meet the new kid on the block. he doesn't have a name yet, so we can't formally introduce you, but you'll be seeing a lot of him around here.
we first saw him on petfinder last sunday. a rescue organization, molly's mutts and meows, had sprung him from the crowded LA county baldwin park animal shelter because he "didn't show well" (meaning in danger of not being adopted), and they were fostering him at the rescue founder's home about a mile from the atelier (next door by LA standards). he was hanging with 3 dogs and 4 cats, and got along well with all of them. did we want to come meet him monday? you bet!
the minute i met lil guy at molly and greg's home, i was smitten. long and low with a beautiful tawny coat and sweet golden brown eyes, he had the sweetest disposition- he could have cared less about the other doggies and kitties, but wouldn't let molly and greg (the rescuers) out of his sight. we went for a walk, and hung out for a while, and molly and greg filled me in on his story- his prior owners surrendered him to the shelter because they were moving. they said so far, he was sweet and affectionate, but didn't know much else as he was such a recent addition to their rescue. they thought perhaps he was between 3 and 5 years old, and a mix between a tibetan spaniel and a welsh corgi, but again, nothing was certain. what they did know for sure was that he was cat-friendly (most important), and in desperate need of some love and a forever home. of course, i was sold immediately, and wanted to take him home on the spot, but they wanted to have him checked by their vet first, so we made arrangements to have him come meet richard thursday, and if all went well, he'd stay.
he's been here for 18 hours now, and couldn't be sweeter. he's got no skills- no "sit", "stay", or "fetch", but wags his tail whenever i walk into the room, so that's good enough for me! the rest will come in time. yes, he looks a bit like my little girl mona, and i hope in a karmic way that a little bit of her spirit lives in him, but his own unique personality will emerge once he gets used to his new home, and we can't wait! right now though, new guy is a bit shellshocked after being shuttled between 4 homes in the last 3 weeks, not to mention surgery (his stuff was intact), and his probable first visit to a vet and a groomer (so sweet of molly to have him groomed- i would have happily taken him all stanky and stuff).
richard on the other hand, ain't quite as excited about our new member of the family as i am. yesterday when lil guy was in the bedroom, bloodcurdling growling noises like i've never heard before were emanating from underneath the bed, and richard has since only emerged briefly from his place of safety. so for now, we're keeping lil guy downstairs and richard gets the bedroom to himself 'til things sort themselves out. i know he'll get used to the new addition in time, and hopefully he'll even become BFF's like he was with mona. we all have a bit of adjusting to do here at the atelier!
speaking of adjustments, we still have to find this little guy a name. before we brought him home, we were all set on "benigno" (derived from kind and friendly in latin languages- i know, weird), but now that we've met him, it just doesn't fit, nor did our back-up choices of "lord nelson" or "juan carlos de borbon y baldwin parque" (again, i know- i'm weird). today, we're thinking a simple, classic, name might suit him better- angus, bennett, conrad, darrin, elliot, francis, harry, laurence, nelson, percy, and reuben, are all in the running (amongst others). we're wide open to suggestions, btw (can't you tell?) so fire away if anyone has any good ideas- we could use the help! (all suggestions are non-binding of course- lil guy and i get the final say; and, FYI, we warn you- no silly pet names like "cuddles" or "buddy" will be tolerated- we think of animals as little people in fur suits, so it follows we like people names for 'em too ;-).
thanks for making the new kid on the block feel welcome, and we look forward to your help with the name game! and thanks to molly's mutts and meows for bringing this sweet little guy into my life!