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A funny thing happened on the way home from the fabric market

or, How I went to buy drapes and ended up with a dog.

or, Anyone want a puppy?

This puppy, specifically:

Love me.

Honestly there was a bunch of other stuff I was going to write about today as it was a rather busy weekend and lots of things happened, but now I’m a little preoccupied with this little wriggly fluffball (who is presently lounging across my chest as I am trying to type this.) Oh and if I haven’t mentioned it yet, anyone want a puppy?

OK so what happened was this: I had to go out to the big bedsheety curtainy market thing again, this time to pick up curtains I’d ordered for M’s room.  I go, get those, pick up a couple of accent cushions for the sofa while I’m at it, etc etc. Now I’ve got two big bags of stuff, plus also my laptop bag, and I make my way out of the giant building, through the giant clusterf*ck of a walkway/parking lot/general stand-around-and-scratch-yourself zone out in front of it, over to the side of the road to try and get a taxi to haul me and all my hen duo dongxi home.

Suddenly in the road right in front of me there’s all manner of screeching and horns blowing and yelling and scooters swerving wildy, and this little dog comes darting through the traffic. I mean, if you could see this road, it’s totally amazing that he made it across alive and unharmed. (Cao’An Highway, for those of you who might know it.) It’s like eight lanes of cars, trucks, and buses, and massively busy bike lanes on either side. So the dog darts past me, into the giant clusterf*ck zone, and stops running, but is sort of, like, looking all around, kind of spinning, trying to figure out which way to go next, I suppose. He starts back towards the road a few times, and some of the random men standing around, to their credit, stop him – but, the way they stop him is by kicking him. Not kicking him sharply, but by getting a foot under his belly, lifting him up and sending him flying several feet, and laughing. And I’m still trying to flag down a taxi, but no luck. Finally the dog comes sort of near to me and flops down, looking really exhausted, and just stares at me, like “pllllllllleeeeeeaaaaaaase laaaayydeeee.” Another of the random men standing around decided to amuse himself by throwing pumpkin seeds at him. Nice, right? I fixed the guy with my best ‘death glare’, but he was having too much fun throwing pumpkin seeds at a puppy to notice. Not that he’d have even cared if he had, I imagine.

And at that moment, a cab pulled up. So what was I supposed to do? I threw my stuff in the trunk of the taxi, scooped up the dog, and we were off.

Gave him a good look-over in the car and although he was a bit grubby, he seems to be in pretty good health and good shape. I mean, I am of course not a vet, but have shared my life with many dogs, so I can identify your basic fleas, ear mites, skin conditions, etc etc. Gave him a good bath when I got home – which I believe I can safely say, was not his favourite thing ever – and Ayi Xiao went out and found a bag of puppy chow at a local shop. He ate some but not a huge amount, didn’t seem to be starving. Has been good at ‘doing his business’ outside and not in the house so far; and he’s had a good solid poo, which bodes well (i.e., is not full of worms).

But, we cannot keep him. As G put it, “A new puppy isn’t exactly THE last thing I need in my life right now… but it’s pretty far down there in the list.” He’s very sweet and it’s a good bit of fun having him here for a bit, but he needs a proper home. SOON.

So, anyone want a puppy?

9 Responses to “A funny thing happened on the way home from the fabric market”

  • cara says:

    aawww. I”ll ask around too, i’d love to take him, but like ur G, my E has the same thoughts.

  • Sue Bichler says:

    he is the cutest little thing. how can anyone resist that face? too bad we live on the other side of the world :)

  • Melanie H says:

    Oh, what Old Soul eyes your new puppy has!

    I will surely keep my ears open for puppy seekers. How big/old is he? We have cat acquired under a similar situation…

  • Kathryn says:

    I ‘got rid of’ a stray I had picked up in the middle of a street once through an ad in the Enjoy classifieds…there’s also Craigslist. Good luck, I understand what you are going through and that ‘what the heck did I just do?” feeling.

  • Marvin and Julia Manalac says:

    Hi there,

    Please contact my husband and I……we run Jaiya’s Animal Rescue in Shanghai. My husbands name is Marvin and his number is 136 3662 4300 and we can be reached after 4:30pm. Please call us as we have families that are looking for dogs now.

    Julia Manalac

  • kellie says:

    Hiya, have sent you an email already at the JAR gmail address :-)

  • you can bring him here. xoxoxo

  • Eric Fusco says:

    Fed Ex him here. You know the address.

  • Michael says:

    Hi. I found your blog while Googling for a shoe-repair shop and found the picture of your dog instead. Do you know what’s happened to him? Does he still need a home? I moved to Shanghai last year, and I could use a companion like him.

    Please call me or email me. If I don’t hear from you, maybe I’ll contact the lady at the shelter who commented above.


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