Saturday, March 03, 2007

Foots, Part Zero

Our new foster, Foots, is coming this afternoon. I'm really looking forward to this one. He's an 80-pound Lab/Mastiff (or maybe Great Dane), and like many dogs of his size, is very gentle.

He comes from the Richmond animal shelter, where he was left after his owner died. Apparently after his owner's death, Foots tried to escape his yard through a hole in the fence and got himself a nasty gash on his side. Then he had kennel cough, which is why he didn't come last week. Soon he'll be getting neutered. So the poor dude is having a lifetime's worth of veterinary encounters in just a few weeks.

The shelter people say he's very friendly once he warms up to you, but doesn't demand attention and doesn't seem to expect it. They think maybe he never got much attention during his life. So sad. He sounds like the anti-Lilly Belle, who was always angling for petting and playing. We look forward to cheering him up and making him feel like he belongs somewhere.

Oh! Also, a local documentarian (is that a word?) will film us picking up Foots and bringing him home for her documentary on pet rescue.

Which means I need to go clean the house, so that when they play the clip on the Academy Awards show, my reputation as a homemaker won't be sullied in front of a billion people.

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Ah, Foots looks adorable.(I'm leaning towards Lab/Great Dane. He doesn't have even the hint of the Mastiff's flatter face, though it does look like he could have their body...). I just love big dogs. I wish I could have him but with our own rescue in the back yard (Amy, found abandoned in a shopping center parking lot. Maybe whole or part Red Australian Kelpie.) I can't. But I'm sure he'll find a good, loving home.

Good luck on your film shot. ^_^ Hopefully they don't find that one spot that you've forgotten! They look for those, you know.

Happy writing and good luck!

Posted by: Blogger Amber Barth at 3/06/2007 5:56 AM

Hi Amber,

After seeing him in person, it's definitely Great Dane. Maybe. It's hard to find pics on the internet of Great Danes without cropped ears. I hate ear cropping--they all look so much prettier with the ears down. In England it's illegal and should be here, too.

Funny about the "one spot": the house looked great, and it wasn't until afterwards that I realized there was still a raggedy old UPS 2nd Day Air box sitting on the floor. My cat Misha commandeered it as a bed last August, and it's been there ever since (I'll take a picture and post it soon). I don't even see it anymore--it's become a piece of furniture. But it looks awful. Oh well. Anyone with cats would understand.

Posted by: Blogger Jeri at 3/06/2007 8:23 AM

For the record, documentarian is a word.

Posted by: Blogger Andrew at 3/08/2007 2:30 PM

Hum.. I seem to remember an old, torn-to-pieces UPS box around her somewhere. Luckily for me the cats have all upgraded to the box my new desk chair came in (there are 4 of them inside, so I’m sure they just needed the room).

Posted by: Blogger Amber Barth at 3/23/2007 4:09 AM

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