Meet Scout. She is owned by a friend of mine that I have known for a long, long time. My friend has always wanted a chocolate lab — or at least a chocolate lab mix. She even had already selected a name for the dog she had not yet found. It would be Scout, after the character in To Kill a Mockingbird.
For weeks, my friend searched online at local shelters for her dog. She finally came across her dog-to-be, along with her mother and three siblings at the Montgomery County Animal Shelter in Texas. Interestingly, the day the dogs were admitted to the shelter, a stray cat left a “gift” of a mockingbird on the front steps of my friend’s house.
On Tuesday, March 31, 2015, my friend adopted Scout.
On Wednesday, April 1, 2015, Scout was hospitalized with pneumonia and possibly distemper. Because the Easter holiday was looming, the hospital sent Scout home with meds and fluids. It was the longest weekend ever for my friend. Since Scout was a puppy, and puppies are on the go, it was difficult to keep Scout calm and resting. She still wanted to play even though she couldn’t breathe well.
Finally the Easter weekend was over and Scout was taken to the vet. They kept her for a few days as her prognosis wasn’t good. Thankfully the medications started to kick in and she regained her strength and was able to come home.
Scout very much enjoys her forever home. She has new canine and feline siblings and even guinea pigs to play with! She enjoys going for rides in the truck with her mom, has backpacked the mountains of Colorado, closed down the local dog park in Breckenridge, and graduated top dog in her obedience class. Her favorite activity though is to follow her mom around the house.
Scout says, “I think there’s just one kind of folks. Folks.” And it’s time for her nap. 🙂