Last week I shared with you the story of how Loki became a member of our family. This week I’ll finally (after 5 years) share Thor’s story.
It all began because we needed a new lawnmower. Being the
cheap frugal person that I am, I headed out on a Saturday morning in August to search all of my favorite thrift stores. None of them had a lawnmower at a decent price so, being frustrated, I headed to Walmart to just give in and pay full price (which I HATE to do!)
It had been raining hard off and on all day as it tends to do during the Florida rainy season. As I started pulling into the parking lot, I noticed a woman with a shopping cart next to her. In the shopping cart was a toddler of about 18 months and an infant under 3 months of age. Under her arm she held a small puppy. And that’s when it happened…
She stepped right in front of my moving, rather large Ford Excursion!
I was a bit taken aback but figured she was going to ask for money or a ride somewhere. I rolled down my window and this is what she said,
“Please take this puppy! It’s the last one left and no one will take it. I can’t take him home because my landlord said he’s kick me out if we still had any tomorrow! I can’t keep the kids out in the rain and I DON’T want to take him to animal services. They kill pit bulls there!” As she was saying this she handed me the puppy through the window. I told her I’d have to check with my husband. Then I asked her a few questions about this cute little guy.
I guess this where I tell you that I already had a dog at home, Rover.
Rover was an older male beagle who was nearly blind and nearly deaf but still as
annoying lovable as he ever was. Of course, Rover was a handful. I couldn’t even imagine another dog in our house. But IF I ever got another dog, (and it was a BIG IF) it would be a male brindle pit bull AND it would come to ME. I wouldn’t go find it. So anyway…
This puppy WAS a male brindle pit bull. Talk about destiny or the universe working in your favor or a God thing or what have you!
So of course I said I’d take this little bundle of love. How could I NOT take him?
BUT You know what they say, right? There is no such thing as a FREE puppy! Less than a week later I had to take him to the emergency vet because he was soo sick. He had the worst cause of worms and dehydration that they had seen. So nearly $500 later, my Free puppy was a happy healthy member of our family.
Of course that wasn’t our only experience with Thor and the emergency vet. A few years later, he and a motorcycle had a bit of a run in. You can read about that experience here.
Thor is such an important part of our family. I couldn’t imagine life without him.
Next week, I’ll tell you how Loki and Thor met and how they get along now...