Shih tzu worries about future
Ask Ollie May 4, 2012 4:02PM
Updated: June 7, 2012 8:12AM
Dear Ollie: I am a small, male gray and white shih tzu found April 27 by Katherine, a caring vet tech who works at the Gast Animal Hospital in Valparaiso.
Here’s the story. I was sitting in the middle of Indiana 149 in Valparaiso counting the cars that swerved around me. She slammed on her brakes, stopped traffic, and calmly invited me into her car. I spent the whole weekend at her home with her cats and other dogs. She phoned every veterinarian and shelter in Porter County but no one was missing me. I am groomed, have manners and a nice disposition but don’t have tags or a microchip.
On Tuesday morning, I was transported to the Humane Society of Northwest Indiana where I had a date with the doc to be neutered. What will happen to me?
Dear Gray Greg: It sounds to me that it has already happened. You were nearly killed on Friday and then neutered on Tuesday. Wow. That’s a lot for any shih tzu. After surgery and recovery, you’ll feel better, stop marking territory and have more energy. You will make someone a fabulous pet. Humans can find out more about you by phoning 938-3339.
Dear Ollie: I am a King Charles cavalier spaniel dog that is small enough to ride in a doggie car seat. I ride in the automobile in the back seat while my humans drive the automobile. Sometimes, I am dressed in a red coat with a matching harness. Here’s the problem. I look stupid and other dogs riding with their noses outside of the window notice it, too. What can I do?
Dear King Charles: Dogs are starving all over the country, the shelters are bursting at the seams, people still support dog fighting, the puppy mills are thriving and you complain because you look stupid in a car seat? Get real. You don’t know what problems really are.
Dear Ollie: Yesterday, I was chewing on the daily paper and saw an article about pitbulls. Politicians wrote laws and actually banned them in Denver, Colo., and limited their ownership in Gary. One of my neighbors is a pitbull named Lulu. She kisses everyone and is very nice. Should she be afraid?
Rosie the Retriever
Dear Rosie: She should be more afraid of the politicians than of any pitbull. Sure, they can be dangerous and bite. But so can a poodle or a cairn terrier. Some pitbulls are bred and trained by people to be mean. I am sorry for anyone ever hurt by a dog, but I can’t condone “dogocide” either.
Dear Ollie: My name is Lloyd. I am a pure white petit basset griffons vendeen. Last night at dinner, I heard my humans talk about the cost of owning a pet. According to the American Kennel Club, dogs cost about $708 per year to maintain and cats cost $275. Birds are more expensive and nest in at $804 per year.
All of these estimates include food but not grooming. Monthly grooming can cost between $25 and $50 per visit.
I am “drop dead” gorgeous so my human buys me beautiful collars and leashes to accentuate my good-looking self. Clearly, I cost more than most dogs, a bird or a cat. And I believe I can write your column better than you do. Am I worth it?
Dear Lloyd: No.