On Friday, Michele of the  DRC sent my DH and I to check out a doodle at the San Bernardino City Animal Control Shelter.  It was to be the dog's last day but the DRC had gotten a hold put on him (Yay!).  He was supposed to be a large white male doodle, but when Michele spoke with a worker there, she was told that the dog was small.   Michele was trying to find a foster home or get the poodle rescue to take him, but there was a problem with this if he was a small guy.  When we got there, the shelter worker was pretty abrupt because she was locking up,  but  she let us go to the kennel we thought he was in to check his size out. NO doodle  :-(   Even though we had the dog's ID number, she said we would have to wait until Saturday because it would cause someone to work overtime and they just could not do that.

My 88-year-old mom had to put her beloved dog down on Tuesday and could not stand having no one to keep her company so she agreed to go with us on Saturday.  We got there when they opened and, thank goodness, the dog  had not been put down as we all feared, but had been moved.  When we got to the kennel, he stood back a moment, then greeted us and let us pet him through the fence.  Then he went to the back of the kennel and lay down to watch us. He was calm but not afraid.  He was just darling, but too small for the rescue organizations to take. 

A kennel worker brought him out for us to check out closer.  It was love at first sight for my mom and Sunny (yep, she had a name ready, just in case!) He is a mess - kennel cough, a stinky coat, matted to the skin,  dewclaws so long they are digging into his legs and evidence of a previous broken bone in his front leg.  Animal Control strongly suggested that we wait until Monday to pick him up so that their contracted vet could check him out, neuter him (if he is well enough) and the groomer could bath him and shave him down. So tomorrow is our big day or Sunny's big day - however you want to look at it. We are soooooo excited. My mom is so proud of herself for rescuing a dog and I am proud of her for attempting to do so.  With our help, I hope she is up for the task and that Sunny is the perfect companion for her. Thank you DRC

Cross posted with the Doodlekisses

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Comment by Nancy, Ned, Clancy, and Charlie on June 13, 2011 at 11:37pm
He LOVES that chair with my mom.  They sit for hours and then he gets the zoomies and my mom is shocked - guess she never really watched Ned. They are working it all out.
Comment by Kathy Janes on June 12, 2011 at 8:52pm
He looks like he's been sitting in that chair every day of his life.  What a wonderful thing it will be for them to have each other! Hooray!
Comment by Karen & Jackdoodle on June 11, 2011 at 7:53pm
I'm so glad that Sunny and your mom found one another! This looks like th beginning of a beautiful friendship!
Comment by Nancy, Ned, Clancy, and Charlie on June 11, 2011 at 7:12pm
Thanks everyone.  Here is Sunny with my mom. Just perfect for each other:
Comment by Jacquie Yorke - DRC Director on June 11, 2011 at 4:17pm
Oh Nance!..I am so happy that you got this gorgeous guy! He looked so big in the shelter posting..He looks like Blake size.....I would say he is a doodle of some sort.....Beautiful!
Comment by Karen & Jackdoodle on June 6, 2011 at 11:42pm

Sunny is adorable!

Comment by Nancy, Ned, Clancy, and Charlie on June 6, 2011 at 10:27pm
We picked Sunny up late this afternoon and for being a pretty sick boy he was full of curiosity about his new home. He marked outside everywhere and inside we are restricting his movement.  The groomer who cut Sunny's hair did a great job. Knowing how matted he was, I was really impressed that he wasn't shaved bald!  Do you think perhaps he has terrier in him - look at his ears or is it just the no-fur look? He is really soft with light amber eyes.
Comment by Nancy, Ned, Clancy, and Charlie on June 6, 2011 at 2:00pm
I just found out that Sunny will not be neutered today but he will be bathed and 'groomed' i.e. shaved I am sure.  We get to pick him up at 3:00. = Soo excited. I am taking some pictures of Puddy to her so that she can see what Sunny will look like when he is well and furred.
Comment by Nancy, Ned, Clancy, and Charlie on June 6, 2011 at 1:10pm
Thank you all for understanding just how much my mom needs this dog to love and how proud of herself for rescuing she is.  I hope she is up to the work involved because that is the best way for them to bond, but if she isn't, I am ready to step in.  She did choose a great name I think for a new beginning.  Michele (spelled your name wrong in my blog - will I never learn?, I do think he looks like Puddy.  What a compliment to Sunny because Puddy is such a cutie pie.
Comment by Kathy Janes on June 6, 2011 at 8:44am
Sunny - how appropriate for a new start for Mom and dog.  He is going to be adorable when he's cleaned up.  Clearly your mom could see the heart beyond all the dirt and mats.  Congratulations to them both, and so wonderful of you to let her have another dog.  So many people would say she was too old, but there is no such thing when it comes to having someone need you and adore you!  Keep us posted; I just know we are going to hear touching and loving stories of this one!

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