Mr.Dog 2.0

Mr. Dog was his alias, though to be honest, I would call him that when I wanted to sound stern. It’s been over two years since he passed away. Husband says no other dog will be able to take his place. That’s true, but I really missed having a dog around the house.

So many things kept us from getting a new dog.  It was too soon, we wanted to travel, I was sick, we wanted to sell the house. Well, it’s been 2 years 2 months since Pepper died, that’s a long enough mourning period. Sometimes I think that I see him in the corner still. While thinking of him being gone still makes me feel sad, I feel it’s time to move on.

We haven’t done any travel, mostly due to the high cost of herceptin treatment. I’m as well as I’m going to get, though I could stand to shed a few more pounds.

And finally, neither of us really wants to move out of this house. Yeah, a smaller house would be easier to take care of, especially since La Muchacha retired. Her daughter kept house for us for awhile, but it didn’t work out, and now we’re doing it ourselves.

FurgusHusband says that I wore him down. Finally, he agreed to the idea of getting a new dog. I sent out feelers, my ideal dog would be long haired, a dog not a puppy, and tiny. Toy poodle tiny. I found a puppy that looked like a possibility when one of my friends, who is active in the animal rescue community sent me this photo.

Cute, small, around 18 months old, he had been rescued 4 months prior and was looking for his forever home. Other people had actually wanted him, but he was waiting for me.Thursday, September 3 he came to live with us.

He came with the name Ossito, little bear. However, it just didn’t fit him, plus it just sounded to sibilant to me. I named him Furgus, after Fergus Claudel Fraser in the Outlander Series by  Dianna Galbaldon. Fergus is a French orphan and one of my favorite characters in the series. The misspelling is semi-on- purpose. He has fur plus it sounds more like it should when read in Spanish.

We are a block away from a good veterinarian, so the very next day, I took him to be tested for tick borne diseases, be flea dipped, trimmed, and checked for parasites. He was a little thin, you could feel his ribs which is fine, but his backbone was a little too visible, so I was concerned that he might have worms or ehrlichia. He didn’t have any of those illnesses, but he does have anaplasmosis . So he’s on medication for a month, we’re on week 2 and he’s doing a lot better.

Furgus without hair

About Theresa Diaz Gray

Born in New York City, I grew up in California, and have lived in 3 countries and 6 states. I'm a first generation Cuban-American who lives in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. I'm committed to living an abundant and creative life and helping others do so too through DIY!


  1. Good for you, for taking a needy dog. I could never live without my constant companion, and ache when I lose them. Too bad they don’t live as long as we do, which would eliminate a lot of heartache.
    Thanks for providing a good home.

  2. Hola Theresa!

    Your new dog looks like a cutie! And it looks like he found a good home.

    My mother has the same problem as you and your husband. She and her partner were too heartbroken after the death of their last dog, and her partner in particular said “never again.” So, so far they don’t have a new dog. But I think it’d be good for them, so I’m still trying to see what I can do.

    Congrats on the new addition to the family!


    Kim G
    Boston, MA
    Where our house would be painfully quiet without our cat.

    • P.S. Edgar, my friend in Tehuacán, had such a dog adopt him a while back. He’s now got three dogs, that one and two dachshunds. Seems a bit over-the-top to me, but whatever.

  3. He’s definitely a cutie, but can he hunt?

  4. oh my, i hope you’ll let his FUR grow back so he can fit his name. i know, it’s probably just too hot for all that fur right now. congrats, theresa. one of the first things we’ll do once we move back into our house next summer is get a dog and cat! i really miss having pets-it’s really the only thing that’s bothered me about iliving in this complex-no pets allowed.

    teresa in nagoya

    • Teresa,
      I am letting his fur grow out, but I have to decide how to trim him, maybe just a puppy cut” which is tidy or maybe a full blown continental? It’s all down the road a bit, we’ll see what the groomer does when I take him in again, which will not be for some time.

      Pets are important to our quality of life, I know you will be happier with one in your life too!


  5. Congratulations! I am still going through my dog decision. I would like another golden retriever, but the weather here (or there, for that matter) is not conducive to the breed. On the other hand, he would have his own swimming pool. That should count for something.

    • Dogs are so adaptable, besides the weather there is not conducive to Cottons either and you’re thriving (well, once you recover from this little blip in the health department).

      Any Golden worthy of the name, would rather spend a hot day in Melaque with a loving family than be in ignored in a back yard in Salem! Dogs keep you from talking to yourself, make you take walks and keep better hours. A prescription for health if I ever heard one.

      There will always be reasons not to get a dog, if you really want something acclimated you could always get a xōlōitzcuintli, or a chihuahua (I can’t picture you with a chi) but a xolo would start all sorts of conversations with strangers for you as you exercised together.


  6. Looks like a great dog.

    • I’m not so sure today, he woke me up at 6:30 this morning because he wanted breakfast. But I am choosing to believe that means he is on the mend. The last month or so I have gotten into the habit of sleeping in until 8am, which isn’t all that good.


      • Sleeping until eight is good for folks our age. The dog will get used to your hours, they always do.

        • You are right, I have several early appointments this week, so getting up early now is okay. I have been changing his feeding schedule. He was used to getting fed at 7 and 7, and I have been mixing that up because I feel that if dogs get into too much of a routine they really get upset when something disturbs it.


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