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At home was an unsuspecting husband with four dogs waiting, so I determined Honey would first need a special bath and groom to make her irresistible. It was nearly six o’clock by now, and the only groomer that I knew who was still working late in Dunedin was Jennifer Harmon with Pet Styles by Jennifer. She is always booked. I pleaded with her to squeeze Honey into her schedule. Her son Dylan, an excel- lent groomer himself, offered to help. By seven thirty, we were on


our way home. Dylan had worked his magic on this sweet little girl. I was confident my plan was going to work, and texted my husband from our driveway, asking him to secure the dogs inside, and to please come out through the front door of our home. Except for tem- porarily fostering my mother’s Cavalier King Charles, Sam, I have never brought another dog home, by myself during the eight years we have been publishing The New Barker. I have encountered hundreds of dogs with fates similar to that of Honey’s, but always realized my limitations, and respected the dynamics of our already full canine household. Steve’s smile reassured me that he supported my decision.


He took Honey into his arms, kissed her and asked a rhetorical question. “This is only temporary, right?” Yes, I promised. It appeared that Honey felt safe in her crate while our four


For the five days we fostered Honey, she never took her eyes off of me.


dogs tried to get to know their new house guest over the week- end. She became my traveling companion while I covered a couple of events for the magazine. She was a hit everywhere we went. Saturday, to Pet Food Warehouse during their annual rescue event, and then Sunday during Adoptapalooza, hosted by the Humane Society of Pinellas. Among the many rescue groups with adoptables at the event was Canine Estates Adoption and Sanctuary. The Palm Harbor non- profit specializes in smaller dogs, many of whom are senior or spe- cial-needs dogs. They agreed to


help facilitate getting Honey properly vetted and adopted. They actually took several applications for her during Adoptapalooza. At Canine Estates’ request, on Monday I transported


Honey to Sunshine Animal Hospital who works with them. She checked out all okay and was given the clearance to be spayed the following day. I mentioned one final concern to Dr. Smith about this sweet little dog.


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