Saturday, January 28, 2012


Introducing the newest member of my extended animal family!

Name: Rigel
Alias: Little Piggy, Piggy, Markus, Pomegranat, Wau Wau, Puppy Boy
DOB: 11/18/2011
Genus/species: Canis lupus familiaris
Breed: Small Spitz or Pomeranian
Color: Black and white parti
Sex: Male
Weight: Close to 13 lbs.
Likes: Little pink tennis ball, sleeping in the bed, collecting and carrying more than one stick, his bunny toy (he really likes the bunny toy), the park in his Columbia, South Carolina neighborhood, Mum and Dad and Future Cat
Dislikes: Medicine (heart-worm or ear drops), wearing a seat belt in the car, honking noises, loud noises, getting his paws touched, the grooming place
Special Facts: He fell asleep while eating.

Rigel is my puppy nephew. This little spitz was adopted by my brother, Wayne, and his wife, Eva, on January 28, 2012, when Rigel was just a little over two months old and weighed barely two pounds. He had been surrendered by a backyard breeder and taken in by a rescue organization in Ocala, Florida. I found him on Petfinder and sent the link for Rigel to my brother with text "Baby Betel." Wayne and Eva couldn't say no to this face.

And now he's a part of our (growing) animal family. He is currently living with Wayne, Eva, and Future Cat in Columbia, South Carolina.

Rigel was named after the brightest star in the Orion constellation -- Orion's left foot. For the non-astrologic among you, my dog Betelgeuse was named after the second brightest star in Orion -- the Hunter's right shoulder (or armpit, depending on who you ask). The two pups clearly share a common ancestor, so it is natural that they would be named for stars on opposite sides of Orion's Belt.

I'm officially a puppy aunt and couldn't be more excited. Expect TOO MANY posts about Rigel in the coming years as he grows up.