Wednesday, January 19, 2011

I've Been Adopted!!!

Dear God,

I've been adopted...that's right...I've been adopted by a little black puppy who's sleeping at my feet right now...and I have a feeling I'm in for trouble!

I know it sounds strange but here's a recap of what happened. When I reached back home after shift today (rather tonight), I saw a little stray pup waiting at the gate of my apartment looking cold and scared. As soon as he (I'm not sure if it's a he yet!) saw me, he wagged his tail and looked at me as though we were long lost friends. As I got inside the building, he nudged his way through the gate...normally, it ends at that...I mean...I've met other pups who crawl into the parking area at night and make themselves comfortable inside the rugs piled in the corner. A few of them say a hello with a wag of their tails before something else interests them and they are off to explore it. Some of the more fearless ones prance around but never escort me all the way to my house is on the second floor...

But this guy did just that...and more...He followed me to my apartment door and in the time I took to get inside and get him a saucer of milk, he made himself at home...on my carpet. I tried taking him outside and placing the saucer before him, but he wouldn't have that...he came right back in and curled on the carpet...Since I was the only one standing outside...I decided it would be better to get in rather than be transformed into a snowman waiting for him to come join me...

Once I came in and locked the door, the guy, confident that he was safe started exploring the home. Any minute I stepped out of his sight was spent whining and whimpering...I  tried pleading, begging and admonishing but apparently, he had already decided that he's above all that. Finally, as the last resort, I stayed with him until I was sure that he's asleep...and right now...he's fast asleep lying at my feet...oblivious of the worry that's gnawing into me. 

I know that having any pet is off limits for me because 

a) We live in an apartment and having a dog doesn't seem to be a feasible option.

b) Our frequent traveling to and from our hometown is definitely not going to help the case.

c.) My work schedule is so hectic that I hardly get any time for myself, let alone to take care of a pet.

And then comes the most important do I convince Prince Charming that it wasn't I who adopted him..but rather it was the other way round!!! On one hand I know that having this guy at home is not possible while on the other hand, I'm already thinking up names for him.

I've no idea what to do, and since I didn't have the heart to put him outside my door, he's still sleeping here at my feet, probably dreaming of his mother because I can hear him trying to suckle in his sleep. I feel bad for him but know that that's not going to help...I also know that me trying to take care of him is pointless because I am going home in another two days. 

The only thing I know now is that I'd be able to keep him home until morning...after that, what happens is something I'm clueless about. So then, the few precious hours I have him here...I'll call him Rufus, and call him mine...and then when sun comes to visit, I'll take him back to his Mommy, and if I can't find her...hand him over to someone who'll be able to take care of him.

Signing off

The Adopted One


  1. Aww, I'd have such a hard time letting him go. That's how we got Ruby. She "found" us while I was out on a walk and she was scavenging for food in a dumpster. The neighbors told me that she had been terribly neglected and abused. She followed us home and ran right through the front door and plopped herself down on our couch. My husband said that we needed to take her to the pound- but, as luck would have it- the no-kill pound was not accepting any dogs for 2 weeks due to renovations. I promised I would take her there in 2 weeks. That never happened. 10 years later, she's still plopped down on our couch.
    Good luck with figuring out what to do with your little friend.

  2. What a sweet story and letter. I hope you come to a decision that work for you, the puppy sounds just lovely.

    I was adopted by a rabbit not long ago, through a series of events still not entirely clear to me. It's not been easy but it's been fun.

  3. awww... that is so sweet. i hope you find a good home for the little fella.

  4. Wow. I had a dog once. It was heart breaking to let her go. I hope you don't have too hard of a time surrendering the puppy to its Mother or the pound.

  5. This is such a sweet story. I hope you find a good home for Rufus.

  6. Sweet story and I hope everything works out for the best!

  7. Oh, that's a tough choice for you in the morning - you wrote this so well I was right there with you thinking through your dilemma. Hope it works out ok - for you & Rufus.

  8. Ohhh, I feel so bad for both of you. Maybe you should try to find his owners?
    I agree with Sharon - you wrote this so well that I'm imagining this little puppy looking at you with a hope in his eyes...

  9. That was a very sweet story Cat and I know from living with Rocky that you really need to find the puppy a home or it will bother you forever. Maybe an elderly person that needs some company. Good luck with the solution.
    Odie :)

  10. Oh, sweet. Hope the little guy's mommy is waiting or you may be having him for dinner again... ;)

  11. Aw he totally picked you!! That sucks that you can't keep him. I'd have such a hard time letting him go! I hope he finds a good home!

  12. Some might be looking for Rufus, seems he was used to being indoors. If you don't find his mommy and can't keep him do they have no kill shelters or rescues where you live? Try calling a vet near where you live and they might know the best thing to do. Hope it works out well for you and Rufus.

  13. @A Cappelli:I was so hard to put him back...but the smart guy has come right back...

    @Shopgirl: Thanks...I hope so to...I wish I'll be able to reach a good decision.

    @Teresa: I hope so too..

    @Becca: :)

    @Asian Angel: Me too...thoughthe thought's killing me already.

    @Kayla: I hope so too...

    @A life of color: Thanks....I hope so too...

    @Sharon: I hope it works out for both of us...

    @Starlight: He seems to be a stray...clueless what to do...

    @Odie: I agree....definitely worries me...I need to find someone..

    @Jayne: He's already come for dinner... :)

    @JM: Yeah....seems like he picked me....

    @Barbara: I think I'll call a vet...seems like a good idea...thanks.

  14. Awwwww!!! Wish you had posted a pic as well! :)

    You could call CUPA or SPCA.(depending on where you are based)


  15. Aaaw, that's such a sweet story. He's obviously taken a shine to you! What a pity that you can't keep him. I do hope that you can find him a good home, and not just leave him outside! Bless!

  16. AWE, Im a sucker like that also. Id feel so bad just leaving him all alone. Good Luck!

  17. AWWW! What a cute story! I'm so jealous. That's all I ever wanted when I was growing up was to find a stray puppy haha.

  18. I understand your predicament. The rules in the apartments are something which we haveto live by whether we like it or not. I would like to know what happened next.

    A friend once told me that a stray pup got itself adopted to her. But as her parents would not have a dog in the house(due to the fact that her bro has asthma), they packed him into a nice little present box and gave it as a birthday gift to a nephew. You could try something in these lines.

    But its always nice to know that a pup would love you uconditionally!

  19. i really wish u would hav posted a pic of rufus :)

  20. @Preeti: I'll post a pic soon...

    @Thisisme: I hope I'll find him too...right now....he's being taken care of by the owners of the shop we have next to the apartment.

    @Doria: Me too....:(

    @Christine: I wish I could keep him...but don't think that's an option

    @Dad: :)

    @runawaybride: That is a good idea....let's see what can be done.

    @Soorya: I will post a pic soon...thanks for coming by... :)

  21. Seek out your local humane society so they can help find the little guy a home. The fact that you're hesitant is a good thing to listen to. If you're not sure right off the bat, it seems that taking him in would be for the wrong reasons. Consulting a vet isn't a bad bet either. When I brought our kitty in to be spayed, there were several cats milling about the waiting room. When I asked, I was told these were strays. They were socializing them and of course hoped someone who came in who already had pets and suitable living conditions would want another kitty. I'm sure they do the same thing with dogs. Whatever you do, PLEASE don't place an ad in the paper or put a flyer on a bulletin board. Avoid any situation where someone decides to adopt a pet on the spur of the moment. Research has shown that is the number one type of adoption that goes wrong and gets them sent to the shelters and such...the person makes a rash decision and then of course comes to his/her senses...

  22. im curious what's up with rufus now? did you keep him?

  23. @Wendy...That is a good advice...thank you...

    @Maria: I don't know...I had to go back home...:(

  24. Awww...bittersweet...but you got to take care of him for that night, right? I guess that will have to do. I hope you found a great place for him by now :)

  25. I miss this post [sorry - don't know how] Hope Rufus and you are having a good time and he finds a good home.

    a. - we lived in an apartment with two dogs - totally doable if they allow it.
    b. - we travel with our dogs all the time. tho' we make sure where we are going [family] doesn't mind that we are bringing them - one is even 120 lbs. we never get turned down, they love to see them and they are housetrained [very important] tho' that might not be an option for you if your family says no. i know several chain hotels [if you travel that way] that take dogs for free.
    c. the work thing can be hard on a puppy, so i can see that being a no win. they lil' guys get lonely

    Just some thoughts - hope you guys are doing good or Ruf has a new, warm home.

  26. Oh Caterpillar! Lovely post, but how sad is this - this happened to me with a little black cat - and I kept her. I think as long as they have food, water and love, the logistics can be worked out - keep him!

  27. Hey cat - not to bother you - [and I don't have your email] but you left me a message on my blog today and I searched your blog and I don't see what you are talking about.

    Did I miss something. Sorry sweetie - point me in the right direction and I will happily accept. heehee

  28. @The Mad Fat Girl: Yup....that's the only consolation....He went missing after that day, and I have no clue where he is...:(

    @SkippyMom: Rufus made a decision to walk out and I've got no idea where he's gone off to...I am waiting for him to come back...

    @Bth: Couldn't find him the next day when I got back from work... :'(

  29. We are ships passing in the blogasphere. heehee - saw it and commented. :)

    thank you girlie.

  30. what did you do with the dog?

    Also, earlier you referred to yourself a"...very traditional looking Indian girl..." Just curious, are you East Indian or American Indian?


  31. @Kt: I don't know...I promise I don't know...:D I am from India.


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