When I got Charlie around 7 years ago, I showed up to a local San Diego Petco adoption day looking for my first dog which in my fantastic childhood dreams was a little brown puppy. As I approached the yard sale of a presentation in front of Petco, a short woman in Birkenstocks (long toenails and runs the entire rescue out of her home) literally approached me with Charlie in her arms. As I introduced myself she was handing him to me.
“Oh, I’ve been looking for the right person for this dog. This is a very special dog,” she promised. This “special” dog, was scrawny, dirty and only had fur on the front 50% of his body.
I’m thinking…OK this dog is like rabid, loose cannon-bladder, nobody-wants-this-one kind of a dog. I tell the lady, “OK, I’m going to look at the puppies.”
There they were, multiple brown puppies jumping on their hind legs and I’m cooing at them as I hold rat-dog. Just then a young girl asks me, “Hey, is that your dog,” referring to Charlie in my arms. “Um, no, why?” “Oh, I was just asking because it looks like it’s your dog,” she stated. Was she planted? Kids are funny.
Then an older man with his dad in a wheel chair says to me, “Excuse me, my dad (wheel chair gentleman) wants to know if that’s your dog,” again referring to wilting Charlie in my arms.
I looked down at him in my arms. He didn’t have that, “Please sir, take me home” look. He was just sorta squinting in the sun and looking around, really enjoying his new vantage point from my arms. He let out a quiet little “boof” sound when some other dog walked by on a leash.
So, I adopted him. He grew some fur, gained (too much) weight and we live happily every after.
I took him to the pet store down the street from this home (pictured above) we rented in Seattle last winter to find a bone. I pulled a couple bones out of the bins (all natural, grass fed…of course) and wondered which one he’d like (he’s kinda picky). Then he helped me by licking one. And there he is.
It’s Tuesday so you’ve all seen Juan Pablo last night! I’ll have to catch up when we get back to the U.S. on Saturday!!!