September 13, 2012

Introducing... Iso! (maybe) the little dog from Mexico

Jeff and I seem to disagree about how involved we should be in this little puppy's story and so this is going to take a long, diplomatic conversation.

The situation: Our neighbor, Mary (Izzy's mom, that little devil in black curls) recently went on a cruise. In Mexico, Mary passed a group of puppies in desperate need of homes. The pups were from The Humane Society of Cozumel and they adopted out to the US, if they only had a good home... Mary has a big heart, I'll give her that. She paid the adoption fee, and recently picked up little Iso (pronounced E-zo) at the airport.

Izzy does not approve.

The situation is stressful enough on the little home that Mary has asked that I help find little Iso a home. Would I help take a few pictures and possibly post them online (I cringe to think craigslist)? Mary is not quite up to trying to keep a curious little puppy away from a less than hospitable poodle. I asked them over to have a play date to get the lay of the land.

First impression was, "Yup, Izzy wants nothing to do with that dog." But as for Iso... it was love at first sight. My best guess is Parson Russel Terrier and Chihuahua mix, but he is a mutt's mutt, just like Relay. The two of them hit it off immediately. Iso is just friendly, outgoing, and 15 pounds of pure love. Five months old, he is already potty trained, doesn't bark, mark, or chew. He has been neutered and given his rabies shot. An all around perfect puppy, who is just too cute. I would rename him Bit, but I'm not adopting another dog.

Mary has a second friend involved in rescue that lives out of state who will be visiting in three weeks. If by that time a good home has not been found, she will take Iso and try to find a home for him where she lives. 

Here is where Jeff and I stand:
Me: I would just take him into our home. Relay loved to play with the puppy, and we could help him find a good home just like with our other fosters. And besides, Mary needs help.
Jeff: He disagrees with the principles of the situation. Why are you adopting a dog from Mexico, when the pound fifteen minutes from you house has dogs in just as much need? Why are you adopting a dog without doing a proper meet with your current dog? Why don't you give them more time to get to know each other?

So, do we take Iso or not? Part time? Try to find him a home or just run out the clock until her friend arrives?

It's going to be a very long conversation.


Can you foster until he finds a new home? Nikki

I see Jeff's point. But the fact is - Iso is here now and needs someone to care for him. I think maybe fostering would be a good option in the mean time.

It'll be interesting to see how this pans out for you and more importantly, for Iso. Keep us posted! :)

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