10 August 2009
Old Dog...New Tricks..
We have always been Collie fans have had owned a dog for over 30 years. Our well loved pet died about a year and a half ago and we vowed that we would not get another dog...maybe time for travel and a little less responsibility. One of our horses needs to be on a weekly med so every week, we make the short trip to the vet to pick up a tube of bute (horse aspirin). The vet does boarding and for three weeks, we would see this little Sheltie bouncing around in the fenced yard.
On the third week, my DH walks over to pet the little girl while I go inside and purchase the meds. He walks in and asks the vet "When are they coming to pick up that dog? Pretty long vacation the owner must be having."
Vet: "Oh, she's up for adoption."
DH, without hesitation shouts, "DONE!"
Me, the ever pessimistic one: "Wait a minute here...you have no clue why she's up for adoption. There might be a good reason she's still here and we might not be able to deal with the problems."
DH, the ever optimist in situations: "She's cute, a small version of our buddy and we can teach her anything."
The vet just looked on with amusement at this repartee and finally pipes up that the dog is a cat killer...eats cats that get near her! She said the other thing is that she runs away..ALL the time. You can never let her out the door unless she has a lead on and by all means, you'd better have a fenced yard or you'll never see her again.
Jump forward to last winter which was incredibly cold. Enter Sam the stray cat who we just couldn't leave outside..we're suckers for all animals. The guy lived on our porch all winter but for darn sure, we couldn't let him in the house as we have a cat eater. This spring and summer, Sam the cat has been living in our backyard...right along with Hannah the cat eater and never the twain have fought. Hannah walks with us without a lead, stops at street corners, and listens to commands. Every morning, the cat and dog look forward to their walk together. Yep, the cat goes on walks with the dog!
You can teach an old dog new tricks. Now this old dog..every year seems to be adding up...needs to learn some new tricks, too. Seems we're never too old to learn!