Meet "Popeye", my "new" old dog

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© May Lattanzio
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UploadedFebruary 19, 2018
TakenApril 11, 2018
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At my age, there will be no sweet-breathed puppies, or really big dogs that I can no longer pick up and carry in an emergency. Nevertheless, there was room for one more. After Buddy, the tripod BC was sent to the bridge, and old Little Girl joined him, and the same with sweet Maggie Boston, and poor old Bernie, a Shih-tzu mix at the approximate age of 23, all rescues, Baby came to stay - the beautiful Yorkie mix. I got on the net and joined places like, Petfinder, and my wish list included mild mannered German Shepherds, Dobermans, Australian Shepherds, Boston terriers, and Border Collies. Old enough to live happily for several years in my care. And then this mug appeared suddenly. This face, smiling in the photo was very funny-ugly. And somehow, I knew.... I made an appointment for a meet and greet with the only dog in the family who might be a problem, Mickey. A male Boston terrier, also neutered. No problem there. The problem was, I was supposed to bring the others. There are not enough paper towels in the world for a 100 mile car ride with dogs who are terrified into a coma, one who gets carsick, one who has diarrhea. Thought I lost him. Made a little bit of a scene, I'm afraid. I wanted this dog! And so the following Monday, I got a call - would it be ok if the director came to visit with him. So, introductions were made; papers were signed, and lard ass Popeye came to stay. He is 7, 59 pounds of Puggle (Pug and Beagle mix), and he is a joy. An absolute joy.

He immediately hit the ground with Mickey and off they went chasing squirrels. All day long he is hunting squirrels, which he'll never catch. He couldn't breathe at first. All he did was pant. He trotted and it took a long time to go around the yard. Now he's galloping around the perimeter of the acre, jumping over snags we let fall, watchdogging, and occasionally, chasing the cats. He is really good and dependable with chickens.

There's a reason why I posted him. There are organizations for senior citizens, who will take care of the adoption fees of the rescue. I didn't know that. So Poppy, vetted, microchipped, and given recent immunizations, etc. came to stay. I am very optimistic he will lose weight - we walk most nights, he loves riding in the car. He's a perfect "buddy". When you are ready to adopt a dog, especially if you yourself are a little older, and maybe have amassed the possessions you'd rather not have gnawed on, then please consider an adult or senior dog. When you look at those faces in prison, they want so badly to love someone. If you can find it in your heart to adopt one with a disability, you will be repaid countless times. Look at my Buddy and Granny Annie. Both were tripods, and Granny was a grand but elderly lady. Please take a look - the current catch phrase is "Adopt, Don't Shop", and if you do, you have done an angel's work.

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  • May Lattanzio

    May Lattanzio said (19 Feb 2018):

    Well now - I forgot to crop this. My apologies to the family group!

  • David de London

    David de London gave props (24 Feb 2018):

    Great shot, great narrative!

  • Kathy Sumter-Haman

    Kathy Sumter-Haman gave props (25 Feb 2018):

    Now that is a face everyone could love ! Very well done.

  • May Lattanzio

    May Lattanzio said (25 Feb 2018):

    I made a list of all the dogs I've had since I was 18. When I was 10, I got a dog that I begged for, and my parents said no. We had a dog. A Beagle. I went on a hunger strike and didn't eat my supper and wouldn't stop crying. I got the dog the next day. My uncle had my dad pay for her - $7! My own uncle! She was a mix, Cocker and Kerry Blue. She was really my mother's dog. So not counting them, there have been many at all times. Always coming - and never going anywhere fast. It's been a life of dogs. Every one got along with livestock and cats. But this guy, I was told, came from a domestic violence situation and couldn't go with the owner. He ended up in a dog pound, was adoptable so put nextdoor in the rescue. Saw his picture, and had the same feeling you had. What a mug. So now he's here, panting at my feet. It's hot in the house. AC weather, believe it or not. He's funny and kind, loving, and on a diet. I have one old cat he likes to chase and I can't understand why. He's a wonderful addition to life here and to me.

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