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I love a man in a skirt

So, I'm out walking the dog, and I see this green plaid truck parked on the street emblazoned with Men in Kilts and the hilarious tagline "No Peeking!" They do gutter cleaning, pressure washing, windows, and so on. The front of the truck was what cracked me up -- they have the No Peeking line run backwards, so you can read it in your rearview mirror. You can see it here -- I thought they might be wearing Utilikilts, but they were more like a traditional kilt than I expected (although it looked like they had pockets and such).

One of the things about having extreme vertigo problems as I do is that some of the house upkeep gets pushed aside -- I can't get on ladders without the danger of falling, and it's really hard for me to look up without losing my balance and vision and falling down. I know I need to get the gutters cleaned, especially on the addition and the new garage, but I've put it off for a long time. I think I know who I'll be calling.

Speaking of walking the dog. I have a new foster dog who's really been through the ringer. He's losing his vision from bad cataracts, and his family gave him up because it makes him flinchy when people move toward him and they had a toddler, then he was in a shelter for a while but that was hard for him with his vision problems. Motley Zoo, the rescue group I am involved with, took him to a foster home, but she had a family emergency, and they needed a fast backup, so I stepped in even though life is really chaotic right now. He had just had his cast off from surgery for a luxating patella (kneecap). Then this past week, he ended up in hospital again when he became violently ill, which turned out to be pancreatitis.

He is really freakin' cute, as a lot of the Seattle crowd can attest to. He has some behavior problems, some of which are caused by his sight impairment and some because I think he used to be a very pampered pooch, but we're working on them. He looooooves to go for walks, and he's not like a lot of little dogs who are afraid of wet grass and stuff -- he just gets right in there. He's a Pomeranian mix with a Papillon (called a paperanian, of course), and he's just the sweetest little guy. Once he gets past being skittish, he's your bestie for life.

I'm trying to raise some funds for the group to go toward possible eye surgery for him -- they can remove the cataracts, but it's very expensive and the group has had a truly incredible amount of leg surgeries recently to deal with on all their fosters (they are solely a foster network, no brick and morter shelter). Some of the stories are just... they're too upsetting to even discuss. It makes me hate people so much; I don't know how people run these groups without going postal.

Anyway, his name is Brutus, which is a terrible name for him (I wanted to rename him Tanner, after the character Clive Owen plays in Second Sight, where he's a detective who's losing his vision, but no one else will call him that, and it would be hard to retrain him to it unless everyone's on board), and here are some links in case you might be able to donate toward his surgery. He's only six, so he's got a whole half of a lifetime ahead of him when he finds a forever home.

You can donate here or directly through Paypal here. Tell them Brutus sent you! He and I will be very grateful, but we understand, though, that times are pretty hard and there have been a lot of natural disasters lately that people have already given all their money to. But anything's appreciated, and if you want to pass along his story, please feel free! (Or if you know anyone looking for a loving small dog who's a master of the adorable head tilt, let us know!)

Here's a few pics:

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May. 23rd, 2011 07:53 pm (UTC)
pics not showing up because you have "border='0'/>" (no quotes)

you don't need single quotes around the 0, though you can use double quotes if you like, and

you don't need the slash afterward the 0 and before the >

May. 23rd, 2011 07:53 pm (UTC)
Never mind!
May. 23rd, 2011 07:56 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, I don't know what happened -- must have been a slip of the old fingers or something...
May. 23rd, 2011 08:38 pm (UTC)
If you do hire the kilt guys, just watch that you don't get dizzy looking up-skirt. ;)

Ridiculously cute dog is ridiculously cute!
May. 23rd, 2011 08:49 pm (UTC)
Yeah, he is pretty ridiculously cute. I thought Killa was going to take him home last weekend!

Hey, I owe you email about the dinner outing possibilities... I have been so busy and am just starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. I'll definitely be in touch!
May. 23rd, 2011 11:03 pm (UTC)
I'd definitely love to catch up with you. :) Just let me know!
May. 23rd, 2011 07:56 pm (UTC)
Okay, this dog is *adorable*.

Do you know the total for the cataract surgery?
May. 23rd, 2011 08:47 pm (UTC)
They think about $3,000, which is why it's not in their budget for the foreseeable future. I give him eyedrops every day, and that helps him a little. He sure doesn't let sight impairment slow him down, though -- he gets his freak on all the time and races around like a mad thing, and when we're out walking, he does just fine navigating. Sometimes he runs into things, but it's kinda cute, and mostly it's because he's not looking ahead, and paying attention to something else.
May. 23rd, 2011 08:49 pm (UTC)
Have you thought about ChipIn? It's micro-donating at its finest.
May. 23rd, 2011 09:14 pm (UTC)
OMG, I'd never even heard of this. It looks like I can use their pp address too... I'll let her know I'm doing this and maybe we can get a few more dollars for the little dude!

THank you so much!
May. 23rd, 2011 09:18 pm (UTC)
No problem!
May. 24th, 2011 08:05 pm (UTC)
Eeee! He's SO cute!

(Sorry, that's first reaction. Second reaction: He's adorable!)

And yes, Tanner is a far better name for him than Brutus. (What the heck were they thinking...?) I'm very pleased you're able to foster him -- it sounds like you've got the necessary patience/empathy to handle his issues. I hope that enough donation come in to cover the surgery; it really seems like his quality of life and adoptability would go up a lot if that was done.

You might want to ask if copperbadge could add Brutus to his Radio Free Monday post; Sam's got a pretty sizable and active readership. Couldn't hurt, anyway.

Good luck!

Jun. 2nd, 2011 06:22 pm (UTC)
I dig men in skirts, too. :D

Very amused by this company—might get a window/gutter/pressure washing quote from them. I need to have that done.

Also, glad Brutus seems to have found a new home...
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