She was the puppy from Red Lake who had been badly mistreated. She was adopted over a year ago. Today we received this update from her mom:
At just under 2 years old, Ode (full name: Ode-Almondine-Bambi-Funny Girl-Yawnee) possesses the energy, stamina and full rights of puppyhood. When she isn't shaking down her works-from-home DogMa for walks, yard play, her post-breakfast rawhide chew or any edible she can finagle, she's chasing down the cat (more a partner in hijinx than victim nowadays), snoozing on her cushy chair (directly behind DogMa's computer chair), or screeching at her yard's front fenceline -- an antic intended to attract canine passersby but rarely successful in that mission.
A dependable and spirited copilot/sidekick, Ode's happy to join DogMa on car errands as well as hikes to various nearby stops, where she abides being tied up for a short while if it means a biscuit and loving greetings upon DogMa's return.
Last summer, Ode proudly displayed her beginning, but impressive, swimming chops in both Lake Calhoun (on Uncle Dan's boat) and Twin Lakes (while visiting Auntie Char's northern Minnesota cabin).
Ode and DogMa had fun meeting not one but two other Red Lake pooches at dogparks over the holidays -- one, a cute little guy named Rupert who seemed to think Ode was his mom. Ode's also kept busy this winter chasing around with her buddy Gar(th), another fine alum of the Pet Haven system, on the shoveled pathways in her yard. She looks forward to airport-dogpark outings with fave beau Phoenix and occasional visits from her Wisconsin cousin Hubba. (She misses her cousin Jasper and hopes he's enjoying his new Oregon digs.) Also high on Ode's to-do list are trips across town to visit 88-year-old Dori, whose very special (and hilarious) relationship with her Granddogdaughter is a joy to behold.
Among Ode's resolutions for the new year are:
--> Calming down (read: pulling less) on walks with DogMa
--> Resisting the urge to "jump hello" when encountering friendly (known and unknown) persons
--> Toning down the fenceline screeching in the name of civility and improved neighbor relations
--> Always remembering that DogMa is alpha
--> Continuing her advocacy of animal rights & protections while on walks and eventually via some volunteer activities -- perhaps with seniors or kids, both of whom the girl LOVES!
Ode and DogMa thank Pet Haven for helping them find each other -- patient/supportive Celayne and especially Marilou, who seemed to know the two were a destined match before they did.
A movie of Ode was made shortly after she arrived into Pet Haven's foster program in the summer of 2008. You can view it on YouTube.