We live our lives in a circle. Pups are born, pups go to the Bridge. The new replaces the old, whether human or dog, in one room the bell tolls for someone, in another the miracle of a new life beings.
week we wrote about Smartie, abandoned by one family, then found by
Hattie Mae’s Mom, who, for reasons even Hattie’s Mom doesn’t know, was
led to Smartie by some secret inner voice.
than a week after Smartie went to the bridge another small dog, a Shih
Tzu was abandoned, like Smartie (who was left near a Pet Smart, hence
the name), near a large retail store, this one a Wal-Mart.
and Tiara’s Mom, Aunt Linda, happened to go to that parking lot at the
same time that this little Shih Tzu was wandering, happened to park her
car near the little wanderer, and saw her. The dog was filthy, nothing
but skin ,bones, and matted hair. Aunt Linda said she looked like a New
York City rat.
Linda’s heart broke as she held the dog, and now that it was in her
arms, she knew what she had to do. She forgot about her shopping, got a
towel from the car, wrapped the baby in it and took her to her dogtor,
first thing she did was have the pup checked for a chip and it proved
negative. (The pup was not wearing a collar when found.) But her
tangled hair was so bad the dogtor had to give her some medicine so she
called fall asleep and he could shave her to remove the filth and mats.
she was done the cutest little Shih Tzu was revealed, black, white, and
tiny. Just five pounds. A wee thing for a Shih Tzu. They figured she
was eight to nine months old. Her Mom was not going to let this little
girl out of her sight until she found a good home for her so she was
brought to her “temporary” home.
this pup had no plans on this being her temporary home. The first
thing she did was find the kibble dish and wolf down all the kibble.
Then, when it was Tashi’s and Tiara’s team to eat, the new dog, who was
starving, ate their food too. And much to their credit they recognized
this was a pup in distress and did not complain.
there was the Daddy problem. We all know how Daddies are. Mommy brings
a new dog in the house and they say no, there is no way that they are
going to have another dog. Then the dog goes to him, sits in his lap,
licks his hand, nuzzles down, makes cute sounds, and works her way into
Daddy’s heart and soon he is asking what they are going to name her. By
bedtime she was sleeping on his pillow.
By the time she fell asleep she was named Trixie and she was home.
a happy tail for this Sunday before Christmas, known in our home as
Christmas Adam (because Adam comes before Eve). A huge tip of the tail
to Trixie for finding the perfect Mom to take her home, to Aunt Linda
for being that perfect Mom, to Tashi and Tiara for welcoming Trixie into
their home and being the perfect sisters, and even to their Dad for not
making big boy noises about not wanting another dog.
once again we have a new friend who was abandoned and had to find a new
Mom to take care of her, just like our friend Smartie did. They say if
you adopt they will be the best dogs ever. This may be true. I know
they make the best friends ever, and their Moms are definitely the best
I think you are all each other’s best Christmas gifts, and your story is the best Christmas gift we could get.