My dog is cute, he's fluffy and very smart. He loves all food, especially seafood; I like to joke he is half Bichon, half cat, due to his deep love of fish.
My dog came to me via RSPCA Victoria. I had for a while been interested in getting my first ever dog, a small quiet one, and I thought a small adult hyperallergenic dog would suit my household.
I didn't have any expectations of breed or appearance, I just wanted a calm dog who wasn't fazed by much going on.
At the RSPCA in the last pen I saw a small white dog, with no collar and not even a sign on his pen. It was sitting quietly on the bed in the back of the pen. I looked at it and it looked back at me, not reacting much to me at all. The dog was a bit on the scrawny side, coat roughly clipped and very short, with nothing remarkable to distinguish it from any other generic white dog.
I did a circuit of all the glass pens and found myself back at the untitled pen. This time the little dog was standing behind the glass door of its pen. There was a slit in the door that was just wide enough to squeeze my hand through, and I just felt the urge to pat the little white dog.
As soon as my hand reached the dog's head it started licking me. I was too shocked even to pull my hand away, or be disgusted by dog germs!
What's more, after a while the dog even rested its paw on my hand while still licking it! So I knew there was something special about this dog...
He's not a shy, scared little dog anymore, but Elmo has his moments. Like any dog he hates baths but he's also scared of random things like wheelie bins and running water. I don't where he lived before he came to the RSPCA - he had no name, no collar, and no history. All I know about him now is that he's about 6 years old and he is a mix breed male Bichon Frise.
The RSPCA called him Elmo, and I kept that name because it reminds me of where I got him from.
Everyone tells me what a friendly cute obedient dog he is, but honestly, he only became that way because now he has someone to love him, and to take care of him.
Elmo's adoption date is April 17, I don't know his real birthday so I celebrate that as his adoption birthday. He's been with me for three years now. Happy birthday Elmo!