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Simon The Rescue Dog

DOB about 7-97

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Simon finds a home!! Click on photo for story.

by Frank Holbert

I received a call from a local vet in (September '97). She said she thought she had a Flat-Coated Retriever and was about to put it down. She said the county had picked him up. He was sick and they didn't want to take him back to the kennel where he could infect other dogs. At the counties direction she planed to put the dog down in one hour.

I had a very full day planned and figured it was just another long haired black dog. The vet  owned a FCR but was not a member of the club and had very limited exposure to FCR's. Her answers to my questions seemed to fit. However, I'm happy to say the club is bating 0% on rescue calls. I stopped what I was doing and drove 30 minutes to the vet still sure it was just another long haired black mixed breed dog.  

I met the vet and went back to the quarantine kennels. On the way I'm practicing saying "Thanks for the call, but that's not a Flat-Coat." I looked in the kennel and got that warm fuzzy feeling. Simon jumped up on the door of the run and I got a good look at him. I'm looking at the dog...  the vet is looking at me, after 2 or 3 minutes I turn to the vet, in a disbelieving voice I said , "I think your right." I called Bunky Orton, he came over and looked at the the dog with Peachie. They thought I was wrong then, they saw the dog.

We wanted to remove Simon and take him to our regular vet. But the county owned the dog. We're welcome to pay the bills but we can't have him.  One week later the county says we can have him. The bills for the first week exceed $700. We move him to another vet for another week of quarantine. The second weeks medical bill is $100. (go figure?) 

We called the Southern California breeders. Some of them had litters that would be that age but were able to account for the dogs. I also posted the rescue on the FCR list. All breeders who responded were able to account for their litters.  VetsMart donated a free neuter. Adrienne and I have Simon right now and we are looking for a good home. Simon is a very happy, sweet and gentle dog.

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Simon finds a home!! Click on photo for story.

Updated 09/27/98