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Simone, my foster, is all done with her heartworm treatment and is ready to go up for adoption. I'll have to work on an adoption blurb for her at some point but for now I'd just like to show off one of her talents: interpretive modern dance.

Simone only performs if there's food involved. She can be a bit mercenary that way. Smitten, on the other hand, doesn't care much for dancing.

12 Comments to “Modern Dance”

  1. Anonymous says:

    She is sooo adorable!

  2. I definitely see some Twyla moves there. Smitten's expression is also priceless.

  3. Addie says:

    She must have the same dance instructor as my Dingo, she knows all his best moves (and then some; he's too old now to do so much bouncin. though he always manages a lot more than I expect) :D

  4. selkiem says:

    my GSD Finn 'cavorts' for Dentastix... thus in our house they are known as Cavorting Sticks - she is TOO adorable!! and yes, I love Smitten's expression... like "WHAT are you doing, you twerp!|

  5. Anonymous says:

    Does Simone stay with you until she is adopted or does she go back to TAS so that people can see her? I am feeling separation anxiety for her already!

  6. selkiem says:

    Fred, off- topic.. how is that little terrier doing - the one that came in with all the bite marks and was so hurt.

  7. Fred says:

    Anon, Selkie's staying with me. I may drop her off at TAS on weekends when the most people go in but I'm not sure I even want to do that as I'd like to personally meet any applicants.

    Selkie, the JRT was euthanized. It seemed to be recovering from its injuries but started biting. After the third bite, they could no longer adopt her out to a private individual because of liability reasons and the local rescues didn't have room for her. I have my own theories about why it started biting and don't agree with the euthanasia decision but I don't have all the information in front of me including the city's legal and insurance concerns which unfortunately overrule the welfare concerns of any single animal.

  8. selkiem says:

    that breaks my heart ... I assume the THS wouldn't take him either (so much for being there for ALL the animals)

  9. Anonymous says:

    I am assuming you mean Simone is staying with you (you said Selkie?)- great news, if so. Can't imagine her having to go back in the shelter after having stayed in a loving home these past few weeks. This, no doubt, is the hard side of fostering but no doubt there will soon be another taking her place!

  10. Fred says:

    Anon, funny, yeah that's what I meant. Thinking too many thoughts at the same time. "Simone" is staying with me.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Selkie is probably disappointed!ha ha Also, the words we type up in order to be validated for the public, where do they come from, I'm intrigued (you can see I have time on my hands!)

  12. selkiem says:

    I personally think Simone and Finn should partner up and enter So You Think You Can Dance~!~ [I wish I had known about that little dog... I would have been more than willing to give him a shot to rehab]

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