When life hands you lemons (or dogs no one else wants) make a lemon martini and figure you are a sucker for a cute face once again. This little guy has gone from his owner to the vet's, to my neighbor, to my mom and now to me. All in a matter of 4 weeks. Why? He can't stand to be left alone. He tore my mom's doorframe to shreds when she went to lunch with a friend. My neighbors (known scammers), who originally rescued him from the vet, were all nice and "Oh, he would be perfect for your mom, we can't keep him because of our other dog and our daughters allergies." Hmmm, I smell a rat, the dog doesn't shed but the one they already had does, why is she allergic to this one? Plus, they have always had more than one dog until they had to have their older one put down. We have been scammed. My mom won't keep him, and I can't bear to take him to a shelter. This seperation anxiety is apparently why he ended up at the vet's in search of a new home in the first place. The neighbor won't take him back, nor will the vet. I haven't spoken to my neighbor since I realized they hoisted this dog on us because he was destroying their house. So, we gave him a chance, we tried a crate, he chewed the crate and his feet so badly he bled. One more chance, we left him alone with our dogs, no crate. Guess what, he is adjusting! I did have to move all my decorative accessories off of the table in front of the window so he can sit on it and await our return, and he will not go outside unless I am right there with him, rain or shine...but...he is so needy I can't send him away. So I suppose my girls have a new brother. A 3 year old ShihPoo. Yes, a Schitzu Poodle mix. I made a discovery when I searched the breed. Apparently Shitzus have the trait of seperation anxiety and can be destructive if left alone. Tell me about it!
Anyhoo this is our newest family member. When my mom had him my nephew named him Manny, after a cartoon character called Handy Manny. Before this his name was Boog according to my neighbor (but who can believe him?). Ack, I don't know which is worse! He does answer to Manny now, so I assume we will keep the name, unless any one has any really great suggestions.
For now he is just "Manny, not very manly".
We are off to work at our parish festival. Wish me luck that our house is still standing when we return.
Have swell Sunday, P.
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