Hello and Goodbye, Princess Zelda

It’s been a bittersweet few days at Casa de Enchanted Seashells.

My ex-husband found a three-month abandoned puppy crying in the street where he lives.  She had no tags, no one was looking for her; there were no flyers nor anything on Craigslist. None of the neighbors claimed her, either. After exhausting his due diligence, he called me.

Yup, I’m the one everyone calls to rescue a dog, cat, injured bird and even once, a turtle.

A darling little black and tan/lab mix, it was impossible not to fall head over heels. She hadn’t been physically abused, but was hungry, alone, and scared.

He thought perhaps she’d been dumped in his neighborhood; it’s happened a few times before — same thing, a dog wandering, no collar, no one looking for it, and he’s found homes for them all.

I took her to the vet for a check-up — we found out that she hadn’t been microchipped; other than having roundworms (ick), she was in very good health — he prescribed a lot of food and a lot of love.

I went to all the pet stores I hadn’t been to since our beloved sixteen-year-old Victor died in 2006. I loaded up a cart with a cushy bed, toys, high quality food and supplements, shampoo, and treats.

(Read HERE and HERE about Victor, our darling Border Collie.)

I rushed back home to my new baby and emailed the tugboat man. As I expected, he was thrilled to again become a dad. He wasn’t too keen to call her “Princess Zelda” but when he didn’t come up with another option in a timely manner, he abdicated any naming rights.

What a little sweetheart! I slept on the sofa in the family room near the back door so she’d be able to alert me during the night if she needed to go out. After waking me with a little whine and a wet nose, we walked out to the yard together, she did what she needed to do, we came back in and quickly settled down for the rest of the night. We have a lot of coyotes, so it wouldn’t have been safe for her on her own.

But… I woke up with a horrible asthma attack. I couldn’t breathe. I didn’t want to believe it was because of Zelda, but as the day progressed, I was getting worse, and my rescue inhaler wasn’t helping me like it should have. I couldn’t even pet her,’cos every time I did, I’d break out in hives.

I’m extremely allergic to cats, but I’ve always had dogs with no ill effects. My doctor said I must have built up a sensitivity to dander all these years that we’ve been pet free.

With my severe asthma, he didn’t think I’d be a good candidate for allergen  immunotherapy injections. They might work, or could exacerbate the asthma.

Luckily, my ex knew someone who had actually wanted to take the pup before he called me. Her uncle just lost one of his beloved dogs, a twenty-year-old German Shepherd, and was over most of the grieving and ready for a new family member. He had another dog, a three-year-old Basset Hound who was lonely for a sister, plus he’s retired and lives on five acres. It seemed like a match made in heaven, especially when I heard that his pets are his children and sleep with he and his wife in bed.

This morning Princess Zelda went to her new home. (By the way, he loves her name.) She settled right into her bed in the car and didn’t look back as they drove off.

What a little survivor! The most recent text informed me that she played with her new friend and they were fast asleep together on the bed.

As soon as she left, my breathing issues subsided. I wonder if it was the breed of dog that triggered my allergic reaction or am i doomed to never again mother another creature? That would be really sad.

Why can’t more people be wonderful animal lovers?

Take a look at some pictures and videos of Princess Zelda. I miss her already…

Princess Zelda playing in a pile of pine needles ( I am a HORRIBLE videographer.)

Princess Zelda

So tired from playing, someone needed a nap! Yes, that’s a rhinestone collar. 

Princess Zelda2

58 thoughts on “Hello and Goodbye, Princess Zelda

  1. Awh she’s adorable. Good on you for giving her a loving home for a few days, if only more people were like you. I can never understand how people can just abandon a pet.


  2. Aw bless.So sorry you discovered your allergic.Maybe you could borrow a friends different breed of dog over night and see if you still get allergies. She looks adorable and has at least found another good home. 🙂


  3. WHAT A SWEETIE! I love how much you love animals and what a wonderful deed you and your ex did for this sweet puppy. Sounds like she’ll be in heaven in her new home. I hope that you are able to one day get a fur baby again and figure out your asthma issues – poor girl!


  4. Bishon Frisee’s are hypo-allergenic if you want to have dogs. My dad is like you but can have those as they are dander free. Glad you were able to find her a good home. 20 years for a German Shepherd is a very long time!


  5. Oh I love her. She looks a little like a cross between my Max & Bella. Thank you for being a part of her making it to a happy furever home. As for allergy, some dogs are more hypoallergic than others, fear not for when the times right for you the puppy will arrive that you’ll manage to love and cuddle with open airway. big hugs!


    • I think hub is traumatized; he had printed a pic out of her and had it up in the wheelhouse and couldn’t wait to get home, gosh that alone makes me want to cry. I’m feeling so guilty that I’ve disappointed him, the pup, my son, AND my ex, who fell in love with her first, but couldn’t give her the kind of training that I can. Geez, I don’t know how I lived without a dog for so many years. And your dogs are gorgeous.

      On Thu, Oct 3, 2013 at 10:24 AM, Enchanted Seashells…Confessions of a Tugbo


  6. Oh my goodness, Princess Zelda is so totes adorbs that she could almost convince me to become a dog person. 😉 Hooray for finding her a good home, and I’m super sorry that you couldn’t take her yourself. Fingers crossed that it was just that breed and you’ll be able to get another puppy when you are ready.


    • Thank you. Oh I can assure you that this puppy could melt anyone’s heart. The vet said she had the kind of temperament to be a therapy dog, so the new owners said their recently deceased shepherd was one too, so they know how to get her trained for that, and it’s a great situation–except for me and hub…

      On Thu, Oct 3, 2013 at 11:10 AM, Enchanted Seashells…Confessions of a Tugbo


  7. Sad to hear that she had to go. Glad that she has gone to another good home. And yes, it will be interesting to see if other animals cause the same problems for you. Hopefully not.


  8. There’s some beagle in that baby too! You might consider slowly increasing time around some dogs at an animal shelter if you think you need to build up some immunity again.

    Much respect for the things you do with animals!


  9. What can I say that hasn’t been said?You have a good heart; Zelda was fortunate to have you in her life,and I am so glad to hear a happy ending for her….and i am sorry about your allergy.What a terrible thing for an animal lover.Some things are just not right with this world.


  10. She looks a lot like the little pooch my daughter found and brought home a couple months ago (she was never claimed either). Such a sad thing for these little critters. I do think they forget all of the trauma once they feel the love in their new families. In this case: All’s well that ends well! 🙂 Way to go!


    • WHY do people do these things? Thank goodness your daughter is one of the good ones. Little Zelda was ignored and didn’t appear to be physically abused in any way, just unloved. Which is bad, too. Her new family adores her, but that was the easy part. The hard part was letting her go even tho I couldn’t breathe!

      On Sat, Oct 5, 2013 at 2:34 PM, Enchanted Seashells…Confessions of a Tugbo


  11. Puppies remind us there are truly great things in the little things in life! They can amuse themselves with a few leaves for hours! Take care of yourself so you can have another puppy soon.


  12. wow! Scarey! I’m so glad you are okay. Lots of suggestions about how to build back up your tollerance but definitely check with your allergist about your options. Greyhounds, which I’m partial to, are supposed to be low-allergen because they don’t have an undercoat and make less dander. No dog is 100% dander/allergen free but some come close.


    • I’ve had dogs all my life and never had a reaction like that. Maybe it’s the part of her that’s hound, a breed I’ve never been around. You know how stressful it is to be sick and have the hub not be around- I love greyhounds too, but is there “hound” in them or just the name? I’ve always had border collies and akitas-super furry, never a problem, I’ll have to work it out for sure!

      On Wed, Oct 9, 2013 at 5:58 PM, Enchanted Seashells…Confessions of a Tugbo


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