July 21st 2009 6:04 am
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10 years ago today, a couple from Toledo Ohio brought Baby to my home in Detroit & surrendered her to me. I remember the day like it was yesterday (well OK, like it was last month...) which in itself is scary that 10 years can pass like that.
Anyway, I always remember that the initial plans were that I'd keep Baby for just a couple days, and then adopt her out to a nice family from Canada that I'd already been in contact with, & were eager to adopt her from me. After seeing her pick on my own young MinPin Nike because he was ignoring her, it was so cute & funny that I immediately decided I needed to adopt Baby myself, so I could continue to watch her antics with Nike. A few months later, I was able to adopt out another MinPin to that family from Canada...
Baby started off as being very energetic & rather high-strung -- running around, barking, demanding attention & affection, etc. and I'm happy to report that she was able to get most of the exercise & attention/affection she wanted! It wasn't too many weeks after I adopted her that another MinPin came in to our home for fostering, and now over the years since then, Baby-Girl has been a foster-sister & foster-mother to many dozens of other MinPins and other breeds. Some had been aggressive (including towards other dogs), others had a variety of medical problems, from mange to broken bones, but Baby has put-up with them all, even tolerating foster dogs during the almost 1 year that Baby was completely blind due to cataracts!
Now that she's up there in years (probably around 12 -- in addition to today being the decade anniversary with me, I've designated today as her 12th birthday) her foster role tends to be more like a foster-grandmother: tolerating the other dogs but getting annoyed if they expect her to run around & act crazy like they do, and always being somewhat relieved when they get adopted out!
Baby's Diabetes & Cushings Disease are being regulated pretty well, and other than those two serious issues, Baby has always been very healthy and honestly doesn't look a day over 6 years old (no gray muzzle)! The Cushings Disease impacts her production of cortisol, and to simplify a complicated matter, it means that it is very important to her physical health that I minimize any stress that she faces. Unfortunately, this means the days of our discretionary road-trip vacations & staying overnight in various hotels & motels are probably over with, but we've had plenty of fun trips in our past, all over California & the rest of the country. Besides, there's no place like home...
Thankfully, Baby has handled the recent death of her constant canine companion Nike quite well (better than I). Sometimes Nike & Baby acted like boyfriend & girlfriend, sometimes brother & sister, but until Nike's death on June 27 they were always together, either with me, or at home without me, and only separated when one of them was at the vet.
While I'm sure they though long & hard about it, had their reasons for doing so and were very upset to do it, I am still completely amazed that someone whom has been so wonderful over the past decade came to me ten years ago today because other people made a decision to give her up. I wonder if they still ever think about her, and wonder how her life has gone? I could probably track them down & let them see this web page, but don't know how appropriate that would be. I'll fall asleep thinking about it.
Anyway, HAPPY ANNIVERSARY & HAPPY BIRTHDAY BABY! I've tried hard to make every day a happy & fun day for her over the past 10 years, so there's actually not a lot I can do to make today special for her, other than to stay extra-close with her, and maybe see if she still enjoys going to the beach & chasing seagulls.
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