Friday, April 17, 2015
Easy to Love
....with animals, be it cats or dogs. I'm a sucker for a pet in a shelter or in need of a home.
I don't watch movies with pets as a central character, because even if it does end well, the pet is put in danger - even in fake movie danger - and my emotions get all manipulated.
I know the dog dies in some Will Smith movie, and I use that as an excuse not to see that Will Smith movie. And while I don't want to see a dog fake die, I really just don't want to see a Will Smith film.
But I do stop by the adoption places at Petco and such. Just to see. And invariably I fall in love.
So the other day, I'm at Pet People to buy Mr. Pete some treats - which they didn't have what I wanted. But while there, a woman carries in 8 week old Heffley, the cutest cattle dog anyone has ever seen.
It's not hyperbole if it's true.
He is / was a barn dog. I don't know what that means exactly. I do when it comes to cats, but not dogs. But he had two brothers and they would attack Heffley. So this woman is fostering him for a few weeks until he is ready for adoption.
Yes, clearly I got the story from her, as I tried to bond with Hef. (Apparently, "Heffley" comes from Diary of a Wimpy Kid).
And yes, I fell in love. ...even if he wasn't really loving me back.
Hef is shy, probably reserved due to the abuse his brothers gave him. And Pet People was his first outing other than the foster mom's home. She used to work at the place we got Sophie, so I know she knows how to treat animals.
I could never ever ever foster a dog or cat. I could never ever ever give them up if I've had them for a while. I would bawl my eyes out.
But I snapped this pic and sent it to 710 before I even left the store. I never thought I'd want a puppy, but he will at a rescue center in a few weeks. And according to the woman (and Dith), he's wicked smart. Dith says cattle dogs are scary smart.
The foster mom says in three days Hef was pretty much house broken. I'm sure not 100%, as he is only 8 weeks old, but still.....a good sign.
If I'm being 100% honest, I think about the need for a transition dog. I think we have Petey for a while longer, but having another dog in the interim isn't such a bad idea.
710's birthday is coming up. I told him I'd get Heffley for his birthday.
He didn't say 'yes'. But I never heard him say 'no' either.
I wouldn't even change his name. ...the dog's that is.
Song by: Ella Fitzgerald