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Portrait of a Rescue

Settling in
Settling in

As I mentioned in A Caffeinated Week, I’m not writing at the moment. The mss is still with beta readers and I’m fostering a dog. This dog was neglected, malnourished, and had little human contact. The owner reluctantly surrendered the half-wild (and multiplying) pack she couldn’t take care of. I’m the transition person: the one who gets the dog in shape to be adopted. In this case it means putting some meat on his bones, housebreaking, crate training, leash training, and socialization, as well as taking him for vet appts. (The rescue group pays for medical.) We got him 3 weeks ago today. He’s now housebroken, crate-trained, and is mostly good on a leash. He’s also high heartworm positive. The rescue group has lately been inundated with HW positive dogs and they’re raising money for treatment. His turn will come soon. He’s very shy around people, though playful with our other dogs. He’s learned about belly rubs (in this pic he’s lying on quilt backing that needed washing anyway) and treats. He loves excursions in the car, which is astonishing considering that the only car trip he’d had before was to the vet to be neutered and get shots…and to come home with us. He’s up to 13 lbs now, no longer scary-thin. He’s part Yorkie, with a bit of Maltese (and who-knows-what else), so his fur is very soft. I’m teaching him about cuddling.

I’m dreaming of a day when no dog will ever be so neglected that they have to be taught to snuggle.


Ainy Rainwater has been writing and publishing short stories, essays, and novels in various genres for about 30 years. She lives in the greater Houston area with her husband and rescue dogs. She enjoys reading, writing, playing guitar and percussion, gardening, knitting, tea, baking and other kitchen improvisations, daydreaming, and wasting time online. Her novels are available from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Apple, Kobo, Smashwords, and other bookstores. She is presently working on a chick lit fantasy series as well as a number of side projects, including a sequel to If Wishes Were Spaceships, a science fiction novel published in March 2016. Her most recent fiction and works in progress are regularly posted to her subscribers on Patreon. She is also known for the digital pop which she makes under the name Gymshoes. "Everest Sunrise" was featured in the documentary What It Takes. After hurricanes Katrina and Rita she released an EP of songs, A Tropical Depression, the profits of which go to benefit the American Red Cross. Gymshoes albums are available from iTunes, Amazon, and other online stores. For more about Gymshoes music, please see, which has liner notes, links to social media, streaming music, and much more. You can find the author on Facebook, Instagram, Goodreads, and Twitter. She occasionally contributes to the group food blog, The Usual Suspects: and posts short miscellaneous things on The Mighty Microblog: A Truant Disposition, is Ainy Rainwater's official author site.

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