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Speed doggy dating
One of the first things I wanted to do when I returned home to Venice was get a dog. I missed the comforts only found with canines, and the house was forebodingly empty, emptier than I’d even known it. I signed up at a few rescue sites; one approved me when they came to visit my home, and the other, aptly named The Bill Foundation, gave a thumbs up without so much as a house inspection.

Once word spread that I was a worthy candidate, I started receiving phone calls and emails from foster parents looking to lighten some of their load. I visited a few dogs, but we just didn’t seem to click. I know that Bob, just like Springsteen, is an impossible act to follow––he was perfect in his manor, look, and affection. He was smart, smarter than me I used to tell people, and it was true.

I drove down to Torrance yesterday in blazing heat along the crawl of the 405 to visit Sparky. I hadn’t wanted to go because I hated his name, he had a curled up tail, and his face was less than friendly in the photo, but I went because I said I would. Plus, going to Torrance is, in LA-speak, so below the airport. The last email from Donna, his caregiver, said, “Be sure to bring your checkbook and a leash.” Donna didn’t lack confidence.

The pale lime green stucco house didn’t look like a teeming den of dogs from the outside, but once Donna opened the door, the barking was deafening, and in the middle of all of it was Sparky, who I instantly saw as someone who just takes a bad picture. The living room was filled with cages of dogs, each one yelping for attention. Donna’s glasses overpowered her sixty-something face even though she had the hair of Cousin It.

I sat in a tufted chair with stains, and called Sparky over. He immediately put my face between my legs. Hell-o-o-o-o-o, Sparky. This internet dog dating was turning out to be fun. Donna urged me to take him for a walk, and Sparky and I had some good one-on-one time. He stopped at curbs before crossing, and although he pulled on his leash too hard, there was something sweet about his lumbering hip wiggle when he walked.

We returned. I explained to Donna that I wasn’t going to take Sparky with me, that I had a few other dogs I wanted to see. I thanked her for her hard work and dedication. “Beats working for a living,” she chortled, and I realized she pays her rent through the three hundred dollar fee that’s charged for each dog adopted.

By the time I got home, an email from Donna was on my Blackberry. “Another family just called me from the airport. They’ve seen Sparky’s photo and want to take him home. If you want him, you better come back and get him.” I thumbed back a nice reply that if Sparky likes the family, he should go with them. This morning her email was more insistent. “Please give me an answer. I don’t have time to wait.”

The truth is Sparky was a fine dog; he just wasn’t Bob. More importantly, I think I need to settle in first and figure out my routine before I introduce it to an incoming family member. I’m going to take my time. I believe the right dog will find me. In the meantime, though, I like this internet approach. After all, how often do you meet someone who immediately puts their face in your lap?


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creactivity From: creactivity Date: August 29th, 2005 01:06 am (UTC) (Link)
Donna sounds high pressure.

Deciding which animal you will spend your life with is just as important as deciding which kind of "animal" to partner with. It takes time, even if it's "love" at first sight.
guysterrules From: guysterrules Date: August 29th, 2005 03:46 am (UTC) (Link)
Donna is a little scary. The emails keep coming, and I'm waiting for her to call me "Mr. Man."
ridiculicious From: ridiculicious Date: August 29th, 2005 01:37 am (UTC) (Link)
I spent 2 years getting Flynn. And then, like you, I saw him on the internet site (his name was tyler) and that was that. But he was so sickly (he had distemper) he almost didn't make it. I think, to this day, if it weren't for me, he wouldn't have lived.

And he is, by far, my best friend in the world.

Good luck on your search. And be patient. You'll know.
guysterrules From: guysterrules Date: August 29th, 2005 03:42 am (UTC) (Link)
Lucky Flynn, and I bet he thanks you every day.
backawayslowly From: backawayslowly Date: August 29th, 2005 01:53 am (UTC) (Link)
After all, how often do you meet someone who immediately puts their face in your lap?

You obviously haven't been to San Francisco in awhile.
guysterrules From: guysterrules Date: August 29th, 2005 03:42 am (UTC) (Link)
ruralrob From: ruralrob Date: August 29th, 2005 01:55 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, td, I felt certain from your words that Sparky was the one for you. Are you sure you didnt make a mistake?

Dont try to find a Bob. Find a Sparky!
guysterrules From: guysterrules Date: August 29th, 2005 03:44 am (UTC) (Link)
I know I'll never find Bob again, and I know it's a foolish pursuit. But Sparky wasn't the guy for me. I think next time it'll be a girl. You know I'm straight-curious anyway, Rob.
raptusanxieux From: raptusanxieux Date: August 29th, 2005 02:05 am (UTC) (Link)
After all, how often do you meet someone who immediately puts their face in your lap?

Obviously, you've never been on a date with me, wakka, wakka.

You'll know when the right canine comes along.
guysterrules From: guysterrules Date: August 29th, 2005 03:44 am (UTC) (Link)
I'd like to chase you around the table.
tedwords From: tedwords Date: August 29th, 2005 02:33 am (UTC) (Link)
Personally, I would recommend waiting a few months to get settled before I add a crotch nuzzling dog into your life. Get the feel of the place once again before you add another piece to the puzzle.
guysterrules From: guysterrules Date: August 29th, 2005 03:45 am (UTC) (Link)
Nuzzle and puzzle rhyme. Nice.
mondragon From: mondragon Date: August 29th, 2005 07:58 am (UTC) (Link)
I'd never had a dog before Cooper so I didn't have the comparison-to-previous-dog effect, but we went to see a lot of dogs before we found him. When we met him we all just knew, him included. It was the difference between _our_ dog and someone else's dog.

I hate that pressure but I understand it. Sadly enough, I wouldn't go back to a place that put that kind of pressure on me. I think she's making up the other family.

As far as routine you're probably right but on the other hand, a dog might help define a routine now.

Good luck with it.
petulant From: petulant Date: September 3rd, 2005 05:37 am (UTC) (Link)
Both Susan (soulardent) and Alex (eruv) are yelling at me to add you while we're all on the phone. And if el-jay comes up during a conversation on the phone, you know it's a special occasion.

Alex said to add that I am not of sound mind at this exact moment, which is fairly accurate, though I trust that my spelling is impeccable and my grammar readable. Thank you for your time.
guysterrules From: guysterrules Date: September 4th, 2005 01:14 am (UTC) (Link)
At least you follow instruction well. That's a good sign.
mengus From: mengus Date: September 13th, 2005 02:51 am (UTC) (Link)
Miss you. Write soon. Hope all is well.
guysterrules From: guysterrules Date: September 14th, 2005 01:52 am (UTC) (Link)
Miss you, too. Hope all is well with you and you-know-who. I just haven't had the focus or time or determination to write in my journal lately. I think it'll pass soon, and I'll be back.

Thanks for giving a shit, though.
backawayslowly From: backawayslowly Date: September 13th, 2005 03:00 am (UTC) (Link)
Terry, god dammit, we miss you around here! Don't make me come down there and MAKE you blog.
guysterrules From: guysterrules Date: September 14th, 2005 01:52 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah? I'd like to see you try.
ahedonia From: ahedonia Date: September 14th, 2005 10:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hey you. :) I've been pitifully non-participating in LJ lately, so I missed that you were coming to El Lay. Welcome!

Have you been following any of the doggie adventures in my journal at all? The stuff about Lucky, or the little photo essay about Buddy next door? zombietruckstop and I would love to see him end up somewhere better, though I don't know exactly how it would be accomplished at this point. But it's happened before, for Lucky, so just putting it out there. I can always arrange an introduction. :)

And now that you're here, maybe sometime we'll actually meet in person! :) Are you going to be attending any of e_ticket and fidgetcub's gala events, or those of moroccomole or djmrswhite?
guysterrules From: guysterrules Date: September 15th, 2005 02:13 am (UTC) (Link)
I totally can't wait to meet you. I'm invited to a Tuesday night, but I just have to figure out when I can come from the office. Maybe next week.

I've been off LJ for weeks, and it sucks, but I'm just feeling listless. I'll check out yours and Sean's journal to find out about Buddy.
fairy From: fairy Date: September 15th, 2005 09:32 am (UTC) (Link)
I miss you like crazy.

Any news on the doggie front?
among_the_stars From: among_the_stars Date: September 17th, 2005 10:59 am (UTC) (Link)
i just came to check in on you since i haven't seen anything from you in awhile. after reading through these comments though, i see you are fine. i get worried when my friends don't post for awhile! :)
guysterrules From: guysterrules Date: September 17th, 2005 06:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you, M., for checking in on me. I've just had a difficult time with writing anything lately.

I hope alll is well with you, and I need to get my butt back on LJ and check up on my friends, too.
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