Tom: Today, I would like to say how Thankful I am not just for my great life here at Poupounette Central, but also for my friends, especially Mad Fernant who is spending a couple of days with us. You see, we call him Mad Fernant but we must never forget how close he came to being "No Fernant." For those of you who may not know or remember, this is his story: Several years ago, a three-month old golden lab puppy was brought into a vet clinic a couple of hours west of here by a supposedly reputable breeder. The puppy had kennel cough which is not life-threatening in any way, but which takes several months to get over. The breeder requested that the puppy be put to sleep because "by the time he was over the kennel cough, he would be too old to sell as a puppy." The vet was a friend of a friend of #1's and was appalled. She said yes, took the puppy to the back, filled in the paperwork and the breeder left. She then removed the microchip from the pup, so there would be no traceability and took the pup home, determined to find him a home.
Our neighbours had lost their lab mix several years earlier and #1 felt they were ready for a new pup, so a trap was sprung and the lovely vet lady brought the little guy to meet them:
Well, they were smitten. Who wouldn't fall for this face?
They called him Fernant. And so started our friendship:
As expected, the kennel cough went away in a few months and he developed into a strapping, totally mad lab! He often stays over at our place and feels quite at ease with all of us…
When Violette was all alone in her field, before she became our sister, Fernant was one of her best friends:
And here are some pics of us yesterday. As you can see, he is still totally mad:
Some things haven't changed at all:
But we always have the best time together!
We're all thankful you were rescued, Buddy!