Gwen

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A couple of weeks ago, Chain of Hope received a call from a citizen that said that a little black and white pit bull puppy had wandered up to their house. The man said that he had fed it and that it had been there for 2 days and would not leave. He said that they couldn’t keep it and someone had told him about Chain of Hope. I headed over the next day to check this out and when I pulled up, I saw a very cute, scared, freezing, shaking pit bull puppy in a cardboard box beside their front porch. There was a blanket in the bottom of the box. The night before it had been 8 degrees!

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I asked the guy if she had spent the night out there like that and he said yes. I said, “you mean to tell me that you couldn’t even put this little thing in the basement last night?” He said, “no, but we gave her a blanket”. I told him I didn’t know how this sweet little thing had made it through the night. I couldn’t leave her here, so I told him that we could take her and that he could put her in the van. He carried her over there, box and all.

DSCN2669This little girl was hungry, scared, cold and I don’t think she knew what to think! We got her back to Chain of Hope and got her fixed up.

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DSCN2676We decided to call her Gwen. Gwen ate a good supper and curled up and went to sleep.

We loved on Gwen and took very good care of her. She began to relax and to not be so scared. Before long, her ears were up instead of down and her tail was no longer tucked between her legs. We put her in a play group and she had a ball!

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Gwen is safe now, spayed and vaccinated. She is an awesome puppy-a very good girl! She is crate-trained and just loves everyone! Gwen could sure use a foster home or even better, an adoptive home. She is Miss Personality!

Gwen had a great Christmas! She is a fun little pit bull, only weighing about 30-35 lbs.at 6 mo. She probably won’t be a real big pittie. If you’re looking for a young, remarkable pit bull that is well behaved and ready to charm your family, then Gwen is the one!

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9 Responses to “Gwen”

  1. andywhiteman Says:

    COH, Thanks for rescuing Gwen. I can’t believe that B@strd left her out all night, but at least he called COH! Our local no kill rescue here, by law, is not allowed to accept strays. They must go through a/c and wait the legal time for an owner to claim them before the rescue can pick them up as an adoption by the rescue. Gwen is lucky she didn’t have to go through a/c!

  2. Nancy Says:

    Reblogged this on "OUR WORLD".

  3. Chris Says:

    Kinda harsh, weren’t you? He’s doing what he thinks is a good deed, giving the dog a blanket and calling COH. He didn’t have to do either one, and all he gets is being told off for not doing more. Any bets on whether he’ll ever call you again?

    Sure, we always wish people would do more. Putting the dog in the basement or garage would have been preferable. However, ANY small step should be encouraged, not ridiculed. The poster above calling him a b@strd for not being the ideal rescuer ignores that the man IS a rescuer. Gwen is better off for having had that box and blanket and phone call. Making a man feel small, or inadequate, for being less than ideal is in my experience more likely to make him avoid such situations in future, and that means more Gwens will be cold and hungry without even a blanket. Who does that help?

  4. andywhiteman Says:

    Chris, I have to agree you make a good point. Some help is better than no help. Personally I would never leave a dog, especially a puppy outside.

  5. Kimberly Says:

    I have to completely disagree with Chris’ comments. If it was a child or baby left with just a box and a blanket it subzero temperatures, we’d hardly be calling this guy a rescuer. Rather, we’d be calling the police to throw his a$$ in jail. Somehow since it’s an animal, and a puppy at that, it’s somehow ok? He called for free help for someone to come get rid of the dog that wouldn’t leave. Of course we don’t know the real story of how the dog got there, but knowingly leaving a puppy out in those temperatures with nothing more than cardboard and a blanket while you sleep soundly inside of four walls is something most people could, in good conscience, do. Had Chain of Hope not come by, he would probably be dead by now. It’s absolutely not ok.
    We have to demand better of each other and at the very least point it out to the person that is getting free help. Keep up the good work COH and keep demanding that people step up to the plate to treat our animals with kindness.

  6. Chris Says:

    @Kimberly:

    If it were HIS child left outside, yes, we’d throw him in jail. This isn’t HIS dog, however, at least as far as this story goes. That means he had no obligation to do anything at all.

    Had he left the puppy outside with no box, no blanket, and no phone call, Gwen would likely be dead, but none of us would ever have known anything about it, and if it wasn’t his dog Animal Control would have had no grounds to cite him, much less have him thrown in jail.

    Instead, he made an effort (a half-a$$ed effort, but an effort nonetheless), and his “reward” is to be publicly denounced as a b@strd. Some reward.

    Saving more animals means educating those in the best position to save them–that means the people who live in the hood and see the animals every day. You catch more flies with honey than vinegar. Consider the following two approaches:

    1. “Sir, you did a very good thing bringing this dog to our attention. If this happens again, here’s what you could do even better …”

    2. “Because you failed to live up to our standards, you are a horrible no-good very bad person.”

    Which of those two approaches do you think is more likely to get this man to help the animals in the future? This is about saving future Gwens, about getting this man and his neighbors to treat dogs well and call for help when they see something wrong. Above all, you do NOT want people in his position to be afraid to call, or to view calling COH as something that ends in shame and name-calling, because then what will happen is people in his neighborhood will drive stray dogs away with rocks or poison them or shoot them so they don’t have to be bothered or put in awkward positions. I assume you don’t want that, so let’s work on educating people, not name-calling.

  7. andywhiteman Says:

    Chris, It sounds like you studied “New Age Thinking” by Lew Tice! Option #1 is the New Age Thinking approach and is much better and more likely to achieve positive results in my opinion.

  8. Kimberly Says:

    Chris, by your own argument, given that you think it appropriate to give positive reinforcement to this dude for his thimble full of “help” – leaving a puppy out in freezing temperatures overnight with a box and blanket – you would think that you would have at least a comparable amount of positive words (“honey”) for the rescuers of Chain of Hope who did the real work in this situation – working for free, showing up, providing food, shelter, providing medical care for this dog. I don’t see one word of appreciation or positive reinforcement – your posts are all critical. Whose approach do you think is likely to retain more valuable volunteers Chris? Perhaps, you think what we need is more phone calls and people seeking free help. I believe their workload is always overflowing. What we really need is more COH volunteers, not people sitting in their comfortable homes, behind their computers, nitpicking the difficult work that they do day after day on the often dangerous city streets. As the saying goes – walk a mile in their shoes. Once again, nice going COH, keep up the good work! You’re the best!

  9. Chris Says:

    @Kimberley–This is a late response, but one I think worth making. If you belittle the people asking for help and call them b@stards for not doing enough, you won’t need volunteers to answer the phones or walk the streets, because nobody will call you.

    Hey, that’ll cut the workload tremendously. COH would never have known about this dog if the guy hadn’t called. Nobody at COH would have had to work for free or show up or provide food or shelter or anything. Gwen would have suffered and died in anonymity.

    He called, and for that you yourself wanted him thrown in jail.

    I’m sorry if you don’t think I’m sufficiently “nice.” Reality isn’t “nice.” Being pretty and lovey-dovey, working so hard to retain the volunteers, means jack-squat if the people COH relies upon to call about animals in need are afraid to call or find calling too unpleasant. Hearing that you are a b@stard and should be thrown in jail for your troubles would definitely qualify as unpleasant in my book.

    A successful animal rescue group isn’t about the volunteers; it needs volunteers and supplies and monies, but it’s *about* the animals and what’s most likely to help them.

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