I don’t really remember my first owners now, however, I do remember the day they took me for a car ride and left me in this strange place. The room was filled with new people and these creatures that hissed and swatted at me whenever I approached. My leash got passed from person to person, and I had no choice but to trail after them as they walked through the corridors of the hissing creatures.
Thankfully, after a few hours of dodging claws and teeth, I got to go home with a nice lady. She had a gentle basset hound that I got to play with. Now, being a shih tzu mix puppy, a dog that was my height made me feel good.
I looked up at the lady, When are my owners coming back?
The lady ignored my question, “You are such a cutie, we will find you a good home. I promise.”
New home? What is she talking about? I have a home.
“Come lay on the bed next to Buddy.” The lady patted the extra doggie bed at the foot of her bed. She then patted the basset hounds’ head, “Take care of our guest, tonight.”
I collapsed on the bed next to Buddy, too exhausted from confusion to figure anything else out.
It will look better in the morning. Maybe this is all a bad dream.
The next morning, I woke up to Buddy howling. I glanced around with a start, before remembering my new surroundings, and realizing I had to find Buddy and his mom.
I scampered down the hall, following the sound of Buddy’s howl. I found the back door just in time to follow Buddy into the yard.
I relaxed a little and enjoyed marking my territory in Buddy’s backyard.
As Buddy’s mom let us back into the house, she continued to talk on the phone.
I followed her. Maybe she is talking to my owners, and they are coming to pick me up.
She talked for a long time, and was definitely talking about me, from her side of the conversation.
“Yes, he is about 4 months old. His wavy black hair gives him such personality.”
Yep, that’s me.
“Yes, he played with my basset hound, and slept through the night.”
I peed all over Buddy’s backyard too.
“No, he seemed kind of scared of the cats yesterday, but it was a completely new environment for him.”
She paused momentarily before continuing, “Yes, he will be with me at the rescue event tonight. Great, we will see you then.”
I wagged my tail, as Buddy’s mom made eye contact with me. I hope she has good news!
“You are coming with me to the cat rescue today. Then, we will go to the adoption event tonight, and a nice woman is going to come meet you. She sounds very interested in adopting you.”
My tail slowly stopped wagging. My owners aren’t coming back?
I laid on the tile floor. My good mood was gone. I didn’t want to go back to the ‘cat rescue’.
Cats are the hissing creatures that hated me yesterday.
I want to go home.
“Come get in the car,” Buddy’s mom called to me. “See you tonight, Buddy,” she continued.
Bye, Buddy. I want to live in one place again, all this moving around is confusing.
I rode in the car, stretching my neck to see out the window. I am not sure why I wanted to see where we were going, after all, the streets looked identical to me.
When we got to the cat rescue, I made sure to stay extra close to Buddy’s mom’s heels. I was greeted with the same hissing and spitting faces from the cats this morning. I dodged a few swatting claws, before I was stopped in front of a cage with a cat hunched in the back.
Maybe, I can make friends. This cat looks as scared as I feel.
Before I had even taken a full step towards the cat, pointy claws and teeth lunged for me.
Yikes! I jumped backwards, before shaking myself off.
Forget it. I just have to avoid the claws until tonight. Then, maybe the new woman will adopt me.
The day seemed longer than any day I had every experienced. My paws hurt from all the walking.
That evening, I was driven to a pet store, where there were crowds of people and dogs passing me.
At least, the dogs were friendly.
I ducked behind Buddy’s mom’s legs as curious hands reached out to pet me.
When is the woman you told me about coming? If she was my ticket out of here, I couldn’t wait to meet her.
I had just curled up for a nap under the one table, when Buddy’s mom started talking to a woman.
The woman had a nice smile and welcoming eyes. She kept glancing down at me, as she talked.
That’s her, this is the one I am supposed to meet, I just know it.
I got up and tiptoed over to the woman’s shoes. I sniffed the strange scent, and then jumped as the woman bend over to pet me.
“Can I pick him up?” I heard her ask.
“Yes, of course. He is very friendly, just a little scared from all the changes.”
The woman squatted down and talked to me, “Come here, little guy, it’s all right.”
She held her hand out for me to sniff. I hesitated momentarily, but soon felt safe by the calm presence of this new woman and walked over to sniff her hand.
She smiled and cooed, “Look at your long curly hair. You are so cute.”
I felt my tail wag just a little in response to the sweet tone.
I was then scooped into her arms. I started to struggle, but her gentle hold and soft stroking made me relax.
I heard her ask several questions to Buddy’s mom.
I stretched my head up and sniffed her chin and cheek. She giggled and cuddled me to her.
I found myself licking her cheek and my tail wagging. Yes, I want to go home with you.
To my delight, I heard the woman ask about adopting me.
After a few more minutes of conversation, I left the store with the new woman. I should have been scared, but I wasn’t. She had me tucked securely under her arm and spoke softly to me. I already trusted my new mom.
As we got in her car, she told me, “I am going to name you Teddy Bear. After all your soft coat feels like a teddy bear’s. You are going to come home and live with me, ok?”
I stared into her eyes and wagged my tail.
Alright! I have a mom now, just like Buddy.
Then my new mom continued, “You will love your new home, Teddy. It is a two story house, with lots of cats for you to play with.”
Cats! Oh, no. I don’t want to be hissed and swatted at again. I’ll take my chances with Buddy’s mom. Take me back.
I tried to squirm away, but even while driving she managed to keep me confined to her lap.
I sighed and rested my head on her leg, suddenly not wanting to get to ‘my new home’ at all.
It wasn’t too long before my new mom, parked the car and carried me into the house.
I gazed around and saw several cats coming out to greet us.
I cringed as I was set down in the middle of the floor, hearing my mom say, “This is Teddy. Everyone be nice to him.”
As I sat on Mom’s feet waiting for the hissing and spitting to start. I couldn’t take the tension, so I shut my eyes. Maybe, if I don’t look around, this will all go away. Suddenly, I felt a furry body rub against mine. As I peeked out of the corner of my eye, I spotted a light grey tabby cat rubbing against me.
I stood up and sniffed at her. There was no hissing and no signs of claws. In fact, soon I had all five cats rubbing against me purring.
I glanced up at Mom who was watching protectively, I wagged my tail. I returned to sniffing each cat as they rubbed against me.
These cats like me! This is great!
I followed Mom across the room to the couch. As I jumped up to sit next to her, the light grey tabby, put her paw around me. She then frisked across the room. I studied her movements. She came back up to me, and then as I went to sniff her, she frisked away again.
She wants to play!
I chased after her and soon the other cats joined in our game. When Mom called bed time that night, I was relaxed and happy with my new home.
I drifted off to sleep in the bed surrounded by my new family, a doggie smile on my face. I had a new Mom and five cat friends to play with. I am so happy to be home.