Wednesday, January 18, 2012

A New Year and New "Guests"

Well, we have placed some of our friends in great homes over the past few weeks!  Play found a home and Blaze is in a foster home.  Three puppies are now with families so we are about as happy as can be!!!  We still have two of the little ones that need homes, but I am sure that will happen quickly.

The mama dog, a beagle/jack russell mix, and 5 puppies were abandoned along the side of a rural highway.  We received the call and just couldn't believe these sweet dogs were dumped! 

Just this week, an injured young female cat was found by the Livingston Parish Detention staff.  They took the kitten to Dodge City for us and on Monday the poor little thing had to have a hind leg amputated.  I am happy to report she is in her new foster home now and is doing quite well.  She will be put up for adption in a few months after she has had a chance to heal.  She is scheduled for spaying in 4 months.  We will have pictures soon.  This is the sweetest cat ever!!!

On a sad note, we found an abandoned Walker hound that was unable to stand.  After a series of xrays, our vet determined the dog had some type of bone cancer in her hips.  The very hard decision was made to end her pain.  Lady, our Walker hound here at the farm has bone cancer, so I was hopeful we could manage this dog's pain and help her live out her life in a safe environment.  Unfortunately that was not the case.  The vet recommended a humane end to her suffering.

The life of a rescuer is full of happiness and sadness.  We do the best we can, but sometimes it is not enough.  Our little Ebony, the German Shepherd puppy, had a genetic problem that just could not allow her to grow properly.  She was a dwarf and it caused her front legs to grow in a very painful way.  She also had the beginnings of hip dysplasia.  We spent 4 months trying to find an answer.  Our vet recommended an specialist in Mandeville.  His diagnosis was not good. There was no surgery or therapy that would fix her.  He recommended we end her life of pain in a humane way.  So we have posted a picture in loving memory of a sweet little dog who never complained about swimming therapy or having pills pushed down her throat.

Many of my friends ask how I can keep going when I deal with such sadness.  My answer is always the same - God has blessed me with the ability to help these poor animals.  If I let man's inhumane actions, disease, or accidents keep me from helping then I will miss out on the blessing of giving a family their new best canine friend!  When I see a child's face light up with joy or an adult's loneliness cured by a canine companion, then I am happy and content!

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