I Miss That Crazy Dog

cabana laying on our dining room floor, while a blurry apparation-like frenchie walks through the doorway toward cabanaI took this completely un-Photoshopped photo a few days ago, using a slow shutter speed on my camera. I love the way it makes Francie look like a ghost or fading memory as she walks through our house. While I'm still rejoicing about Francie getting adopted, I absolutely cannot believe how much I miss her. She was only at our house for a week, but she was a part of my daily life for the past three months.

Want to hear an interesting story? The first night of our foster, I put Francie's red "adopt me" jacket on her and took her for a walk at a park near our house. I was desperately trying to get her as much exposure as possible. That day, I had contacted numerous rescue groups, pit bull organizations, and made the Craigs List post--everything I could think of to get Francie out in front of people and hopefully, that one Right Person. As I walked through the park, I saw three grade school-aged kids watching us. When we got close to them, the oldest, a girl of about 13, pointed to Francie and said, "That used to be our dog." I had to ask her to repeat herself three times because I couldn't get what she was saying through my thick head! She said that Francie, who's name used to be Carly, was owned by their 23-year old brother. Carly ran away when she was 8-months old and was picked up as a stray. They eventually went to the shelter and saw that she had been renamed Francie (they must have waited for a long time for her to have been given a name by then), but their parents didn't want to pay the $400 to reclaim her (it actually only costs $40, but the girl had apparently been told that it was $400).

She ended by saying, "Well, at least she has a good home with you now." I pointed to Francie's "adopt me" jacket and said, no, she does not have a home, that she has been at the shelter for over 7 months, and that she was almost euthanized. I said it as gently as I could, but I didn't want to sugarcoat the situation either. I felt they needed to know that the choices their family made had huge ramifications, namely, making their dog's life a living hell. Hopefully, if they ever get another pet, they will not repeat their mistake.

But I just got off the phone with Francie's new owner, who reports that Francie has slept on his bed for the past two nights. He told me initially that she would be sleeping on her own dog bed on the floor next to his bed--I've never been so glad that someone's resolve caved! It's a good sign that Francie will be living the spoiled life she deserves.

Francie's owner plans to make Francie her own Facebook page so we can all follow along in her adventures. He says I'll be jealous when I see the amazing life she's living. I'll be sure to share the link so we can all jealous together!

Erin and Co.  – (July 28, 2011 at 11:17 AM)  

Wow that's crazy that you actually met up with the previous owner! What are the odds!

So glad that she's got such a great home! Makes me want to tear up a bit :))

Beth and Alfie  – (July 28, 2011 at 12:32 PM)  

I can hardly believe that -- amazing that you would run into the family of the previous owner! As you said, maybe it will be a learning opportunity for those kids. WOW.

So, so relieved all worked out well for Francie! One happy ending is worth so much, and you played a big part in it. :) Way to go. Give Cabana a hug for being a patient girl too! :)

Becky  – (July 28, 2011 at 2:45 PM)  

This is such a heartwarming story - all you did to make this next part for Francie so lovely is such an inspiration. Such a celebration and now to even have her own page! Love it. Wow. to meet the original owners - interesting to say the least.

Mandy and Saxon  – (July 28, 2011 at 7:30 PM)  

oh Mimi - Francie deserved better and she only got it because of you. These things happen for a reason - what crazy luck to run into that little girl. I wonder if the encounter will stick with her the way it did with you. I hope so. Keep it up - you are amazing.

Martha G  – (July 28, 2011 at 9:15 PM)  

That is really surprising that you ran into Francie's former family. That poor little girl thinking she couldn't get the dog back because it cost 400 dollars! I hope she had some questions for the adults in her life when she went home. I'm looking forward to seeing Francie's FB page. I can't wait to hear about her new adventures!

JackDaddy  – (July 29, 2011 at 12:21 AM)  

I agree. It is a remarkable story!

I was one of those no dogs on the bed people too (as Jack is lying on the ved beside me right now!)

Mimi and CC Cabana  – (July 29, 2011 at 6:19 AM)  

I wanted to clarify about the kids. They were extremely matter-of-fact about seeing Francie, more like how they'd react to find an old pencil stuck in between two couch cushions, like, "Oh, so that's where that went to." They might have patted her head twice between the three of them.

And I've seen Francie much more excited and affectionate with the homeless people we pass around the animal shelter, than she exhibited toward those kids.

In fact, the lack of emotion on all parts made me skeptical that the kids' story was true. I thought the kids had Francie mistaken with some other white dog. But when I asked at the shelter the next day, Francie's name had indeed been Carly when she was brought in.

So I doubt that my frank answer was traumatic to those kids. It's much more likely that they barely gave it another thought.

Kari in WeHo  – (July 29, 2011 at 8:24 AM)  

Obviously they "loved" the dogs if 40 bucks was too much! Sounds like Francie got the good end of the deal!


Vader's Mom  – (July 29, 2011 at 10:44 AM)  

Oh yes, please do share her new website. It was so fun (and heartbreaking) following her here with Cabana.

Mango  – (July 30, 2011 at 4:46 AM)  

Francine is so lucky. Wow! Sleeping on the bed. Now that's the good life. I guess that little girl learned a hard lesson about what happens when you don't care for a dog. Glad things worked out.

Mango Momma

Tessa99999  – (July 30, 2011 at 11:48 AM)  

Wow! What a crazy coincidence! As awful as 7 months in the shelter was for Francie, I honestly think she has a better life now because of it! If those kids felt so nonchalant about Francie and their parents weren't willing to pay $40 to get their dog back I can't imagine her life was THAT great. She may have had the basics of life (food, water, shelter, etc.) but I think her new owner will truly give her a great quality of life with more than just the basics. I think it's working out better in the end! =) Yay Francie!

Susan Campisi  – (July 31, 2011 at 3:44 PM)  

Wow, that is a wild coincidence! This story definitely has a happy ending.

I'm so intrigued by your journey with Francie. You only had her for a week?! I think you're some kind of miracle worker. Gotta read your earlier posts now.

Oh and LOVE the photo. Francie really does look like a ghost.

Anonymous –   – (August 3, 2011 at 8:31 AM)  

That is an incredible story. And I love the bonus at the end of Francie sleeping in the bed with her new owner. A big congrats to you for making such a great match!

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