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I'll be finding out how my new little street cat (ok, used to be "little" and now looks like Jackie Gleason in a spandex catsuit)

Whoa Missy, you've been holding out on us! Where are the pictures?

I've had her since last May. She's a black Torie, so I doubt photos would do the image justice. She started out Kate Moss skinny (she was really sick and had Pyo due to a litter that had died inside her but not been expelled).

Within two months, she had bloated up to the Great Beast that she is today. I worried about her organs with such a fast weight gain to morbid obesity, but since I have such a hard time keeping weight *on* my old Mikey cat, restricting food was simply not an option. Plus my vet, Dr. Bonnie, laughed so hard at how fat she was that she almost fell down in the exam room. Its not healthy, but at least its entertaining.
She's getting better about eating, but she not only overate to compensate for a lack of food on the streets (I'm assuming, anyway), but she's the first cat I ever saw that is an emotional eater. When she gets *** off about something, she growls and goes straight for the food dish, where she proceeds to grumble into it while she drowns her sorrows in kibble. You can almost hear her muttering "no one understands me..food is my only friend"
takes to having a crate around, but also to having a dog around that is not just passing through for boarding.

Waitaminute! What dog? What have I missed?

Nothing. I haven't been posting about it because I am not sure yet and didn't want to get caught up. We had a "date" today where she met the cats. She barked at them when she noticed them, but was redirected fairly easily. She's a busy little thing (and by "little" I mean pipsqueak tiny...she's only 11 pounds! How weird is THAT?), but the cuddling was what wore me down. And the expressions on her face. And the kisses. Oh, and the prancing, that wore me down too. So she's spending the weekend and we'll see how that goes.

Yeah, I'm a commitment-phobe when dating too :-)
Tara
Waitaminute! What dog? What have I missed?

I looked back, found not a thing. These people who announce potential new dogs in an old thread. What's up with them, eh? Tara: GSD?

sigh no.
Smaller. MUCH smaller. Practically dainty.
I will reveal all after the weekend. I don't want to jinx it or get over excited just yet. She and I are both picky.
Tara
Sounds like possible internecine rescue sniping. It happens. Keep your head down and stay focused on the dog.

I'm hoping you are right, and I'm trying not to let the fact that she was supposed to call me this morning so I could meet her back out at her place, but hasn't, bother me...
I'm profoundly ambivalent about the breed rescue groups. On the one hand they're performing a thankless but critical service in the face of often the most dire circumstances, but on the other hand sometimes some of them can be kind of awful. Dunno.

Honestly, it almost makes me want to wait until Spring and get a puppy from the Humane Society. OTOH, the Golden Rescue group (who did the home visit) is top notch and, while they don't have the dog for me right now, I will keep working with them if this Lab doesn't work out.

Lynne
Sounds like possible internecine rescue sniping. It happens. Keep your head down and stay focused on the dog.

I'm hoping you are right, and I'm trying not to let the fact that she was supposed to call me this morning so I could meet her back out at her place, but hasn't, bother me...

I'd be chewing off my own foot by now.
I'm profoundly ambivalent about the breed rescue groups. On the ... sometimes some of them can be kind of awful. Dunno.

Honestly, it almost makes me want to wait until Spring and get a puppy from the Humane Society. OTOH, the ... don't have the dog for me right now, I will keep working with them if this Lab doesn't work out.

Best of luck in this. I can only imagine how many pins and needles you're on right now.
Tara
Best of luck in this.

it doesn't look like she is going to let me have him checked by my vet before committing to adopt him... I'm baffled.

Lynne
it doesn't look like she is going to let me have him checked by my vet before committing to adopt him... I'm baffled.

That is bizarre. Standard advice is to always take a new pet to the vet for a going-over.

Shelly
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Cabin Fever
it doesn't look like she is going to let me have him checked by my vet before committing to adopt him... I'm baffled.

My $.02. I don't know any rescue around here that allows a potential adopter to take the dog to the vet for a check-up. After the dog's been adopted, or while the dog is in it's trial run, sure. But not before. Part of this is paperwork/liability related.
Your request may have sent up some sort of red flag about your commitment to a dog that in the long run, turns out to have health problems, although that certainly was not your intent.
Suja
My $.02. I don't know any rescue around here that allows a potential adopter to take the dog to the ... adopted, or while the dog is in it's trial run, sure. But not before. Part of this is paperwork/liability related.

she doesn't do trial runs or that would have been my first request. I understand the liability issue.
Your request may have sent up some sort of red flag about your commitment to a dog that in the long run, turns out to have health problems, although that certainly was not your intent.

Very good point. And yes, that definitely wasn't my intent. Damn.

Lynne
she doesn't do trial runs or that would have been my first request. I understand the liability issue.

Does that also mean that she doesn't take animals back? Because, in practical terms, I don't see much difference between trial runs and take backs. While I would assume that a placement is going to work out well, I would not want to get involved with a group that would not take responsibility if an animal needed to be returned. That, coupled with your comment about feeling pressured, make me question whether the other rescue group might have been right to urge you to be cautious.

Shelly
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