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People that do this to ANY dog just PISS ME OFF. 

She came to me broken…….physically and mentally.  Kathy from the shelter called and asked me if I would be interested in taking this little grey dog that was in bad shape.  She said that she thought she had “lost her eye”…….it was now a pocket of puss there.  (Please note the photo above, YES that is puss in her right eye.)

When I got there, she was perfectly still, stoic, maybe in shock, in pain…..I don’t know, but she was clearly “broken”…She didn’t want anyone to touch her or pick her up, aside from the puss filled eye, she was all bones, matted at the base of her hair and the mats created sores all over her body, nails that were growing out sideways……..she wanted nothing to do with ME or anyone else.  It was as if her mind had taken her to another place…a place far away from the pain and suffering she had endured before ending up at the shelter.

 

Once I got her home, she seemed uninterested in the dogs and certainly untrusting  AND uninterested in humans.  She just sort of sat back and watched me from afar.  She hid for days and then a few days later she followed me from room to room, however she didn’t actually come close to me on purpose for weeks and weeks. 

After a trip to the Vet the meds cleared up her horrible eye infection and her eye was actually came out unharmed, so we then focused on helping this little malnourished creature put on some weight…..A few days later the groomer tried grooming her and all of her hair started falling out.  That crazy hair fell out in large clumps, once she started cutting the mats out, everything just started coming out, clump after clump.  She was left with very little, really thin, strange hair, some totally naked parts of her freckled body showed through and then you could really tell she was a bag of bones….ribs, spine…everything showing now…….a trip back to the Vet proved she was malnourished, full of worms, had a thyroid condition that she would need to take medication for the rest of her life BUT on a good note was heartworm negative.   (So we had at least ONE good note!)

Nothing the Vet could give me, would help her regain her trust in humans, however I did everything in my power to show her love and help her to learn to trust again. 

As I would go about my daily business in the house, she finally drew closer and closer…..even learning how to go up and down the stairs to follow me.  She learned the sound of the treat jar lid opening meant a dog bone with peanut butter on it was waiting for her, she found rays of sun that landed on the wood floors to lay on, she quickly learned to be house trained, she decided at some point she was going to be the boss of the other dogs,  and then she decided at about week 3 that just maybe she might like to sleep on the bed with me.  (She no longer wanted to sleep on the fluffy blanket on the floor next to the bed.)  That day somehow seemed to be a turning point for us, she jumped up on the bed when I was half asleep, sniffed all around me face, made several turns, dug a little bit then laid down and let out this huge sigh……Maybe, just maybe at that moment she realized she was going to be okay.  (Or at least that’s how it “felt” to me)  She was healthy for the first time in God knows how long, had as much food as she could eat, she was clean and growing beautiful hair in placed of the freckled skin, she was living indoors and finally had a human who really loved her…….not much to ask for, but evidently more than the previous person EVER provided for her.

She was going from a blank, broken dog to a happy dog…..slowly

 

Weeks turned into months and she finally started trusting and loving me.  After several months she even decided she wanted to “play”……After months and months, she has grown into the most loving, loyal little dog ever.  She loves going anywhere I go…it doesn’t matter if it’s by car or by foot, she’s ready. (I’m coming with you Mom!)  I can’t leave the house without her slipping out the door with me and then spinning in circles of joy because she knows we are “going bye-bye”.   She has traveled to IU a couple of times, been camping…..on more road trips than I can recall and she is the perfect travel buddy.  I cant explain what a 360 this little lady has done, I really cant.

 

Recently I took her to the State Park to walk at the beach to soak up a beautiful sunny day we were having and see what she thought of the water….she LOVED IT……she was in pure bliss, she was zooming around, running in and out of the water and had this HUGE smile on her face the entire time we were there.  She LOVED it and seeing her little soul so happy made my spirit soar……..It seriously was one of the best days of my life.  I so clearly made such a difference in her world……..

Seeing her run and have so much fun that day, I couldn’t help but think back to the dog I picked up at the shelter that day defeated and broken…the dog who was vacant…she was certainly no longer that same broken dog…that dog is long, long gone.

So you see, this is why I do what I do……For the love of a dog…….she here I am, still trying to change lost dogs lives, one dog at a time.

I love you Fuzzy-wuzz…

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7 Comments

  1. Yay, you’re back. 🙂 Love your latest story, and loved the outcome for beautiful Fuzz. I don’t help animals out as much as you do, but whenever I’ve been able to, it has been the best feeling EVER. Wish I could do more, but I live in an apartment, and it’s tough enough with my 2 kitties…. Maybe someday I can do more. Remember the cat I wrote to you about who had bitten me a couple of months ago? I’ve continued to feed him, but now I’m filled with anxiety about what to do with him once the cold weather arrives. I’m trying to find a good home for him — wish I could keep him. For the longest time, I was calling him “Kitty” instead of properly naming him, as I didn’t want to get too attached. Yeah,right — we all know how that goes. 🙂 I finally knew I had to name him after a couple of months went by. His name is now Kelly. I wanted a name that sounded close to “Kitty,” and Kelly is what I came up with. It suits him. 🙂 Love the little guy, but I’m so worried about what to do in the upcoming months. Have to keep the faith that a solution will be found. ♥ Have a great weekend, Laura!

    p.s. Kiwi is in my thoughts.

    • Yep Im back. I miss it. I needed a break, but now I’m back. I remember the cat….are you able to provide it shelter during the winter? A small dog house with straw?? Fresh water during the winter and food….I have had several I fed for many winters….it’s hard, I know.

      Fuzz is such a neat little dog, my constant shadow. I just adore her.

  2. Yup, I can definitely provide Kelly with food and water this Winter, and I’m trying to see if I can get a small house for him. I’m just afraid it won’t be enough, but I know he survived last Winter on his own. I used to see him in the neighborhood, but he never came close enough for me to feed him. He survived the cold, but that isn’t good enough for me. I want him to be comfortable, and I don’t feel like a small house/shelter will be “enough,” and I hate to think of him suffering. Not sure if you remember Benny (his pic is on my FB), but before he officially became my little guy, I worried to death about him in the cold. I even bought one of those electric outdoor heating pads for him, which I placed in a box with some blankets, but with the frigid temps, it didn’t help much. I eventually brought him into my apt, much to the chagrin of my other cat, Iris. Also, not sure if you knew or not, but I lost Benny last November. Can’t believe it’s almost been a year…. I miss him so much. He had an infection in his mouth, which moved to his kidneys. There were a few difficult months of treatment, and he appeared to be doing better, but things took a swift turn, and I lost him. A few months before he became really sick, another beautiful black cat came to my doorstep, and Benny had become a sort of big brother to her. 🙂 I ended up keeping her, and for awhile I had 3 cats. It was such a strain on Iris, my first cat. She’s not in the best of health right now, and I just can’t bring a male cat into our home/apt because of that. She will never accept Kelly (she never grew to accept Benny), and I’m afraid the stress will aggrevate her health issues. *sigh* Anyway, I’m just trying to keep the faith for now….

    • The cold is really hard…..that’s how I ended up with “Him Black cat”…..(and yes I remember Benny) So sorry for your loss….I STILL miss “Him Black Cat” daily…Iris sounds like my daughters cat who lives here with me, she dislikes other cats so much she just lurks around on the screened in porch to mean mug them should they come near the house. lol

      I remember building a shelter for Stellar that he would never go in…….well, not that I saw anyway.

      Cats are good at finding hidden places but a little dog house filled with straw would help….you could feed him in there too if you dont have to worry about racoons….

      Let me know how it goes my friend. Your heart without question is as big as mine!

  3. I remember Stellar and Him Black Cat. 🙂 Also, I do have raccoons who love to hang out in the area where I was thinking of putting up a shelter for Kelly. I’m thinking of other alternatives, and will keep you updated. I don’t want to “clog your blog” too much! Remember when Mandy coined that phrase? haha

    Thanks for the comment regarding “my heart.” I consider it a huge compliment coming from the uber animal activist that you are. 🙂

  4. Haha. You are not clogging my blog. haha

    Keep me posted on the shelter. The coons may not be a problem if you dont feed him in the shelter.

    Let me know what you do………

    L 🙂

  5. You’re amazing Laura! :o)


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