We are not keeping this.
It was an interesting weekend.
Sunday was the second hottest day in the history of Lubbock. It was so hot that I was frightened even to take my children swimming, which is our normal activity on a hot day. It was really, really hot. After a day of staying cool inside, though, the kids needed to air out, so we set up a little splash pool in the backyard and let them play in it after dinner when it was starting to get cooler.
I noticed some movement behind the back fence, and knew it was a stray dog, but didn't pay much attention because it wasn't barking at us or menacing us. Courtney noticed that the dog didn't go away, so she eventually went to look. On the other side of the gate was a puppy, so hot and tired that he couldn't make a sound, and covered with ticks from head to toe. We sprayed him with water from the hose to help him cool down, and he instantly pepped up.
"A new puppy! Can we keep him, daddy?"
"No, we are not keeping this."
"But we could name him..."
"His name is NO. We are not keeping this."
Courtney took him to the vet on Monday after bathing, scrubbing, and thoroughly de-ticking him on Sunday night. He's healthy, about 7 weeks old, and is probably a mix of chow and golden retriever or yellow lab. We put up some posters and put his picture and description on Facebook and some lost dog boards online. The plan is to give him away if he isn't claimed by Sunday.