Saturday, November 1, 2008

"Vicious Little Pomeranians"

(Picture left-- Chance, the "vampire dog" shortly after rescued.)
"Oh my God, he looks like he's Chance's brother!"

Such was my email response this morning to a message from one of the shelter volunteers about a Pomeranian named, "Jay" who, well, like Chance, doesn't seem to be doing too well in the shelter.

Jay is in fact, a "Severe" (just like Chance) in his shelter behavior evaluation.

I seem to have a "thing" for Pomeranians and Chow Chows.

In fact, the last Pom I brought home to "foster" I ended up keeping.

"Chance" has since become my "beautiful little puppy boy" -- despite the fact he is about ten years old.

That's because Chance looks like a baby Chow Chow and loves to be babied.

For those who don't know Chance's story, he arrived at the city shelter about 4 months ago and was trying to bite everyone who went near or attempted to handle him.

The veterinary notes on Chance's record say:

"Extremely aggressive, lunging, biting rope."

Despite being a small, purebred dog, Chance nevertheless ended up on the shelter Euthanasia list due to "severe" behavior.

I called the shelter to pull Chance from the list and a couple of days later brought him home with me with the idea of fostering and socializing until Chance could be adopted.

But, I fell in love with the fluffy, little fox-like dog. What's more, Chance is very good with my other dog, Tina and totally devoted to me. I can do anything with Chance, including rock him in my arms and lap like a baby.

Meanwhile, Chance and Tina make a very beautiful and balanced pair. Tina is the more independent, "alpha" and exploratory of the two dogs. Chance is the more protective and dependent. He always stays right beside me during a walk, while Tina always prances a few steps in front of both of us. -- Tina would have made a great sled or "herding" farm dog.

When first rescued, Chance needed dentistry, removal of a fatty tissue mass on his stomach and neutering before I could even hope to place him. But his distrust of strangers, as well as his age and the "behavior" notes on his shelter record made me think that even following the vetting, Chance would not be an easy adoption.

I in fact, never advertised Chance for Adoption, even following the surgeries.

It's as though I never really considered adopting Chance out at all.

But, the bad part of a rescuer making the choice to keep a "foster" pet over adopting out, is that you then use up that potential foster spot for another animal who would desperately need it.

I thus have no open foster space now for "Jay," the Pomeranian who not only looks like a clone to Chance, but also seems to be heading on the same path in the shelter. Unless rescued, Jay too, would land on the Euthanasia list -- if not today, then tomorrow.

So what do I do?

I will probably head to the shelter today to meet with Jay, take pictures and try to figure out some way of pulling him, if in fact, no other rescue has stepped forward.

I know I will not let this little "fluff dog" go down.

For all the love, joy and laughs Chance has brought to my life, I "owe" it to his fellow other Pomeranians in distress to find something for them.

Pomeranians are feisty little dogs and like Chow Chows, not the easiest to understand.

Both breeds take time to trust people they don't know and can be combative and contrary when they don't.

But, when finally winning over the trust of these dogs, there are few of any species who will show you more love, devotion and loyalty then the so-called, "vicious little Pomeranian" --or "nasty Chow Chow."

Ah, how first impressions and outward behaviors sometime deceive! -- PCA


Cionaodh said...

Just a suggestion -- why not add a link on your sidebar to your rescue's listings on Petfinder? I'm sure there are animals you've got fostered here & there which you haven't written about on the blog (or the earlier AOL "journal"), and which New Yorkers might like to check out for possible adoption.

PCA said...

In reply to cionaodh, thanks for your suggestion. As soon as I can figure out how to do it, it will get done. For now, still trying to figure this new blog site out.
Am not all that "tech savvy." ;(

Cionaodh said...

To add the link described above:

From the Blogger "dashboard", choose the "template" tab -- you'll see a little window on that page with html code in it. Scroll down in that window until you see "< div id="sidebar" >" (probably about 3/4 the way down that window).

Shortly after "< div id="sidebar" >" you'll see the beginning and end of the Profile Container -- leave that section alone, it's used by Blogger.

After that you'll see a section that begins with "< MainOrArchivePage >". Stick your cursor in before the "<" and insert a carriage return, then paste in the following:

< a
href="" >Dogs & Cats Awaiting Adoption < /a >

(I had to add spaces after "<" and before ">" to make the html show in this comment area -- remove these once you've pasted the above line into the template; and the length of the URL is such that it's going to run off the side of the comments page, but your cursor will capture the whole thing if you manually select it & then copy it for pasting into the template.)

Once you've pasted in that line of code, click the button that says "Save Template Changes", and when it has done so, click "View Blog" (up near the tabs) to see how the added link looks.

Feel free to contact me off the comments page via e-mail if you have any difficulties.

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