Next to Red is Buttercup. It is a female Pom. She is just as beautiful as Red. The worker gets her out of the cage and brings Buttercup to me. Buttercup is a nervous wreck. All the people visiting are making a lot of noise. Buttercup doesn't know them and she is slow to warm up to strangers. I put my hand to Buttercup's nose so she can smell my scent....You're supposed to do that. Buttercup snapped at me. Her message is ,"I don't want anything to do with this process. Keep away." Scratch Buttercup.
The SPCA worker (or volunteer) showed me Lucky. This dog looks very much like my lovely Rascal. Lucky is a Papillon. As I approach Lucky's cage, I am warned that Lucky isn't very social yet. The sign on the cage says, "Don't put fingers in the cage." OK. I don't. Scratch Lucky.
What do I do now? The worker's name is Allison. Allison says they have other small dogs...Bichon, rat terriers.... What 's a rat terrier? I like terriers. Kanga was a terrier. Allison has a favorite one. The dog's name is Gidget. What a stupid name. Allison says, "Gidget, the midget."
Gidget is a mostly black dog with some white socks and a little brown thrown in to make her interesting. She is the right size to travel in my truck...about the size of a large cat. Best of all, she is calm. Gidget watches all the activity around her with interest. Allison brings her out on a leash. Gidget is alert and social. The staff seem to love her, but why was she not adopted? Because she has a hot spot on her back. She has a bare spot of skin....no fur. This is the SPCA, remember. They are rescuing dogs that no one wants. They're not perfect animals.
Gidget came either from Puerto Rico or from Georgia. No one knows her background. I can see that she once had a family. She is neat in her cage, pays attention to humans and knows some basic commands. She seems to be about four or five years old.
Gidget had some health problems, but the vet cleared them up. She had worms and maybe round worms on her skin. Poor dog. What kind of life did you have? In spite of it all, her temperment is wonderful. She is a loving little companion dog.
First stop will be to my veternarian to check the hot spot. My guess is she has an allergy. Diet and medication can fix her up. I'll take her.
After filling out the paper work and writing the check, Allison brings Gidget to my truck. Gidget jumps out of Allison's hands to leap into the truck. It seems that Gidget knows riding in the truck is a fun thing for a dog.
First stop was to my vet to make an appointment. She goes in first thing Monday morning.
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