When Hubcap last made the news, the husky mix pooch was gracing the front page of the Roundup, posing with Payson Humane Society assistant manager Kim Garza and a litter of kittens to promote National Animal Month.
The photo was supposed to be of just Garza and the kittens, but Hubcap was so enamored of the furry little creatures that he pushed his way into the shot.
"Hubcap just loves baby kittens," PHS manager Diane Fitzpatrick said.
That would have been the end of the story except for a most curious sequence of events that unfolded over the course of the next 24 hours. It began when, shortly after the picture was taken, Hubcap was adopted. For most dogs, getting adopted and leaving the shelter to go to a new home with a loving owner is the ultimate joy, and Hubcap seemed willing enough to give it a try.
But when Garza came to work the following morning, there was Hubcap -- waiting patiently at the front door of the shelter.
Not only had he run away from his new home, but a quick examination revealed, his tail had been run over by a car in the process of finding his way back to the shelter.
Hubcap is firmly ensconced at the shelter now, his tail shaved and covered with iodine. And only one explanation for why he did just the opposite of what any other ex-shelter dog would do seems possible to Fitzpatrick and Garza.
His new owner didn't have any kittens.
In observance of National Animal Month, a Payson Humane Society-sponsored spay and neuter clinic began today and will run through Thursday, May 8.
The Arizona spay/neuter mobile unit is stationed in the Bashas' parking lot and opens each day at 7 a.m. Animals are accepted on a first-come basis.
Clinic fees are $25 for male cats, $35 for female cats, $45 for male dogs, and $55-65 for female dogs.
All pets must be at least 2 months old, under 5 years old, and weigh at least 2.5 pounds.
For more information, call the society at 474-5590.