Maisy

April 23, 2015

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We were in the hood one day and saw a dog chained in the front of a house and another one chained in the back. We went to the door and met the owners. They actually had a couple of special needs young children, one of them was going in for some kind of surgery and then they told us that they also had 2 puppies. The puppies came from somewhere else-2 different circumstances, they were not siblings. There seemed to be a lot going on over here and these people obviously needed some help. The dog in the front was an unspayed female and we talked about getting her spayed. They said they had no money, so we told them that we would spay her for free (thank you donors!) and that we could pick her up and then bring her back home the day after surgery. They agreed and we got their contact info. so we could get the appointment set up. Surprisingly, the male was already neutered and both adult dogs were at pretty good body weight. I then asked them if we could see the puppies, so they brought them out. One was a young, light brown pit mix puppy, about 12 weeks or so. He looked pretty good. The other one was this sweet little girl.

DSCF2666She was a very tiny, black and white puppy, with wiry hair and little tiny whiskers! She was adorable!  We started talking to them about letting us take these puppies. They would not give up the pit mix because he was going to some relative or someone. They finally relinquished the tiny black and white one, after we pretty much just kept talking and weren’t going to leave without her.

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DSCF2536This poor little thing was dehydrated, underweight, and dirty. We got her to the vet right away. Aging her by her teeth, she was about 6 weeks old, but she looked like a 4 week old. She was malnourished and had parasites. We gave her a bath and had to soap her up twice to finally get the water to run clear. Thank God we got her-this poor little one didn’t stand a chance over there. She was too small and fragile to be down at Chain of Hope. She needed more care and a lot of TLC, so Patty took her home to foster her. She called her June Bug.

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June Bug got healthier and happier and was a joy to everyone who met her!

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DSCF2658Well, of course, it didn’t take long for this girl to get adopted after she was bigger, spayed and vaccinated. We had a lot of interest in her, but she was adopted to a single mom with a couple of kids. They named her Maisy and they seemed pretty crazy about her. We had called and checked on her a couple of times like we always do and things were going well.

A couple of months ago, Maisy’s owner contacted us and said that she needed to return Maisy, through no fault of Maisy. This woman had had to take on a 2nd job and she said that she just didn’t have enough time for Maisy and she didn’t feel it was fair to Maisy to have to be home alone so much, especially at only a year old.

Our adoption contract states that if the pet owner can no longer take care of the animal, it has to come back to Chain of Hope-they can’t just give it away to whoever or take it to a shelter. When I do adoptions, I always tell the new owner that that is the paragraph in the contract that I care about the most-the animal comes back to us if something happens and they can’t keep it. Our rescues have come from bad situations and it is our vow that they will never be in the position again. So although we are always needing more space (thank you to all of you who foster and help us create more space!), we are glad when we get that phone call. We don’t want any of our animals falling through the cracks. We made arrangements for Maisy’s owner to bring her to Chain of Hope. We were anxious to see this girl after a year! We’d all wondered what she would look like as she got older.

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Maisy came back to us just as adorable as when she left. We love her whiskered face! She has the best personality-she is social and playful and quickly made friends at Chain of Hope.

She is young and playful and silly! Yet, she is so loving and affectionate as well. She listens well and minds very well. She is crate-trained and very smart. Maisy is the total package, What a great dog!

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Maisy likes to climb on top of the doghouses that we have stacked up. She plays King of the Mountain with the other dogs. She’s usually the one on top!

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We are now looking for a new home for Maisy. She weighs 40 lbs., loves playing with other dogs and loves people. She’d be a great family dog, a great dog to take to the dog park, a new best friend. You are guaranteed to smile and have a good day when Maisy’s around! Please share this blog and let’s find Maisy a new home! Call 816-221-8080 for more information.

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Gabe

April 16, 2015

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Twister is a very sweet yellow lab mix that we had come across on outreach. We brought him in quite a while ago and neutered him. The woman that had him sometimes kept him on a tie-out off of her front porch, but she also let him come inside a lot. It was a pretty good situation-better than most that we deal with.  We, of course, followed up and monitored Twister. He was pretty thin when we met him and he was still pretty thin a few weeks later even though we were supplying this owner with some good quality dog food. We de-wormed him and thought he would start gaining. He never did. This boy has always been thin, he didn’t really act like he was starving when we went, so we didn’t worry about it too much. We de-wormed him twice last year, just to make sure we were catching any parasites. He never acted ill and was always excited to see us.

Well, as time went by we noticed that Twister was always outside when we came by and he used to be inside part of the time.  Turns out the woman now had grand babies in her house and she didn’t want the dog in there with the grand babies. Because you know that you can’t have dogs and babies or kids inside the same house. Geez….

We hadn’t been by in several weeks because compared to what we are dealing with on daily basis, Twister’s situation wasn’t good, but it wasn’t horrible. He did have a dog house on the front porch.  The woman hadn’t called for food or anything, but I put Twister on the outreach list one day so that the girls could check in, see how he was doing and drop some food.

When they got out of the van, the woman came out. They started looking at Twister and it was obvious that he had a wound on his neck. His neck had yellow pus all around it and it smelled horrible! The woman told them that another dog had gotten hold of him. When the girls looked more closely,  it was an embedded collar.  They got his collar off and his neck was disgusting. They told the woman that they needed to get Twister into the vet, so they loaded him up. Thank goodness Twister’s wounds weren’t very deep like some we’ve seen, but I know his neck still hurt like hell.

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Twister’s neck was repaired and he started the healing process. There was one puncture wound on the top of his neck where it did look like another dog had bitten him. The rest of the mess was his in-grown collar. His neck was infected and he started a round of antibiotics and pain medication.

Through everything, Twister was so good, gentle and sweet. He was still pretty thin. We ran a fecal and heart worm test. In the meantime, the woman kept calling wanting to know when her dog was going to be back. Of course, we did not want to return him. He was so happy with us, he loved going for his walks and getting the love and attention that he was finally getting. We had a conversation with the woman that we were obligated to turn this kind of neglect over to animal control. We also told her that she would have to pay Twister’s bill. She was not phased whatsoever! She said she’d deal with all that, she wanted her dog back. She was adamant about it. Twister had now been with us for about 4-5 days.  We decided to let her sit and think about what we said and the fact that she may have to go to court, etc. Finally, a couple of days later, Dr. Kennedy called her and also told her that she was obligated to turn this into animal control as a cruelty and that there were going to be repercussions for this. She also told her that she wasn’t happy with his body weight, that he was too thin. She gave her the option to sign the dog over to Chain of Hope and avoid animal cruelty charges and finally the woman did! Thank you, Dr. Kennedy. This was Twister’s only ticket out of his situation. Leah and Devin went right over to her house to get her signature on the relinquishment form and Twister was now ours! We always change their names when they leave their horrible lives and begin their new lives. We named him Gabe. Look at the smile on Gabe’s  face when we told him that he didn’t have to go back there!!!

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DSCF8464There are only good things to say about Gabe. He is the BEST dog. He is adorable, very well-behaved and very loving. He liked being with other dogs, but he had no idea how to play with them! He’s made some pretty cool friends at Chain of Hope, though. He, Harley (a brindle pit) and Maisy (black wiry-haired lab mix) are all buddies.  I was standing at the window the other day watching these 3 in the yard. Gabe had been doing a lot of just kind of being near Harley and Maisy when they were playing and watching them, because he didn’t know what to do. The other day when I was watching them, Maisy was really trying to get Gabe to play with her. She had a toy in her mouth and she kept trying to tease Gabe with it. After a bit of that, Gabe  finally took hold and shook it and he and Maisy started playing tug-of-war! It really brought tears to my eyes to see both of them so joyful.  Gabe had finally figured it out! This playing with another dog thing is pretty fun!

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What I’d like to point out is that when you see one of our stories like this where the dog eventually becomes ours, you have no idea what goes on behind the scenes to secure that dog’s freedom. We deal with all kinds of people and most of them in this type of situation are not very nice.  People yell at us, cuss at us, and threaten us, There is usually a lot of tension in situations like this and a lot of back and forth. It can be very tense and it can even be dangerous, but we stay in the fight . We persevere through it all and accomplish our goal and because of that, Gabe and so many others are free. It is worth it all!

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If you would like to offer Gabe a foster home or an adoptive home, please go to http://www.chainofhopekc.org and go to our adoptable pets page to find the application! He is an amazing dog. He deserves the most loving home after what he’s been through. He is grateful to be at Chain of Hope. Gabe’s neck is almost healed up. This is a perfect example of why it’s so important to monitor these animals and stay in touch with that household. Nobody does it better!

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Liberty

April 9, 2015

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Liberty has quite a story. We spotted her one day. tied up on an enclosed  front porch, whose door had been left open so she could go in or out of the porch. The woman was an older lady and her dog named China was a young, adorable, brindle female. She had no vaccinations and wasn’t spayed. We began monitoring China, we spayed her and stopped by often checking up on her. Everytime we went, China would be all tangled up in the furniture on the front porch. She rarely had food or water. We kept harping on this woman that she needed to move her-she couldn’t keep her on that porch getting tangled up all the time. So her solution was to tie her up to the porch of the abandoned house next door. Really??? Yep, really.

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Same thing happened repeatedly over there-no water, no food, tangled or caught in all the crap around the house all the time. China would be out there in the terrible, terrible heat and be all tangled and have no water. It was disgusting how she was being treated. This woman was obviously not going to step up despite all of our help, so we decided that we needed to bring China into our program.

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IMAG0002One of our volunteers took China home to foster her and named her Liberty. She was absolutely gorgeous! She has a beautiful copper brindle coat. She has an adorable bobbed, puff tail. She runs like a deer-gracefully and beautifully.

In fact, the volunteer that fostered Liberty was a runner! She took Liberty on group runs with other runners, some with their dogs, some not. Liberty received a lot of exposure for adoption this way and it wasn’t too long that a fellow runner expressed interest in Liberty. We thought it would be a good match and the volunteer knew him and thought he was an ok guy and his application was good. So, Miss Liberty went to live with Luke. Well, a lot of things happened that next year that Luke had Liberty. Apparently, after a few months of having Liberty, Luke adopted another dog from a local shelter. Liberty had a friend! Everything was fine, until Luke went and adopted a cat from a shelter. Well, guess who didn’t like the cat? The dogs! So, instead of keeping the cat in a room when he was gone, the dogs went into kennels and there they spent untold hours. Of course, this was months after Liberty’s adoption by the time he had the 2nd dog and a cat. and we did  not know that this had happened. The volunteer would ask about Liberty and he would always say that she was fine.

Well, I guess Luke quit running or whatever so then our volunteer wasn’t seeing him anymore. He apparently went through some kind of life crisis and decided to ditch his animals and move to Hawaii. Really? Yep, really. He wanted to return Liberty, who he had had for 1 yr. and 9 mo. He took his 2nd dog back to the shelter that he had adopted it from and apparently found a home for the cat with a friend. Nice commitments to your animals, Luke. You didn’t deserve Liberty anyway and we know that now.

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Liberty came back to our facility. She was high-strung and nervous at first. You could tell that he had kept her in her crate a lot because we would take her out for a walk  then come back into the playroom with the intention of letting her run around and play for a while. She would automatically go straight to her crate when she came back in. It was a new concept to her that she didn’t have to go right back into her crate, she could be free for awhile. It made me really sad to see that and I felt so bad that this adoption had gone south after a few months. At least she was back with us and she was happy now!

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We made a special effort to give Liberty as much time out of her crate as we could. She spent hours in the play yard, she played with other dogs, she wanted to please her people. But most of all, she wanted to run! Our Chain of Hope volunteers that are runners began running her on Sundays, especially. This girl can go for miles! Here she is, leading the pack back to Chain of Hope. She just ran 5 miles and she could run 5 more! It’s a great outlet for her energy because she is a high-energy girl.

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We all need to make every effort to find Liberty a forever home. She deserves it so much. It’s hard to look at her and know that 2 1/2 yrs. after her rescue, she is still not settled in her forever home. It’s important to find the right kind of home for her and we need everyone to share and network for Liberty. On that note, here’s the good, the bad and the ugly about Liberty. First of all, she is far from ugly. This girl is stunning. We get asked all the time about her breed. We have no idea! We just know she turns people’s heads she is so stunning. She is thin, but strong. She has a lot of energy. As much as we have our dogs out, we know that Liberty needs more exercise. A tired Liberty is a good Liberty! She can totally chill when it’s time to settle down. She likes pig ears and raw hides to chew on. She does not like her crate and we can’t blame her. We recently moved her to Man’s Best Friend boarding facility where she has an indoor/outdoor run and a lot of great people who love and walk her everyday. She seems much happier. Many thanks to April for keeping in touch with our dogs out there, walking them and, taking them for ice cream!!

When Liberty is meeting a new dog for the first time, she can be a little ramped up. Just by giving her some time to adjust and settle down, she does really well. She played with males and females when she was at Chain of Hope. She would do best with a submissive dog. She listens well and tries to please her people! When she is left loose at Chain of Hope she does not tear anything up or potty inside. She is a very good girl. Although we always recommend crating when transitioning one of our dogs to their new home, Liberty would not need that for long. I think she could be left free when you’re gone and she would do fine.

Liberty is very affectionate and she gives and gets lots of hugs and kisses everyday!

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Please share this blog with your running friends and running groups, especially. Liberty is a good dog and I know there’s got to be a great home out there for her. All she needs to do is run!!! If you’re into running, why not run together? Liberty needs someone to come into her life and give her what she needs so badly-an outlet for her energy and a new best friend! If you’re interested in fostering or adopting Liberty possibly, please go to http://www.chainofhopekc.org and go to our adoptable pets page to find the application. Or give us a call if you have questions-816-221-8080.

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DSCF8490Liberty needs a foster home or better yet, an adoptive home! She has been through a lot and has been waiting this whole time to find her soulmate. She needs an angel, a best friend and she needs a chance.

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Dee

April 1, 2015

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I saw a small pit bull puppy tied to a gas meter in someone’s front yard one day. It looked thin, it’s bowls were knocked over, etc. I went to the door and met the woman that lived there with a bunch of kids. She said that the puppy didn’t stay out there all the time (which is what everyone tells us). They acted like they just loved her and all of that. I always think and sometimes actually  say, “you have a funny way of showing love.”

We began trying to educate these people and telling them that she was going to have to get started on her vaccinations, get treated for parasites and would also need to get spayed, once we got some weight on her. They insisted they didn’t want a dog house because she “doesn’t stay outside”. Yeah, right.  We began keeping an eye on their house and this little one would be out there pretty frequently. But then we just weren’t seeing her at all. One day, the volunteers went around back to look and there was this poor little girl, with a chain wrapped around her neck, flies all over her and her ribs sticking out. These people had moved her to the back and were completely ignoring her. We knew that she needed to get out of here, these people didn’t care about her at all. It was disgusting what they were doing to her.

 

 

We were able to bring Dee into our program the very next day, thank goodness. She was very, very thin, and so excited to be rescued! Look at that huge smile! I think she knows that her life just got 100% better!

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Dee received her vax, her worm medicine and was spayed. She began putting weight on and looking much better! She was a gorgeous, dark brindle pit bull with a big happy  smile! What a transformation from the sad little creature that we had found a few weeks before!

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We were extremely full at the time of Dee’s rescue, so we sent Dee out to Aunt Crystal’s doggie day care at Winding River. Let me just say that Dee had the time of her life!  She ran and played all day long. She ran free all day and slept in a room with a couple of other dogs.  She was getting bigger,  getting older, had a lot of energy and she had no manners at all! After a few months, we decided to bring Dee up to our facility to start working with her.

We began kennel training her and putting  her in play groups with various dogs. She did great! She absolutely loved the baby pool this past summer.

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Dee has been with us since July of 2014. She always gets over-looked. I don’t know if it’s because she’s dark brindle. I know everyone is now thinking, ” but I love the brindles!”. However, right now at our facility, we have 3 brindle pit bulls that have been with us for a long time, all with great personalities and all deserving of a home. They totally get over- looked. We want everyone to know how wonderful Dee is! She gets along with male dogs and most females. Every once in awhile she comes across a female that she doesn’t care for. She is excellent in her crate-she’s just very quiet and chews on her raw hides!

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DSCF7355We discovered recently that Dee has a luxating patella-a knee cap that pops out of place. She began limping and favoring her leg. We tried some pain meds for awhile but it wasn’t getting better.  We took her to our orthopedic vet at Independence Animal Hospital, where she was diagnosed. Poor Dee-just can’t get a break!

Dee is having surgery today as I am writing this. She would love a foster home to recover in. She has been waiting for a foster home or adoptive home for 9 months! She deserves a break and the chance to be in a home environment. Could you offer that to Dee? We would send her with a nice kennel for crating her and letting her rest.

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DSCF7354If you would be willing to offer Dee a foster home to recover from her surgery in, please fill out a foster app on our website, http://www.chainofhopekc.org and go to our adoptable pets page.  Just to give her a break would be wonderful and she can come back here once she’s healed up, if she needs to. The other thing you could do is share this blog and let’s get as many people as we can aware of  Miss Dee! We love this girl and our hearts go out to her. Thank you for your support so that she can have her surgery that she needed! Chain of Hope supporters are the best!

 

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Daphne

March 26, 2015

 

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Daphne left this difficult world a few weeks ago. I have never told her story, but it is one you will never forget. This precious soul was beaten to within an inch of her life. This is Daphne’s story.

A woman had called for dog and cat food in the north east part of KC.  Judy and Karen went over and when they got back, Judy started telling me about a poor little dog over there with a smashed face and it seemed to have difficulty breathing. The woman had told Judy that one night, someone had this little dog out in the middle of the street and was beating her with a baseball bat. We didn’t get very many details because when we asked  the woman what had exactly happened, she said, “Well, I took that baseball bat and I marched up to his house and I tore up the inside of his house. That’s what he gets”, she said. She was more interested in telling us how brave she was to go “take care of it” than anything about the dog. Apparently this had happened a few months before. The woman did take the dog to the vet, but when pressed for details, she didn’t even know the name of the vet or what they did for her. I know it was the bare minimum because this lady had no money. They took her home and decided to keep her. This is not a good part of town. People are very transient and this asshole that did this to Daphne didn’t even live there anymore. We know nothing about him and he had seemingly no consequences for what he did.

Judy stopped by the next day and came back and told me that I needed to get over there-this little dog was in bad shape. She was starved and wanted to eat, but it took a lot of effort to crunch the food. Judy put down some canned food for her and she scarfed it up!

April and I went over. I could  not believe what we were seeing. This little dog had a smashed face so bad that she looked like a duck bill. She had copious amounts of green snot coming out of her nose, her breath was terrible, she could only breathe from her mouth and she sneezed a lot. Our hearts were sick. We tried talking to this woman, but she was convinced that this dog was ok. This woman kept this little one outside, and it was cold out at night! This poor dog would lay up on the circle that the wound up hose made on the side of the house.  We could not talk any sense into this woman. she wanted to keep her, thought she was fine and that was that. I think in her mind, she thought since this dog hadn’t died from the beating and she was up walking around that she was ok.  She obviously was missing some brain synapses.

I hugged this broken little girl and told her that we were getting her out of there-just hang on.

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How this little girl survived in that back yard, in the cold, unable to eat very well and full of infection, I will never know. I did know that she wasn’t long for this world.  Our volunteer went that night and got her. When she got there, this poor little girl was curled up on her hose. I got in the next morning early-couldn’t wait to see this poor little thing. Not in a funny way at all, but we kept saying that she looked like Daffy Duck. Since she was a female, we decided to call her Daphne. When I got in there, I just hugged Daphne and hugged her. My heart was broken just looking at her and knowing what had happened to her. It can make you hate the human race when you see things like this.

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Daphne looked terrible and I’m sure felt even worse. She only weighed 30 lbs, you could count all her ribs, she had teeth hanging out at weird angles and her tongue hung out the side of her mouth. She could only breathe through her mouth, she drooled a lot and her skull had been crushed in and was very misshapen. It was all very, very sad.

I ran to the store and bought her several jars of meat-flavored baby food. I figured it was very smooth and she could probably eat that better than anything right now. Her mouth had to have been so very sore. She loved the baby food! I felt so much sorrow for what Daphne had gone through.  I wanted to do everything we could to save her and give her some happiness.

 

 

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We elevated her bowls of food and water to help her not to have to hang her head down so far to eat and drink. Daphne had several kinds of intestinal parasites, which we immediately treated her for. Her skin looked terrible-she had sores all up her front legs. She had to be miserable. We spent the first few days , just getting her to eat (she was so hungry), getting rid of her parasites and settling in, We knew we were going to have to get her to a specialist. She sneezed all the time and blew green snot out constantly. She had sustained massive injuries in her head and mouth. Her sinuses were crushed, she could not breath through her nose at all. She could only open her mouth 2 inches.

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I was working in my office one day and all of the sudden Daphne started screaming and crying. I ran to her room and she was in much distress. I couldn’t see what was wrong, but I knew something was hurting her badly. I scooped her up and got her over to Kennedy’s Animal Clinic. We discovered that somehow her bottom tooth had gone through her lip and was sticking out the top of her lip. No wonder she was freaking out. We sedated her immediately. Since she was sedated with this problem, Dr. Kennedy went ahead and got her on the table to repair what had happened and to get a good look at the extent of her injuries. As expected, it was terrible in her mouth. Many broken teeth, infection, missing bone, broken bone fragments. Daphne also had an open hole in the roof of her mouth and Dr. Kennedy flushed all of that out. There was old food caught up in there, etc. She got that all cleaned out and used some tissue from the inside of Daphne’s cheek to repair the hole in the top of her mouth. She had never encountered anything like this before and we greatly appreciate her help. We were hopeful that doing all of this would be enough to provide Daphne with the relief and healing that she so desperately needed.

 

 

 

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It was at this time that Daphne met the real angels in her life. Tom and Kathy foster dogs that need hospice or special care for Chain of Hope. They had fostered an old beagle that we had rescued from a house where the owner had gone to a nursing home, had no family and the beagle was left in his house, basically abandoned.  They had also fostered an old mixed breed dog that was found in the freezing cold, very skinny, along 350 Hwy on a winter’s night, barely able to walk anymore. They had those special babies for about a year and they ended up having to be euthanized just a couple of weeks apart due to their health problems. Tom and Kathy are a Godsend. Teena, from Dr. Kennedy’s office, called them the day Daphne got her tooth through her lip and had emergency surgery and told them about her and asked if they’d be interested in taking her home to recover and give her the TLC that she so deserved. They came to see her, fell in love with her instantly and said they’d be happy to foster her.

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Daphne did better after the surgery for a short while. Her breathing was better, the snot and the sneezing were less. However, it wasn’t long before Daphne began having more problems.

She was back to sneezing constantly and producing a lot of green mucus. We took her to Companion Animal Dentistry in Lenexa. Dr. Crowder examined Daphne, did head xrays and scheduled her for surgery. She needed to get in there and clean up as much as she could. She said it would be a lengthy surgery, but that they would take great care of her. I do not know how this girl survived the beating that she was subjected to. There is a special place in hell for people that do things like this.

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DSCF0113Daphne had major surgery at Companion Animal Dentistry. They were able to do a lot to help Daphne. She had numerous bone fragments in her crushed sinuses, she had impacted teeth, infected roots with no tooth there at all, The hole in her pallet had not healed all the way and so she still had a hole in the roof of her mouth, along with a couple of more that they found. They removed a pill bottle full of tiny bone fragments that were preventing her from healing and causing infection. Twenty nine of her teeth were missing already from the beating. It was a big surgery and many, many repairs were made. Daphne only had a few teeth left when it was all said and done.

Daphne went home with Tom and Kathy to recover. We all had high hopes that this would finally give Daphne much relief and let her have happy days where she felt really good! This little girl had been to several different medical establishments, been poked and prodded, endured unimaginable suffering, yet she was so happy to be here! Tom and Kathy loved her! Since Daphne had breathing problems, she would sleep on Tom’s lap all propped up so she could breath easier. Daphne also loved it when Tom massaged her gums with his finger! I’m sure he did this for hours on end, but Daphne loved it-it seemed to bring her a lot of comfort. Daphne had the best year of her life following her “big” surgery! She was up to 40 lbs., felt great, looked wonderful and had the best days of her life! Thank you to everyone who supports Chain of Hope for giving Daphne this wonderful, happy time in her life.

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Daphne did great for about a year. She had one glorious, happy year. She spent many days laying in the sun on their deck. In February  Kathy emailed me to let me know that Daphne was having problems again. It was all the same thing-constant sneezing, mucus, she was having a lot of trouble with her breathing. They brought her into Dr. Kennedy’s. She was obviously in distress. We all decided that we would sedate her again, see what was wrong in her mouth this time and give her a temporary tracheotomy to aid her breathing. Tom and Kathy said that she could not sleep anymore because of her breathing. Every time she fell asleep, she would not be able to breath well and she would shake herself awake gasping for air. This poor, poor baby. Dr. Kennedy found a couple of more broken teeth and removed them and put in a trach.

Daphne woke up fine from yet another surgery. She went home and was doing ok, but not great. In consultation with the specialist, Dr. Kennedy decided that Daphne should have a permanent tracheotomy put in. This way she had permanent help for her breathing. Tom and Kathy brought her back and that procedure was done as well. Daphne went home to recover on February 18, 2015. On February 20, Kathy woke up in the early morning because Daphne had pooped in her dog bed, which was highly unusual. Kathy picked Daphne up and put her up on their bed while she was cleaning up the dog bed. Daphne laid on Tom and Kathy’s bed and died.

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I don’t know what this world has come to that somebody can do this to such an innocent, loving being. I do know that karma is a bitch and this guy isn’t getting away with anything. I believe that God will take care of his evilness.

We must focus on the positive, the fact that all of us together gave Daphne a fabulous year. She had tons of love, she grabbed our hearts, and she will be with us forever. We are grateful to have found her. She taught us resilience, joy, forgiveness of the human race, and total love.

Tom and Kathy-you gave Daphne the greatest gift of all. Thank you for willingly opening up your hearts, only to be broken yet again. You have made such a difference in the lives of so many. Because of you, Daphne left this world knowing that she was safe, loved and cherished.  You gave her a priceless gift. Thank you to all of the people that helped Daphne-all of the vets and vet techs and Chain of Hope volunteers and supporters, too. What we do is never easy, we don’t expect it to be-it’s hard every day. It was our privilege to know Daphne and to love her. Run free pretty girl.

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The Faces We’ve Helped IV

March 3, 2015

Chain of Hope runs across a lot of heartache in the hood, but there are many people that love their animals and are trying to do the right thing. You can’t be around me long before hearing, “education, education, education”-usually after getting back in the van after a frustrating visit with someone. But we get up and do it all again the next day. We are out there in the trenches, going door-to-door and talking with pet owners about the care of their animals. We have our work cut out for us, but as long as our supporters keep sending us, we’ll keep going and transforming lives! Many thanks to all of you who enable us to continue this very difficult work. Here are some of “The Faces We’ve Helped”-enjoy!

 

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Milkshake

February 20, 2015

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The first part of January, 2015, Chain of Hope received a call from some concerned neighbors regarding a pit bull next door. They said that she was very, very pregnant, was chained to the fence and had a tarp for shelter. I had an outreach team go by and check it out and there was Milkshake. Yes, she was very pregnant, was chained to the fence and had a tarp for shelter. There were so many things wrong here, I thought that animal control would intervene, so we called this into KCMO animal control. An officer went over, wrote a citation for Milkshake not having a city license and left. Really??? That’s all they saw wrong over here? They left her there, chained to the fence, ready to give birth any day now and it was 1 degree outside.

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We felt like there was no hope for this girl. With animal control saying nothing was wrong here, where could we turn?  That is why we often feel like we have no back up out there. The next day, the neighbor called again and said that Milkshake had had her puppies. They told me that they could hear them squeaking and crying under the tarp. Oh no! It was bitter, bitter cold. The neighbors had left the message late in the day and we didn’t get it until the next day. I called the neighbor and they said that they didn’t hear the puppies anymore, they’d never seen anyone take them in and they were very worried that they had frozen to death. We went over to check it out and did not see or hear any puppies. Milkshake was still on her chain, her teats full of milk, but no babies. We called animal control back and told them that she had had the puppies outside and that we thought they’d frozen to death. They went back over there and said “No Violations”, which is what we get back the majority of the time.

Poor, poor Milkshake. The neighbor told us that she had been chained out there for years and had had 2 litters of puppies every year for quite awhile. This poor girl needed an angel so badly. She’d been through hell. We had absolutely no help from a city run department that our tax dollars pay for. It’s incredibly frustrating when you see an animal suffering and the powers that be don’t give a damn.

The people that owned Milkshake were Hispanic and spoke little English. I finally called Whitney, who is always so gracious to interpret for us, and asked her if she could go over with me to this house the following Sunday. She said sure and the next Sunday, we headed over. I told her that the only thing we could do since animal control had failed this dog twice already, was to go over there and try and resolve this ourselves.

When we pulled up, there was a kid sitting on the front steps. The kids always tell us everything, so I told Whitney to go up there and talk to the kid before an adult came out and ask him about the puppies. She did and he replied that they had “given them all away” except one and it was in the house. He went and got his dad and Whitney began speaking with the dad about Milkshake. It was like talking to a brick wall. He wasn’t listening, he didn’t care, and really didn’t want to be bothered with us. Whitney asked him if he needed anything for the puppy inside the house and he replied that there was no puppy in the house-they had given them all away. We left and felt totally dejected. Why was it so hard to get help for this poor dog? It wasn’t right was happening to her, yet no body seemed to care except Chain of Hope and the neighbor. We left and wondered if this was one of those cases that we were not going to be successful with. We aren’t successful 100% of the time, but we try harder and work harder than anyone else out there. We felt sick about Milkshake still being chained to the fence.

The next day, I received a call from the neighbor again. They told me that the police had been called to the house late that afternoon, after we had left,  for a domestic disturbance and that the police had shot and killed Milkshake! OMG!!! I was devastated. I couldn’t even believe it. I asked the neighbor if she had been on her chain and he said yes. He said that the police had then called animal control and they had come and taken Milkshake and also taken A TINY PUPPY out of the house. That man had totally stood there and lied to Whitney.

The next day, I went to Kansas City Pet Project (the city shelter) to see about the puppy. I really wanted to see how big it was because if it truly was very tiny, then I knew they hadn’t given them all away, I knew they had all frozen to death except one. When I walked into KCPP and told them that I came to see the puppy of the pit bull that was shot and killed by the police, they told me that the momma was not killed! She had been shot, but she was alive! I was so glad to hear that news. I was able to go back and see her. She had been taken to an emergency clinic Sunday night and they said that her shoulder was shattered and they recommended amputation. I don’t know if animal control had to get her and bring her back to KCPP the next day or if someone from KCPP went and got her and brought her back there, but Milkshake ended up at KCPP. She still had the bullet in her and had not had an amputation yet. The puppy went to foster care. Milkshake’s owner was calling the shelter, trying to get Milkshake back! They were being told that they were going to have to pay all of her medical expenses in order to get her back. They were trying to get the money together. The shelter was in communication with them for a few days, all the while Milkshake was in a kennel at KCPP, awaiting some kind of resolution to her predicament so that she could go to surgery. It was frustrating. They had her on pain control and antibiotics, thank goodness.

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I finally received the green light and I could do a “medical transfer” with Milkshake and at least get her to one of our vets for treatment. I took Milkshake to Independence Animal Hospital, who does all of our orthopedic work. She was on the surgery table that afternoon.

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Milkshake had her leg amputation, her spay, heart worm test, vaccinations and de-worming. She was heart worm positive. We kind of expected that because she’d been an outside dog (and they get heart worms from infected mosquitoes).  At the moment, that was the least of her worries, although she did have a very extended abdomen, which often is a sign of advanced heart worm disease because fluid is accumulating. We had to get her through the initial trauma of losing her babies and her leg. A few days later, we were able to bring her back to Chain of Hope. She had been through so much. Our hearts just ached for this poor girl. We wanted her to have nothing but happiness from here on out.

 

If animal control had done their job and removed this poor baby the first time they went out, none of this would have happened. She would not have lost her litter, she would not have to have her leg amputated. I can’t even tell you how frustrated and disappointed we were with KCMO animal control. The suffering that this dog has endured and they left her there twice. We have so little faith in a department that does things like this. We are frustrated beyond belief, but we will keep at it because this just shows how much the animals in the inner city need Chain of Hope to be their voice. We will keep fighting the good fight.

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Milkshake needed to heal. She would get very out of breath just walking outside to potty and could barely make it to the rocks outside the back door. She would get labored breathing pretty easily. Her heart doesn’t sound very good and we are sure it’s all from having heart worms for an apparently long time. We gave Milkshake so much love and attention and pep talks that she could do it! She’s a strong girl, we already knew that.

I came in the next Sunday morning and Milkshake was excited to see me, was wagging her tail and wanted to go outside. We walked out and went down the sidewalk a little bit and all of the sudden, blood just started gushing out of her gunshot wound. It was like a fountain and she was breathing very heavily. She was hemorrhaging-I was so scared that we were going to lose her. I kenneled all of our dogs real quick, got her in the car and headed to the emergency clinic. She laid in my lap, breathing very hard and I talked to her all the way. I kept telling her to hang on, even telling her which exits we were passing and how many more we had to go, etc. I called the emergency clinic and told them that I was on my way with her and that I didn’t even know if she was going to make it. We finally arrived at the Animal Emergency Clinic north of the river. She was no longer bleeding profusely, but she was very, very weak.

We got Milkshake on the table and her gums were stark white. She was very weak, breathing fast and struggling. I kept thinking, how much can one dog go through?? This poor, poor baby. We ran her blood work and her red cells were extremely low, of course. I finally left her for the night in the very capable hands of Dr, Mischke and his staff at Animal Emergency Center, north of the river. They have saved many Chain of Hope animals through the years and we thank them.

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Milkshake was stable the next day when I picked her up. She had been very close to a blood transfusion, but by the next morning her red count was up slightly. We took Milkshake back to Chain of Hope and got her settled in. We monitored her blood work and after 3-4 days of her red cells just not rising like they should be doing and the fact that she was still very weak and very pale, we decided to go ahead and give Milkshake a blood transfusion. She seemed a little better when we left that night. Over the course of the next couple of days, Milkshake transformed into a different dog! She had a lot more energy, she was nice and pink and just seemed to feel so much better. I was so glad that we decided to go ahead and transfuse her.

Just when we thought we could exhale a little bit, and were over another crisis. Milkshake broke with kennel cough. It was about 10 days after being at KCPP and she began coughing very badly. She had to go into the isolation room to keep her away from our other dogs. She went on medication, we ran a humidifier 24/7 for her, and nursed her through it. I didn’t know if she could beat this nasty kennel cough, but we nurtured her and cared for her the best we could. This dog had a strong will to live. We had a few different volunteers cook her chicken and rice, which she devoured. She always had a great appetite through everything, even the kennel cough. Slowly, Milkshake began getting better. She loved the special attention and goodies that she got. This girl can eat a pig ear in 5 seconds!

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Milkshake was finally able to leave isolation! Now she has a big room that she is in during the day and then she is kenneled at night. She has done very, very well. She never potties in her crate. She has relaxed so much since she’s been with us. She had had so much happen to her and had been through so much hardship, that I think it was all overwhelming at first. But she has settled in. Milkshake does not seem to care for other dogs. Who can blame her? For years, she was chained to a fence, giving birth out there, trying to protect and take care of her babies-I wouldn’t expect her to like other dogs.

Our next hurdle with Milkshake is her heart worms. She is pretty far advanced with them and often times, treating them and breaking the worms up, etc. can kill the dog. Her heart and lungs are very compromised.  The chances of Milkshake making it through heart worm treatment are not high. We could choose to just let her live out her time left and give her as many happy days as we can. It’s a tough call and we are in consultation with our veterinarian.

No matter what happens, Milkshake needs an angel. She needs someone who does not have a dog to step forward and love her and give her a place to call home for a while. Please share this blog with everyone you can think of. Think of friends and relatives that you know who do not have a dog and send them this blog! You never know who may step up. If you felt a nudge in your heart while reading this tragic story and you do not currently have another dog,  please give us a call and talk with us about it at 816-221-8080. Milkshake needs someone desperately. I can’t think of a more deserving dog, can you? We’ll never be able to erase what the human race has done to her, but we can offer her a loving home for what ever time she has left. Please, people with no dogs, take a chance on Milkshake. She’s totally worth it!

 

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Polly

January 22, 2015

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Chain of Hope is very well connected to many utility companies.  Their technicians obviously see a lot of things in the inner city regarding animals-they are in the back yards and the alleys like we are. Thank God a very concerned AT&T technician cared enough about this little dog and knew about Chain of Hope to stop and intervene. He saw this little girl living in these conditions and knocked on the door. It turns out that the pet owner is an older man and he has brain and lung cancer. His health is failing. He told the technician that he loved his dog, but he knew he couldn’t get out there and take care of her like he knew he should.

DSCF7441The technician told the pet owner all about Chain of Hope. He told the man that he was going to contact us on his behalf and that this man would be hearing from us. He then called Chain of Hope relaying all of this information. We went over to visit this dog and check out the situation. Her name was Boots. She was very shy without the owner out there, but when the owner came out with her, she was a different dog. I think this man loved her and had tried to do well, but with his illnesses, Boots just kind of started falling through the cracks.

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We got her back to Chain of Hope. She was pretty dirty and had dreads hanging off of her. Here’s Tanner checking out his upcoming groom job!

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After a good bath and a haircut, Polly (as we were now calling her!) was lookin’ good! It turns out that Polly is a Border Collie, about 1-2 yrs. old. She was already spayed, so the owner was trying to do things right! She did test positive for heart worms, so we went ahead and did her treatment and she is doing very well.

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Polly started making friends at Chain of Hope, both with people and other dogs.  She shares a room with Casper, a little white pit that we have, and they are good friends.

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The best news is that Polly is leaving Friday on a 2 week trial adoption! Yay for Polly!!! We love out Polly-she is super adorable. Thank you for enabling Chain of Hope to put this big smile on her face!!! Her entire life has changed for the better and she’s a happy girl now!

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Harley

January 15, 2015

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We had been involved with Spike for over a year. I can’t even remember if the owner called for help or we just saw him chained up. He was an adorable little brindle male pit bull who had very closely cropped ears-pretty sad.  Spike lived with a woman named Kathy. He seemed to really like her and she seemed to really love him. Kathy told us that she got him from some people that had too many dogs that were not well cared for.

Kathy would come out back with us and show us how she danced with Spike, etc. He was at a good body weight, he usually had clean water, had a good dog house up off the ground on a pallet and he was social. He loved it when we stopped by! Compared to a lot of chained dogs, he was certainly not the worst we’d seen.

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We cared for Spike in the hot summer months. We kept him clear of flies and fleas as best we could.

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We cared for Spike in the freezing winter months.

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At first, things were good. But then we started noticing that Spike’s care was slipping. We would find knocked over water buckets and empty food bowls. He would always have all kinds of contraptions around his neck. Kathy told us that he broke everything they put him on. We gave them numerous collars and tie-out cables, but almost always he’d be on some kind of weird thing when we’d go back. In the picture below, he even has an electrical cord wound up in all that chain. We never knew how we would find him anymore.

 

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DSCN0916Kathy had a guy that moved in with her. I noticed that when he came to the back yard with us, he would talk pretty sternly to Spike. Spike never acted afraid of him, but when I think back, Kathy was always there, too, so maybe that’s why. We were getting pretty concerned about Spike, though. Kathy kept telling me that they were going to move. They were trying to get into Section 8 housing. She told me that they weren’t going to be able to take Spike. I asked her what she was going to do with him and she told me that the people that they got him from said that they could take him back. I asked Kathy to please not do that. I told her that if they got to that point, t0 call me and I would come and get him and figure something out. I told her that Spike was not going to fall through the cracks. I gave her my cell number and she assured me that she’d call.  We continued to stop in and care for him and every time, Kathy would talk about moving. This went on for about 6 months and I was beginning to wonder if they were ever going to move.

I was usually the one that went to Spike’s house on outreach. When I would put it on someone else’s list, they would come back and tell me that Spike was very shy with them, almost acting scared. When I would go and check on him, he would be excited to see me and act normal. I thought he just knew me better because he saw me more often than the others. One day, however, about a month ago, I stopped by and Spike was not himself. He would not come to me-he was a totally different dog. He stayed kind of behind the dog house, he acted very shy. It was totally different than how he’d been with me before. No one was home for me to talk to about Spike’s behavior.

It’s hard to imagine, but  when we’re racing around trying to get to as many dogs as possible, especially with the extreme temperatures and wind chills that we’ve been having, we are shoving straw in the houses, feeding and watering and moving on. We have to operate that way when the wind chills are zero. We try so hard to get to as many as we can. I shoved a bunch of straw in Spike’s house, put down food and water, left a rawhide for him and moved on. I made a note that I needed to get back over here soon and check on him again because something wasn’t right.

The next week was super cold and April and I headed over to check on Spike. We knocked, but no one was home. It didn’t look like anyone had been there. Their mail was spilling out of their mail slot. We went to the back yard and there was Spike. He was very scared and he was sad-it was heart-breaking. He, of course, had another contraption around his neck. He was so scared, he didn’t want me to touch him.  What in the hell had happened to this boy? Had the guy at the house been abusive to him? I don’t know. Kathy was kind of crazy and could easily have had two sides to her. We’d seen some strange behavior over here in the past. Regardless, it was obvious that Spike had been abandoned. These people’s mail was crammed in the slot and hadn’t been picked up in quite a while. They were gone and they had just left poor Spike there. Unfortunately, we’ve seen this many, many times before.

It took a long time for us to get Spike free. He was so scared, I had to go very, very slowly with him while trying to get everything off of him. It broke my heart to see this dog so broken like this. He used to jump up on us and be so excited to see us. Something bad had happened to this boy, but he was leaving his hell right now.

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We got Spike settled in at Chain of Hope. We always change their names because they have to leave that old life behind and begin their new, wonderful life with a brand new name! I named this little guy Harley. We kept him in the back of our facility where it’s quiet. Harley was nervous, but he ate well and I knew he’d sleep well because now he was inside and warm.

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Harley started relaxing. We just went slow with him, but by the 3rd day he’d decided Chain of Hope was a pretty cool place to be! We introduced him to a couple of other dogs and he’s done very well. He and Lorenzo, another young brindle, male pit, are pretty good buddies. I call them “my brindle boys”.  Harley is super cute and he is now a happy dog. He has been getting a lot of love and attention at Chain of Hope. ..and rawhides, and good food, and great friends and soft blankets and fresh water and lots of scratches and hugs!

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Like so many of the dogs Chain of Hope rescues off of chains, Harley is heart worm positive and will begin his treatment soon. He could sure use a foster home or an adoptive home. He is much more relaxed, but could very much benefit from a foster home. He needs to get used to things like the TV being on, a dishwasher going, etc. If you’re interested if fostering or adopting Harley, please go to http://www.chainofhopekc.org and go to our adoptable pets page to find both the foster app and the adoption app! We can’t wait to see this boy in his forever, loving home where he never has to worry about anything again. For now, he is safe and he is much loved. We are very thankful for you, Harley!

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Sapphire

December 18, 2014

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About a month or more ago, I was driving down a one way street in the hood. I saw a very thin black and white pit bull with her empty teats hanging. She was not tethered and was kind of walking around  in the front of a few of the yards. I had someone on my tail so I had to keep going. It was a one way street, so I went around the block and came back to look for her and I could not find her anywhere. It was like she disappeared.

A couple of weeks ago, we were driving down the same street and we saw this same dog again. This time, she was eating out of a black trash bag on the edge of the street! Oh my God, I was so glad that we were seeing this poor thing again! It was a pretty nice day and a lot of people were out on this Sunday afternoon. They were watching us as we pulled our van over. We got out and I asked them if anyone knew anything about this dog and they all said no!  One person told me that it sure looked like she needed some help. I told him that I agreed with him, so we were going to take her and get her medical care.

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We loaded her up in the van. She was so beautiful, with crystal blue eyes. She was skinny. She had numerous scrapes and sores on her. Her poor teats were just hanging, her milk long gone. This girl had been through a lot of bad stuff, we could tell. We headed straight to a Church’s Chicken and bought her a box of chicken strips, which she thoroughly enjoyed!

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We got this girl back to Chain of Hope. She had the most amazing blue eyes, we decided to call her Sapphire.

 

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Sapphire settled in and began gaining weight. She made lots of friends-both people and dog! This girl got along with everyone.

 

 

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We’d only had Sapphire a couple of weeks and she came into heat again! She was well enough to get spayed, so we got that done.

Sapphire now weighs 67 lbs. with a few more pounds to go! She is one strong girl, too! She has a great personality, plays with everyone, and is just thankful to be off the streets and at Chain of Hope! She is now up for foster or adoption!

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Sapphire says, “Merry Christmas, everyone, and thanks for saving me!”

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