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December Pets of the Month – just in time for the holidays!

By Lynn Weisberg and Joan DiPiero

Disney’s Lady and the Tramp is a Christmas classic. We have our own version at the SPA. Both about two years old, our Lady is a short-haired mixed breed and our Tramp is a longer-haired terrier mix.

Night of 100 ornaments
A benefit for the SPA
Special sale of 100 ornaments created by San Miguel Artists
Fri, Dec 7, 5-7pm
Fábrica La Aurora

Lady first appeared several months ago, skeletally thin, timid and clearly nursing a litter. We immediately started feeding her, but knew she needed to return to her puppies (we never located them). At first she visited intermittently. Soon, she started showing up daily with her boyfriend, Tramp. Unsure if they had homes, we put them on our waiting list. When Lady finished nursing, we spayed/neutered, vaccinated and bathed both dogs. Undeterred by this treatment, both dogs continued their daily visits, making themselves comfortable in our office, napping after breakfast, and greeting visitors. Determined to stay, they cleverly entered the side door if the front door was closed. Finally, they became “official” residents.

Now in great physical shape, both dogs are incredibly sweet and loving. After such difficult times, they are inseparable. We hope they are adopted together into a loving home.

This month’s holiday cats are Maggie and Charly. Charly, one of our favorites, is a total “What a boy!” kind of cat. Built like a Sherman tank, he plays hard and, secure in his masculinity, loves just as hard. When Charly sits on your lap, he takes up the entire space, rewarding you with his ample presence. At four years old, Charly would love his own dedicated lap instead of this sharing nonsense.

Maggie arrived last year with her litter of two-week-old kittens. A wonderful mom, she finished weaning her roly-poly, healthy babies. One day before her scheduled spaying, the SPA received four very small kittens, too young to survive on their own. Taking a chance, we put them with Maggie, who, without hesitation, started licking them, then rolled over to let them nurse. All thrived and were adopted. We’re hoping Maggie will be rewarded for going beyond the call of duty and now find her own home. A very pretty, loving two-year-old, she will sit contentedly on your lap as long as you like, at least until the dinner bell rings.

Meet our Pets of the Month and their friends at the SPA, Monday-Saturday, 11am-2pm, Los Pinos 7, phone 152-6124. Peruse our website: and follow us on Facebook: with albums of our wonderful animals available for adoption.


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