Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Meanwhile, Back in Canada: A Yellow Dog Update


The Yellow Dog, back home, lying on my book.  It's likely he drooled on it.

Long-time readers will remember that, before leaving for Seoul, the Asia Vu family made the difficult decision to leave their large, lovable, and marginally intelligent Yellow Dog behind in Canada in a foster arrangement with MsCaroline's kind, generous, thoughtful, and long-suffering Cousin S and her husband, G.

Just to be clear, when I say 'long-suffering,' I am not exaggerating in the least.  In this case, 'long-suffering' means  'having to make arrangements for the dog to have ACL surgery within a few months of his arrival and nursing him around the clock during his recuperation and then providing him with recuperative therapy as well as putting up with all of his skin allergies and personal idiosyncrasies."   So, you can see, it hasn't been a walk in the park for S&G, and likely for their own baby, the Brown Dog.

 While we know that the Yellow Dog is clearly in far better hands with his loving Canadian cousins (Cousin S cooks him breakfast every day) we all miss him terribly.  Fortunately, through the miracles of technology, we've been able to keep abreast of his doings.  Cousin S provides e-mail updates, frequent photos, and videos on a regular basis.  (And if you were wondering, yes, we have tried Skyping with him, but it was unsuccessful.  He just got very excited and looked around quizzically and barked a lot and had to be given a treat.)

So, when the first snow fell in Alberta recently, there was no question that Cousin S would record the Yellow Dog's first foray into it.  There is also no question that she would be sure to provide him with a jaunty red coat. ( I can't remember if she bought him boots or not, but I wouldn't put it past her.) 

We still miss the Yellow Dog, but if he can't be with us, we can't think of a better place for him to be than where he is right now.

And, to Cousins S&G:  Thanks.  Again, and again, and again.

The Yellow Dog and his cousin, the Brown Dog.

5 comments:

Trish @ Mums Gone To... said...

I'm not really a doggy person but this is rather lovely. And don't they both look grand in their smart coats?

Circles in the Sand said...

Heart-warming post! lovely!

MsCaroline said...

Trish - Yes, they look very handsome! We have reminded ourselves repeatedly how fortunate we (and the Yellow Dog) are that Cousins S&G took him on.

Circles - thanks! We do miss the Yellow Dog. Often....sigh.

BavarianSojourn said...

That must have been a really difficult decision. I love the first photograph, he looks very wise! :)

linda@adventuresinexpatland.com said...

Now THAT is a great cousin (and cousin's husband) you have. And a sweet yellow lab. Glad he's getting the best of care, one less thing hanging on your mind. Our Oli's a cairn terrier but our last two dogs were black labs so we know how wonderful they are.