Captain Jack Carver
Meet the newest member of the Starrigger Ranch! Cap'n Jack is a border-collie/lab mix, probably with some other seasonings, as well, who joined our family just three days ago. Jack came to us from a shelter in Connecticut, courtesy of the rescue group http://www.helpsaveone.org/. Guesses vary on his age, but average out to about two years.We know that he came from West Virginia, and that he'd been hit by a car and lost or abandoned. But his leg injury is all healed up now.
Jack is a terrifically sweet guy, and has made himself right at home. Our cat Moonlight isn't so sure yet. She was a bit alarmed, at first, but stood her ground. Now, she seems to regard him as a big oaf who is all too often between her and where she wants to go. They're not yet to the point where she can just walk past him. But I was cheered yesterday to see Moonlight curled up on the sofa, and Jack crouched on the floor nearby, woofing an imploring "Please play!" Moonlight was unperturbed, and declined the invitation.
The only big problem so far is that Julia's having some allergic reaction to his dander, so we're swabbing him down with Allerpet/d to try to minimize it, and the Roombas are working twice as hard. And I keep calling him Hermione, which was the name of our boxer who died back in January. (Even though he really looks way more like our old dog Sam—not the beagle of recent years, but the border-collie/lab mix I had about twenty years ago. I don't seem to have any of old Sam's pictures scanned in; I really must dig through the photos piles and find some.)
This weekend, we're going to meet another rescue dog named Igby—don't ask!—and see if he might be a good brother to Jack. (I almost said Sam just then. I'll get it straight eventually.)
Update: Igby was a charming little guy, but didn't seem like the right fit. So for now, at least, it's Captain Jack and his cat-friend(?) Moonlight.