Chain of Hope received a call from a woman that we had helped before. She had moved and I thought that various people that lived with her had all moved out and taken their dogs. I didn’t really know what was going on. I had not heard from her in quite awhile. She called and said that she had taken in a stray. She said she’d had it about 2 weeks and that something was wrong with it. She told me that she had bought a bale of hay for it and a bag of dog food, but that it needed medical help and she had no more money. She said it was a Boxer mix of some sort. I told her if we came over there and it was sick that she needed to sign the dog over to me so that we could take it from there. She admitted that she didn’t need an animal at this time, so she said she would sign it over to Chain of Hope.
We headed over and found the cutest little, bald dog with a thick collar and a chain that was too big for him. His skin looked horrible. Almost all of his hair was gone and his skin was crusty and nasty. It was mange for sure. He stunk to high heaven. His big, brown eyes really got us! They were so full of hope, and they melted our hearts. We loaded the little guy up and got him over to the vet clinic.
Poor little guy had a really bad case of Demodex mange. That was good because that is the non-contagious kind.
He went into the tub for a medicated bath, which brought him much relief.
We have a great couple that fosters Boxer and Boxer mixes for us. Their last foster had been adopted a month or two ago. I knew I had to call Sarah and tell her about this poor, pathetic boy. I could see Boxer in him, but he was a mix for sure. He was gray and bald. You could see a beautiful brown on his head and face. It would be so interesting to see what this little one ended up looking like. Right now, he just needed help. Sarah was open to fostering. I sent her some pix and she talked with Nate about it and she called and said they’d love to do it and she could pick him up after work.
Sarah has fostered a lot of dogs for Chain of Hope, but when she walked back in my office and saw this boy, she was very teary-eyed. She said what we’ve all said when we see an animal that has suffered so terribly, “I hate people.” I totally get it-the frustration of fighting this battle for these poor animals every single day and seeing the cruelty and neglect that people inflict on them makes you want to run away sometimes-it’s so overwhelming. But we don’t run from it and we won’t. We are making a huge difference out there and we march on-because of your support.
Off Sarah went with the little one and I hollered at her to think up a name for him. We talked a couple of days later and they had decided on Ed. Nate, Sarah’s husband, said that he reminded him of Ed, the hyena in The Lion King! They said that he is adorable, sweet, wonderful-a great little dog. Nate and Sarah have a white Boxer named Callie that Chain of Hope rescued back in March of 2012. Her story can be read here-it really was a Battle for Callie :http://chainofhope.wordpress.com/2012/03/20/the-battle-for-callie/
Ed and Callie are great friends!
Thank you Nate and Sarah and Callie for helping Ed heal. He is a lucky, lucky boy to have such a great foster home to recover in. We feel so badly that poor Ed had to suffer like he did, but he finally got the help that he needed. Because Chain of Hope is on the streets 6 days a week and has been for 3 yrs., we have built relationships in the community and we know a lot of people. Thankfully, this woman that had “rescued” Ed knew who to call. We are so glad that she did. Ed is living the good life now and he deserves to! Thanks for keeping us out there.