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.
Husband 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.