One of the more recent arrivals in our program is Lucky, a significantly oversized sable-and-white Sheltie with an incredible attitude and great personality. Lucky’s biggest negative point is his barkiness, but he barks mostly out of the sheer joy of being alive and seeing people he likes.
Lucky came to us about three weeks ago (while I was out of town on a business trip) because his mom has some health problems that made it infeasible for her to care for him the way he deserves. When I got back from my trip, Lucky let me know in no uncertain terms that he wasn’t sure I belonged here…he was going to be sure that Barbara was protected! But he soon realized that I do belong here and we’ve become fast friends. He’s about the size of Chad and Jeremy (about whose successful adoption we’ll write soon) — in other words, about the size of a medium-sized Collie. He’s a very sweet guy, playful with us and flirty with the many girls we’ve got around right now, and a really lovely boy all around.
This afternoon, we got a phone call from his mom asking if we thought it would confuse Lucky if she came around to visit him for a short while. We thought about it for a couple of minutes and decided that it would probably be OK, so we agreed on a 4PM visit. She brought her adult son with her and Lucky was delighted to see them both. Barbara was with them when Lucky came into the room and told me that he made all sorts of happy noises and rubbed his head on his mom’s legs, but then ran over to Barbara as if to reassure her that he loves her, too!
They stayed about a half-hour, and Lucky was really playful with me and with them while they were here. When they left, he acted like he would have liked to go with his former mom, but didn’t resist when I locked the door behind them and led him upstairs to have his dinner. He was clearly happy to see his former mom again, but he wasn’t all depressed when he didn’t get to leave with her. I think he knows that he belongs with us for now, but he was very happy to know that she still loves him, too.
We wouldn’t allow this kind of visit with all of the rescue Shelties we get. Some times, we believe that they would be really depressed, or that they would frantically try to leave with their former owners. But, in this case, we thought it’d be OK and it was.
Lucky’s a lucky boy to have had a mom who loved him enough to be sure he got into our program when she was no longer able to care for him…and who still loves him and cares what is going on with him.