times when Chauncey marked on his furniture :O

It was hard to leave Chauncey, but it was obvious that he was going to be very well cared for and loved, so that made it a bit easier.

From there, we went by the home of the man who is fostering Duke and Jazzy (the Sheltie pair I discussed in an earlier posting). This man might be a little rough around the edges, but he was absolutely focused on making sure that his new charges were treated wonderfully. He made sure that his doggy-door is big enough for Duke, made sure that they have plenty of fresh water outside (even though it’s well below freezing, he keeps the water unfrozen), feeds them carefully just the way Barbara instructed him, etc. He admitted that he was a little bit overwhelmed with two dogs at first (“Help, they’re ganging up on me!”), but he told us that things were working out just fine and they’re getting the hang of his house and he with them. We suspect that he’s going to want to adopt them, which would be great.

We were fortunate to have foster homes lined up for Duke and Jazzy, and for Chauncey, before they ever came into our house. But it’s not always like that. About 1:00 or 2:00 PM today, we expect to take in another senior Sheltie, a lovely oversize girl who was until recently a service dog; she had to retire because of severe arthritis that made it impossible to pull her person’s wheelchair. Her person was unable to both keep her and have another service dog because of restrictions at her living place, so she was looking for a great retirement home for her old girl.

Well, that’s the news highlights for today. We wish all of our readers, our foster families, our adopting families, our relinquishing families, and – most of all – all Shelties rescued and in need of rescuing a very, very happy new year! We love you all!!

Oh, about Chauncey’s name: Some of our readers may recall the Peter Seller’s movie Being There, in which a mentally challenged man was employed as a gardener for an elderly person who dies, leaving “Chance, the gardener” without a home. Chance was taken into the home of a wealthy couple who misunderstood when they asked Chance his name — they thought he said “Chauncey Gardener”. Well, the Collie that we (along with Collie Rescue of Utah) rescued is a very lucky boy, but was nameless. While discussing what we might name him, we quickly rejected “Lucky”, because that’s just too trite. But the phrase “good luck” is expressed in French as “bon chance” (pronounced “bohn chohns”, where the “hn” isn’t pronounced like an English “n”, but is just a strong nasalization). And that “chance” quickly led to “Chauncey”.

On this day..

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