Waking up with Munchkin
(a personal story)
Munchkin is a little 11 year-old white poodle.
The story begins with my mother-in-law Oshie, her live-in caregiver Bing, and my wife Bonnie. Up at the retirement residence where Oshie and Bing live, Munchkin lived for many years with another resident. Bing helped out by walking Munchkin and taking her outside to do her business. It was the only time the dog left the apartment, except when Bing took Munchkin to the vet.
When the other resident was being packed up to leave the residence, Bing took Munchkin in for a few days so she would be out of the way. Wow there was new excitement for Oshie and Bing! It was apparent for awhile that Munchkin needed an “owner” who could look after her, but as things went, the offer to take care of Munchkin was declined, and everyone said their goodbyes. Bye Bye Munchkin!
As it happens, Bonnie has a strange hobby of checking out Petfinder. Usually its to find a live-in partner for our own dog Quincee. Why? I’m not quite sure, maybe so I will have 2 dogs to walk, and Quincee will have non-stop entertainment. Sounds good in theory, but I’ve never been sure that Quincee is the kind of dog that would like that. We’re always looking at pictures of dogs needing a new home; little dogs, big dogs, dogs that “nip” just a little, dogs with health issues and on and on. We’ve tried a few times to adopt another dog, but it never went through, and it seemed like it just wasn’t meant to be.
After the experience of Munchkin’s short stay with Oshie, Bonnie was back on Petfinder! and wouldn’t you know it — within a week of Munchkin leaving the residence… There she was. Up for adoption!
Bonnie contacted Carol at Happy Tails Rescue and asked is that Munchkin? We love Munchkin! We want Munchkin!
We all thought this would be a great thing for Oshie and Bing. Having a dog around like Munchkin brings fun and activities. Oshie doesn’t remember names, and is very quiet these days.
When Carol at Happy Tails Rescue heard the story behind Munchkin, Bing and Oshie, and saw some pictures of the happy group, it was only a matter of days before Munchkin walked back into the residence with a spring in her step, happy to be home again in a place she knew. To hear Oshie say “Cmon Munchkin, let’s go” is truly remarkable since she doesn’t remember names.
A special thank you to Carol and Sue from Happy Tails who did a great job doing what’s best for little Munchkin!
I’m still only walking one dog 🙂