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Thinking of adopting a 'maybe' tripawd:
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27 January 2011 - 12:32 pm
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Great news so far.

At that point in time, they'll call me and the adoption process will begin.

Does that mean she is yours?



27 January 2011 - 1:53 pm
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I'm not 100% sure if that means she's mine yet… but it's looking positive. Apparently, I'm the only prospective home that has been calling incessantly about her and demanding updates and they really appreciate that level of interest. I'll know more on Wednesday. 🙂

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27 January 2011 - 3:43 pm
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Are they makng you wait until NEXT Wednesday, man, talk about the days going slowway-confusedway-confusedway-confused. Out of curiousity, where do you live in relation to where the dog is? Good luck, Like my dad always said, squeaky wheel gets the grease, I think your on top of it with staying in touch, good call, paws crossed for ya', Spirit Gus and Dan

My buddy Gus had a left front amputation on April 7, 2010 and lived a great life until July 26,2010

27 January 2011 - 7:38 pm
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The days are going to DRAAAAAAAAAAG.


I'm in Edmonton, and from what the website tells me, MexicoDog is also in Edmonton. Given her recovery needs, she might be in Leduc (20 minutes away) or in Whitecourt (2ish hours away), but the rescue will arrange transportation to new homes. Either way, she's within easy grasp or at most, a quick weekend road trip. She's definitely not far away.

29 January 2011 - 1:47 pm
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In about 1 hour, I'm going to meet MexicoDog and introduce her to my little dog. She has a high prey drive and I want to make sure she doesn't try to eat my 6-pound terror. The rescue told me that there's another family interested in her, but they're from out of town and those adoptions very rarely go through as they can't come to meet the animal. So, it's good that I'm going to see her today… might work in my favor come Wednesday when she actually goes up for adoption.


AND her splint was changed today — all signs are good and her foot looks great!

29 January 2011 - 2:13 pm
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Good luck!!!



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29 January 2011 - 6:11 pm
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I just got home from meeting her and what a doll! Her tail wagged the entire time and she nearly took Guinness out with it. Guinness barked at her, and MexicoDog gave him a face wash with her giant tongue. After that, they were all buddy-buddy. She's very affectionate and visited with both me and my boyfriend. When I knelt down to say hello, she put her big, gorgeous head in my hands, closed her eyes and let me kiss her face. She's very, very skinny… but so calm and friendly. She really dislikes cats and can never be around them for their own safety – she tries to eat them. Otherwise, her only vice is pulling at the leash on walks. She's quiet and doesn't bark much… only whines.


As for her leg, the vet actually debated re-splinting her because it looks so good. It will take some time for the tendons to stretch out and adjust, but they have high hopes. She's splinted up to her shoulder for one more week and then she should be 100% better.


So far, I've gone through the entire process. I inquired about her (the initial application), and the rescue interviewed me 3 separate times over the phone. I took Guinness to meet her to ensure that they'll be a good match, and now… I just have to wait until next week. Her handler told me that she thinks MexicoDog is a good match for us, and that she'll be an ideal condo dog. I'm to call on Thursday night if she doesn't call me first, but it looks like MexicoDog is coming home with me on Saturday!

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29 January 2011 - 8:18 pm
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Be sure to post some pics when you get her home.


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30 January 2011 - 4:33 am
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Awe, it is sounding hopeful.  I'm glad the two liked one another.  Thank you for choosing a 'challenge' dog.  So many people would have seen a broken dog, when you saw a special one.

Shanna & Spirit Trouble ~ Trouble gained her wings 3/16/2011, a 27 1/2 month cancer survivor, tail wagging. RIP sweetheart, you are my heart and soul.  Run free at Rainbow Bridge.
The November Five - Spirits Max, Cherry, Tika, Trouble & Nova. 11/2008 - 3/2013 An era ends as Queen Nova crossed the Bridge.

30 January 2011 - 6:05 pm
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Thank you! I'm a bit of a suck when it comes to animals… I'll ALWAYS choose a “damaged” animal over a “perfect” one. The way I figure it, I can do so much more for a “damaged” animal and I get so much enjoyment out of helping them and watching them blossom into a great pet. I have the experience to deal with them and great vets at my disposal… I'll leave the “perfect” pet for someone else.


Besides, the rescues and the “damaged goods” make the best pets. They know they're different and they know it takes a very special person to work with them, teach them trust and love them as they are. Everyone here is a special… a lot of people wouldn't want a “damaged” pet, but here you all are… making the best life possibly for your tripawds. It takes a special, wonderful person.

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30 January 2011 - 10:22 pm
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Bravo! Welcome to the club Courtney, we’re so glad another one of our tribe members found us 🙂

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3 February 2011 - 11:43 am
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It's officia;. Cuervo AKA MexicoDog is coming home this weekend! The rescue called me today and asked if I was still interested in her. My reply? “Are you kidding? I have a list of stuff she needs and another list of stuff that I think she'll love so I can spoil her properly!”


AND her leg is completely healed. Not only did she keep her spare, but the surgery did exactly what it was supposed to and allow her to walk on the pads of her feet rather than her knuckles.


It was good news in an otherwise sad day. My poor little hedgehog is dealing with an oral tumor and we're kind of wandering back and forth between treatment and euthanasia. We're waiting on test results from Guelph to see if it's an infection or the big, bad C word.

3 February 2011 - 12:01 pm
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And we still want to see homecoming pics!!!


Sorry about the little guy- I hope you get good news.


Karen and the pugapalooza

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