When I adopted him, I changed his name to Cian (pronounced KEE-an). An Irish name felt appropriate for a red-haired little boy. The name means “ancient and enduring,” which also seemed right for a little guy who had been through so much at such a young age.
He's grown up to be a wonderful, well-socialized playful boy. He's just about a year old now. Everyone who meets him just loves him—people on the street, the veterinary staff, doggy daycare staff, and the list goes on. He's even earned both his basic and intermediate obedience certificates in the C.L.A.S.S. program already. We're going for advanced next!
I do anti-nuke work for an environmental nonprofit and have been working in Southern California for the past year. I recently had to be out there for what (I thought) would be an extended period, so Cian and I drove out there together. Low and behold, a week after we arrived, the operator of those nukes announced permanent shutdown! All the locals thought that Cian was the best good luck charm. He has since been invited to multiple other reactor communities to shut down their nukes and has become a de facto mascot for our organizations nukes team! In any event, he's seen more of this country than most people.
P.S. Don't be put off by the picture of the demolished oversized bean bag! He was curious about that thing from the time I brought him home, and he finally had his 20 minutes alone when I had the cover off for washing to see what was in it! I did, however, send that pic to Dog Shaming, and it got over 2000 likes.
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