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September 25, 2001

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Pup, the Dog of the Day
Name: Pup
Age: One year old
Gender: Female Breed: Spitz Mix
Home: Toledo, Ohio, USA
   Pup is a very special little girl! My husband, a Doctoral Candidate at the University of Toledo, found her in a building one day as he was leaving a class. She was just a tiny, silky soft puppy, and so cheerful! He brought her home, so that we could try to find her owners, but to no avail - signs, newspaper ads - nothing worked. We already had two greyhounds at that point, so we decided to find her a different home. As she was over six months old, we had her spayed before advertising for her adoption. A few weeks after her surgery, while she was still recovering, we noticed that she was walking funny, and wasn't able to jump up on our laps anymore. We took her to the vet for x-rays, and found out that she has a pretty severe case of hip displaysia - pretty rare for a 20-pound dog! We already had started running an ad to find her a home, and lots of people responded, but everyone lost interest real quick when they found out that she would need an expensive surgery within a few years. Needless to say, we let the ad run out and didn't bother to renew it.

    Pup is such a good little dog, and everyone who meets her is just infatuated with her looks and personality. The above pictures were taken when Pup had only been with us a couple of days. Since then, she has doubled in size and weight (from 10 to 20 pounds) and has developed huge stand-up ears - like a Corgi (although, in general, she looks most like a Schipperke). She is our little lap dog, and can't stand to go on car rides unless she's curled up on a lap! She rules the roost over our greyhounds (who now number three), and gets around very well despite her problems. She loves to run and play, and her favorite thing in the world is wrestling with my parents' Cocker Spaniel, Checkers, who is Pup's best friend. We love our little Pup, and are glad that the Fates dropped her into our lives. We are glad that she is here to stay!

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