Monday, September 10, 2012

Tucker has a New Mommy

So a few weeks ago I put the following advertisement in the Peace Corps Facebook group.

"1.5 year old dog looking for a new home. I’m COSing in September and looking for a new home for my little pal Tucker. I found him on the street, in the rain, when he was 2 months old and just couldn't turn away from his pound puppy eyes.

He is about 1.5 years old, still a lot of puppy in him, but he will be a great dog. He weighs about 28 lbs and is about 18inches tall to his shoulder.

He is neutered, house broken, knows basic commands and has many other special skills.

He is an expert bug hunter (specializing in cicadas), does an uncanny Tigger impression, loves long walks (beach not required), and is endlessly useful for cleaning dishes and cuddling during cold winters. 

So if you find yourself hankering for a four-legged companion, but don’t want to or know how to care for a puppy, give me a call. I’m sure Tucker would be quite happy to be your friend."

At first it looked like no one wanted him, especially since no one responded after I posted the advert again.  I was able find a Paraguayan friend, Carmen, who said she would be willing to take him, but I really wanted to find a volunteer to adopt him since he has some very american habits, such as sleeping in the bed with me.  I was dismayed I couldn't find even one person who truly wanted him.  Thankfully at a recent VAC meeting, I was able to immediately find Tucker a very enthusiastic new mommy named Virginia.  Heck a second volunteer also asked to adopt him.  Finally, people who realized a catch when they saw one.

Tonight is Tucker's last night here, Peace Corps is sending a vehicle to pick up the office supplies from my house, and we're catching a ride in the truck to Capucu to be with Virginia. She is a new volunteer so at the very least, I can rest assured Tucker will have two more solid years of nortetime.

In celebration of our time together here are some of my favorite Tucker pictures.

Dinner time at the zoo.

Puppy love

Bunnysitting...Am I doing it right?

Oh I'm sorry, were you going to use this?

Pound Puppy eyes activate!


Sitting on the step

Too early, back to bed

It's cold


Happy featuring Penguin!

I did my best to avoid getting pets in Peace Corps, and failed miserably in that effort.  Having Lila stolen and having to give Tucker away is heartbreaking, but I have so many good memories of the both of them, that it's been absolutely worth it.  At least I know Tucker is going to a great home with someone who is incredibly excited to have him and will give him lots of love. 

Who knows, maybe if Tucker is a really good dog he'll even convince Virginia to take him back to the states with her.  Maybe if I'm really lucky too, I'll get to see him again.  Good luck on your next adventure Senor Tuck Tuck.  You have been loved; you will be missed.

Followup- Tucker with Virginia (fellow Peace Corps volunteer in Capucu), his new mommy

Tucker in the car on the way to Virginia's House.  He is resting his head on my shoulder per usual when he is in my lap

Virginia gave him a bath.  Time to roll around in the grass

Virginia walking with Tuck

Tuck with new family member Karina

Sleeping on the bed. So gentlemanly