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Magdalene comes back … as Dixie

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I was visiting the Forsyth Humane Society yesterday when word came back to the administrative offices that “Magdalene was back for a visit.”

Everyone rushed out to the lobby to see the dog who, before she was adopted about four months ago, had become a staff favorite (at least among those who admit to having a favorite).

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The name rang a bell, and when I saw her I remembered that I was among those she had impressed — to the point where I was considering adopting her.

About the time I became the humane society’s volunteer archivist, Magdalene had entered the shelter. And I — who took the position partly so I could visit dogs — must have gone back to see her four or five times, each time leaning a little closer to taking the big step.

DSC06165She is half white, half black, with each side of her face having seemingly chosen a completely different color, and ears that somehow couldn’t decide and came out speckled.

Big and gangly, she’s a classic mutt, who, while playful, seems to have the peaceful temperament that often goes along with a mix.

Alas, I (as I’ve done once or twice before in life) spent too much time thinking about it.

My dog, Ace, died last spring, and by the time fall came around, I was just about there, but apparently not quite.

One day, Magdalene wasn’t around anymore.

I adopted my new dog, Jinjja, about a month later from the Watauga Humane Society.

Magdalene went home with Amber Fuller, of Mocksville, who renamed her Dixie and, judging from her Facebook posts, couldn’t be happier about the dog she ended up with.

She was visiting Winston-Salem with Dixie yesterday and stopped by the shelter, where the staff seemed thrilled for a chance to see her again. And vice versa.

DSC06135 (2)She greeted everyone, curled up under the feet of the front desk receptionist for a while, and gladly submitted to some belly rubbing.

Fuller reports Dixie is doing great. If the video below is any indication– the humane society posted it on its Facebook page — Dixie is pretty relaxed in her new setting.

Rocker sues dog trainer to the stars

bobbryarThe drummer for the rock band My Chemical Romance is suing a dog trainer after the musician’s German shepherd mix died in the trainer’s care – and was returned to him in the form of cremated remains, according to court papers.

In a lawsuit filed in Burbank Superior Court against “dog trainer to the stars” Daniel Schaffer, Bob Bryar alleges breach of contract, fraud, negligence and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

“I don’t even know what happened to my best friend and miss her more than anything in the world,” Bryar told People magazine. “The devastation I feel is beyond words.”  In the lawsuit, Bryar’s dog, Dixie, is described as “the most important thing in his life,”

Bryar says he spent $7,500 in April to send Dixie  to Schaffer’s kennel for training to help the emotionally fragile, formerly abused rescue dog adjust to a new dog in the household.

About a week later, after previously telling Bryar that the dog had been “having a blast and partying all day,” Schaffer reported that Dixie was killed when a drunk driver struck the vehicle in which Schaffer was carrying Dixie and other dogs, according to the lawsuit.

Later that evening, “Schaffer called (Bryar) again and informed him that he could not say goodbye to Dixie for she had been ‘cremated due to her condition,'” the lawsuit says. Two days later, the trainer “delivered an urn allegedly containing Dixie’s remains,” the suit says.

After Schaffer failed to produce a police report documenting the crash, he changed his story and said Dixie died in her sleep, then changed that story to say she died under other circumstances, the suit says.

Drug-sniffing Dixie avoids pink slip

Dixie, a drug-sniffing police dog in Snohomish, Washington, was saved from the budget ax when the city council voted Tuesday night not to include her position on a list of those being cut.

The $16,000 a year the city would gain from axing her wouldn’t be worth the loss of her skills and the city’s investment in her training, Mayor Randy Hamlin said.

Dixie is one of two dogs on the force. The other, Kizar, is trained as a tracking dog.

A collie-shepherd mix, she’s never missed a day of work — even when she was injured, said her partner, Sgt. Jeffrey Shelton, who showed up at the council meeting to plead for her job.

Dixie has found $25,000 in cash and seven pounds of drugs, Shelton said. He held up a plastic bag of 25 grams of cocaine to emphasize his point, the Everett Herald reported.

Mayor Hamlin said the cash-strapped city may look into whether there’s a way to keep some of the drug money Dixie has located to pay for her care.

“A police dog could be self-sustaining given some creativity,” he  said.

The city needs to cut about $180,000 in order to have enough money to pay the bills.

Cat, missing nine years, returned to owners

Dixie, a 15-year-old ginger cat who disappeared in 1999, was reunited with its owners, a British couple who thought she had been killed by a car.

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) said Wednesday that the cat, thin and disheveled, was found less than a half a mile from her home in Birmingham. An RSPCA officer checked the cat’s microchip and she was returned to her owners.

“In 29 years of working for the RSPCA I have never seen anyone so excited and happy,” RSPCA Animal Collection Officer Alan Pittaway said. “It made my day to return Dixie to her owners.”

Alan and Gilly Delaney were “overjoyed” to be reunited with their missing cat after so many years.

“Dixie’s personality, behavior and little mannerisms have not changed at all,” said Gilly Delaney. “We don’t think she has stopped purring since she came back through the door.”