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December 7, 2004

Meet Gladys!

Miss Gladys is an owner released elderly girl born August 12, 1991. She has had a complete makeover. Ears and teeth cleaned, a tummy tuck (she has been spayed and had a large hernia repaired). She is up to date on her shots and ready to settle in to her forever final home.

Gladys is a cute happy little girl and came into our rescue program with her good friend Groucho and with the help of Southern ShihTzu Rescue.

Please consider adopting or fostering this happy little girl.

Gladys is being fostered in Birmingham Alabama.

If you would like more information, contact Margie Simon, 713-783-8887. If you are interested in adoption please fill out our Adoption Application.

Keep in mind that we prefer to place dogs within driving distance of where they are being fostered. If someone from outside the local area is approved for adoption, they must be willing to fly in to get the dog and that can only happen if the dog is stable enough to travel in the cabin with the passenger.

January 17, 2005


Gladys has been Adopted!

From Gladys' new Mom

Gladys is finally here!!

She got in around 11pm. She was pretty subdued in the car, but when we got home she waltzed in like she owns the place. She is a VERY well socialized little dog, and in a surprising turn of events, my toy pom Padawan, seems to think Gladys is her new best friend. I figured the girls would be indifferent, and Sophie (my snob pom) is, but Gladys and Padawan go everywhere together, including out to piddle, which takes forever because they keep going over each other.

I have to be very careful where I step, because Gladys is right behind me all the time. I bribed her with chicken, and that seemed to work really well. She is a great eater - she ate her food, and some chicken, and then helped herself to what the girls didn't eat of their dinner.

Tammy, thank you for sending the blanket and toy. I put them in her bed so it will smell like her foster home, and hopefully make her more comfortable. Right now she is crashed out in the living room with Willie, our schnauzer.

The only thing that makes me a little sad is that she keeps running from room to room and searching around. I know she is exploring, but I hope she isn't looking for Groucho. She is a perfect fit - size, attitude, everything. I don't think we could have done better if we'd picked her out in person. She likes her ears scratched, and makes little snorting noises.

I'm looking forward to getting to know her better, but so far we're having a great first night. One accident when she first got here, but it was on the tile. I figure we'll probably have a few until she gets used to the house, and we get used to her patterns.

I'll keep you posted on her progress settling in. For now, she's doing great and I couldn't be happier.

Best Regards,

January 22nd Update

Good Morning, Marjorie.

I just wanted to let you know that after this first week, we have no doubts that Gladys is the right dog for our home. She's starting to come out of her shell, and she's sleeping with me and following me everywhere. The only thing she hasn't done yet is wag her little tail, but she seems happy enough. She's starting to respond to my voice, but she only runs about halfway across the room and then she kind of eases herself within reach to be pet.

It's been a rough week - my husbands mother died Sunday, his Aunt on Tuesday, and we lost our Schnauzer this morning. He finally had enough and had lost all awareness of where he was and all control of his bodily functions, so we had to take him to the vet. With all of the travel and changes Gladys has done very well. We're weaning her off of spending all of her time in a crate, and she's discovered the joys of napping on the couch. It's hard to believe such a little thing can take up so much room - she stretches herself all the way out and if anyone tries to move her she rolls on her back and sticks her legs in the air - good old passive resistance.

She is an absolute joy. I will be sending her Sherpa bag back to you this week. We are very thankful to have her, and hope she will be with us for several good years to come. She seems very healthy, although we are having one of her eyes checked out this week. She has one bug eye and one sunken eye, and doesn't seem to see out of the sunken one. That's ok though - we are Very used to blind and semi blind dogs. She sees fine out of the other one.

Thank you again for everything, and when we get pictures developed, I will send them to you. I caught her sleeping in my suitcase the other night in all my clothes - guess it reminded her of a crate.

Best Regards,

October 18, 2005 Update:

Grouch and Glady are enjoying their retirement. Groucho spends his days napping on the couch with me and his nights sleeping with Gladys in their bed. One of my poms is a homewrecker and sometimes tries to cuddle up to Groucho, but Gladys doesn’t mind. As long as she’s warm and someone pets her, she’s happy. Groucho is on medication for his ears and arthritis. We got little microwave heat packs to put under his bed, so he stays nice and limber. It’s starting to be fall around here, so they got new sweaters and I think we’re ready for winter. Gladys is blind as a bat and deaf as a post, but we could be eating a twinkie behind closed doors across the house and she would find us. She has very bad table manners and tries desperately to climb onto the coffee table if we eat in the living room. We have to feed her in a separate room to buy us enough time to eat. She got her hair cut and now she’s all shaved down with a big fluffy topknot. She looks like Phyllis Diller. She is a very, very happy little girl. Groucho dances around when we come home (Gladys doesn’t notice – she’s usually asleep) and he LOVES going for a ride in the car. We have a hard time going to work because he blocks the front door thinking he gets to go, too. They are such joys.

Thanks much,

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