Happy Tails
HUNTER

HUNTER

Hunter was adopted as a puppy but when it was soon learned he was totally deaf the family decided they didn’t want him. They banished him to the backyard to spend his days without human contact, vetting or company. Two years later Hunter was joined by another dog the family decided grew too big. For the next five years this 90 lb. Great Pyrenees mix and 24 lb. beagle shared a tiny backyard and a make shift dog house. The family did feed them and give them water when they remembered. But there was no love or vetting for these boys. This month, April of 2014, that same family moved out of that house and left the dogs. When I asked them what they were doing the response was “The constable will call the pound and they will take them.” Neither dog stood a chance if they were taken to the pound. We went to get them. They were infested with fleas and covered in years of filth, so after a serious bath, we took them both to the vet for shots and heartworm test. Both dogs thankfully were heartworm negative. Neither one had been neutered but that would have to wait for another day. Boone already had a family waiting. This was wonderful for Boone but devastating for Hunter. He was terrified; he had lost his home and his buddy of the last 5 years all in 24 hrs. He lived in a world of silence so there was no way to explain to him what had happened. His eyes said it all… I held him tight, praying he could feel the love I already felt for him. His tail did not wag and he hung his head…. I didn’t know how to get through to him and my heart was breaking as was his. It took a couple of days but soon Hunter’s tail started to wag and his head came up. He had a soft bed, a human that took him for walks and good food with fresh water. We started searching for the perfect home for Hunter. But the years of neglect had taken their toll on Hunter and before we found that home, we were back at the vet and were told Hunter’s heart was failing. With proper medication and God willing, he could have a quality life for about four months. My heart felt like it had been ripped in half when I heard this. This precious beagle that loved everyone unconditionally despite the horrid way he had been treated would now have his life cut short because no one ever bothered to take him to a vet. But we didn’t give up and Hunter is still with us.  He lives the life or a king with a soft bed in an air conditioned house with good food and plenty of cool water. There is no disgrace in not being a pet owner. I respect the people that acknowledge they don’t want the life time commitment of an animal and choose not to get one. But there is nothing more disgraceful or despicable than the kind of people that threw away Boone and Hunter because they were not perfect.
MEGG

MEGG

Hunter was adopted as a puppy but when it was soon learned he was totally deaf the family decided they didn’t want him. They banished him to the backyard to spend his days without human contact, vetting or company. Two years later Hunter was joined by another dog the family decided grew too big. For the next five years this 90 lb. Great Pyrenees mix and 24 lb. beagle shared a tiny backyard and a make shift dog house. The family did feed them and give them water when they remembered. But there was no love or vetting for these boys. This month, April of 2014, that same family moved out of that house and left the dogs. When I asked them what they were doing the response was “The constable will call the pound and they will take them.” Neither dog stood a chance if they were taken to the pound. We went to get them. They were infested with fleas and covered in years of filth, so after a serious bath, we took them both to the vet for shots and heartworm test. Both dogs thankfully were heartworm negative. Neither one had been neutered but that would have to wait for another day. Boone already had a family waiting. This was wonderful for Boone but devastating for Hunter. He was terrified; he had lost his home and his buddy of the last 5 years all in 24 hrs. He lived in a world of silence so there was no way to explain to him what had happened. His eyes said it all… I held him tight, praying he could feel the love I already felt for him. His tail did not wag and he hung his head…. I didn’t know how to get through to him and my heart was breaking as was his. It took a couple of days but soon Hunter’s tail started to wag and his head came up. He had a soft bed, a human that took him for walks and good food with fresh water. We started searching for the perfect home for Hunter. But the years of neglect had taken their toll on Hunter and before we found that home, we were back at the vet and were told Hunter’s heart was failing. With proper medication and God willing, he could have a quality life for about four months. My heart felt like it had been ripped in half when I heard this. This precious beagle that loved everyone unconditionally despite the horrid way he had been treated would now have his life cut short because no one ever bothered to take him to a vet. But we didn’t give up and Hunter is still with us.  He lives the life or a king with a soft bed in an air conditioned house with good food and plenty of cool water. There is no disgrace in not being a pet owner. I respect the people that acknowledge they don’t want the life time commitment of an animal and choose not to get one. But there is nothing more disgraceful or despicable than the kind of people that threw away Boone and Hunter because they were not perfect.
ABBY

ABBY

Her name is Abby and she stole our hearts with her “broken” ear and funny gait.  Especially the heart of, Bill Myers.   She had been dumped in a parking lot and was heading to the pound when we stepped in and took her.  Bill immediately offered to sponsor her and after our photo shoot decided to foster her. Abby did seem to have a hitch in her get a long, but then she is 9 nine years old and Bill has hip issues of his own.  It was a match made in heaven. But it wasn’t the happily ever after we were hoping for.  Abby was soon diagnosed with a genetic neurological disorder that is very common in shepherds.  It takes away the ability to control her back legs and it works its way forward.  Devastating as this news was, Bill wasn’t giving up.  He maked sure Ms. Abby had the life of a queen for the time she had left. They had a routine.  Early to rise, he carried her to the van and off they would go to conquer the daily chores together, including   therapy three times a week for Miss Abby. After a full day of activities they head home to her favorite dinner, rotisserie chicken. There is no dedication greater than that of Bill to Abby and Abby to Bill.   Recently he said to me “I need her as much as she needs me. She has taught me so much about life and what is really important.”  Whatever her life was before, Bill made sure that Abby’s golden years were spent in the lap of luxury, treated like royalty and never wanting for anything. Our sweet Abby has crossed over to wait at the Rainbow Bridge until her master Bill comes to greet her.  She takes a piece of Bill’s heart and leaves a paw print in its place.  And we will all grieve the loss of our beautiful girl.  This is what we do as rescuers; we give the forgotten a second chance at happily ever after and lose a piece of our hearts with each one that goes to the bridge before us. Thank you Bill for your dedication and sacrifice to give Abby her happily ever after.