May gets a professional Christmas photo | Beth Straebel Photo
May gets a professional Christmas photo | Beth Straebel Photo
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(This week’s featured pet is Lil’ May, a rescue pup who was VERY happy to find a home with OMP resident Beth Straebel. Read on for Beth’s story about this happy creature. And if you have a beloved pet you’d like to see in the Gazette, write up a few paragraphs and send it to me along with a few photos, [email protected]. -jb)

All of our dogs are rescues, and each has their own unique story. May was found wandering the streets in rough shape when she was picked up by the local Humane Society. She had a young pup running with her. Everyone assumed it was one of her pups, since she clearly had recently had a litter.

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On the day we adopted her, May came bounding out of the kennels, wiggling with joy from nose to tail. As I was signing the final papers, May suddenly jumped up on the counter (a good three feet!) as if to say, “Come on! Let’s get on with it!”

May snoozing on the beach | Beth Straebel Photo
May snoozing on the beach | Beth Straebel Photo

Some would say she is an odd collection of canine characteristics, but I think it all adds up to a charming look. She has short, stubby legs, floppy ears that are often off-kilter, a coat as thick as a husky’s, and so many folds of skin on her neck, they flap in the wind when she hangs out a car window.

May gets a professional Christmas photo | Beth Straebel Photo
May gets a professional Christmas photo | Beth Straebel Photo

But who can’t love a dog that is clearly happy every day of her life? Her tail is in constant motion, wagging away. She’s doesn’t have bad days or ornery moments. Despite her eyes starting to cloud gray with cataracts and her joints getting stiff, she’s always up for a walk and doesn’t seem to mind if she’s the one pulling up the rear.

We are blessed to have this funny, happy creature in our lives!

May splashing in the bay | Beth Straebel Photo
May splashing in the bay | Beth Straebel Photo

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A NOTE FROM JANE: I started Old Mission Gazette in 2015 because I felt a calling to provide the Old Mission Peninsula community with local news. After decades of writing for newspapers and magazines like the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Family Circle and Ladies' Home Journal, I really just wanted to write about my own community where I grew up on a cherry farm and raised my own family. So I started my own newspaper.

Because Old Mission Gazette is a "Reader Supported Newspaper" -- meaning it exists because of your financial support -- I hope you'll consider tossing a few bucks our way if I mention your event, your business, your organization or your news item, or if you simply love reading about what's happening on the OMP. In a time when local news is becoming a thing of the past, supporting an independent community newspaper is more important now than ever.

To keep the Gazette going, click here to make a donation. Thank you so much for your support. -jb

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