Updated: October 10, 2012 6:17AM
Dear Ollie: I’m a very lucky dog. Why? Because I’m a Welsh Pembroke corgi dog with a cool new family and home. Again, very lucky.
Here’s my story. Several years ago, I was acquired by an elderly woman in North Carolina. As a puppy, I loved to run and play. She got mad at me one day because my leash wrapped around her legs causing her to fall. She broke her hip. The next thing I knew I spent 16 months being tied to a tree outside her garage eating only white bread from the local Wonder Bread retail outlet.
In the meantime, Doug and Greg were looking everywhere for another corgi to be a companion for their own 4-year-old female corgi named Carmen.
Since Carmen had been rescued, Doug and Greg made a point of visiting every area shelter and phoning the local rescue groups in search of the perfect companion for their dog.
As luck would have it, they came in contact with a woman at a local rescue center who was familiar with my story.
In fact, as a conscientious animal advocate, she had approached the elderly woman several times pleading for my release. But the woman was bent on punishing me forever for a puppy prank and wouldn’t listen to reason. The rescue center woman listened intently while Doug and Greg pleaded a case for adding another corgi to their brood.
After they completed their application, she shuffled some papers smiled and said the famous words, “Let me see what I can do to cut through the red tape.” They were very grateful for her interest since their corgi hunt was coming up empty.
By the end of the week, she had “cut through the red tape” and I was sitting on Greg’s lap.
Here’s what happened. On that same Thursday night, she drove by the old woman’s house and saw me pulling on my chain. She took some wire cutters from her handbag and cut me loose. This Thursday night caper gave a new meaning to the expression “cut through the red tape.”
Now, we are a real family and I’m a lucky dog.
Ringo, the very lucky dog
Dear Lucky Ringo: Indeed, I hear all kinds of stories about people who have no clue how to care for a dog but acquire one or two of them anyway. An elderly woman with Wonder Bread for a brain and an active corgi puppy are just not a good match.