Chapter 4 – Dahlia is Different
Pugs come in a variety of colors. The most prevalent is the familiar fawn coat highlighted by the endearing black muzzle and velvety ears. The next most common color is jet black with the occasional white points. A solid black pug with no other markings is a rarity. Pugs of different colors can be born in the same litter, and a mixture of fawn and black pugs is common. In fact, if you look closely at the fur of a fawn pug, you’ll see that the light brown is sprinkled with long dark hairs. Less common colors are apricot, silver, white, and brindle. In my experience, fawn pugs make up a good three-quarters of all individuals. I’ve met a lot of fawn pugs, quite a few black ones, but only one brindle dog and none of the other colors.
By the summer of 2014 I had fostered several fawn pugs, and then one day I got a call from the Foster Director at DFW Pug Rescue, asking if I could foster a young female named Dahlia. I drove to the vet’s office to pick her up, and to my delight saw that she was a beautiful black dog with a white star on her chest. About a year old, she was energetic—to say the least. During the drive home, I thought about adding one more dog to the current three-pug grumble. At home, I asked my wife Denise if she thought she could put up with one more member of the family. “Let’s think about it for a couple of days,” she said, with a non-committal tone in her voice.
The next time I talked to the Foster Director, I told her we were considering adopting Dahlia. “You better make up your mind quickly,” she said. “Young black pugs don’t hang around as fosters very long. You need to let me know as soon as possible. I’ve got several potential adopters in line.”
I thought about it for a few seconds, then said, “You know what, we’re going to take her.” I can square it with Denise later, I told myself.
Skipping over the part where Denise read me the riot act for making the decision without her, we now had a beautiful Black Dahlia on our hands. And thus the roller-coaster ride began. She made Mischievous Mitzee look like Rebecca of Sunnybrook farm. More than once, my wife expressed grave doubts over whether Dahlia had a long-term future with us. A year and a half later, Dahlia is still here, but she spends a good deal time on probation for random acts of mayhem.
Oh yes, Dahlia is different…
Next Week: Volunteering for DFW Pug Rescue Club of Texas – “No Pug Left Behind”