A canine love story for Valentine’s Day
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By Mickey Zeldes  February 7, 2014 12:00 am

Do you believe in coincidence, or are some things predestined?  I think you will agree that the number of coincidences in this story is remarkable and makes you wonder if there wasn’t something bigger at play.  Call it a love story – or just an amazing adoption story; either way I think you’ll like it.

Ed K. came into the shelter just over a year ago looking for a new dog to train as his hunting partner.  We just happened to have a young, shy Blue Tick hound dog that came in as an owner surrender due to allergies in the family.  Her name was Lucy, and she was very sweet and timid.  We took our time working with her, trying to build her confidence and trust.  She had just been moved up to adoptions, and Ed thought he was just the guy to continue the work with her.  He adopted Lucy and took her to his home in Rohnert Park.

Flash forward about 10 months and the shelter gets in a Pointer-mix as a stray.  Sadly, there was no collar or microchip on this handsome guy.  We guessed him to be about a year old and named him Duckie.  He was held the full week of stray time and no one came looking for him, so Duckie started the process to become available for adoption – temperament test, health exam to update all vaccines and test for heartworms, neuter, microchip, bath and then the move into the adoption wing.

We don’t often get the hunting breeds in because we are in such a suburban area.  We may get one hound or pointer in a year compared to some of the more common breeds like Chihuahuas and pit bulls.  So imagine our surprise when right after Duckie was moved to adoptions, we got in a stray female Blue Tick hound.  Where were all these hunting dogs coming from?  A quick scan revealed a Found Animal microchip, which is always an exciting event because then we can activate the alert system with just a click of the mouse.  An automated system sends out a text message, an email and a phone message saying that the animal has been found and is at the shelter.  It also gives us info on the animal and the owner as well as any additional contacts that might have been entered into the database.  Surprise, surprise, it turned out to be a more mature Lucy.

Ed came immediately after work that day to reclaim his errant dog and while waiting for the paperwork to be finished decided to wander into our adoption wing.  Who happened to be in the same kennel that Lucy had originally been in so many months ago?  Duckie!  Coincidence?  Ed admired the pointer and noticed that he was on hold (meaning an adoption was pending).  He thought about it and asked if he could be considered as a backup if for any reason the adoption didn’t go through.  Then he collected Lucy and went home.

A couple of days later the people who had Duckie on hold called back to say that they changed their minds and to please take the hold off.  We immediately called Ed and had him come in with Lucy to do a dog-to-dog introduction.  I think you can tell where this story is going because the two hit it off immediately.  And they’ve been best pals ever since.

Ed claimed that Lucy had never escaped from his yard before so what possessed her to sneak out on that particular day?  Do you think she ran away to find her new BFF?  Thank goodness for her microchip so her dad could be contacted to come in and claim her and meet Duckie.  Personally, I think it’s a great Valentine’s story – and makes you marvel at how it all happened - way too many coincidences for me. 

 

Upcoming events

Bunny Day is the second Saturday of each month (next one is Feb. 8) from 1-5 p.m. at the shelter.  Meet our adorable and adoptable rabbits, have your care questions answered by our knowledgeable volunteers, bring your bunny for a free nail trim and shop our Bunny Boutique for fresh hay, fun toys and fabulous deals on supplies.

 

Mickey Zeldes is the supervisor at the Rohnert Park Animal Shelter. She can be contacted at mzeldes@rpcity.org.

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