Because I need One. More. Project. around here like I need another 2 year old, we are helping foster a dog that was near death.
Proving that Facebook isn’t always a bad thing, this picture appeared in my stream yesterday with a call out to Mobile, Alabama, which is where I live.
MOBILE, ALABAMA! ***EMERGENCY LOCAL FOSTER NEEDED!*** Krewe de Rescue has been contacted by someone that had this poor soul wander onto her property, and she is unable to keep..and would have to take him to MCAS. They want to help this needy baby, but can only do so if we have a foster home for him to go to. ” PLEASE SHARE!!!
After over 200 shares they still hadnt found a home to place her in, so we took her in. Charlotte said “Whoever the person is that did this, should never ever ever as long as they live till they die own a pet again.”
And I agree with her.
Now it’s true, I am not what they call a “dog” person. I have 5 cats and one very anxious obnoxious dog that makes me rethink pets entirely every moment of the day. But I am a mom and as a mom, and as a person, I could not let this dog who was already abused, neglected, then end up at the shelter to be put down. Everyone deserves a CHANCE.
Here is the deal. We are trying.
Our dog and this dog are not BFF of course. This dog, which we have named Princess Leia, is tired, hungry, and food aggressive. My dog which is anxious, annoying, and food aggressive, pretty much gets on her nerves (we adopted him).
But again, we are trying.
She appears to be around 8 years old, German Shepard and is not fixed. She is too skinny to get fixed right now. We have been instructed to not even walk her because it burns too much energy. We are just trying to fatten her up and give her some kindness.
Of course, kindness can be trying.
When I got up this morning she had peed everywhere and I mean EVERYWHERE in my office. It looked like a horse had peed. Even worse, our other dog, Jedi, was doing the pee pee dance himself outside the office doors and I had to clean up her pee to even let him through. In the chaos I forgot the house alarm was on and set it off at 6:30am.
I’d be lying to you if I haven’t had moments of regret in the past 24 hours…can I handle this?
Can the other animals be ok?
Can she even get better?
But I guess it’s like anything you do – one day at a time.
For now she is sitting under my desk, probably happy to be inside. She is preferring the floor over the comforter I put down here for her, but I am sure the air conditioning, a food bowl and water is enough for what she has been through.
I can tell she will be a good dog for someones house.
She is good with the kids, wags her tail when I walk by, and has not lost her spirit- regardless of what she has been through.
If you have suggestions on the best ways to get her healthy…I’ll take them!
I have also had people ask how they can help and its this: we are fostering (for the first time ever!) through a rescue organization locally called Krewe de Rescue. Every dog needs medical care (Leia does badly, flea meds, heartworm meds, and whatever else they find), an abundance of high calorie food, a bed they can take with them to a new home, leash, pretty much all the things a “normal” house hold animal would have. All things that she gets will be hers to take with her once she gets well enough for adoption.
If you want to donate something to her, let me know. If you are a dog brand that wants to help, let me know! I think it will be a long recovery for her.
I am sure I will share more with this journey!