May 30, 2011

Rita's Gary adopted!

Congratulations to Rita's Gary, who has found his forever home with failed foster parents, Paul and Leslie.

Rita's Gary is our most recent arrival from Taiwan, coming in several weeks ago. Gary is 5-6 years old and is just a wonderful, well-mannered dog with a beautiful cream coat (I still want to know what kind of shampoo they use on these dogs to get them so soft!). We had some new volunteerrs come out to join the Welcome Waggin, including Paul who agreed to take Gary home overnight. Right off the bat, Paul and Leslie's pup, Buddy, and Gary started playing very nicely. And although Mufasa wasn't ready to wrestle, he got along just fine with the new guy. Paul dropped off Gary at CP the next day (Monday) for vetting, but when he returned on Tuesday for dog walking duties he realized how easy Gary was and asked if he could foster him.

Its been a busy year for the Paul and Leslie. In January they adopted Mufasa (now known as Moof) and a few days later they lost their Golden, Rudolph. In late February they adopted Ready, who went back to his original name of Buddy. They certainly weren't planning on adding a third pup to their household. But Gary had other plans. He fit in so well with the other dogs, and Buddy has so much fun playing with him, that when I asked Paul for some help in getting Gary's bio ready for the website he was hemming and hawing a bit. Gary came in with some hip x-rays which we needed to have evaluated and, after his appointment, Paul said he and Leslie wanted to keep this affectionate fellow. (He does have hip dysplasia, but doesn't seem to have pain or symptoms so Paul will just keep him on glucosamine, keep his weight down, limit high-impact activities and hope surgery isn't needed in the future.)

Gary is so very thankful to Rita and MJ for finding him and getting him healthy to travel. He thanks Barbara D. for approving his trip to CA, and he was so happy to see the Welcome Waggin' at LAX. Fate brought him together with his new dad that night - he can't imagine a better home than the one he chose. And he thanks Denise P. for doing the paperwork to make the match legal. We are waiting for a full family portrait, but in the meantime here is Gary with Buddy and Moof and a couple of other shots.

Welcome home Gary!