Well, my posts have been a little sporadic this week because it has been busy, busy, busy!! I'm very excited because tomorrow I'm going to meet a rescue dog I will be picking up on Saturday. She's a 10 month old Leonberger. For those of you not familiar with the breed (they're fairly uncommon) I'll start by telling you that as far as dogs go, they're pretty much perfect. OK, I admit to a small amount of bias here, since they've been my breed of choice for 20 years, and assuming you consider a large dog who sheds and leaves a drip trail as they walk away from the water bowl "perfect", they're pretty darn close. They're a sweet, gentle working breed. You won't find a more generous spirit or amenable disposition.
The dog I'm going to pick up is named "Muffet", I kid you not. This will be changed as soon as I meet her and can come up with a better name. I think I mentioned in an earlier post that I firmly believe in re-naming rescue dogs. She was dumped by a family with 8 foster children, who are leaving for Ethiopia at the end of the month to pick up three more kids. Why, I don't know, because as far as I'm concerned, if you can't take care of a dog, how can you be trusted with one child, let alone eleven?
It's obvious this dog was not loved or taken care of. When her current foster picked her up yesterday, her former owner carried her from one car to the other and uncerimoniously dumped her in the backseat without a backward glance. She is shy and withdrawn, and in obvious physical pain from either a hip or back problem. I will be taking her on Monday for a veterinary evaluation. My fear is that such severe pain at such a young age does not bode well for this girl. We shall see.
In the meantime, she'll spend the weekend eating treats, hanging with the family, and, hopefully, going for some short walks. At this point what the immediate future holds for this girl is unknown. Until we can make some plans, I intend to pamper and coddle her, and hopefully bring a smile to her lovely leonberger face.
I'll post again tomorrow after we meet.