Huckleberry Finn was collected from a shelter a week or two ago after five different families had come by to take a look at him and decided he wouldn't be a good fit.
He's too skinny and sickly! they said. He's too nervous! they judged. He's just not right for our family! they decided.
So the shelter was considering euthanasia for this poor guy who was so shy and skinny and unhappy.
Not so fast! we said. He just needs a little good food! we cried. We know people who would love to adopt him! we shouted.
And even though he was very thin, and he was seeping blood from his neuter incision, and he had a suspicious lump on his jaw, and a patchy coat, and even though he was very, very shy, he came to live in a foster home with an experienced foster family who let him hide for a little while and come to his senses in a quiet, ordered home. They fed him many small meals a day and spoke quietly around him and gave him a structured schedule.
And guess what? Huckleberry Finn came around. He started to explore the yard and he began to look forward to his foster family's homecoming, and he even put on some flesh! His incision healed, the vet took a look at the lump and saw nothing to worry about, and Huckleberry Finn has shown signs that he does know how to play like a real dog!
We can't wait to see what kind of frog lies beneath the quivering, sad and unwell pup we first met. The first chapter of his book is over. A new adventure is waiting just down beyond the river's bend.
The Frog Princess
PS The lump on his neck is being treated with antibiotics. Looks better already!