Diary of a Network Geek

The trials and tribulations of a Certified Novell Engineer who's been stranded in Houston, Texas.


Homeless Pets

Filed under: Deep Thoughts,Dog and Pony Shows,Life, the Universe, and Everything,Personal — Posted by the Network Geek during the Hour of the Snake which is mid-morning or 10:57 am for you boring, normal people.
The moon is a Third Quarter Moon

I used to volunteer for H.O.P.E.
But, foolishly, I thought I’d have more time, not less, after the divorce was over, so I stopped making it a habit. The end result is that I haven’t been there to help out in months. I’m an official, paid member and everything, but, I had really intended to actually help out at the adoption center. Well, I’ve always been good at compartmentalizing guilt, so I did that very thing and forgot about it. So, yesterday, I’m running errands and swing by PetSmart, where H.O.P.E. does their adoptions from, off 290, to pickup some food for my Hilda. Hilda was a rescue dog that we got at H.O.P.E.. In fact, that was why I started volunteering there, because, at the time I’d lost Hilda, I was keeping an eye out for a replacement pup. Now, I come into contact with these folks for the first time in months.
Okay, here’s the thing… Back when “I” was “we” and “we” got Hilda, there was another dog I connected with named Sage. He was a good dog, though at the time, he had sort of a bad reputation, being, essentially, a Pit-mix. But, click that link and you’ll see that he’s a beautiful dog. And, at least to me, friendly as all get out. In fact, as memory serves, he did better with the women-folk than guys, but he and I got along really well. Unfortunately, he had issues. For one, he liked cats. Apparently, the thought they were quite tasty. Sadly, we had two cats at the time and picked up a third. Besides that little hiccup, my ex-wife was terrified of him. She’d been bitten by a dog, according to her, as a kid and had physical and mental scars. In fact, it was a fight to get my submissive, sweet-tempered Hilda! (I’m not sure how much of her story was true, though, since she apparently lied on a regular basis to get her way. If only I’d realized that sooner… Ah, well.)
Anyway, when I went in yesterday, Sage, was still there, three years later, looking for a permanent home. So, here I am, the ex is long gone, so that obstacle is removed. I got Hilda back because she allegedly killed one of the poor, sickly, geriatric cats that my ex dragged with her out to Phoenix. Personally, I think it was something else, because the story I got doesn’t mesh with how a dog would kill a cat, and, frankly, I don’t trust those two to ever do anything but lie. Still, the upshot is, I won’t take the risk of having cats with her, so that removes another “obstacle” to adopting Sage. Now, the question becomes, how would my darling, spoiled, little girl take to having another dog in the house? She seems to enjoy other dogs, after she gets to know them. But, I worry about how well she’d take it. And, I’m going to have to do some travelling for work here shortly, so I’m not entriely sure I want to add a dog to my house until after that time. Lots of variables to consider, but, well, I can’t help it. I’m seriously thinking about adopting a brother for Hilda.


  1. Definitely wait until you get back from your travels. Then, if at all possible, invite Sage to stay with you for a while, a trial run if you will. It would be sad to have to send Sage back, but Hilda gets to make that decision, right?

    Comment by Cheri — 1/22/2006 @ 11:18 am

  2. Yeah, if I do it at all, it depends on how Sage and Hilda get along. I may not even get that far, though, since the idea of having a second, larger, dog seems like a little more work than I’m up right now. We’ll see how it goes, I guess. Sometime after I travel, I’l give it some serious thought.

    Comment by the Network Geek — 1/22/2006 @ 11:50 am

  3. Now you don’t think fate might be playing a sly hand here, do you? I mean to have wanted Sage and then to see him still homeless, three years later? Hmm. I can see your quandery but I think it mighty coincidental.

    Comment by Deirdre — 1/22/2006 @ 12:21 pm

  4. I’m not sure I believe in fate anymore. So often, “fate” seems closer to “fatality” than I’d like. Still, the fact that Sage responded to me immediately yesterday, after not interacting with him for almost three years, made me think long and hard. And, I’m not done thinking yet.

    Comment by the Network Geek — 1/22/2006 @ 1:32 pm

  5. Ha, yes fate & fatality. Got anything against “destined”? Just kidding. I’m such a sucker for dogs I guess and would have another if I didn’t have to bounce it off of the man.

    Comment by Deirdre — 1/22/2006 @ 4:11 pm

  6. What if the stars are trying to reuinite Sage and Hilda? What if they are soul mates and are just waiting for you to bring them together again? Why would I think of that while watching a football game?

    Comment by Cheri — 1/22/2006 @ 5:31 pm

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