The mysterious mission on which your Curmudgeon was engaged has been accomplished. We have a new dog here at Curmudgeon Headquarters. She’s a red Doberman, and we’ve named her Miss Scarlett.
The Doberman breed comes in four colors. The standard color is black (with the usual tan splashes on the muzzle, chest, legs, and below the tail). Besides black, which is by far the most common color, they can also be red, fawn, or blue (which is actually sort of gray). Miss Scarlett is a splendid red, although it doesn’t show in the pic because she was in the shade. Her eyes are light brown.
The reason for this acquisition is that we recently lost our Pearl. She was nearly 11 years old — an old age for a Doberman — when she succumbed to Wobbler disease — a spinal disorder that affects horses and certain large breeds of dogs. She was fine until the very end, when she suddenly had problems getting up, and she was in pain. We took her to the vet and learned that the situation was hopeless, so we did what had to be done.
Poor Aaaargh! (a blue Doberman whose formal name is Argos) had lost his companion of many years. He’s been listless and very demanding of our constant attention. He needed another dog, so we began a search of various Doberman rescue organizations.
Our requirements were specific: we wanted a female, young — but not a puppy. We were looking for one about 2 or 3 years old, house broken and with a good disposition. After an agonizingly long search, we found Miss Scarlett. She had a goofy name, but we’ve always wanted a red we could name Miss Scarlett. She’ll eventually respond to it.
It was a two-hour car ride to get her, and two hours back. Then she was introduced to Aaaargh! That went well. At the moment, she’s exploring every room, playing with all the toys that belong to Aaaargh!, and getting used to her new situation. It’ll take time, but she’ll be fine. In a day or two they’ll be frolicking on the lawn, and things will be back to normal around here.
So that was our galactic mission. You can relax now. All is well.
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