A couple of weeks ago, we were pulling up in front of a house that we had made huge improvements at for the dogs. The people had stepped up, the animals were now fixed (thank you for donating!) and we monitored them pretty closely still to make sure that things didn’t start slipping. When we pulled up, there was a bunch of kids hanging out in the front yard of the house next door. There was a chocolate, emaciated pit bull laying in the front yard. The kids were gathered around him. We walked over to him and gave him some food and a pig ear while we tried to figure out what was going on.
The kids said that they had never seen him before that day. One of he boys told us, “that’s my dog, I wanna keep him”. I told him that this dog needed to get some medical help and asked him if he was going to be able to pay for that. I had no intention of leaving this dog here, but I wanted these kids to think about this and realize that having a dog is a big responsibility. You couldn’t just find a stray and tie it up in the backyard with a rope around it’s neck, as we’ve found more frequently than you’d ever imagine.
The kid said that no, he couldn’t afford to pay for the medical care that this dog needed. I told the kids that I thought this dog should come with us and that we would be able to help him. They pretty much realized it and agreed we should take him. We loaded him up. He sat in the back of the van, I’m sure wondering where he was going now and what was happening to him. We told him that it was all good. Only good things are going to happen to you now that you’re a Chain of Hope dog.
We got him back to our facility. He was skin and bones and he had numerous sores on his legs and his backside. It was almost like some skin had been peeled off of his testicles. I wondered if he had been someplace, confined and had become frozen to the ground. When he finally pulled away, it tore his skin. He does not like to be outside for more than the few minutes it takes to potty. It’s right back inside for this sweet boy. No more starving and freezing. Those days are over.
We named this gorgeous boy Dodger. He is just a big puppy! He’s probably about 10 months or so. He is a rich, deep chocolate brown. When he fills out, he’s going to be stunning! Of course, we think he’s adorable now!
We are so lucky to have Dodger with us! He makes us laugh every single day, he’s such a goof ball. He’s pretty vocal, but it’s not barking-he talks to us! It’s hysterical-we can stand there and talk back to him and we’ll just have a conversation : )
His life was once very hard obviously, but now Dodger is having a great time! He gets along with all of the other dogs. He is very playful, but respects a warning from another dog if they don’t want to be bothered. He is putting weight on and feeling great! He could sure use a foster home or better than that-an adoptive home!
Dodger loves being a clown everyday! You just can’t have a bad day when Dodger is around!