It’s been something I have been kicking around for 4 months, but didn’t know how to say it. It has been three years since we got Halo from a shelter. It was time to start looking for a friend for her.
I have been searching the shelters like a person searches for vacation packages after the income tax return check comes in. To say I was tempted a few times by the adorable faces of puppies and pocket dogs, is an understatement. I knew when I saw him, I had to have him. In fact, the thought of calling the shelter and finding out he had been adopted already made me unable to sleep last night. (Yes, I am running on zero sleep)
When Shaun and I got to the shelter, it didn’t take long to find him. He was in the very front. Remember when being first in line was the coolest thing? No so much for a dog at the pound. It simply means that your time is up. When I talked to the lady at the front desk about him, she said he had been there since December 28th. I said, “Not that long then.” She looked at me like I was a loon.
“Uh, actually…that’s REALLY long.” and then gave me that look that only people at the pound can give you because they know more than anyone else in the human race and have seen things that only we read about in text books.
To make sure I got the picture she raised her pierced purple eyebrow at me and gave me a look that said, “The dog should be named ‘dead'” I got the picture. Put the eyebrow down lady.
Shaun and I kicked around a few names. Your typical dog names. I liked Jack cause it looks like he has a patch over his eye and we could give him a cool name like “Captain Jack Ruler of the Backyard.” Shaun liked “Panda”. I pointed out that was a totally gay name and what was he, like 5?
After I took a big bite of chicken sandwich, Shaun looks at me and gives me a name that seemed to fit.
He’s kind of an angsty non social teenage boy. Loves other dogs, but is awkward and clumsy around Halo. He tries to get her to chase him, but she is more interested in making sure he is where she wants him to be. He plays the aloof card around her, but she’s so totally popular and it comes off looking more like he’s just a flute player in the school band. It’s the first day, things can change. She could decide he’s like the boy next door and is fun to play with when they aren’t in school. Right now, she’s more interested in fashion and High School Musical.
Oh, McLovin, you have so much to learn.