TERRI ODGERS, Art Director
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN TOGETHER: 9 years
TELL ME YOUR RESCUE STORY:
Two greyhounds showed up at the Pleasant Ridge Country Store in the Fall of 2003. The Humane Society rescued one but Pedro ran the ridge for 3-4 months while Charley, the store’s owner, and I attempted to befriend him with bacon and sausage sticks. He would stand a few feet away from us, crying and shaking, waiting for his food. Eventually, he got to the point of taking food out of our hands and then run away, never letting us touch him.
One day I was sitting on the hillside, not paying any attention to him when he walked right up to me. He startled me at first but I slowly reached out and touched his face. He cocked his head and I could tell he liked it. Then he took off! Charley eventually got to the point of picking him up and setting him down, preparing to eventually put him in the truck and taking him to the Humane Society.
On Christmas Eve of that year, Pedro showed up at the store bleeding from a bad cut. That night was supposed to be bitter cold and Pedro was shaking uncontrollably. I told Charley if we didn’t rescue him I didn’t think he would survive the night. Charley picked him up and put in the back seat of my car. Here I am driving this 70-pound dog, who I’m not so sure of and who’s panting uncontrollably, thinking that he’s going to have a heart attack. Plus, it was 5:00 and I was hosting Christmas dinner in an hour!
Our plan was the keep Pedro for the weekend and then turn him into the Humane Society on Monday. But by then I was so worried about him that I just couldn’t give him up. He had never climbed steps. He had never walked on linoleum or wood floors. He would set one paw down and cry so I had rugs all over my house so he could get around. He would cower whenever we raised our voices or moved too quickly. He didn’t know how to play or how to ask for things. It was really quite sad. The vet said he’d lived a very tough life and guestimated him to be about 2 years old.
WHAT’S HIS FAVORITE THING TO DO? He has turned out to be the most amazing 60 mph couch potato! He’s a leaner who loves the cushiest places to nest and his favorite food is bacon. My favorite thing is when I go home at lunch, he will wake up from his nap and play “hide & seek” with me. He lays where he was when I walked in and covers his eyes with his paws and talks to me. But he would say his favorite thing is bunnies.
HE ALWAYS GETS IN TROUBLE FOR… My brother’s Shih Tzu takes single pieces of kibble and leaves it around the house. Ever since that dog stayed with us, Pedro has placed kibble randomly around the house. Drives me nuts!
PEDRO IS SO SPOILED… he tells me when it’s time for us to go to bed (AND the photographer goes outside to take his picture because he’s too frightened to come inside!
RESCUE ORGANIZATION OF CHOICE: Iowa County Humane Society
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