Day 148 of my Bucket List Photo Challenge!
This is a story of a dirty little dog. Pardon me for hijacking today’s photo challenge, but you’ll get more than one photo to go with this story, I promise.
On Friday, the Lucas County Dog Warden updated their Facebook page just seconds after I had returned home from an hours-long errand-running adventure. I was exhausted. But what I saw caught my eye. The warden had posted, “A few new dogs are now available for adoption. Pappy is a papillon/poodle mix… Pictures coming soon!”
Well, I had to go see for myself, no matter how tired I was. I couldn’t wait for a photo— small dogs usually don’t last too long at the Dog Warden. And I’ve already got one Papillon, named Riley (maybe you’ve seen him, since I post three million photos of him…). Anyway, off to the Dog Warden we went. And this is what we saw:
He was a little dirty, a little stinky, a little scared. But Pappy, as the dog warden named him, was living on the streets before being brought into them on May 3rd. Neglected and sickly, the good folks at the Warden’s office nursed him back to health during the past several weeks.
And as soon as I held him, I knew we’d be taking him home. Of course, Pappy rolled over for a belly rub and acted as playful as possible, just for good measure.
I’d been thinking about adding another dog to the mix for a while now. I always think that having two dogs extends the life and energy levels of both. And I can’t help but think that Riley must be bored sometimes. What’s a dog to do when his owner is just typing on a computer all day?
But we put Pappy on hold, taking the night to think about this change to our routine.
Saturday morning came around… and we headed to the pet store to pick up a collar. I couldn’t help but think that the timing and situation couldn’t be more perfect:
- If we were getting another dog, it would be a shelter dog. There are just way too many great dogs in shelters.
- He was a papillon! He would look like Riley’s cousin!
- My traveling is on hold for a few years, due to a new job that I will be starting soon.
- It is springtime— the best time to train a dog, because they’ll eagerly head outside.
- The dog was already a celebrity, having been featured on the local newspaper’s dog spotlight:
So, Pappy came home with us. But we renamed him first…
I know! I know! Maybe it’s tradition to stick with the name the Warden has issued… but I just couldn’t see Pappy as a Pappy. We always said that if another dog was brought into the family, it would be called Zipper.
Here is Riley, meeting his new little brother… Zipper:
Memorial Day weekend is the traditional kick-off to summer. If the rest of the summer goes like this weekend did, it will be the best one yet.
Yes, my little Zipper has made me a very happy guy… he might have been a little dirty when he was brought home. But we’ve got him well on his way to being a member of the family.
We’ll call this picture DIRTY and scratch it off the list!
Here is the complete list for the month of May:
Wild School Fearless Wonder Farm Historic Light Bright Scary Reading Tree Flowers Rare Verse Weeds BBQ Laugh Storm Play Time
Talent Friendship Animal Excitement Pure Dirty Bargain Improvement Forward
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