We received a call from someone who had “taken in” a relative’s dog because that person had died. The dog, she said, was about 17 yrs. old. She said she needed food and a dog house. She was keeping this old dog outside! We were so incredibly busy with the terrible heat and the calls pouring in that it took us a few days to get over to this one. The heat index was over 100 degrees the day that we went. We knocked on the door and no one was home. We didn’t hear a dog barking in the backyard or anything. Lauren and I decided to go look in the back and thank God we did. That is when we first saw Pennzie. She was chained underneath the deck. She had no food and no water. She looked old and miserable, but was the sweetest girl when we got back there with her. She was so happy to see us. Her eyes were all gunky. Her gums were stark white-she was probably anemic. Her ears were raw, bloody, and scarred from years of fly strike every summer. To make things worse, she was absolutely coated in used motor oil. This was an old remedy for fleas back in the day. We still hear this every summer and see motor oil on the ears of some dogs, but Pennzie was covered in nasty old motor oil from head to tail. She had laid under the deck in the dirt and the dirt was stuck to her. She was filthy dirty and was really on her last leg. It was a scorcher that day and this poor old girl was miserable-out there without even any water. I don’t know how she was still alive.
Pennzie became a Chain of Hope dog that day, which was the best day of her life! Lauren named her Pennzie, after Pennz Oil! Lauren had to pick her up to lift her in the van and so both of them were an oily mess! Pennzie was totally starving when she got in the van. All we had up front with us was a bag of pretzels and she devoured those! This poor, poor girl had endured unbelievable suffering over the years, I am quite sure. It hurt my heart to even look at her and think about what a difficult life she had obviously had. A lot of her teeth were worn to the gums. This is usually from years of chewing on a chain and/or a fence. Our hearts ached for this precious girl.
We soaped Pennzie up twice thoroughly with Dawn. The oil was just matted in her fur with dirt. As we scrubbed Pennzie,I felt like we were washing away all of the hell in her life and she was starting new with Chain of Hope.
We got this girl bathed and got her settled in our isolation room, where it was nice and quiet for her.
She had a great appetite and was very tired that night after her day of liberation!
Pennzie began her journey back to better health. Abby, a black shepherd mix, pretty much lives in my office. She had a horrible life and Chain of Hope was able to rescue her out of a hellhole. Her story can be found here- https://chainofhope.wordpress.com/2013/03/04/rocko-and-tomorrow . Abby feels safe under my desk and so that is where she likes to lay. We introduced Abby and Pennzie and they hit it off! Now I have two dogs living under my desk!
Pennzie loves to eat! Her color started getting better as her nutrition improved. Also thanks to Jackie’s satin balls that she made for her-thanks, Jackie!
Pennzie’s eyes are cloudy, a lot of her teeth are gone, and she’s fighting some skin issues. Yet, I swear this is one of the happiest dogs! She is grateful and joyful. She loves attention-something she’s never had enough of and I’m sure longed for. She’s getting it now! She’s gained a lot of weight-she was a skinny girl under all that hair. Pennzie also has her best friend, Abby, with her all the time. Pennzie likes to go out for walks, but she’s always ready to come back in and get a treat!
We don’t know how long we’ll have our sweet Pennzie, but these are the best days of her life. We are making sure of that. Thank you for your support so that we can give a dog like Pennzie a happy life-something she deserved all along.