Sault Ste. Marie – Michigan

September 4, 2010

I had to take Kettle to the vet.

Don’t panic.

I had to take him because, in order to bring him into Canada, I needed proof that he had had his rabies shots. I didn’t have that paperwork with me, and he was due for his shots anyway, so we were off to the vet.

Unfortunately it was the Friday morning before Labor Day weekend, and the vets kept saying they were booked until Tuesday. I started calling places in Roger’s City, where I was, and kept calling further north along my route to Sault Ste. Marie.

I was having no luck until, finally, with only a few miles to go before Canada, I found a vet that could take us. They were in Sault Ste. Marie and had a 3:40 opening. I had just enough time to get there.

Everything went fine. In addition to his shots, they tested for worms and other stuff, and it wall all negative.

There was one surprise, though …

I got Kettle about a year ago from Rocket Dog Rescue. I saw an ad on Craigslist pleading for someone to foster him because his current foster home could no longer keep him. Scoop had died several months before, and I was ready for a new dog, so I volunteered – knowing that I would probably be taking him forever.

The thing was, he looked a lot smaller in the picture, and I was quite surprised when I saw how big he was. I live in a condo with no yard, and a 70 pound dog would be a bit much. So my plan was to introduce him to my friends with yards.

But no one bit.

The people at Rocket Dog Rescue had told me that if I wasn’t going to keep him that I should bring him to their adoption events on Sundays and help find him a home. When Sunday rolled around, I convinced myself that it would be best to find him an owner with more space. It was hard – he was such a good boy – but I didn’t feel like Kettle was particularly happy with me. He did whatever I wanted, but he was not expressive or playful, and he never made a sound. Not one.

(Since then, I’ve learned that it takes a dog about 3 months to feel comfortable with a new home, and that their personality gradually comes out over that time.)

So we went to the adoption event. On the way there, while stopped at a red light, I was startled by a loud, deep “Woof! Woof!” from the passenger seat.

I then saw that there was another dog on the corner. Kettle was barking at it. It wasn’t a vicious bark, but it was formidable. He was clearly telling the other dog, “This is MY car.”

Kettle was starting to feel at home.

I almost turned around right there.

But I forced myself to keep going, to find someone who wanted a big dog. So we joined the Rocket Dog staff, the other foster parents, and all the dogs on a street corner in the Castro. People would stop by, and we would talk about the dogs.

The problem for me was that I was fighting back tears the entire time.

And not always successfully.

I kept having to take Kettle for a walk to compose myself. Finally, I made my decision, and I walked him back to the Mini.

And here we are.

But where were we?

Oh yeah, the surprise at the vet.

I turns out that my 70 pound dog is now 96 pounds!

96 pounds!

Apparently he wasn’t done growing.

If he grows any more, I’m going to have to get a different car.

Back to the Mack

Our Vet

Like it or not, we're going in.

Let's go - this guy isn't going to show.

What are you going to do to me?

Please make him stop.

3 Responses to “Sault Ste. Marie – Michigan”

  1. Jason Says:

    Hope you have your passport. When we went to Canada few years back they almost didn’t let me back into the U.S. cause I didn’t have mine.

    You really really need to read the Dresden Files but Jim Butcher. When he gets his dog as a puppy and the Volkswagon Bug … well, you will sympathize with a fictional character.

  2. Alex Beltramo Says:

    Hi, Jason. Thanks for the heads up. Fortunately I did bring my passport.

    It looks like there are lots of Dresden Files books. Which one is that in?

  3. Jason Says:

    Its a series, you have to read them all! As a super picky reader they are my favorite books now and he is my favorite author. Trust me, get the first one and you will be hooked.


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