I can barely tell this story, it is so incredibly sad. It’s about Chester, who was a very old pit bull mix that was on a chain, laying curled up in a ball on the ground on a cold day. He was totally blind, his eyes were both entirely white, he was emaciated, dehydrated, and had various sores and scabs on him. His ears were almost all scar tissue from years and years of flies biting his ears every summer (exactly why we hand out ear gel and hang fly bags all summer). His skin was gray and tough on his ears, hair couldn’t even grow there anymore. His teeth were worn down to the gums in the front and his incisors were broken-we often see this from the dog gnawing on the chain. This poor boy suffered more than any creature should ever have to suffer. I just refused to let my brain even think about how much this dog had endured and how long he had had to endure it.
We gave Chester a wonderful weekend of good food, a warm bath (thanks, Brittney), and a soft bed with a space heater softly blowing on him. We gave him lots of love and scratches and massages. He wagged his tail all the time that someone was around him and loving on him.
I took Chester into Bannister Vet Clinic on Monday morning. Sadly, he was in the final stages of heart worm disease. He had fluid on his abdomen and was beyond saving. After the best weekend of his life, I held Chester in my lap and loved on him and told him how much we all loved him already. I always want them to know that when they leave this difficult world, they were loved by somebody kind and caring.
Chain of Hope sincerely thanks you for keeping us out there, as hard as it is.