Introducing Scrappy Doo Rivera

Meet Scrappy Doo Rivera, the newest member of my family. After losing Pork Chop in 2005, I didn’t think I could fall in love again and yet, here I go again!  Never say Never. Scrappy came to me as a foster, as a favor to my friend, Kelly (co-founder of  Paws of New England),

whose hubby was going to kill her (not really) if she fostered two dogs in addition to their own two. Kelly tells me he is a very cute puppy, about 7 months, found in a trailer park in Tennessee. She swore she could get him adopted quickly, since he was so cute and a puppy. I figured why not, 2 weeks and he will have a new home. I will pass it forward and help the little guy out.

What she failed to get through to me was how he was the most adorable, round eyed, big eared puppy on this living earth! So while I subconsciously fell in love with him, I still didn’t entertain the thought of keeping him. After a day with him, I quickly learned that he is an awesome pup. The kind most folks dream of, still i thought, someone out there will be lucky to have him.  He was leaping through the doggy door with reckless abandonment within a day. I thought, great, he is potty trained. While I was busy, he showed his independence, he found constructive, cute and fun ways to entertain himself. He will grab a stuffed toy, bone or simply relax on the couch. He played with every dog and boy does he love to play. Clients were in awe of his ears as I would mention how he was up for adoption. After two weeks, Kelly, apologies for not posting his adoption info yet. I felt sadness and without thinking mentioned “i think i want to keep him”. Scrappy Doo is now a Rivera! Kelly had taken her time to post his info for adoption, a very clever plan and one that I am utterly grateful for. He has been a true joy and a new love of my life. As a bonus he is the greatest host to our visiting canine companions!

While no one is perfect, neither is Scrappy, he is people shy. A problem I will help him get over by introducing him to as many people and experiences as I can.  Little does he realize his cuteness is his biggest problem, everyone wants to pet him, lol. He tends to bark with new folks, but is slowly approaching for a quick sniff n run and/or pet. His other weakness are raw hides. He loves raw hides, if there are 5 around the house, he is most comfortable when all 5 are in his view and/or under him! lol He is not rude or mean, he will not take it from another dog, simply stay a safe distance and wait patiently for the dog to tire of the bone. When that moment arrives, he springs into action and adds it to his collection. Mind you this isn’t every day, nor an obsession, it happens at various moments. As long as it does not cause a fight,  AND as long as the other dogs do get a chance to enjoy a bone, i will allow it.  After all, no one is perfect!

Pork Chop’s Way


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