Out of the Slammer and Into the Good Life

We went to our local county fair today, the oldest continuing fair in Texas.  We wandered around in one of the exhibit halls, ogling prize winning tomatoes, stalks of sorghum and sacks of wool.  Then we stopped in front of one of the displays that the 4-H kids had assembled.

The tryptich display featured our SPCA, with lots of information on its “no-kill” shelter status.  It included a number of photos of the 4-H teens who volunteered their time.

As I scanned the photos, one of them caught my eye with its immediate familiarity.  It was Kelso, the little long-haired Chihuahua we’d adopted three weeks ago!

He was behind bars in his pen, with his ears pinned back and his tail drooping.  If there had been a caption under the photo, it could have said “Please save me!”

Then we noticed another photo showing one of the boys kneeling in front of the pen, offering his hand to Kelso through the bars.

Here’s how Kelso looked in “the slammer”—

And here is Kelso with his new best bud, Culvey—

What a difference a few weeks make!

14 thoughts on “Out of the Slammer and Into the Good Life

  1. I’m so glad you saved Kelso, his ears are pointy again, and he and Culvey make nice together. It would be even better if different types of people could get long and follow your mellow pets’ lead.


  2. The cat that owns us looks like your cat. That, and I crave a dog like Kelso. Glad you have him, glad he has you. If Beloved dies first, I’m finding and loving a rescue dog companion, no other person, just that special rescue dog. If I die first, well, who the hell knows. She’s never been a dog person, I take my dog therapy love and puppy kisses when I can get them. So have a few snugs and smooches and sniffs for me and enjoy the living love with Kelso, ok?


  3. What a happy ending for that sweet doggie!
    We adopted a 2 year old cat that had been rescued from an abusive home. She would jump on my husband’s lap when he did home visits and the family that rescued her was amazed. They could not keep her and let us adopt her.
    We had never adopted a full grown cat before and it took her a while to get accustomed to our other cats and us. She is a sweetie and I was in our living room the other day and I heard someone talking. Looked out and there was the mailman talking away to Molly!


  4. What a touching photo! Love that he has a best friend now, and how nice for Culvey to have someone too, with Queen Nef. gone. Amazing how such a small little thing can fill such a big hole!

    We saw a photo in the paper here Saturday of a precious lab/boxer mix. Didn’t realize we could call then, so we waited until Monday and learned he’d been adopted on Saturday. I’m glad he found a home, but we’d already brought him here, mentally. 😦


  5. Love the dog and cat together! My daughter got her dog from the rescue shelter also. He must have had a hard time before she got him, because he is still very nervous and anxious around people. I consider myself lucky because he has finally accepted me as someone he can also trust. it’s great to be able to finally see the acceptance in his face.


    • I’m ashamed to say that they aren’t actual quilts. The bedspread and pillow sham are from Walmart, and the “patchwork” is a printed design that has been stitched over to look like a quilt. I liked the looks of them because they kind of went along with my faux-French-Provincial theme. Glad you liked them though!


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