Kindly rewind to December 2006-
When the annual "What do you want for Christmas" question was presented to DS number 3, we weren't really surprised with his reply. "Does it make me a bad person if I want another dog?" See, DS's former dog had darted out the door and met his demise on the highway a few months earlier and DS was still grieving. After we assured him that getting another dog wasn't disrespectful to the first dog's memory, DH and DS went to the local shelter to pick out a dog.
And once he layed eyes on Chase, there was no other dog going to do. But Chase had a collar and a tag(with the name and phone number) so DS would have to wait a few days to see if the owner picked him up.
Those were an anxious few days! DS talked non-stop about the cute puppy at the shelter, how shy he was, how he didn't jump on ya, how sad his eyes were.... And after the waiting period, DH and DS got to bring him home. The owner denied ever owning him! And now I know it's no wonder. The next day at the vet we learned that Chase was not a small puppy. He was a severely undernourished 6 year-old dog, full of round worms and heartworms, with a mouthful of rotten teeth, and not much hope for survival of any treatment. The vet recommended we return him to the shelter and get our money back.
Well, no. Just no. We proceeded with a long term treatment plan. We nursed him through one procedure at a time. And we fell in love with the best darn beagle in the whole world. DS kept the name on his tag and (after he had recovered from all the illness) taught him some tricks.
Last year DS moved out on his own. But he didn't want Chase to go through the anxiety of a new location so he left him here with us. But Chase knows DS's sound on the highway and he loudly proclaims when DS is coming for a visit!
|Chase-the Wonder Beagle!|