Tomorrow, Agnes is getting out of the Pasadena Humane Society and heading north to Traci's Pei Palace. Here is the story that caught our attention:

Meet Agnes, an old fashioned dearie of a Shar Pei, who is bewildered to find herself at the Pasadena Humane Society this holiday season.

This timid but companionable little soul is from another era, and doesn't know what to make of her current lodgings. She stays out of the melee at the shelter, preferring to snooze in the heated back area of her kennel. She has impeccable manners, and politely gets up to greet visitors to her kennel. But she's shy and moves slowly -- in today's modern fast-paced shelter environment, this means her human visitors have often already moved on by the time she approaches the front of her kennel. We're worried about dear Agnes, because with her civilized ways she's not getting enough public attention at the shelter, and has been there almost a month.

Agnes arrived at the PHS as a stray, having lived for a short but difficult time on the streets. This poor dearie was not accustomed to street life, and managed to pick up biting flies and all manner of mud and filth. But she's a tough little girl, and incredibly she has no obvious injuries or illnesses, other than some age-related stiffness. She confided in me that the shelter vet staff was very kind, and coddled her a bit and cleaned her up, but she'd really like one more bath and a nice grooming to bring her back up to her immaculate former standards.

Agnes is friendly, shy, extremely gentle, curious, adorable, and very quiet. I've never heard her bark, but she occasionally likes to indulge her very cute hobby of singing along with fire-truck sirens. It's rare, and she sings very soft and low (I'd say alto), but she really seems to enjoy herself. See if you can catch her at it!

I spent some time visiting with Agnes in her kennel Friday, and found her to be a surprisingly companionable little cutie. She is friendly but reserved, warms up quickly, and likes to be with people. We played a little game where I'd call to her, she'd toddle over to me, look up at my face, and then toddle off again. After a couple times, she'd give me a little kiss on my chin before toddling away. After a few more times, she decided to curl up next to me, and I gave her some pets while we watched the world go by.

Agnes needs nothing more than a kind person and a cozy home to live out the rest of her years. She is cute, funny and companionable, and very easy to fall in love with. There's definitely a person out there for Agnes, the only question is will they find her in time. The shelter has unfortunately filled up again, and will remain full through the holiday season. This dear little old lady has very very limited time to find a new home.

I'm happy to say that her time is no longer limited. Agnes will get a chance to chill out as long as she wants at my house. It seems to have been raining senior Pei lately, but I'm a sucker for the oldies.

More about Agnes later. Merry Christmas!