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9 Dec 2005, Comments Off on Friday Dog blogging

Friday Dog blogging

Author: Helen


Our darling Maggie: We found her three years ago, sitting in a prison cell at the Lost Dogs home.

If you want a Lost Dogs Home dog you need to go every day. You can’t just ring up and say “Got any shih tzus today?” They are kept in a holding pen for a few weeks, then if they aren’t claimed they go to the Adoption pen. Before they do, they are challenged by a leather glove-wearing vet. If they snap, it’s the green needle.

She was sitting behind the chain-link of her adoption pen, gazing at daughter who was gazing back. There was no note on the information card that she was taken. The card on the pen said “Kelpie cross”. I wondered what with? There was a width to her jaw which was not kelpie. The jaw and body shape said cattle dog. But there were no cloudy grey markings like you would get with a cattle dog or heeler. This dog had a shiny, patent-leather black coat with bright tan markings.

The office people said sorry, she’s already taken. I said: “But there was no name on the card on her pen.” They said: “The people who are taking her have just gone home to get their dog to see if they get on.”

OK, I replied, I’ll give you our phone number so if the dogs don’t get along then you can ring me. Oh no, they said, that’s not likely. But I got them to take it.

Next morning: “Were you the people interested in the kelpie cross?”

Yeah, she was meant for us. I love to see Mags and my daughter together and the sound of daughter talking sweet nothings to her.