At the end of August I wrote about the request of Lorna Konyak, manager of The Ark Animal Shelter in Cherryfield, for donations to help cover the cost of expensive, lifesaving heart surgery for a then 7-month-old Pomeranian named Frankie.
Readers were tremendously generous.
The surgery was paid for, and Frankie was eligible for adoption as a healthy young pup.
So, where did he go, and what happened to him?
More than you can imagine.
The little guy has acquired not only a new family, new home and new name but also, to top it all off, a new country.
Frankie is now Elliot, the newest member of the Dan and Marg MacKinnon family of Sydney on Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia.
I’m sure readers will want to know why Frankie’s name was changed but, once I’ve told you, I know you will understand.
Dan and Marg just had to rename him because, Marg told me, the last little dog they had, which they had to put down was, believe it or not, their own Frankie.
“We’ve had all our dogs for 17 or 18 years,” Marg said, adding that Elliot has joined a family that includes Baby, who turned 18 on Dec. 29.
“Elliot loves that name,” Marg said.
“He comes right to it, and he loves his new home.”
Elliot also has a German shepherd “cousin,” Calla, and “the two of them play for hours,” Marg said, adding that Baby enjoys Elliot’s company but, because of Baby’s age, he’s not apt to join in the fun.
Elliot “loves the little old guy, but doesn’t bother with him too much,” she said of the older dog, who is part Pomeranian and part Chihuahua.
“He doesn’t look 18. He’s not really gray except for a little on the chin, but he’s a little blind and a little deaf.”
Elliot’s arrival “has been a blessing” for the family, Marg said.
“He’s such a good dog. He listens, and he loves to go for drives.”
Elliot has already made himself comfortable in his new country, and has even taken the trip around Nova Scotia’s famous Cabot Trail on Cape Breton Island.
I asked Marg how she and her husband learned about this little dog, and she told me that when they lost their first Frankie, she knew they would like to have another one like him and went online, where she read our Frankie’s story.
“I saw the picture of him and kept in touch” with the folks at The Ark, Marg said, “and just fell in love with him.”
But the adoption process wasn’t as easy as you might expect.
“Before they would let me have him,” Marg explained, staff at The Ark required detailed information about the couple and the property that eventually would become Elliot’s new home.
“And they wanted to meet me, but I didn’t have a passport, and knew I couldn’t get one in time to get him,” Marg said, “so I arranged for my daughter, who does have a passport, to go and get him.”
He crossed the border with two flags flying, Marg said proudly, adding that Elliot has adapted beautifully to his new home.
“We hit the jackpot with this little guy.
“He just fit right in. He’s an islander now. A Canadian.”
Joni Averill, Bangor Daily News, P.O. Box 1329, Bangor 04402; firstname.lastname@example.org; 990-8288.