Saturday, July 2, 2011

Stray Dog Saga Part V - The Naming

I've decided to name the dog Obi.

The veterinarian thought it was a shout-out to Star Wars' Obi-Wan Kenobi. It's actually short for Oberon from A Midsummer Night's Dream. At the time of Obi's rescue, I was reading a book (Hounded by Kevin Hearne) where the main character owned an Irish wolfhound named Oberon. It seemed like destiny, even though Obi is not Irish, not a wolfhound, and definitely not King of the Fairies.

Because of his Star Wars reference, I now have a huge geeky crush on the vet.

I asked Mr. Future Ex-Husband the Veterinarian what breed he thought Obi was. His best guess was that Obi was at least half this...
American Bull Terrier - Also Commonly Know as The Spuds Mckenzie Dog

with a smidgen of this...
American Bulldog

and a possibly a dash of this...
It's anyone's best guess, really. Obi is a dog of varied heritage, which is fine by me. Everyone, this is Obi. Obi, this is everyone.

Hold still a second while I take your picture.

No, it's not food. It's a camera. Now hold still a sec while I...


There. See? That wasn't so hard, was it?

The vet pronounced Obi to be healthy, except for the obvious wounds and being underweight. He is only about two years old, which was a surprise. I thought he was older, but the vet assured me after getting a close look at his big, ol' sparkly teeth (did I mention Mr. Future Ex-Husband the Vet is very brave?) that he was quite young. Just a puppy.

He got his jabs for rabies, parvo, heartworms, etc. Drops were put in his ears. Subjected to all of that and the traumatic car ride to and from, Obi hardly even whimpered. After a couple of more baths to get rid of the lingering Eau de Dead Possum, we should be good to go.


  1. Obi is awesome! He does look like a bull dog/bull terrier mix. Sweet, sweet dog! Congratulations on embarking on dog ownership and you're my new hero, Holly!

  2. Yea, Obi! He looks like he loves you already! How does your cat feel about his/her new brother?

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  4. Congrats at being a new dog owner. Obi is a great name. He will love you to no end :)
    Good luck with the inter-species introduction and negotiations :)

  5. LOVE LOVE LOVE it Holly! He is so cute! I can't wait to meet him! That is amazing that you guys found each other and he is a really lucky dog. I could not be happier for you!

  6. I tuned in every day to see how this saga would turn out and was rooting for a happy ending. :)
    There are times in life when a random act of caring makes no difference at all, but I suspect this is not one of those times. Fewer things are more loyal than a loved dog.

    I love how you told his story ... thank you so much for taking the time to write every little detail ... at times I wasn't sure if I should laugh, cry, be appalled or elated. In the end, like all good stories, I did all of the above.

    - Penelope

  7. Hi. I found your blog because I was looking for an "easy way" my mother-in-law could tell her friends how to read my "Stray Dog Saga" - and I found yours.
    Congratulations. I'd love to read more about Obi.