QUINCY — A year ago, Jeanne and Xavier Ramirez of Crescent Bar attended the first-ever Dawg Days of August Pet Parade at The Cambridge.
In the parade, animal control officer Eric Talbot was walking a 3-month-old mixed-breed pup that caught the eye of the local couple, who had no intention of getting a dog.
“I saw Lulu being walked, and I asked about her,” said Jeanne. “I said, ‘Can I take her and show my husband?’ ”
Unbeknownst to Jeanne, her husband had been looking at the same dog. The beige pup with the black muzzle had only known life inside the Quincy Animal Shelter, and was waiting for a forever home. Fortunately for her, it was love at first sight.
Jeanne and Xavier were smitten. They hadn’t entertained the thought of having a dog in their home for years. It just didn’t make sense.
“I thought about it a while,” said Jeanne. “I had a dream about her and called the shelter. She was still there. That day we picked her up and we bought $400 worth of toys and food for her.”
The little beige dog with the dark muzzle had finally found a home. Xavier and Jeanne decided to call her Little Lulu after the little girl in the old cartoons who always got into mischief.
Make no mistake about it. Lulu is now living the life of luxury. Although pets aren’t normally allowed on the couch in their home, Xavier puts a blanket down on the nice Broyhill sofa set so Lulu can stretch out and be comfortable.
“I don’t know what possessed us to do this,” said Jeanne, “But she brings us joy. She’s so sweet!”
Although Lulu is still considered to be young even in dog years, she is well-behaved, and minds her manners in the house, for the most part.
“She has never chewed up anything of ours,” said Xavier. “She only chews up her toys.”
Little Lulu loves to romp and play and can entertain herself pretty well. She is intelligent, and already knows how to sit and lay down on command. According to Xavier, she is also protective, and will be a good watchdog.
“People who don’t want a dog would be amazed at what happens,” said Jeanne.
As far as Lulu is concerned, Jeanne says, she is one spoiled pooch who is there to stay.
The couple, along with The Cambridge activities director, Susan Lacy, invite everyone to discover their own perfect pooch and come down to support this year’s Ron Stadig Dawg Days parade.
The name was changed this year, according to Lacy, as an homage to the late Ron Stadig, who passed away last year.
“Ron Stadig was a major sponsor of the Dawg Days parade,” said Lacy. “Linda, his wife, is sponsoring trophies and ribbons this year in honor of Ron.”
Registration starts at 5 p.m. today, and the parade is at 6 p.m. Last year, there were 53 entries and this year Lacy hopes for more. Entrance fees are $2 for youth 17 and under and $6 for adults 18 and over.
Prizes will be awarded for the following: Best In Show, $50; Best Adult Entrants, $25; Best Youth Entrants, $25, $10 for second place awards and $5 for third place awards. All winners will receive trophies. Participants are also eligible for drawings.
“We encourage floats and dogs in costumes,” said Lacy. “All proceeds benefit the Quincy Animal Shelter.”
Inside The Cambridge, there will be a silent auction featuring wine from Beaumont Cellars, a rock coffee table, gift certificates for golfing in Sunserra and gift baskets.
There will be a few adoptable dogs in the parade from the Quincy Animal Shelter. These dogs have been spayed or neutered, microchipped and are current on their vaccinations.
For questions or more information, please call Lacy at The Cambridge Assisted Living Facility at 797-9555.