Treat me kindly…for no heart in all the world is more grateful…
For kindness than the loving heart of me…
Do not break my spirit with a stick, for though I should lick your hand between the blows, your patience and understanding will more quickly teach me the things you would have me do. When my health declines, do not turn me away from you but hold me gently in your arms as I heal…if healing is not meant to be, hold me closely. I will leave you knowing with the last breath I drew, my fate was ever safest in your arms.- Anonymous
We have had the honor and the pleasure of rescuing many dogs already in 2017. Unfortunately we have also been reminded of the abuse and neglect that some of these beautiful dogs have been through. Tiny, Larson and Luca are three. They came to us not with gaping wounds, but what was hidden from the naked eye broke our hearts.
When Tiny was picked up as a stray, the shelter examined her and noted a “minor abrasion” on her front leg and gave her an antibiotic. Ten long days later, we got the call that she needed a rescue, the little girl with the minor abrasion on her leg. Coastal picked her up that day and volunteers took only minutes to see that there was something just not right.
As we waited at the vet for Tiny to be seen, we noticed she couldn’t sit in one place for very long. She just couldn’t get comfortable. She wanted to sit in our lap. She wanted to be have someone’s hand on her. She was so grateful just to have someone with her. On the side of her body we felt what we thought was a tick. Thankfully there was no tick growing, so we thought it was a tiny cyst.
Tiny quickly got the reputation with us and the staff as one of the sweetest dogs in the world. She got a full examination, including X-rays and that is when we realized the pain that was hidden by this sweet little girl who just wanted to be loved. It was obvious that she had been hit by something large, probably a car. She had four fractures in her pelvis and her sacrum had been fractured and pushed forward, oh, and the “minor abrasion” on the front leg. Her X-rays were told the horrifying story of the pain she had been living with but there was even more. They also revealed that she had been shot multiple times all over her body with some sort of pellets. It was neither a tick nor a cyst that we had felt, it was one of the many pellets beneath her skin.
Tiny‘s broken bones have already begun to set. Doing surgery to try to push the sacrum back into its normal place risks the danger of nerve damage. At this point, she has to be on strict rest so that the bones can continue to heal. After four weeks, she will get another set of X-rays to see if surgery will be necessary for her leg.
Tiny hasn’t seen a lot of love in her short life. Until now, the humanity that she has encountered has been far from kind. Despite all of this, she is still one of the sweetest dogs you will ever meet, who just like in a Dog’s Prayer, despite the blows she has received, will still lick your hand. She is resting comfortably and without pain, but she really needs a foster home where she can continue to recuperate. Somewhere out there, there is someone who inflicted a terrible amount of pain on Tiny, knowing exactly what they were doing. For Tiny, there will be justice. Tiny‘s justice will be a happy ending and a loving home.
And then there is neglect. Luca was turned in to us because his family now had two young children and could no longer give him the attention that he needed and deserved, and, oh, by the way, he “tweaked” his leg when playing last week.
When Luca arrived, he was frightened of everything. You could tell his world had been turned upside down. He walked slowly and would gingerly touch his foot to the ground and quickly pick it up. He went to the vet right away. The specialist estimates that his injury was caused 4 to 6 weeks prior to the date he was turned in, and far from being tweaked, it was caused by a direct force injury to his knee, something they normally see in a dog that has been kicked. Luca needs surgery to repair all the torn ligaments and the damage to the knee. We are calling on all angels to help. His surgery will be $4500. He will also need a foster home while he recuperates.
Larsen met his first angel when he was trying to drag himself up the street. He couldn’t use his leg and his body was so emaciated he was almost ready to give up. They couldn’t leave him in the road to die. We never know why dogs like Larsen get abandoned, but we soon realized it may have been because he needed medical care that is not inexpensive. His X-rays showed severe dysplasia in both hips, one so severe that there is no socket. Since his rescue, he has built some muscle and is able to use his leg, but only for short periods. He needs to have total hip replacement in both hips to be able to live a normal life. We are, once again, asking for your help. The surgery is $5,000 per hip. The surgeon’s plan for Larsen is to operate on the worst hip first and do the second after the first one heals.
It is a lot of money we know. We have been able to raise $2,500 towards Larsen’s surgery so far. As soon as we are able to raise the money, he will be able to have the surgery.
Who is Larsen? He is a big puppy, no more than 18 months old, who had the misfortune of being born to someone who either couldn’t get him the care he needed or just didn’t want to. He is an innocent little big boy who sees everyone as his friend, every dog as his playmate, even the little ones. He can’t understand why the cat runs when he tries to play with him or why the bunny rabbit stomped his foot when he stared at him too long. He loves to lay in your lap and will give you wet sloppy kisses all day long, and he will live with the pain it causes him just to be able to run free for a few moments. Please help us give him something he has never had, a life free of pain.
If you have been patient enough to read to the end, thank you so much. Tiny, Luca and Larsen deserve the chance we are trying to give them. Please help us give them the life they deserve.