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Phillycat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 09:13 AM
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Oh, man, I may have rescued a dog... (REALLY LONG)
So, yesterday I was walking across campus of ___Insert Name of Ivy League University Here___ on my way into the hospital where I work, and out of nowhere, a medium-sized brown and white dog trots up to me and puts his snout into my hand for a petting. I look around for his mom/dad, there's no one around. No collar on the dog, he's filthy, and has the kind of wiry, schnouzer-like fur that holds on to burrs really well, so he's covered with burrs too. He's happy to stay right with me and be petted. I call loudly, "Anyone lost a dog? Dog here!" I wait for about 5 minutes, yelling at regular intervals. No one shows up. He cavorts happily at my side, always rushing back to me when I say, "C'mere, buddy."

I look more closely. He's not starving to death, you can't see his ribs, but he's thin across his back where it meets his haunches. He's been neutered, which surprises me.

I look down at his face smiling up at me, tongue lolling out. "Oh, HELL," I say. "Come on, then."

I walk him across the street to the building where I work. He's been taught to heel at some point, because he stays right at my side with very little coaxing. I get to my building and a security guard for the hospital takes that exact second to walk out, takes one look at me and the dirty dog and says, "You know you can't bring that dog in here." "It's not my dog!" I say, and then I'm stymied. What am I going to do?

Just then, the dog catches sight of some birds and gives chase. I'm running after the dog, yelling, "Here, buddy! Come here!" and people are looking at him and me, disapproving because the dog is filthy and I don't have him on a leash. "It's not my dog," I mutter as I rush past.

The dog runs directly into one of the university buildings and is standing in the lobby when I catch up, panting and calling, "Come here, boy!" The security guard behind the desk starts shouting, "That filthy dog has to go! Get your dirty dog out of the building!" "It's not my- oh forget it. I'm doing it!" I yell back. I dig my lunch, pasta with fresh tomato sauce, out of my bag. "Want some of this, buddy?" I call, opening the container and placing it on the floor. He comes right over and pasta is apparently VERY satisfactory for the little prince, as he begins wolfing it right away. I take it away and he follows me, inches from my side. Okay, we're getting somewhere.

I take him back outside and let him eat a little more of the pasta, wondering what the heck I'm going to do. Should I try to walk him all the way back up to my car (I happened to drive yesterday), or find somewhere to stash him until I can get my car and bring it back down? A young woman, bless her, stops to help. She says her roommate is a vet student at the veterinary hospital affiliated with my hospital and the university, and maybe if we get him up there, he can help, or else at least they can hold him somewhere until we can call someone.

We start walking him up the street and somewhere along the way the girl finds a piece of webbed cord tied to a fence. She unties it and we make a makeshift leash, which makes things MUCH easier.

We get to the vet school and the woman behind the desk looks at him, looks at me disapprovingly, and says, "We don't take owner surrenders." "He's NOT MY DOG," I say, perhaps a bit more sternly than necessary. "I just found him, on campus, and I work at the hospital and I can't take him in there, can you just put him in a cage until I or someone can find a no-kill shelter?"

"No, but we can put him in a cage and call PACCA," which is animal control. The young woman I was with took me aside. "My roommate and his vet school friends are running a sort of non-official fostering thing, they can probably find him a place. I'll call him as soon as I get back to my office."

I was late for work, and even though I felt weird leaving him, I said okay. The young woman and I exchanged emails and I went to work, almost an hour late.

Yesterday afternoon, she emailed me and told me her roommate had tried but couldn't find a foster place for the dog, but he was still at the vet hospital if I wanted to do something. I called them as soon as I received her email, but they had already sent him to PACCA! I started freaking out, because I know they only have 48 hours to be claimed by their owners and will often be euthanized immediately after.

I called PACCA and was transferred to the voicemail of the woman in charge of the fostering program, Megan. I left her a message, describing the dog as best I could, brown and white big splotches like a cow, wiry coat, has terrier or schnouzer in him, medium sized, a bit bigger than a beagle. About a half hour later, she called me back. She told me she had waited to call me back because she had gone in the back and tried to identify the dog I was talking about, but they had 400 (!) dogs right then and she couldn't be sure. She said I should call the vet hospital back and see if I could get the surrender slip ID# from them so she could find the dog. She also told me that PACCA was completely full, and after 48 hours, his time would be up.

I called the vet hospital, they were too busy to help me, and in the meantime, it's now 5:00 and Megan has gone home for the day, even though I called at 4:55 so I would catch her. (The vet hospital WAS able to tell me that the dog wasn't microchipped, though, which means he's never been through PACCA or the SPCA.)

DAMMIT.

Now I feel completely responsible for the dog, because chances are he could have stayed alive on the street if I hadn't interfered, but now that I've put him into the system, he's got 48 hours to live.

I finally call my husband and say, "...um, I did something." Heh. Luckily, he's as bad as I am with animals and dogs in particular, and he completely understands. He said, "Listen, if it had been me, that dog would be in our house right now, terrorizing the cats." So we agree to drive up to animal control and see if we can weasel our way into the back room so I can find the dog.

We drive up, and the building is in a seriously grim part of town, and when you walk in, it has that shelter smell, which is so fucking depressing. We walk through quiet hallways looking for a human to talk to, and finally we come upon Stoner Johnny.

Stoner Johnny has no people skills whatsoever, but he works at that place and that automatically makes him a complete fucking hero in my book, because my heart would break into a billion pieces every damned day if I had to go in there and do what he does.

Stoner Johnny lets us into the back room and I walk briskly past the rows and rows of caged dogs, because it occurs to me that it's bizarre that I've spent my entire day and evening trying to find and rescue this one dog, and there are hundreds and hundreds of other dogs right there, available. I console myself by reminding myself that HE chose ME.

The number of pit bull-type dogs is overwhelming. I would say it's no exaggeration that it was about 80% bully breeds. I couldn't look at them, then I forced myself to. If we as humans can be so fucking EVIL as to continue to breed these dogs only to throw them away, then the least I can do is look.

Finally, I saw the dog, toward the back, in a cage. He looked absolutely terrified, but wagged his tail as soon as he saw me and pressed his brown nose up against the cage as I reached in to give him a good pet and loving around the ears. My husband, who is probably MORE of a dog freak than I am, had tears in his eyes just walking through the shelter and when he saw the dog, our dog I guess, he just sat right down next to the cage in that deafening room and started talking to him. Johnny gathered up all the paperwork and he and I adjourned to the other room where I wrote all my information on every piece of paper attached to that dog, and took the tag number so I could call Megan this morning.

We're not really allowed to have a dog in the house we're renting, but our landlord is great and we already have two cats, so I'm thinking a $500 pet deposit will smooth everything over. We ARE going to advertise for the owners and also for a good home, for which we will charge an adoption fee and do serious vetting of candidates, including a home visit. But...somehow I think the dog is our dog already.

I think his name might be Rufus.

I'll keep you posted.
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seemunkee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 09:21 AM
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1. Rufus is a lucky mutt
Good for you on taking him in.
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A-Long-Little-Doggie Donating Member (895 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 09:22 AM
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2. Jane, I think you now are a dog owner!
What a wonderful story! Rufus knew from the start that you were going to be his new human. Best of luck with the landlord, and you WILL be posting pictures? I would love to see before and after grooming so we can see what he looked like when you found him and what he looks like now that he has a new home!
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Phillycat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 09:53 AM
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16. Oh, yes, pictures to come...
I am also looking forward to seeing what he looks like out from under the inch of grime! :)
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flvegan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 09:23 AM
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3. Rufus.
Very well done. Thank you.

:hug: :hug: :hug: :hug: :hug: :hug: :hug: :hug: :hug: :hug: :hug: :hug: :hug: :hug: :hug: :hug: :hug: :hug: :hug: :hug: :hug: :hug: :hug: :hug: :hug: :hug: :hug: :hug:
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MrCoffee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 09:25 AM
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4. his name ain't rufus
it's buddy.

"I say, 'C'mere, buddy.'"

"I'm running after the dog, yelling, 'Here, buddy! Come here!'"

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Phillycat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 09:55 AM
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17. Can't do that, if we called him Buddy he'd be indistinguishable from
both cats AND my husband. :D Everyone is Buddy in my world!

Besides, he looks like a Rufus. I didn't even think about it, it just came to me. Wouldn't it be something if we found the owners and his name really WAS Rufus?? *spooky*
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Tyler Durden Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 09:28 AM
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5. The face of GOD may be seen in the eyes of a dog or a child.
You have performed an act of kindness that cannot be measured.

My SO and I tried to volunteer at the local Humane Society shelter; we REALLY TRIED. But after one visit and walking 3 different and very grateful dogs, we couldn't stop crying.

I now donate food and cat litter, but I can't stand to hear the dogs bark or the cats meow because it hurts too much, so I take it by on a day it isn't raining, drop it off in the driveway and call them on the cell to let them know it's out there.

They say they understand.
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Phillycat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 09:58 AM
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18. Believe me, I totally understand too
It nearly killed my husband, and seriously wounded me, just to be in there last night. I don't understand, I truly cannot fucking understand how a human being could hurt a dog. The trust in their eyes, I just CAN'T put myself into the position of someone who would hurt a dog. I will never understand it.

We volunteer for a local cat fostering program, just sitting with them as they wait to be adopted at Petsmart. But they're already cleaned up and seen the vet, and if they don't get adopted they'll live with their foster families indefinitely. There's no chance anything bad will happen to them. I know it's a copout but it's the best we can do. We wouldn't be able to do a shelter either.
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Tyler Durden Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 10:13 AM
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24. Deb thinks dogs and cats are a higher form of life than humans.
She used to be a Buddhist of sorts, and she believed that a GOOD reincarnation was the privilege of coming back as a dog.

I truly think that if she wouldn't get stuck in jail forever that she would gladly kneecap anyone caught abusing a dog.
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Fire Walk With Me Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 09:28 AM
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6. Aha! You have been adopted!
Good luck and post pics when you can.
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Orsino Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 09:29 AM
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7. Bless you for the kindness you've shown him so far...
...whether or not you actually adopt him.
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RebelOne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 09:30 AM
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8. Awww, I'm sitting here with tears in my eyes
and so happy that you rescued him and he will have a good home. Please post photos soon.
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Sock Puppet Donating Member (624 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 09:30 AM
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9. I don't know you and you don't know me...
But I love you.
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havocmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 09:31 AM
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10. Sounds like you are now owned by a terrier mix
Edited on Wed Nov-28-07 09:33 AM by havocmom
There are worse fates in life, ;)

Be advised, any sort of terrier blood just about guarantees a REALLY smart, if somewhat diabolical critter. Many of them are graduates of MIT. But life will never be boring now and the rewards will be many and surprising.

Hope he and the cats can forge a bond. Sometimes that is a tough one.

But, yes, you were chosen by a dog and then you proved yourself worthy. Whether you end up as permanent dog parents or find him another excellent home, you are blessed.

And the Dog Star will always light your dark times in life. :hug:

Thanks for a wonderful post. Just what I needed to get me through the day!
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Phillycat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 10:00 AM
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19. He seems pretty darned smart.
He knew what I was trying to tell him yesterday most of the time. And yes, I too hope he and the cats can forge a bond. Usually a dog will back down from a cat after one good swipe across the nose with claws, but I'm hoping it doesn't come to that.

Yes, I think our lives are about to get very interesting! :D
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havocmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 10:30 AM
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25. Remind me, after the dog has been in your home about two months,
to tell you the tail of a terrier named Skip and a demonstration of doggie engineering just for the sheer fun. ;)
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Blue Diadem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 09:32 AM
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11. I'm sitting here crying, You and your husband are beautiful souls
Rufus, Buddy or whatever name you choose is one very lucky dog.

Thank you for saving him.
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Kajsa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 09:41 AM
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12. Thank you!
To you and your husband,

:hug: :hug: :hug: :hug: :hug: :hug:

Rufus is a very lucky pup.
He KNOWS that you are a good person.

:D
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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 09:43 AM
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13. Congrats! You has a dog! :^) Post pics soon. (and way to save the poor critter)
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Gormy Cuss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 09:43 AM
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14. I hope that your landlord is okay with it, because I agree - he found you.
It sounds like he had a good owner before. If that person is looking for him then I hope s/he sees your ad, but otherwise it sounds like you have a nice little buddy to add to your brood.

The comment about the pitbull-type ratio is not a surprise but it's a really sad statement on the types of people who breed and own those dogs without caring about the poor guys. I wish a thousand flvegans on them.
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Phillycat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 10:02 AM
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20. I'm going to post flyers on campus and the surrounding area...
and also online, on Craigslist and some local sites. If someone legitimately owned him and he accidentally got away, they must be frantic with worry by now.

I too wish a thousand flvegans on people who irresponsibly breed dogs!!
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bertha katzenengel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 09:50 AM
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15. big fat effing hug to you
thank you

St Francis bless you
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mzteris Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 10:04 AM
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21. You're a good person!



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The Velveteen Ocelot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 10:05 AM
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22. Awesome!
Good for you for looking out for him and taking him home.

And now we need pictures.
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SallyMander Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 10:09 AM
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23. Good for you!!!
:hug:

Keep us updated!

I am a total sucker for the scruffy terrier mixes... that's what my sweet Elmo is. That was a case where i was fostering, but fell too head-over-heels in love, and he never went back to the shelter. :D He is the smartest dog i've ever known -- and i've spent a lot of time with dogs!

Hope to see pics of Rufus soon. You are a good soul for taking him in. :pals:
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zanne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 10:31 AM
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26. I LOVE YOU GUYS!
I'm sending you (and the dog) a great big hug. :grouphug:
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Dangerously Amused Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 11:17 AM
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27. I love you guys too!
Edited on Wed Nov-28-07 12:12 PM by Dangerously Amused


:bounce:


I found my beloved Buddy exactly the same way, dirty and matted and trotting along on campus with a collar but no tag. Exactly the same thing, I called out "Hi Buddy!" and he ran over to me and then wouldn't leave my side. I got him cleaned up at the groomer and the vet, and tried to find his owner. I am so glad no one claimed him. He was the sweetest dog I have ever known, we spent many happy years together.

Congrats on your new dog! ;)

:hug: :cry: :hug:



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ThomCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 11:24 AM
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28. I'm very glad you were the one that found Rufus.
Whatever happens, I'm glad he'll have a good home.

I wish the other dogs could have their own heroes too. :cry:
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Javaman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 11:33 AM
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29. Rufus picked you. You are his now. :)
I'm not much of a spiritual person, frankly, my wife would say I was the most complete atheist she has ever met, but sometimes, stories like this make me wonder.

If there are spirits out there, they probably see things in people that we completely over look in ourselves.

Rufus chose you for a reason. Kind face? good heart? winning smile? all of the above? who knows, but the thing is, this was meant to happen for one reason or another.

I a larger sense, you giving a home to Rufus, changes the course of world history, that kind action that you just did, added a little bit more of humanity to this bizarre world we live in.

Good Show! :)

Peace always.
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Phillycat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 02:12 PM
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30. Aww, this post made me smile.
I DO hope he chose me because he knew I have a warm heart toward animals. :loveya:

Thanks!
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driver8 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 02:34 PM
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31. That is a great story!! I can't wait to see the pics of Rufus!!
I'm so glad it was you that found him. You and your husband are awesome!!!!
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BarenakedLady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 02:36 PM
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32. What a wonderful story.
*sniff*

I hope Rufus works out with you. It sounds like it was meant to be.
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FloridaJudy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 02:47 PM
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33. Congratulations!
You have a great heart. And a dog.

My story's shorter. Halloween 10 years ago, I was smudging my living room, when the bell rang. "Ding dong! Trick or treat! Hey lady, your dog got out". "I don't have a dog...". Wrong. From that moment on, I did.

Take that little guy to a groomer. "Smudge" cleaned up real good.
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applegrove Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 02:55 PM
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34. You are a great person.
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Oeditpus Rex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 04:08 PM
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35. I absolutely
adore you. :loveya:




Now everybody: LET'S SEE RUFUS! LET'S SEE RUFUS! LET'S SEE RUFUS! :bounce:


Whereza puppeeeeeeeeee? :)


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Beausoir Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 04:32 PM
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36. I love this story. Bless your loving hearts and bless that poochie.
You did good.
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judaspriestess Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 04:44 PM
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37. Its meant to be
I hope it all works out for the best. I already suspect it will.

:)
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