On Friday, Michele of the DRC sent my DH and I to check out a doodle at the San Bernardino City Animal Control Shelter. It was to be the dog's last day but the DRC had gotten a hold put on him (Yay!). He was supposed to be a large white male doodle, but when Michele spoke with a worker there, she was told that the dog was small. Michele was trying to find a foster home or get the poodle rescue to take him, but there was a problem with this if he was a small guy. When we got there, the shelter worker was pretty abrupt because she was locking up, but she let us go to the kennel we thought he was in to check his size out. NO doodle :-( Even though we had the dog's ID number, she said we would have to wait until Saturday because it would cause someone to work overtime and they just could not do that.
My 88-year-old mom had to put her beloved dog down on Tuesday and could not stand having no one to keep her company so she agreed to go with us on Saturday. We got there when they opened and, thank goodness, the dog had not been put down as we all feared, but had been moved. When we got to the kennel, he stood back a moment, then greeted us and let us pet him through the fence. Then he went to the back of the kennel and lay down to watch us. He was calm but not afraid. He was just darling, but too small for the rescue organizations to take.
A kennel worker brought him out for us to check out closer. It was love at first sight for my mom and Sunny (yep, she had a name ready, just in case!) He is a mess - kennel cough, a stinky coat, matted to the skin, dewclaws so long they are digging into his legs and evidence of a previous broken bone in his front leg. Animal Control strongly suggested that we wait until Monday to pick him up so that their contracted vet could check him out, neuter him (if he is well enough) and the groomer could bath him and shave him down. So tomorrow is our big day or Sunny's big day - however you want to look at it. We are soooooo excited. My mom is so proud of herself for rescuing a dog and I am proud of her for attempting to do so. With our help, I hope she is up for the task and that Sunny is the perfect companion for her. Thank you DRC