There Might Be A New Man in My Life

27 Oct

I gave away the food, first.

I had neighbors with dogs and figured they might be able to use what I no longer needed after Lucy passed away.

Next, it was the wooden boxes I’d kept covered with towels and used as steps to help her up to the sofa and the bed. I left those on the street corner. it’s what we do on my SE Portland neighborhood. They were gone within an hour, as I suspected they might be.

I left the toys and her bed on the floor for a couple of weeks, not yet ready to see them go. Eventually, I got the courage to bundle them up and put them in the trash. They only had value to me.

I kept her fleece blankets, unwashed, on the sofa longer. I knew I’d wash them eventually and put them away in a cupboard. I just didn’t know that day would come so quickly.

Late last week an email came from the president of Oregon Basset Hound Rescue, asking for a foster family for Richard, a 10-year-old basset with severe ear and allergy issues. Well, for years I’d said that once I had no dog of my own, I’d foster. I had to walk my talk. I didn’t think it would happen so quickly, but Richard is probably coming to stay with me.

He has some pretty strict care protocols that his family couldn’t maintain. And they were struggling to afford the care of the specialist he was seeing. His issues sounded a lot like Fiona’s, who saw an ear and allergy Specialist for years. I am very familiar with ear care – in fact, my old vet said I was probably the best cleaner of dog ears she’d ever met.

I am now waiting to find out if this family is really ready to give up their dog. Given the nature of this year, I am worried I might be disappointed and they’ll change their minds. Despite the endless stream of bad news this year, I am looking forward to something positive in 2020.

10 Responses to “There Might Be A New Man in My Life”

  1. arjeha October 27, 2020 at 8:16 am #

    Here’s hoping things work out for you and Richard. Having had cats with issues I know the extra care that some pets need. Looking forward to pictures when he arrives.

    • Adrienne October 27, 2020 at 8:17 am #

      You know I will have stories to tell.

  2. Lakshmi Bhat October 27, 2020 at 9:01 am #

    I am sure he will come to you. Thank you for sharing.

  3. glenda funk October 27, 2020 at 10:57 am #

    Richard is a lucky dog to have two potential forever homes. Having older dogs w/ allergies and neurosis, I know the tender care they need. There’s something very special about these pups. I hope we’ll soon “meet” Richard.

  4. Terje October 27, 2020 at 12:32 pm #

    I hope things work out. Your heart is spacious. There is room for sadness and memories and for a new dog who needs your care.

  5. Stacey Shubitz October 27, 2020 at 1:46 pm #

    I hope things materialize with you and Richard!

  6. Diane Cherry October 27, 2020 at 1:57 pm #

    Allergies and ear care!??!! Sounds like your kind of basset😊

    Sent from Diane’s iPhone


    • Adrienne October 27, 2020 at 2:07 pm #

      I know. Right!

  7. Lisa Corbett October 27, 2020 at 5:20 pm #

    Richard is the best Basset Hound name I’ve ever heard!! I’m sure Lucy would approve of him borrowing her spot on the couch. Good luck with his ears.

  8. hannanabanana October 27, 2020 at 8:37 pm #

    I really hope it works out! It can be tough to start filling the void of a passed pet but glad you are doing what feels right in steps.

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