I want to apologize in advance, these photos suck, but I was using my camera phone with one hand to keep the dog back with the other.
This is a very long story but I have neither the time or energy to tell it properly, I will attempt a short version.
I looked at dogs on the site for a few days, decided on a few went in and visited with three. Was torn between a 8 year old teacup poodle terrier mix and an overweight terrier mix. Both animals had been shown several times and rejected because of medical problems. Both had been adopted and returned. I was leaning towards the poodle mix because He looked more like a terrier than a poodle. Walking around trying to make my mind up when the counselor came up and said she had two people wanting to view the poodle mix. I mad one of my impulse choices and said I would take the poodle mix knowing it was an older dog, had cloudy eyes and moderate to severe dental problems. Those counselors use the same approach as best buy, take it home try it out, if you don’t like it bring it back, knowing most wouldn’t. This is what the dog looked like when I first got it home.
I saw more terrier than poodle. They have this program where certain vets in town will give your dog a free and thorough exam if adopted. One of the one listed was just a couple of miles from where I live. Before I took him in I had a 300 dollar limit I was willing to spend on this dog because of his dental problems. Vet examined him noted the eyes, a large fibrous growth in His chest and showed me with the black light the dental work needed, went to get me an estimate. I was convinced it would be large. He came back and including the dental work and rabies shot it came to 301 dollars. That surprised me so I said go for it. Next I found a local groomer who only charged 35 bucks for the works. This is what He looked like when I brought Him home.
A damm Poodle, groomer said at least 90 % poodle. I kept Him a few days debating on the fact I had a teacup poodle, not exactly a manly dog. Then one morning I decided to take Him back, I knew He would be adopted quickly after all the money I had put in Him. I did feel a bit guilty but the counselor said people did it all the time. For the rest of the day and that night I saw His dog bed, bowls and other stuff that reminded me of Him. I slept one hour that night knowing I had once again made a bad decision I actually had grown more attached to Him than I thought. The next morning as soon as they opened I called to put a hold on the dog and went to readopt Him. They gave me a break and I donated 25 bucks and they gave me the dog back without paying the 150 dollar fee again.
This picture I took outside yesterday, the light is harsh but He is actually black with traces of gray. He was a stray so they gave Him the name of Phillip, not much of a dog’s name. I ended up calling Him Bud just because that’s what came out when I called Him. He is actually the perfect mellow dog for me. He will sleep 20 hours a day if you let Him or If you want Him to He will go on long walks every hour. I spoil the crap out of Him. When I go to be I take His dog bed and put it at the foot of my bed. When He wakes up in the morning I move His bed out next to my recliner. In the evenings when I watch TV I let Him set beside me with His head resting on my leg for about an hour until we both get tired of it. This is the first male dog I have ever owned but it doesn’t seem to make a difference. He has the main quantity I like about all dogs they can sense when you had a crappy day and give you extra attention and most important you can talk tot hem as much as you want and they don’t talk back !