Nine-Month-Old Pomeranian Puppy

Today on Hubpages, I read a good hub about a Pomeranian. There were plenty of photos. The dog is adorable. Until I read that hub, I had been successful – for the most part – in not dwelling on how much I miss my little Zsa Zsa. She is a Pomeranian I left behind in Arizona. I feel I must pay homage to her. I wanted with all my heart to keep her, but I rescued and re-homed her. I couldn’t bear to put her in the belly of a plane on the last leg of my journey. I had to think of what was best for her.

Pomeranian on Craigslist.

On Maui, a purebred Pomeranian sells for anywhere between $800 and $1500. After settling in Arizona for the summer of 2011, I saw an advertisement on Craigslist for a purebred female Pomeranian. The owner wanted to sell her for $125. Red flags went up. I phoned the number immediately to find out more information. The man who answered my phone call was vague in his answers to my calmly-asked queries. This caused my brain to go into protection mode. You know that mode where you have to protect every living creature in the canine kingdom whether you have the living space – or not?

Little Zsa Zsa

She Never Looked Back.

The man had a lovely foreign accent. He sounded as though he was of South American, Central American, Mexican or maybe East Indian descent. I had no idea, so I pictured him each way, turning his image in my mind like a Rubic’s Cube: animal welfare advocate, dog breeder....Which would it be? When you are peering only through a telephone line and everything is in Technicolor, the possibilities are numerous as to why the man would want to give away his precious nine-month old female Pomeranian. Had he been kind to this little dog? That was my main and unvoiced concern. Why was he advertising his dog at such a low price? He told me the dog is healthy, but said he just didn’t have time for her anymore. He said I could phone later in the day, at 2:00 p.m. to find out if she is still available, but he was too busy for further conversation at that moment.

I did phone the man at 2:00 pm. I arranged to meet him with the dog. He gave me vague directions to his part of town. He told me to phone when I neared the intersection of Power Road and Southern Avenue. I hoped I would get to see where this little Pom had been living so that I could understand what her life had been like the past seven months. My (adult) daughter and I hopped into the car and off we went. As we approached the named intersection in Mesa, I phoned the man. He gave some weird reason why he and his dog would need to meet me at the gas station. He mentioned the little dog’s name as Queenie. I knew I’d want to change the name as soon as possible. It was 110 degrees outside, breezeless, while my daughter and I stood talking to the man with this poor little dog in a big fur coat. The young man said he needed to sell Queenie so he could pay his phone bill! I scooped her up. The first moment she saw me, she had wanted up. It’s funny how she knew she wouldn’t be my daughter’s dog; she’d be mine. The man mentioned proudly that he had taken Queenie for walks regularly every evening at 6:00 pm between his college classes. Six o’clock in Arizona in the month of September averages 106 to 110 degrees Fahrenheit! It was torture for this furry little friend in my arms. I decided I wanted to rescue her even though I didn’t know how I’d keep her or for how long. At the very least I would find a good home for her and change her name.

Kela Bird and Tika
Kela Bird and Tika

Zsa Zsa Moves In

I paid the man and put my unnamed gigantic Pom into our vehicle. In my lifetime, I have seen standard-size Pomeranians, miniature Pomeranians and Toy Pomeranians, but I had never seen a Pomeranian this large before.

I hadn’t thought to ask during the phone conversation with the man what size the dog is -- or whether she was a purebred. In the hot sun, he mentioned that she is a purebred. I asked if she has been spayed. He said no. (Something for my to-do list.) She didn't look like a purebred Pomeranian to my untrained eye, but it certainly didn't matter whether she is, was or will be. Her spirit was hers and hers alone: unique, fearless and full of energy.

I named her Zsa Zsa. During her first day in her new home, Zsa Zsa had to get used to two big dogs, two birds and three cats. She wanted everyone to know she was the boss, but she soon found out that Kela, the Pionus parrot has that title. Second in command is my daughter's dog, Tika. That first day, Tika was so good with Zsa Zsa. She placed her paw over Zsa Zsa’s backside several times when Zsa Zsa was thinking of taking a bite out of one of the roaming parrots in the living room. Tika didn’t have to instruct her for very long. Kela put Zsa Zsa in her place with one quick bite to the paw.

Nightly Fun Run

We had such fun with Little Zsa Zsa all summer. She loves to run. She had Tika and Hansen, the Boxer, running circles in the nearby park every night at midnight when we could take them off their leashes. Such fun times. After a good run, they would race through the sprinklers and sally home, visiting only the most coveted bushes in the neighborhood – the same ones every night. Then Priscilla would hose down all three dogs in the back yard. Chow time was 1:00 in the morning.

Almost Midnight. Time for a Run!

Waiting for their night-time walk.
Waiting for their night-time walk.
Zsa Zsa loves to chase cats, but doesn't know what to do when they jump out of the tree and challenge her..
Zsa Zsa loves to chase cats, but doesn't know what to do when they jump out of the tree and challenge her..

If I Could Have Rode In Cargo With Her....

I wish I could have kept Zsa Zsa. Complications and travels came up so that I couldn’t. She is too big a dog to bring into the cabin of an aircraft. I would have had to place her in the cargo, climate-controlled area of the plane when I left Arizona. Yes, I could have gotten a half a sedative for her like I did for Emerald Kitty, but I wouldn’t have been able to check on her and know she was doing all right under medication. She couldn’t have made the trip without medication. She would have felt terrified in the bottom of plane, alone.

In autumn, I placed an ad and fielded many calls from people who said they wanted to come meet her. None of them sounded quite right. Finally, just the right person called. I was very lucky to find a really good home for Zsa Zsa before we left Arizona for the winter. Zsa Zsa is safe and she is loved in her new home.

This brings to mind that adage of the 1970’s: If you love something, set it free. If it comes back to you, it is yours. If it doesn’t, it never was.

She can't come back.

I love you, Zsa Zsa. You are where you should be.

Happy Trails.


© 2012 Pamela Kinnaird W

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Pamela Kinnaird W 4 years ago from Maui and Arizona Author

Thank you, moonlake, for your visit and your insight.

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moonlake 4 years ago from America

There are times when it does happen and we do have to find new homes. I would never put a dog in a shelter but I would find them a home. Like you said there are circumstances you didn't mention. We can't tell all on hubpages. Voted Up.

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Pamela Kinnaird W 4 years ago from Maui and Arizona Author

Yes, Pomeranians are the bestest! They descend from Arctic dogs and they truly don't know they're little. That can kind of be a bad thing unless they're on a leash or very well trained because they will go right up to a large dog and bark in its face just to say they are the dominant one of the two. Zsa Zsa was like that when I got her, but she's come a long ways now.

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jandee 4 years ago from Liverpool.U.K

Hello Pamela,

must tell my daughter about the beautiful Pom. She is thinking of a pet.,


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jandee 4 years ago from Liverpool.U.K

Saw one today in the park,going to tell my Daughter about this beautiful breed-she's thinking re. pet,

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Pamela Kinnaird W 4 years ago from Maui and Arizona Author

Thank you, Thumbi7. She is a pretty girl, isn't she? I love her.

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thumbi7 4 years ago from India

Zsa Zsa looks beautiful with her marvellous tail!

Beautiful story!

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Pamela Kinnaird W 4 years ago from Maui and Arizona Author

jandee, that must have been awful. I'm assuming you and your Boxers are okay. I do hope so. Thanks for your comment.

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jandee 4 years ago from Liverpool.U.K

Hello Pam,I am with Bob on this one and I do know the tricky times when one thinks one can't manage,last year I had a broken toe and husband was in hospital -then I managed to hobble to park when, out of a big house, an Akita jumped on my Boxers! I was dragged around for ages then got blamed Ha,ha, what a life/don't you part with that Beaut.Boxer!,

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Pamela Kinnaird W 5 years ago from Maui and Arizona Author

Nell Rose, it was hard to leave her. I had another reason, too, why I couldn't bring her as I've said a minute ago in the above comment....but no matter what the consequences I'm never leaving another pet behind. It is too painful and takes too long to get over it.

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Pamela Kinnaird W 5 years ago from Maui and Arizona Author

Tillsontitan, thank you for stopping by to read. Yes, there was one more reason I couldn't bring her with me, but I didn't want to complicate the story. I can hardly visit this hub. It will take awhile to stop missing Zsa Zsa.

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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

Hi, I am so pleased you managed to find such a good home for her, it must have been so difficult leaving her behind, but I totally understand, I can't imagine how bad that would have been on the airplane for her.

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tillsontitan 5 years ago from New York

Zsa Zsa was a beautiful dog. I think you're right though, probably not a purebred. I have a hard time with leaving her behind after having taken her in, but I haven't walked in your shoes so don't know your whole story. I totally feel for your loss though. Nicely written hub with really nice pictures. Voted up.

Sandra Lee 5 years ago

It takes courage to live simply, within, and to let go.

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Pamela Kinnaird W 5 years ago from Maui and Arizona Author

Thank you for your understanding and compassion. You are wise and brave to recognize when you shouldn't try to have dogs in your lifestyle. I don't recognize it when I should and I need to grow into that maturity.

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GmaGoldie 5 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

Oh, love is wonderful. I feel for your loss and admire your strength. I gave away a great love once and it still hurts but it was the right thing. Forgiveness is hard but giving away a loved one - human or furry is hard. I am proud of you and appreciate you sharing.

I have had dogs my whole life until recently. I miss my dogs terribly but life is complicated and dogs are a lifestyle change that simply at the moment doesn't fit.

Zsa Zsa is beautiful as you are for caring for her.

Blessings to you and Zsa Zsa and your family.

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Pamela Kinnaird W 5 years ago from Maui and Arizona Author

Thank you for the comments, fellow Hubbers. I understand your opinion, diogenes. There were additional extenuating circumstances which I didn't mention in the article. Thanks for taking the time to stop by.

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SmartAndFun 5 years ago from Texas

Sweet little Zsa Zsa - what a touching story. I know you must miss her!

diogenes 5 years ago

I had some misgivings about this story. I can't understand why you left her. You apparently took the rest of the menagerie. I flew my Schnauzer from Oz to Spain, then to Mexico and back to Spain again. I wouldn't have left him for the world and my ex now has him, if he is still alive. It broke my heart leaving him, but he was hers as a gift from me, really, and he loved both of us; one of the hardest things i ever had to do.

Animals are fine in modern aircraft; it would certainly been better (in my opinion) than leavig her again after so much trauma in her life already. But at least you got her a good home and you are obviously a caring person. It's hard sometimes to do the best thing for everyone...Bob

PS You miss her, too!!!

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Sandralee007 5 years ago from Vancouver Island,West Coast, B.C.,Canada

Wise, sensible, heartfelt move; bravo!

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