Meet Miran and Dan, an all adventure outdoor clan. Dan has been bringing Miran to PAW Team clinics since she joined his family three years ago. At the time, Dan hadn’t intended to adopt a pet. He was still grieving the loss of his last pet and wasn’t ready to open his heart and home to a new pet. A friend had to move and wasn’t able to take Miran with. The friend was out of options and going to take Miran to the pound. Dan stepped in. He says, “Miran is way too smart to go to the pound.”
Early in our conversation, Dan leaned in and shared conspiratorially, “I don’t mean to mock other dogs, but she is the smartest.” For example, Miran trained herself. When the work is available, Dan works as a contractor – primarily in roofing. Miran comes everywhere with him and waits patiently on the ground while Dan is up on the roof.
Miran is a Blue Healer. She likes to herd but she doesn’t herd cats, other dogs, or squirrels. The only thing Miran likes to herd is skunks! Dan and Miran are transient boaters so when Miran gets sprayed, they both suffer. With the exception of skunks, Miran is sweet to other animals. When she and Dan went to the dog park recently, they met a dog who wasn’t very well socialized. Miran worked with the dog and got it to play. They played for about 20 minutes but after that the other dog was done. It bit Miran on her back leg!
At the Sunday Clinic, the vets of PAW team were able to take a look at Miran’s bite and make sure she was healing properly. We don’t do any surgery on site because we are not a sterile facility. In Miran’s case, surgery is unnecessary. Miran seems to have avoided the skunks recently but we do have donated skunk soap that we can send home if (when?) Miran finds another skunk to herd.
Alison Acuna, PAW Team Blogger