Tuesday, June 28, 2005
One-Eyed GirlI really hoped Rita would get adopted this weekend. But she is still with us. Rita, a 14-pound Jack Russel Terrier, was found on the Oakland property one morning a few months ago with one of her eyes hanging out of its socket.
It's not uncommon for a dog or a cat to be abandoned on our property. In the minds of some pet owners, if they dump them on our property, it's not like they are really abandoned their loyal pet at all.
We take strays to the public animal shelter, since the law requires they be held for a period of time before being made available for adoption. But because of Rita's precarious medical condition, we arranged for her to complete her stray hold with us, and whisked her into surgery that morning to remove the injured eye.
She's a totally typical terrier. She loves people. She zooms. She tumbles. Her drawback? Aside from being short in the eye department, she just. can't. stand. other dogs. Who ever adopts Rita will need to understand that she will always need to be managed when on leash, or whenever it's possible she'll encounter other dogs. That can be a hassle as folks with dog-aggressive dogs know.
But they will get a loveable, energetic and devoted One Eyed Girl in return.