I obviously meet lots of dogs and cats every day and I connect and adore all my patients. However, I definitely sometimes develop an instant connection with a pet for whatever reason and feel quite bonded to it.
It is not uncommon to feel like your own pet chose you and you could not resist!
Check out Shorty. How cute is that face? Can you honestly tell me you would be able to resist that?
Shorty was one special girl. She was the most interesting cross. We highly suspect she was a cross between a kelpie & dachshund. Looked like a kelpie but with very short stubby legs and a long body like a dachshund! Check out the pictures below of her after I desexed her and removed her very abnormal dewclaws (that’s why her backlegs are bandaged up).
We usually will not recommend removing the dewclaws unless the dog is injuring them repeatedly.
She, however, had a double set of dewclaws on each of her backlegs and so they had to be removed.
I can’t remember the fine details of how ‘Shorty’ended up in my possession but I know she was a stray and I took her on to rehome her. I had rehomed heaps of animals and if I found the perfect owner for them, it was easy for me to hand them over to their new owners. However, every now and then, you meet a special dog or cat and feel your bond is too powerful and rehoming them suddenly feels like you are giving them up or even abandoning them.
I have two dogs and they are quite tolerant if not welcoming to stray dogs I bring home. Usually the stray dog is either ignored by both my dogs or plays with one or both of them but mostly bonds to one of my dogs. In Shorty’s case, she was the perfect fit. She loved both my dogs and would spend equal time with each of them.
My dogs had really connected to her and treated her like she was there to stay with us!
The pictures speak for themselves below.
Shorty & my boys all hyped up in the car ready for their walk
Unfortunately with my work load, small backyard and commitments, it was not feasible to keep her. It was unfair on her because she had so much to offer. Not only was she so affectionate, loving, well socialized but also very intelligent and easy to train. I was not going to give her up unless the perfect owner came along and he did. Kim, my friend, organised it all for me and had to peel her out of my arms to drive her from Naracoorte in South Australia to Adelaide (3.5-4 hour drive) to her new owner.
He actually created a blog about Shorty but unfortunately we have lost contact over time.