Chain of Hope encounters unspeakable suffering. This was one of those times.
We received yet another call from KCK from a neighbor saying that the dog next door was terribly matted. They could not find anyone to help them, return their call, etc. Thankfully, she called Chain of Hope with her concerns. When I called her back she told me that the woman that had the dog would give it up, she was sure. I asked her what kind of dog it was and she said it was a Cocker. She said the owners were older and both of them had had cancer. The man had died not long ago and the woman currently had cancer. She said the dog had gotten put out in the back yard and basically ignored. The neighbor had put a dog house in the yard for the poor thing. He was fed pretty well because the neighbor supplemented him with food as well. I thanked this compassionate woman for caring and told her that we would be over later that day.
Erica, Carol and I got to the house. The people came out to meet us. They told us that the dog was in the backyard and that no one could touch it. They said that he would bite. We went back to see him and we were shocked at the shape this poor dog was in. Unbelievable! Each ear was a huge mat, huge mats were hanging off of each ear, his legs had huge mats attached, he had poop stuck all over him because of the terrible matting on his behind. He was growling at us. My first thought was that he had every right to be angry and upset. Of course he was growling and wanted to bite. He was unsocialized and in pain. I would expect nothing less from a dog that had been treated like this. My heart went out to him.
I’m really not going to comment on the family situation. I was thankful to be called and to be able to rescue this dog that needed our help so badly. That’s really all my brain could process at the moment-thank God we now had this dog and could get him the help that he so desperately needed.
We went in the back yard and squatted down and talked to him. We went very slowly with him. He was biting and growling. I was finally able to get a slip lead over his head and we slowly started to walk out of the back yard. He was very scared and flipped out. He was twisting and biting at the slip lead. I was so afraid that he was going to snap it in two and take off. I asked Erica to go get the catch pole off of the truck. I got the pole on him. He was flipping out and alligator rolling. Erica and I worked together with both of us having a hold on him. We hated for it to be this bad for him, but it was the only way at that time to get him out of there. We told him it was the best day of his life, but I don’t think he believed us.
When we were loading him, one of the family members told us to “watch him with other dogs-he doesn’t like them!”
We had totally freaked this kid out and he’d had a very stressful day. We got him set up in our isolation room. I put a pain pill in some canned food and we just left him alone so that he could rest and settle down. We would tackle this mess the next morning.
The next morning, we sedated him and Tanner began the arduous task of shaving down this monstrous tangle of hair. It took a good hour to get this poor little boy shaved down. We had him neutered and vaccinated while he was under. Thank you, Tanner, for all of your patient work on this boy.
Here he is, sedated, going to grooming and neuter!
He got a bath and a toenail trim. He even got a warm blow-dry! I just kept thinking how he was going to feel like a different dog when he woke up.
I named this precious little guy Crosby. I could not imagine the suffering that he had endured. He was out in the bitter, sub-zero temperatures that we had. He must’ve been wondering when and finally, if help was ever going to come. Well help finally did come, Crosby, and it was named Chain of Hope.
Crosby was starting to trust me. I brought him Qtrip hot dogs and yummy things like that and just went very slowly with him. I could pet him now without him snapping at me. I knew he needed a doggie friend and just had a feeling that he was going to be alright with another dog. I let Crosby and Roy, our little Shih Tzu/Poodle mix that we have meet through a gate and they were both really excited, tails wagging. I let them be together and now they are BFFs! Roy has totally helped Crosby come out of his shell. He is still very shy with new people, but he’s doing well with the volunteers that he sees frequently. Crosby sees Roy getting all that love and then he decides that he wants some of that, too!
Crosby will need a lot of TLC, but he’s going to be just fine. He is absolutely gorgeous and he has hope in his eyes. He will be up for adoption very soon!
This rescue was made possible by you. You have our sincere appreciation.