Thursday, December 08, 2005
3 Names, 2 Owners and 1 Dog: Part 1Imagine a scenario involving two different people, each of whom has a legitimate claim on the same dog, but only 1 person can have him and 1 person is bound to be disappointed.
It's trickier if one of these people happens to be a foster volunteer who has taken wonderful care of her foster dog and then, to your delight, adopted him. She and her boyfriend are both a pleasure to work with-- friendly and good-natured and completely committed to taking the best care they can of their dog. They've brought him in for numerous vet checks, medicated him with about 100 kinds of antibiotics and even dressed him up in a funny costume for Halloween and brought you a photo that you have hanging on your fridge. They call him Tyson.
The other person is his owner who lost all her pets, including him, in Hurricane Katrina. The dog is a hurricane survivor and only one of all the pets of his Louisiana household. His owner nursed him back to health a few years ago, staying up round the clock with him to administer SQ fluids to keep him hydrated during a health crisis. Her kids ask everyday when their dog is coming home, and her family also dressed him up for Halloween, although you've never seen that photo. They call him Meeko. At the shelter, we called him Caper.
So many names and claims on just 1 small dog.
To be continued...