News Archives on Speedy's Progress




Fri, 4 Sep 1998 09:58:08 EDT - from Susan

Ok, later today I'll probably have a 3 mos. old male on my doorstep looking for a good home. HELP!

Just got a call from Judie (Spay-Lee) who rescued Lister out of the garage. She has a three month old pet store boy coming to her this morning. She called and asked me to foster him. He will have to be adopted on one of her contracts and will require a $100 refundable (when he's neutered) deposit. I'll post as soon as I have the particulars.

Any takers???

Susan & the girls

Fri, 4 Sep 1998 19:09:06 EDT - from Susan

I've got our new FL boy on my lap. He's adorable. Name is Speedy, 'tho he doesn't answer to it. He's about 3 1/2 to 4 mos. old. He's a bit smaller than Lexus was at that age, so my guess is that he'll be between 12-14 lbs. full grown ~ the paws tell a lot. He's not quite black and rust, more like a deep chocolate and rust. Gorgeous face. Hate to say it, but even prettier than my girls (Girls, you didn't hear that). Ears cropped and tail docked. I've got someone in CA who is VERY interested. Also have someone in PA. Judie (from Spay Lee) has spoken to the CA person, who is trying to arrange air transportation for this little guy. He's got to go on a contract. $100 deposit which will be refunded after 6 mos. and proof of neutering. He might be neutered here before he goes anywhere as the age seems to be right and he'll need a travel certificate anyway. Whoever gets him will have to front that also.
I'll have pics tomorrow. Stay tuned.
Susan, the girls and Speedy




Fri, 4 Sep 1998 21:20:29 EDT - from Susan

Signing off tonight to take care of our little house guest. I think all of you know that he is approx. 3-4 mos. old. Male, un-neutered. Deep chocolate and rust. Absolutely beautiful face ~ huge eyes. Will have pics tomorrow. Stay tuned. Right now I have two firm offers of homes ~ CA & PA ~ but one never knows how it will work out. Also, Liz has sent me info on potential homes. Wouldn't it be wonderful if I had several to choose from!

Please stay tuned for pics and more details. Enjoy the weekend everyone!

Susan, the girls & Speedy

Sat, 5 Sep 1998 07:12:51 EDT - from Susan

Good morning all! Speedy is fine. He spent the night in a crate next to my bed. He whined for the first couple of minutes, then snuggled off to sleep with a big towel. Around 2:45 a.m. he woke me and the girls up, so we all went outside and he piddled and dumped. He didn't appreciate returning to the crate, so he whined and barked for a couple of minutes, then back to sleep again. He's been out this morning and is now eating his breakfast. He's thin, but not emaciated like Lister was.

Look for a pic later today.

Hoping to have him on his way to a permanent home soon.

Susan, the girls & speedy

Sat, 5 Sep 1998 20:47:20 EDT - from Susan

He's doing really well. Very loving, but giving my girls a hard time. Hope everyone has enjoyed the pics. He went golfing today ~ didn't care much for the sport, but enjoyed driving the cart and chewing on the club grip!

More of the Speedy adventures tomorrow.

Speedy and his foster family

Speedy Speedy

Sun, 6 Sep 1998 09:17:09 EDT - from Susan

He's on my lap ~ full belly of scrambled eggs! A Sunday morning ritual here. Soon it will be shower time, another Sunday morning event. He slept in the crate again last night. Woke me up at 2:33 am to go outside ~ smart dog! My girls would find a dark corner of the bedroom, or better yet somewhere where mom could step into it :) After his trip outside, it was back into the crate (I'm trying not to create a monster for his future owner ~ I have 3 spoiled brats because I didn't stick with the crate routine) and within 5 minutes he was asleep. This morning he did come into bed to cuddle with me and the girls ~ HE LOVED THAT!

Not sure of today's plans. I'm going to try to put his placement out of my mind for awhile. I've got two quite anxious homes available ~ CA & PA ~ and one of them is going to be dissappointed. I'm doing my best to get all the info on them that I can and if all things are equal, than he'll go to the one who stepped up first. It's so difficult to do this without looking people in the eye and knowing who they are. It was easier with Lister as Terri was a list member. Neither of these two are. I'm committed to these two families at this point, but in the future, I'd really like to rely on IMPS a bit more. It's probably my fault that I didn't. I tend to panic taking in a dog ~ I'm so concerned that he'll end up being my 4th that I hastily start looking for homes. I think I've done well with these two, but in all fareness to what we've tried to do with IMPS, there should be a system of some sort (again, perhaps there is and I just didnt' take advantage of it) to determine who is considered for a pup (waiting list? in order? by location?).

Well, got to run. Speedy just took off down the hall with my slipper!

Speedy and his foster family

Mon, 7 Sep 1998 08:22:37 EDT - from Susan

Speedy and I went to the clubhouse yesterday afternoon. Bob stayed home with the girls ~ watching football. Speedy enjoyed sitting at the bar and meeting the bunches of people who came by to say "hi". He was treated to 4 french fries by the bartender ~ummm, good! He was very well behaved. I was a proud foster mom.

After the intense bonding that took place in the afternoon, Speedy was none to happy about going into the crate to sleep. He whined for awhile, then fell asleep. Unfortunately it didn't last long. About an hour or so later, he began whining, barking, yelping and the like. After 5 minutes of that (non- stop), I got out of bed and cuddled with him on the floor. He whispered into my ear that he wouldn't do anything wrong in the bed, if I would just let him join me and the girls. "Ok Speedy, but I'm counting on you to hold up your end of the bargain ~ I just changed the sheets."

Speedy nestled in right under my neck where he slept 'til 5. Goose woke up and wanted to go outside, so they all went. Back into bed until 8!! He's one happy little puppy this morning.

Got to run now. He and the girls are waiting for breakfast. Later ~

Susan, the girls and Speedy

Tue, 8 Sep 1998 08:37:17 EDT - from Susan

We had a great day yesterday. We floated on a raft in the pool. When I thought that it might be getting too warm for him. I anchored my raft at the edge of the pool so he could get off. He did, ran around taunting the girls, got a drink, then walked back onto the raft and fell asleep on my stomach.

We were pretty tired last night, so we didn't visit the chat room. Instead the 5 of us (4 minpins and me) went to bed. Speedy cuddled up under my arm and stayed there from 9 pm 'til 7:30 am!! He didn't move. Actually none of us did. My back is aching from laying in one position all night.

He went outside this morning, did his thing and went directly to the food dish. He eats first in this family.

I had originally said that one of the fine homes/families that I've found for Speedy would be dissappointed. I was wrong. There will be two dissappointed. One of them is mine. How I wish that I could keep him. He's really a love.

At this point, I wish that I didn't have to make a decision as to where he should go. I'd like to tell Patty and Diana to decide between themselves. That way I'd be off the hook. Both have been quite nice about it and understanding of my reluctance to choose. Again, there will be two dissappointed families ~ mine being one.

I'm going to check on neutering, etc. today. Will advise later. The soonest he could have it done here would be tomorrow, given that he's had breakfast today.

Take care all.

Speedy and his foster family

Speedy is CA bound

Tue, 8 Sep 1998 11:35:40 EDT - from Susan

I was pushed off the fence this morning with a post from one of the interested parties. I have always said that assuming an even playing field, Speedy would go to the party who requested him first. That will be the case. After much consideration, questions asked and answered, I do believe that both homes would be loving, caring homes for this dog. Therefore, he must go to the one who asked for him first. I am quite saddened by the fact that the other home, as deserving as it is, will not get Speedy.
I am sorry, too, that I had to make this decision. Speedy is a wonderful dog and will make a great pet. I wish that I could keep him, but I have three and I can't, for several reasons, take a fourth. Also, I could not continue to do rescue work if I made a home for everyone I fostered. Allowing Lister to leave gave me the opportunity to help Speedy. I'm sure there will be more. Right now, he's asleep on my lap and I can't imagine life without him, but that's the way it has to be. By Thursday he'll be asleep on someone else's lap.

Susan, the girls & Speedy

Wed, 9 Sep 1998 16:15:01 EDT - from Susan

Speedy didn't make it out today, but we'll try again tomorrow. There was a delay in receiving the contract (Express Mail problem). Anyway, the contract is in my possession now. It wasn't an issue of trust, but just a commitment that I made to Spay Lee. No tickey, no laundry, so to speak ;)

I'm not very upset. That means I get to snuggle with Speedy one more night. Speedy's bags are packed. We went to the vet today to get a rabies shot and health certificate. Then we went shopping. We now have a nice blue lead to match our collar, a chicken flavored nylabone, and a sherpa style rug to place in the crate. The Speedster is going to travel in style!

Later ~

Fri, 11 Sep 1998 14:35:18 EDT - from Susan

Yesterday was pretty tough on me and Speedy. We spent the entire morning together and cuddled in the early afternoon. Then it was off to the airport for his big adventure. He was great. He obviously sensed something, but seemed more concerned about me. I purchased his "ticket" and his "seat" (funds were provided by his new mom), crying like a fool. He cuddled in my arm with his head under my ear, licking my neck at just the right times. 20 minutes before flight time, we said our good-byes. I had placed a fleece rug in the crate along with a chew-eez, a chicken flavored nylabone and one of my socks (knotted into a ball). A last cuddle, some kisses and licks and he was on his way. I then died a thousand little deaths until his new mom called me at 1:30 this morning to say that he landed safely. He was a bit nervous, but fine. I've since heard that he's doing well (running up and down stairs, playing, cuddling, etc.) and today he's off to visit some friends and relatives of his new mom. Speedy's new life has begun.

Susan & the girls

Tue, 15 Sep 1998 18:37:42 EDT - from Susan

Many have asked for "Speedy news". Patty has e-mailed me daily since his arrival in CA last week. He's been doing some So. California travel ~ visiting friends and family. This weekend he'll be in Hesperia. I've seen some pics and he appears to be enjoying his new life as a beach pup! He's even sporting a new leather collar. He sends his love to all, but reserves the kisses for me! :)

SPAY LEE Newsletter

Fri, 9 Oct 1998 20:42:45 EDT - from Susan

SPAY LEE, the no-kill group that assisted in getting Lister and Speedy out of their situations sent me a courtesy copy of their newsletter. The following was written:

"Speedy" little min pin that nobody wanted. Now lives in California with the help of the min pin internet.

"Orion" now "Lister" who lived here in a garage and now lives in Illinois ~ this is a pic of Lister and Susan in Naples who managed to pull it all together to get him to his new home.


I'm proud to say that the pic (attached here) of Lister and me was the only picture in the newsletter.

I had no idea that SPAY LEE had a newsletter, so this was a pleasant surprise.

Susan & the girls

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