Wednesday, August 02, 2006
Clementine's Happy EndingEarly in July, I wrote about our retriever mix named Clementine who had a large foxtail in her ear (if you didn't read about Clem, see "It's Foxtail Season Again"). Well, as was reported by one of our trainers in the comments section, Clementine woke up the next morning full of puppy energy. There have been no signs of neurological damage at all. Unilateral deafness (deaf in one ear) can be very difficult to detect in dogs without special hearing tests, but for now we're assuming that she only hears out of her good ear.
On July 16th, after taking some time to recover, Celemtine went up for adoption on what is arguably our busiest day of the year - our annual adoptathon. There were dogs from our shelter as well as many Bay Area rescue groups covering the property, but even with so many dogs up for adoption at the facility, Clementine met a family who was interested in taking her home under our trial adoption program, Paws To Consider within hours of becoming available and moving to our adoption kennels. The week went well, and Clementine was adopted at the end of the trial period.
Clem is now known as Jessie, and is living with a pair of Schnauzers. From our notes on Jessie's 1 week check in, it sounds like all is going well. She's enrolled to start the five-week obedience class I teach this evening, so hopefully I'll be meeting her family tonight, and getting to see her when we begin having dogs in the class next week. I look forward to seeing her happy and well.