Sure there are all the normal reasons, like death... infection... and other stuff... But the real reason? Because it is keeping me from cuddling and kissing this big cheeked boy:
|How you doin'?|
This is ___________. He came into work after being picked up as a stray with bite wounds of unknown origin on his neck, cheek, and ear. Being a stray, there is no vaccination history either, which means RABIES QUARANTINE! We can't even touch him.
After 10 days, he is able to go up for adoption, but the rabies quarantine is 6 months long. How does that work, exactly? I don't even know. Massachusetts has strange laws, and a quarantine officer will be calling this week to go over the details. After 10 days I'm hoping hoping hoping that he can go into foster care for the remainder of his isolation period with the trainer of the facility. FYI- that is me!
Honestly, I'm already in love. He's so sad and happy at the same time. He doesn't react to dogs next to his room, running by, or sniffing his door. He takes treats with a sweet, gentle mouth. He has a giant head, and a fairly small body.
|See his mangled ear and flabby neck infection?|
There are a few hiccups in my plan to take him home. Rabies, for one. He isn't neutered, for another. And, of course, I have no idea how he is with other dogs. It's been a rough week for him, and his neutral/stoic behavior may change as he becomes comfortable. But everyone at work is already calling him mine, and I sure do want him. At least for 6 months. Then he can either go on his merry way to a real home, or become my 3rd and final pooch. I'll be keeping you posted, and if anyone is more rabies-savvy than I am, let me know what to expect! Cause this lady needs a big, beefy boyfriend!
|Boyfriend? Can I chew on it?|