Saturday, September 26, 2009

And then there were 5....

I struggled for a bit with how to write this post. Typically, i try not to air dirty laundry in this forum b/c who knows who will read it. But then I realized..if someone shows no respect to me or their dog..why should I have respect for them? This might come back to bite me, but for now..here it is...you deserve to know the story.
Henry..he came to us 8 weeks ago as a boarder. He was to stay with us for 3 weeks while she moved. He came with 3lbs of food (lasted about 1 week), ears full of ticks that were engorged, nails like Hawk's talons, filthy and without a leash or martingale. His owner called on day 1 to see how he was doing. That was the last time she called me. three weeks later..I called her to find out if she was picking him up. She needed more time. Two weeks later (no word from her), I call back. She needed more time.
2 weeks later..i call back again..this time she says she will come pick him up that evening but then says she needs to find him another home due to their new jobs, location, life.
I tell her she needs to sign a relinquishment form and if she would like to come to my house to sign it and say her goodbyes..she could. That was 1 1/2 weeks ago, I have not heard or seen her since. Needless to say, we have no form, no vet records and we won't even mention my boarding fees.
But..the silver lining is that we have adopted Henry (WR Red Eye). He is 10 years old and was in his previous home for 6 years. He is a very good boy, seems healthy and happier now. He has gained weight, is silky clean, nails are short, ears are clean.
i can't say how his last 6 years were..I can guess but it would only be that. but I can guarantee he will have a wonderful last few years.
So..the Stumpf geriactric clan increases...
We now have Shiloh, 12, Dante, 11, Henry, 10, Dana, almost 9, with Cali skewing the numbers at 6. it will be hard to have another senior..and might take an emotional toll. but we just felt we were what he needed.
There is something special about adopting a senior...
and I finally have my big goofy boy..and he is white with brindle spots. I have a soft spot for that color.So welcome him to our gang. I will get better photos of him in the future. It is cold and rainy today.

10 comments:

Michelle said...

Ugh...people like that make my blood boil! So glad he is going to have a wonderful life now! He is a very handsome boy. :)

houndstooth said...

We inherited one of ours in just the same way that you came by Henry, although she was much younger when we got her. I wish you and Henry lots of happiness together and many more years!

Mad Red Hare said...

Good for you! I have never understood how some people can just toss their animals to the side like that. I found myself in a similar situation about 5 years ago. Turned out that boy was my "heart" dog. I lost him about 18 months ago and my life has never been the same. He is a very lucky boy and he will live out his life in happiness!

Angela said...

Awww...what wonderful news for Henry! How could anyone do that to him?! Thank goodness he will finally have a great life! Can't wait to hear updates and see more pics of this handsome fellow :)

Nerice Lochansky said...

Congrats to you, Jason, Henry and the rest of the pack. I know he's going to continue to be so happy with you all and I'm going to be happy because it means I get to see him at all our greyhound events and parties! :-)

gyeong said...

Everyone needs a goofy greyhound boy in the house :)

Leigh-Emma Lion said...

You guys are awesome and I'm so excited for you AND Henry! The world could use so many more big hearts like yours!

Harvey and Jackson said...

Hooray for you guys, and a big Hooray for Henry! He's a lucky boy, and I think he knew he was home as soon as he walked through your door. Congratulations. :)

Amanda said...

henry is such a sweetheart...love the big, goofy boys!! and he is still pretty nimble for the old-timers club! ;o)

pineland said...

aaawwww.... you're good peoples.....