I found out where Blondie came from. Some friend of Marvin's deliberately dumped her because he didn't want her. So there's no problem with somebody claiming her.
And she has definitely claimed us, although why she didn't stay at Marvin's with all those kids puzzles me.
Two of you offered to help with the vet expenses, and I appreciate that. But we can manage it. Be aware that this dog will live outside. I know some of you are thinking I'll change my mind, but there's no way I will. So you, my readers, may get attached to the dog along with us, but you may be grieving with us later if she's run over. Forewarned is forearmed. Although she seems pretty much glued to the place. Right now she's sprawled beneath the back door; if I didn't know she was there, I'd step on her when I went out.
She'll be a neighborhood dog: if someone wants to feed her scraps, fine. If somebody next door wants to play with her, fine.
She's a nice little dog, great with kids. I hope she isn't already pregnant... the circumstances of how she arrived her make me wonder. Perhaps if she is, the vet could abort the babies.
So now we know.
P.S. I just called the vet's office, and yes... if the dog is pregnant, they'll take care of that when they spay her. $15 extra, but hey, that's cheaper than puppies. And a lot less trouble.
P.P.S. Click HERE to see the granddaughters' reaction on their first meeting with Blondie.