"Bela, a 9-year-old German Shepard, is heading to Best Friends Animal Society after the dog's temporary guardian decided not to put him down, as ordered by his late owner's will." - Rachelle Blidner, "Dog slated to die as part of owner's will heads to animal sanctury," in New York Daily News, December 23, 2014. Here is the coverage.
In Bela's stocking could be jerky treats. Hopefully she will settle down on a big old floppy cushion in her new home. And make friends - canine, feline, and human.
Meanwhile here in unusually chilly Tucson, Arizona, rescue dog Lee is relaxing under the quilt, before our usual 45-minute walk. In the past 18 months he has learned to trust. That has transformed him from a sad-sack biter to a much-loved resident of this desert city.
Since Lee and I moved here in April, he developed a love of shopping. Animal companions aren't allowed to be kept in the car in Arizona (because of the usual heat). Therefore retailers tend to look the other way when they accompany us in stores. Lee's favs are PetSmart, GNC, and Fry's. In the latter, he demands to ride in the shopping cart.
Happy holidays to pet parents everywhere. And may all animals in shelters find their forever homes.