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Poodle That Survived Mountain of Trash Gets a New Home
NBC Bay Area ^ | Thursday, Jan 30, 2014 | Joe Rosato Jr.

Posted on 01/31/2014 3:19:31 PM PST by nickcarraway

A tiny apricot poodle who survived a harrowing journey through mountains of San Francisco trash, is going home to life that will, in contrast, smell like a rose. On Monday, Patricia Aleman picked up Gem, as she was named, and whisked her off to a new life in her Potrero Hill home, complete with a yard.

“I can’t wait to take her home and just play with her,” Aleman said. “I’m really, really excited. I feel lucky to have her.”

In late December, trash sorters at the Recology Recycling Center spotted the poodle’s head poking out from a bag on a conveyer belt. A few feet more, and she would’ve plummeted into a lethal ravine of garbage. She had already survived days in a trash bin, rides in the scoops of heavy machinery, and a violent trash shaker.

She was nursed back to health at San Francisco Animal Care and Control. The agency received 250 applications from people across the country offering to adopt the tiny dog. It whittled down the field and eventually picked Aleman. Aside from a yard and her love for dogs, Aleman had another intriguing qualification – she works for Recology.

“One of the rescuers, Greg Foster also put in a letter [of recommendation]” said Animal Control Director Rebecca Katz, “saying it would be really meaningful for them to be able to spend time with her and see her.”

Co-workers will get to see plenty of Gem in the future; Aleman said her supervisor gave her permission to bring Gem to work.

“With me she doesn’t just have one family,” Aleman said. “It’s the 800 families that work there are also her family.”


TOPICS: Pets/Animals; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: doggieping; dogs

1 posted on 01/31/2014 3:19:31 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: JoeSixPack

Ping worthy


2 posted on 01/31/2014 3:28:07 PM PST by verga (Poor spiritual health often leads to poor physical and mental health)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Happy ending doggie ping


3 posted on 01/31/2014 3:28:44 PM PST by Innovative ("Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." -- Vince Lombardi)
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To: nickcarraway; All

There is also a video at the article link:

http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Poodle-That-Survived-Mountain-of-Trash-Gets-a-New-Home-242857891.html

Adorable doggie!


4 posted on 01/31/2014 3:30:16 PM PST by Innovative ("Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." -- Vince Lombardi)
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To: nickcarraway

That was sweet! Thanks for posting.


5 posted on 01/31/2014 3:38:03 PM PST by rusty schucklefurd
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To: nickcarraway
I lived on Potrero Hill in early 90's when I last worked in San Francisco, but on the wrong side from where Gem likely lives. Down the hill from me was an Amish housing project in the Mission District that I had to pass by every afternoon when walking home after getting off at the nearest BART station. I never had a problem, but every night there was gunfire till late in the night.

One trucker did have a problem though. He was delivering fresh fish, made a wrong turn into the project and was stopped and beaten by a mob. I decided to move down town closer to where I worked.
6 posted on 01/31/2014 3:58:23 PM PST by caveat emptor (!)
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To: AnAmericanMother; Titan Magroyne; Badeye; SandRat; arbooz; potlatch; afraidfortherepublic; ...
WOOOF!

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7 posted on 01/31/2014 5:03:30 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: Innovative

That is SUCH a good story! Thank you!


8 posted on 01/31/2014 5:38:46 PM PST by Monkey Face (Getting old sucks. I used to wake up feeling like a million bucks. Now I feel like a bounced check.)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Fangs, Joe!


9 posted on 01/31/2014 5:39:14 PM PST by Monkey Face (Getting old sucks. I used to wake up feeling like a million bucks. Now I feel like a bounced check.)
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To: nickcarraway

What the fudge is an “apricot poodle”?

Sounds like some half-rotten gunk you’d find stuck on the bottom of your climbing shoes!

No self-respecting dog I ever owned would tolerate being called “Apricot” whatever!

They try to give everything these squishy, feel-good names. I’d just name him Stuntd.
Or Lameus.


10 posted on 01/31/2014 5:46:03 PM PST by djf (OK. Well, now, lemme try to make this clear: If you LIKE your lasagna, you can KEEP your lasagna!)
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To: nickcarraway

Some Freepers would have just shot her - why she is pooping some where and refusing to kill her is the same as elevating her to human status.


11 posted on 01/31/2014 5:46:48 PM PST by Perdogg (Ted Cruz-Rand Paul 2016)
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To: nickcarraway

I love apricot poodles. I love ANY color poodle...for that matter. Thanks for posting ;)


12 posted on 01/31/2014 5:48:42 PM PST by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs assist!)
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To: nickcarraway

sick f8cks that threw the pup away


13 posted on 01/31/2014 6:29:29 PM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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14 posted on 01/31/2014 7:18:36 PM PST by Baynative (Got bulbs? Check my profile page.)
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To: djf

They have been around for years. All breeds have different names of colors for their breeds.


15 posted on 01/31/2014 8:22:59 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: Baynative

“A dog’s last will and testament”

How sweet. Thanks for posting it, I have not seen it before.


16 posted on 01/31/2014 8:59:49 PM PST by Innovative ("Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." -- Vince Lombardi)
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To: djf

It has sort of an apricot type coloring, go look at the video. Really cute and the name fits. :)

http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Poodle-That-Survived-Mountain-of-Trash-Gets-a-New-Home-242857891.html


17 posted on 01/31/2014 9:01:01 PM PST by Innovative ("Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." -- Vince Lombardi)
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To: Innovative
You are right. Very cute looking dog.

When she was found:

Today:


18 posted on 01/31/2014 10:14:36 PM PST by rawhide
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19 posted on 01/31/2014 10:18:15 PM PST by rawhide
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To: rawhide

The poor baby, apparently she was in really bad shape — glad it has such a happy ending.


20 posted on 01/31/2014 10:27:10 PM PST by Innovative ("Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." -- Vince Lombardi)
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To: djf

Ummm- Apricot is a color description just like black, white or red and there are others...


21 posted on 02/01/2014 2:29:57 PM PST by BigEdLB (Now there ARE 1,000,000 regrets - but it may be too late.)
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To: djf
They try to give everything these squishy, feel-good names. I’d just name him Stuntd.

WTF's wrong with you, why do you have to drop in and drop your load of negative crap?????????

22 posted on 02/01/2014 2:39:32 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (I think I've lost my mojo.....)
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To: Joe 6-pack; nickcarraway

It breaks my heart to see situations like this and am so happy when they are saved. I’ve been gone awhile but awhile back I saw a you tube of another tiny white poodle found in a trash pile by a building. The video showed them finding it and what terrible shape it was in at the time. Thankfully they were able to save it too. Where the he77 were the people these dogs belonged to....!!


23 posted on 02/02/2014 2:53:15 PM PST by potlatch
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