We lost Pongo several weeks ago from massive internal bleeding caused by tick borne pathogens. We had to put her down August 5th and were both left bereft at her absence.
I thought we might be better off trying to fill the vacant space in our lives with a new focus and went online to check out dogs for adoption, particularly Chinese Cresteds. I quickly found the freckled belly of a dog that seemed a little like Pongo. Her name was Lilly and she resided with a foster Mom in Fresno.
While Jerry was leaning more toward adopting a different breed of dog than Pongo, I was rather fond of our Pongo’s size and some of her less snarky attributes and thought we might find a similar loving dog by staying within the breed while being realistic that we could never find her clone.
We were approved as new parents for Lilly who although touted as a Powderpuff Chinese Crested, seems more West Highland Terrier around the ears. Perhaps a future DNA test will sort that out (although these tests almost always return with some “German Shepherd” in the lineage which says something about that breed doesn’t it?).
So now in addition to walking the beaches I have to acclimate a new dog who is pretty scared of everything.
Yuma and Smidgen are relating well, although Yuma at first mistook her for Pongo and seemed rather saddened to see it wasn’t her old nemesis finally returned. On the other hand Smidgen is much friendlier toward Yuma from the onset so maybe they can become playmates.