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Meeting the mini-Ace


 On a trip this week to do some book research, I stopped for a visit at the Avery County Humane Society, up in the mountains of western North Carolina, and came across a pup who looked like a miniature version of my dog, Ace.

Ace, as you regulars know, is 130 pounds, a chow-Rottweiler mix (according to a DNA test) who’s so tall I can rest my hand on his back when we go for a walk.

Peanut, one of about 40 dogs at the shelter, was a mini-Ace — same face, same coat, same coloring, same floppy ears, same soulful eyes — but on bassett hound legs.

Seven months old, he was brought into the shelter because his owners lost their home to foreclosure, and had to move in with the in-laws.

The staff at the shelter was kind enough to let me play with him, and snap a few pictures.

The shelter was the cleanest I’ve ever seen — as pristine as the mountains in which it is nestled, and while the director wasn’t there, the youthful staff (none appeared to be over 21) seemed to have things well in hand.

Tempted I was to bring Ace home a little brother, reason won out (we’ve still got that newly arrived cat, after all) and I left Peanut behind, knowing he’s in good hands and hoping he’ll find a good home.


Comment from Anne-n-Spencer
Time September 12, 2008 at 4:10 pm

There’s a dog over here in East Baltimore who looks an awful lot like Ace, too. I saw him (or her) with his human on Bank Street (might’ve been Gough Street) the other day. There was a traffic situation going on, and when I got out of it, they had gone on their way. I’ll be on the lookout again. The face and eyes were so similar, and the dog looked almost the same size. We’ll watch for him. Or her.

Comment from Mary Schmidt
Time September 13, 2008 at 10:41 am

Mini Ace is almost as cute as Ace himself!

Whenever I see a dog who looks even the slightest bit like my mutt Amie, I have the bad habit of interrogating the humans about where their dog came from. Amie was brought into a shelter as a “lost” dog with a litter of puppies. I’ve never given up the ridiculous hope that someday we’ll run across one of Amie’s pups (who would now be four-year-old dogs since I got Amie exactly four years ago yesterday).

Comment from bluhawkk
Time September 13, 2008 at 2:39 pm

Mini Ace is one little cutie.

Happy Anniversary to Mary and Amie.

Comment from Mary Schmidt
Time September 13, 2008 at 8:07 pm

Thank you Bluhawkk. All dogs are wonderful, but I think I was especially lucky to find good dog Amie in her cell at the Kansas Humane Society.