This morning, one of the Shelties we were expecting (see Here They Come. Again.) arrived. His name is Sparky…kind of a strange name for a Sheltie, but hardly the strangest we’ve ever had. But he was a major surprise when he came into the house. He doesn’t set a record for weight in our program, and he is tallish and (genuinely) heavy-boned, but at 65 pounds he’s a moose. Just to add a little excitement to the mix, he’s been living mostly in the garage and they marked his relinquishment form “Not housebroken”! Oh, joy.
Well, we’ve managed to get to know him a little bit today (he only has to compete with 20 other Shelties for attention). And I’m happy to say that he’s a real sweetheart, really wants to fit in and do the right thing, and — aside from marking once in the dog’s food room that Barbara mentioned to me — seems happy to go potty outside. He comes when called, mostly, and he’s already wagging his tail and trying to make friends with some of the other dogs in the house. But he is nearly a weight emergency, and his front paws have been mashed almost flat by his weight. Plus his nails are in desparate need of clipping…his rear dewclaws have formed a full circle already!
On the outbound side of the equation, relatively new girl Chloë was adopted this evening. A family with a 14 year old girl had applied to adopt her after they saw her in the video that Barbara recently posted and today was their appointment day. Mom, dad, and two sisters came over and they really fell in love with Chloë immediately. The feeling was apparently mutual, as Chloë could barely be persuaded to get out of the girls’ laps. Better yet, the parents said that their adult-but-living-at-home boys were interested in adopting Max, so we introduced them to that guy as well. They’ll phone to make another appointement, wisely deciding that one adoption at a time was probably best.
So, we still have 20 dogs in the house, but we’re up by about 30 pounds! I’ll post a photo of Sparky later on, but I’m very tired and we’re going to watch a DVD (well, a BD, but who knows that means “Blu-ray Disc”) tonight. Terminator Salvation, here I come!
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