When I was little girl, my sisters and I loved visiting our Great-Aunt Jane. She was an imposing lady who had brought up half a dozen younger siblings and then, once everyone was finally raised, made a career for herself as a high-powered executive secretary. She was independent, opinionated, and not afraid to say what she thought! She believed in taking action, and her favorite epithet for the wishy-washy was “Creampuff!” delivered in scornful tones… second only to “Pantywaist!” One time, as an already elderly lady, she got struck by a slow-moving car on a city street and wound up with a concussion and a broken arm—but only a creampuff would let that slow her down! She recuperated and promptly resumed her independent life. Great-Aunt Jane’s hard-boiled exterior concealed a heart of pure marshmallow. She had endless patience for a trio of three little girls and we adored spending time with her and listening to stories of all her interesting experiences.
When I read Sabrina’s latest foster report, I thought, “Wow! A Golden version of Great-Aunt Jane!” Sabrina is “very sweet and very hard-headed.” And she has very definite opinions. She likes some people (she absolutely adores her foster dad) but dislikes others. (“Bark! Creampuff!”) She loves some dogs, especially puppies, but dislikes others on sight. (“Grrruuffff! Pantywaist! Beat it!”) She hates loud noises—vacuum cleaners, moving vans, bulldozers. No thanks, I’m outta here! She has overcome health challenges—she went through heartworm treatment, which is no picnic for an old gal.The one thing that disturbs Sabrina’s self-confidence is thunderstorms. Ugh! Her foster family is trying all the usual things (Rescue Remedy, soothing music, a snug-fitting T-shirt), but when those Texas storms roll in, the best thing to do is give her a blanket to hide under and let her ride it out.
“Sabrina is just a sweet, crusty old gal,” says her foster mom. Whoever adopts her will need to be patient with her, but they are sure to get a kick out of her personality, her funny quirks, and the affection she showers on her chosen friends!