Why Charlie Machete didn’t die
This week’s series on traveling without your pets is being interrupted.
While traveling without our pets last weekend our peace of mind was interrupted by a phone call. It had nothing to do with Scooby and Luke, who were enjoying posh accomodations you’ll hear more about in a few days.
The phone call was about this guy:
Consider it his one phone call from the doggy slammer, ’cause that’s where he was.
Specifically, Charlie Machete was doing the jailhouse rock in Omaha, Nebraska, where he had been surrendered by an unknown party. That is, not the people to whom we adopted him.
Thank goodness Charlie Machete’s microchip history revealed Zach’s and my contact information, for he was put on the euthanasia list. (As we always expected, he did not exhibit his best qualities in a shelter environment.)
With help from several women of the wonderful animal rescue network, we were able to get his euthanasia order stopped. So yesterday, Zach traveled to Omaha and sprung our sad, black foster dog from death row.
Four months after being adopted he’s now back at the Wayward House.
Are we eating humble pie? A little bit.
Although I still believe Craigslist can be a legit way to find a worthwhile adopter (it’s how Luxor the cat came to me, after all), no matter where new prospects come from we’re going to increase the stringency with which we screen them and harass adopters who don’t keep in touch with us.
Our most recent interaction with the people who adopted Charlie Machete in March occured about a month and a half ago and included no troubling updates. Knowing not all dog parents feel the need to compulsively post pictures of and stories about their pet, we trusted that things must be OK.
Also, we had an agreement that should these people be unable to keep Charlie Machete he should be returned to us.
We may never know what really happened. “Landlord issues” were cited on Charlie Machete’s intake records at the shelter.
The important thing is, although he came quite close, Charlie Machete didn’t die. I can’t even fathom the guilt I would have experienced if he had.
Thank goodness for the microchip provided by Friends of KC Animals and the support we received from the rest of the midwest animal rescue community.
Now, it’s up to us to keep searching for his perfect forever family.
If you or someone you know is interested in meeting or sponsoring Charlie Machete, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.