In our introductory photo for this edition of Let Sleeping Dogs Lie & Napping Cats Nap, you may at first see a genu- ine Ear- hound reacting to the camera flash, then you may see some human toes and the attached feet -- then, carefully looking in the lower right, you’ll see an actual sleeping dog.
The Earhound is Diego and the sleeper is Tokyo and the toes, we believe, belong to one of the dogs’ humans.
No matter who owns the toes, these dogs own the home of Molly and Ben Pilarski. People who live with small, happy dogs know how that develops. One day you simply realize the dogs have possession of the home and your hearts!
Both of these are rescues who were adopted via the place Molly volunteers, Second Chance SPCA, known as “Plano’s Premier No-Kill Animal Shelter.”
Tokyo arrived first, then Diego. Molly says, “Diego was the name Second Chance gave him, which we thought sounded so cute with Tokyo. Plus, Diego seemed to be responding to his name already. We can also justify the name because San Diego continues the city theme. Tokyo was also the name Second Chance chose, which we loved and didn't want to change!”
Tokyo is 3 and Diego is about a year-and-a-half. The key to their relation- ship is in Molly’s summary [This photo shows the boys at play]: “Tokyo and Diego are ALWAYS playing together. We worried at first because Diego was non-stop, and Tokyo is a little more laid back. But Tokyo will initiate it more often than not so we think it's going to be a perfect fit. Diego also licks/cleans Tokyo's face in the evenings, which is just adorable!”
Tokyo is a Chihuahua/Boston Terrier mix and, Molly says, ”Diego’s a Chihuahua mix but we’re not sure what he’s mixed with. My mom (Sharon O’Hara) and I think he looks like a little Jack Russell Terrier.”
Tokyo had been pulled from a local shelter just before his euthanasia appointment. Diego came into Second Chance and immediately went to isolation because he was being tested for ringworm. Molly says that “for a couple of weeks, I couldn’t touch him, but just looked at him through the cage. I said to everyone how good he would look with Tokyo. Then, when he was negative for ringworm, I saw his personality and immediately got Ben up there to meet him. We pre-adopted him the next day and took him home the day after that.”
And, as you can see, Tokyo and Diego became happy sleeping pals. All it took was the right combination of the rescue, the rescuers and the rescued. The Three Rs of a happy doghouse.
[A REMINDER, DEAR READERS: We love to post the photos and stories of household dogs and cats and of dogs and cats in shelters and rescue groups in Let Sleeping Dogs Lie & Napping Cats Nap. Readlarrypowell.com is proud to show off your slumbering critters -- send the photos and info to email@example.com. Remember, the happy life you and your animals share may inspire someone else to go to a shelter and save a dog and/or cat. These photos also inspire insomniacs around the world to believe that they, too, can get some sleep if they can just find the right place and the right companion. FYI: This handsomely marked 3- or 4-month-old kitten is William Powell, named in honor of another cool cat, the movie star known for portraying the detective Nick Charles in the series of films launched by The Thin Man movie in 1934. You can clearly see the resemblance. William Powell The Cat is currently living a feral life -- but now and then he appears to be relenting. He likes being fed regularly.]
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