Remember I mentioned our Cane Corso emergency foster, Cleo/Chloe? Well, she poked a massive paw at random and picked Number 9 ALL GIRL MAFIA! So gmail your evilauntieanita with the details and I will send out the Pichola sample!
So……..I was going to talk to you about perfumes – really, I was! – but I have been on the road for the bulk of the last week, doing the strangest things. First, I went to Dixon to pick up those parts and at the corner of the block there was this Boo Radley -looking house, with a sign that said ‘Eggs’. My own hens were on strike and I really cannot eat market eggs anymore so I asked the parts guy if the place was legit (hey! I read Silence of the Lambs and I used to watch Criminal Minds. I know how this could go down! – the Parts guy vetted the Egg guy and so I went over, figuring it was 2p and if they were in cahoots I could hopefully make a break for it before they turned the hose on me). Egg guy turned out to be a very charming fellow, with his charming little yapping dogs….I stayed on the enclosed porch while he shooed the dogs from the door…and then there was this giant black shadow…which I thought was a giant black dog…which turned out to be a giant black PIG! Maybe I’m not enough of a country girl yet but…I really was not expecting a pig. Y’know? But the pig was civilized and rather charming (for a giant pig) and I managed to stop my unruly tongue before I crooned ‘baaaacon’….because it was obvious that Egg Guy was not going to be breakfasting on his giant pal there, anymore than I would lunch on one of my dogs.
Dogs. So Cleo/Chloe. Y’all know that we lost our babydog back in the Summer and I was not at all interested in taking in or taking on another pup right now. I’ve had the responsibility of dogs for 30 yrs and I was enjoying just being able to pick up and go as I pleased. But I am on both a Rottweiler and a Cane Corso rescue list for short-term foster and transport. And when you put your name on those lists and you get The Call, you need to walk your talk if at all possible. There was a failed adoption nearby and the dog needed extraction immediately (sometimes people lose their minds and do awful things, like turning the dog loose or taking it to a shelter). Cane Corso Rescue called in a panic and…. we stepped in and took her. As you guys know, I am Working Dog-centric and have a thang for Rotties &Corsos. sbnation.com did one of the funniest posts ever about the Terrifying Dogs in Westminster’s Working Group , in which they describe the Corso as a ‘Bronze Age War Dog, with modern styling and performance‘. And walking down the street with Miss Chloe, I can imagine how Roman generals would’ve valued these dogs for their strength, intelligence, dominance and loyalty. If you think I haven’t imagined myself in a chariot……
she is one of the scariest-looking, sweetest-natured dogs on the planet …we’re working on some basic housebreaking skills – it is thought that she is a breeder refugee from a puppy mill (Animal Control found her, emaciated and terrified, on the streets in NY. How they didn’t put her down is a miracle). Her original fosters (Blessed are Those who Foster First) believe she’d never been in a house – at one point she tried to climb in the dishwasher! They were SO patient with her)….anyhoo, she is now safe and we will get her weight up and her skills honed so she can be adopted by the RIGHT people, who will love her forever.
I’m blatheratin’ on about her because she is a doll and I am honored to be part of the crew that will help her find the right family she so richly deserves. This is inconvenient as hell – and there’s a chance she will be with us for several months and it’s gonna cut into my free time something awful – but sometimes you’ve just gotta walk your talk. And sometimes, money is not the only answer. So she’s here. She’s safe. She’s loved. That’s all that really matters right now. Hey, a gal’s gotta sleep at night, y’know? Can you imagine if I’d said ‘no’? Neither can I.
I know a lot of you do rescue/foster (and thank you!) but in case you have not – but are thinking of doing it, please do consider. Corsos and other big breeds are not for everybody – but not every dog is a big dog. And lots of dogs need somebody to just give them time to catch their breath while they wait for their furever home.
And I wore Gold to go pick her up – and we’ve been working the perfume armoire every day. She chose Iris 39 for me today, bless her heart. Perfect for the sudden chill and harsh angles of light after a near-80F day yesterday. Ahhhh, Spring in the Midwest. At least we don’t have snow!
What’s up with my Posse darlings? I feel like celebrating so tell me yet another story and Miss Chloe will continue to hone her mad random.org skills! I’ve got a lovely sample of Mohur EXTRAIT that will swoon the socks right offa the lucky winner! And maybe a couple of other leetle fabulosities…..?