Just an update - I applied for a beautiful dog who I saw on the HRI website. I didn't want to mention any names in case it didn't work out.
Good news: This dog has found the perfect home!
Bad news: It is not with me.
Good news: We've found a little guy locally, and adopted him on Saturday! He's currently at the vet getting neutered, but will post pics after he comes home tomorrow.
He's kind of a mess..... His previous family bought him from a pet shop / puppy mill here in our area. They had no experience with small dogs, and were completely unprepared to provide the care that he needs. They have two small children (under the age of 7) and were just overwhelmed. Plus the husband lost his job a couple of months ago, so they are unable to provide for him financially, as well.
He has had NO rules or boundaries established at all. He was basically allowed free run of everything. He is 8 months old, not housebroken, in fact he'll hold it for a LONNNGGGG time because he thinks he is "supposed" to go on the bathroom rug, so we'll definitely have to work with him on that.
He is in desparate need of a good grooming, so we'll take him in next week.
He was completely infested with fleas. Treated him (and all of the dogs) first thing, as soon as we brought him home.
Not neutered, but that's taken care of as of this morning. The vet called around lunch and said the procedure went very well, no complications and nothing unexpected.
While he was under, they also pulled his baby teeth, as they were showing no signs of loosening and his permanant teeth had already grown in.
In addition, he had been scratching his ears a LOT, so I asked the vet to take a look while he was at their office. He had a TON of hair in his ears, so they pulled that while he was under anesthetic. Underneath all of the hair they found an infection, so he'll be coming home with medication for that, as well.
Poor little guy!!!!
Good news is that we brought him home and introduced him to the other dogs without a hitch - everyone seems to be getting along quite well. Tango hasn't quite latched onto him yet, but I'm sure she is still missing Soleil, and will warm up to him soon enough.
So..... it's been an exciting weekend at our house!