Mr. Surge was adopted from Albuquerque animal control in April of 2004. He was left at the pound with his mother and siblings as a pup, and found again running the streets of Albuquerque when he was 7 or 8 months old. Fortunately for my family, my clients, and me he found a forever home with us where he could express his true nature and be loved deeply.
Surge was a wild puppy growing up in Albuquerque, but my old therapy dog, Zuni, tutored him. He became a much loved and sometimes amazing therapy dog, working at my office at 1300 Lomas NW.
His emotional intelligence and kindness was profound. He was a consistently available big teddy bear.
In 2007, Surge and Zuni, and Lewis the cat, traveled in a minivan to Portland, Oregon where Surge continued his work as a therapy dog.
He also got to spend his time off with three Grandchildren and other children in the neighborhood where he was much loved and often visited. When he retired in 2014, he enjoyed lying in the sun or rain, barking at squirrels, and tending to his toy collection that included at least a dozen balls.
He tolerated, and eventually came to love Mr. Mo, the young hound dog who joined us in December of 2013.
If you would like to share an experience you treasured with Surge, please send an email with "Memory of Surge" as the subject to lovefuzzycreatures (at) gmail (dot) com. I will gladly print it on the website. If you have the resources to make a contribution in his name, make it to the New Mexico Animal Humane Association. (Fortunately we have wonderful no kill shelters in Portland, so New Mexico needs the help!)