And speaking of dogs…

…what do you think about welcoming a new Official TUAK Dog?

Long-time readers are familiar with Susan Callaway, our Mama Liberty, and are probably aware that she passed away recently. I held off mentioning it here until the official Price of Liberty announcement, and that delayed so long that when it finally came I didn’t really know what to say: I’ve had the tab open for two days but couldn’t think what to write. You either didn’t know anything about ML in which case why would you care, or you long since knew she was dead from other sources and have already processed it in your own way.

So I was just going to let it go, but it seems we may possibly be blessed with an opportunity to honor ML in a very real and material way. She had a male Corgi named Laddie, and of course as her own end approached she made arrangements for some neighbors to adopt him. But (of course) sometimes our plans go awry. The neighbors already have a dog, Laddie is not young and has always been the only dog, and he sees no reason to play second fiddle to a bigger dog who was already there and sees no reason to play second fiddle to him. So. Sometimes these things just don’t work out.

Anyway, the placement is not yet officially a failure, but since I lost Little Bear just shortly before ML died I’ve been on deck from the beginning as Plan B. I didn’t give it much thought because of course adoptions usually work out fine unless there’s something really wrong about the dog or the new home, and there just wasn’t. But “usually” means sometimes not. So.

IF the placement becomes an official failure and IF there’s no immediate local substitute – and right now there isn’t – somebody not me is going to need to make a long trip to the southwest desert. We haven’t worked this out or even opened discussion about transport. I only just now got word that this is a real possibility and I must admit I’m kind of excited, but it’s not a done deal or even officially a deal at this point. It’s just a possibility that has suddenly opened. So I may regret even mentioning it here, but that’s what’s going on.

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12 Responses to And speaking of dogs…

  1. M says:

    Ah…be still my heart. I hope it works out for all 3 of you.

  2. Ben says:

    No matter how you do it, it’s going to be stressful for the dog. Obviously the best situation for the dog would be for a dog-friendly person to drive it portal to portal. Failing that, the only other solution I know of is shipping via airline, and I’m guessing that the Gulch lacks a convenient airline terminal.

    Vaguely I’m remembering that there are animal charities that might help. Does a porgy-specific group exist?

  3. Kentucky says:

    There would have to be some poetic outfall from our favorite desert recluse having the same kinda dog as the Queen of England.

  4. A dog to Gulch relay? Laddie Express? Corgi Convoy? Seriously, if it comes to pass, readers will step up and make it happen. If the route goes anywhere near central Texas, I’ll haul the pup a couple hundred miles.

  5. FDD says:

    Hey Joel, I’m in Casper, and knew Mama, and Laddie, I would be willing to bring Laddie to you.
    let me know how this works out for you, you can e-mail me with details.

  6. Joel says:

    FDD, thank you. Hold a good thought, word is the current foster family is also willing to drive Laddie down if it comes to that. Also there’s a sort of small-scale fund raiser going on at Claire’s Cabal.

    But we’re not at that point. The guy contacted me yesterday, I returned his email, and now I’m waiting to hear back and see what he wants to do.

  7. coloradohermit says:

    Sounds like it’s moving along and meant to be.

  8. Tennessee Budd says:

    I don’t want to be a downer, but a Corgi in the desert? Wouldn’t that work out about like a cat (rather, cats, plural)?

  9. Joel says:

    You mean because it’s not Godzilla Dog? Naw – the difference between a cat and a dog is that, if you walk a dog on a leash and tell it to stay indoors otherwise, it’ll nod and stay right with you. A cat will murder you in your sleep. Eventually you have to let it out if it insists on going out, and then within a month it’s owl shit. Anyway, Corgis aren’t that small.

  10. Zelda says:

    The little I know about Corgis is that they are working dogs, expecting to have something to herd and guard and are not suited to sitting around doing nothing, confinement or a leash and not particularly obedient unless they identify you as their unquestioned pack leader. Have often wondered what blood line the Queen has that they can be kept in such a civilized atmosphere. But if Laddie is older and ready for retirement maybe he is also very calm. I would think he would be happier on a ranch or smallholding that had chickens, ducks, sheep, small horses, etc. where he could run and herd things.

  11. Mark Matis says:

    He could always herd pack rats. Or ground squirrels…

  12. Joel – I know someone who’s going to be coming back to Az from central Wyo. in the next month or two. If I know that it’s needed I can ask them about it. Give the word and I’ll try emailing you with/for details.

To the stake with the heretic!