Rescue Dog Adoption Dog Tail continued...
This was a final sale! Geri knew I wasn’t leaving without him. “Well,” she said,
“I promised him to another woman about two hours ago but I haven’t heard back from her yet.” When she saw the tears
well-up in my eyes, I could see them in hers as well.
“Susan, it would break my heart to
let you walk out without this puppy. “Puppy,” I gasped. “Yes,” Geri said. “He is only two years old and growing,” she
added. “Growing? How much does he weigh?” I asked. “About 90 pounds!” Geri laughed. “Well here we go again, another
“small” puppy. Al will just love him.” I laughed as I remembered all our other “small” dogs.
It was about 3pm and time
to call Al back. I noticed three voice mails on my cell phone which I had previously ignored. Al had no idea I had gone
to Geri’s but after a morning of crawling around the house looking for Mugsy’s fur and putting it in plastic bags while
crying, Al picked me up from the floor as he went down on his hands and knees to finish the fur-finding. How many
husbands would have done this? He was wonderful and I was pathetic. Today was Thursday. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday
were spent in bed. I called Al back to tell him I was at Geri’s and had found our next possible dog adoption, at which point I began to
describe him. Al listened quietly and responded with one brief inquiry – “Oh, how large is he?” Al asked. I replied,
“Well, he weighs less than Mugsy.” Of course I did not reveal that Khan weighed 90 pounds. Mugsy weighed 128 pounds,
so I didn’t lie but withheld all other information.
When Geri saw tears in my eyes and assumed Al would not be thrilled
with the prospect of a 90 pound puppy, she grabbed the phone and said “Al, just come down here and see the dog. The two
of them are in love!” Well that did it! He didn’t have a prayer. Al arrived a half hour later and saw Khan on the leash
Geri had given me as the two of us were standing there waiting to go home. My husband had a smile on his face not unlike
that of the Cheshire cat in Alice in Wonderland. “Can we keep him?” I implored. To which he replied “Sweetheart, how
can I deny you anything?” Well true to his word, Al could not nor did not deny me the dog adoption of Khan. Geri told us
a bit about Khan’s background before we left with him. Continued...
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