Thursday, May 24, 2007


This is Jacy. She lived with us for six days and has definitely travelled more in the past five years than I have! She was born in Toronto, went here to Arkansas as a pup, then last year she moved here. She couldn't stay, so she ended up at our house last week, and I almost sent her here to Alaska. A last minute change of plans meant that I put her on a plane for Chicago and here this morning. When you're a dog you can't follow the links, so you actually have to take the plane! Her ultimate destination is back to Arkansas in the summer, and I'm pretty sure she'll take it all in her (rather short) stride. Thanks for lending her to me for a few days, Belinda. One more day and all deals would be off!


Blogger Erin said...

It's really nice that you did all of this for her - I know that everyone involved (or almost involved!) appreciates it. Thanks.

24/5/07 1:26 p.m.  
Blogger Alda said...

She's adorable. But why all the moving around? Unhappy childhood? ;)

24/5/07 1:48 p.m.  
Blogger dinahmow said...

She's just like Digby.But cleaner!

24/5/07 3:10 p.m.  
Blogger Ian Lidster said...

What an inspired little photo essay on a well-travelled pooch. She looks very calm for being so worldly and sophisticated. I love the way your creativity works, Andrea.

24/5/07 3:18 p.m.  
Blogger kj said...

andrea, i'm wondering about all the moving around also. i hope she gets to stay put (same with me)

i LOVE dogs. do you want one? i could will it to happen for you quite easily...


24/5/07 6:12 p.m.  
Blogger Ces said...

At least she goes to places where she is loved. She is a jet-setting dog, probably the most popular dog in blogworld right now.

24/5/07 6:18 p.m.  
Blogger andrea said...

Erin: Too bad you didn't get to meet her. She's a gem.

Dinah: This photo is post-bath.

Alda and KJ: Compeition was the culprit. She's a cuddler -- needs attention -- and for various unscheduled reasons (mostly the birth of babies in the families) she went on to places that could give her more attention. She's in Chicago now and doing fine.

KJ: ANOTHER dog? We just got down to one again after Zoe died last fall and he's a 70 lb dynamo (Zappa, remember?). I've fostered and found new homes for at least a dozen dogs and it's hard work emotionally. One even had to have a leg amputated while here. Now we have a cat who is terrified of dogs, making it impossible.

Ian: Thanks. She is pretty much the perfect dog. I hope she settles for good soon.

Ces: You're not kidding! You have no idea the volume of emails, phone calls and frettings over her that have happened in the past couple of weeks! We should all be so lucky.

24/5/07 6:48 p.m.  
Blogger Ces said...

I hope she has Frequent Flyer miles :-)

24/5/07 7:09 p.m.  
Blogger homo escapeons said...

It is obvious that Jacy is transporting secret information to and fro between our Governments.

Thank goodness that she doesn't have that silly frou-frou poodle-doo!

25/5/07 8:33 a.m.  
Blogger Belinda said...

Thank you sooooo much. There was much wringing of hands and gnashing of teeth over this sweet lil' gal.

To answer some questions about "all the moving around," Jacy was a retired showdog of ours who we originally bought as a pup from another show-breeder in Toronto. There comes a point, when you show dogs, that occasionally you must do some soul-searching and see if you have anyone who might possibly be better off as an only or near-only dog, getting lots of one-on-one attention, rather than being one of a "pack." Jacy was just such a case here a year ago.

After much back and forth between us, we decided that Jacy was, indeed, a good candidate for a new forever home. It was not easy to let her go, but when you're thinking ahead to the next generation and the next and the next, you can't keep everything. And at the time, I believe our count was 10 dogs! So when a Canadian friend inquired about a puppy (we sell no more than one puppy a year usually, so didn't really have any *puppies* available), this seemed to be a perfect fit.

Unfortunately, life is not always predictable, and the situation in Jacy's new home changed dramatically over the next year, with a second baby coming fast after the first, a gone-from-home job for the husband, and a pretty good case of PPD and stress for the wife/mother. I am grateful that Jacy's new owners did the right thing in honoring our contract, which was that, if ever for any reason, for the lifetime of the dog, she couldn't stay, she would come back to us. No matter what.

The problem was with the timing, and the confounding Canada-US airline logistics. Where we live, down south, we're already under heat embargos for flying pets. So Jacy had to go somewhere else, to someone who could foster her until we could get her. Andrea stepped in and provided a seemingly simple but CRITICAL link in getting her from one part of B.C. to another part, with an airport. She also obtained a health certificate from her vet for Jacy so that she could fly, and gave her tons of TLC.

Much angst, at least 10 hours on hold with various airlines (at least half of which was done by Erin and Ian in Alaska), and several hundred dollars later (goodbye, Memorial Weekend Mini-Vacation!), Jacy is back in the continental U.S., and within our reach at last. When we say that our dogs only leave here with a lifetime return contract, we do mean it, and we appreciate SO much everything that was done by Andrea and by Erin (the Alaska connection--for a while it looked like the ONLY way to get her out of Canada was going to be via Fairbanks!) and finally Julie, who has her safely now.

Julie already owns a dog of our breeding, so she's an ideal temporary home for Jacy (besides the fact that she ROCKS), and the only place we would consider letting Jacy live, should Julie and family fall in love with her--which, as Andrea can attest to, is not difficult to do. Jacy's a credit to her breed, her Canadian breeder, and dogs in general. On her behalf, I again give HUGE thanks to everyone involved in this long-distance "rescue" effort!

Impulse Poodles

25/5/07 9:06 a.m.  
Blogger andrea said...

Belinda: Good thing for you Blogger didn't decide to crap out on you before you posted that response! :) I wanted to give her history but didn't know what you wanted to reveal so I'm glad you did it instead. Thanks.

25/5/07 10:28 a.m.  
Blogger Belinda said...

Is there anything I *don't* reveal? This is a common lament of my husband, anyway.

25/5/07 12:45 p.m.  

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