WARNING: this is a story that is not for the faint of heart!!! Sorry this story is so long! It never stops amazing me the level of cruelty the “Humanity” is capable of. The horrible things that we as human beings do not only to each other but also to nature(the earth) and to the other creatures that share this planet. When I think of the story that I am about to tell you I still get sick to my stomache and sick at heart. It has been 1 1/2 years since this happened.
This is one of my “Rescue” pets, her name is “Gypsy”. I call her a rescue pet not because I got her from the pound or from the ASPCA/Humane Society. I call her a rescue pet because of the condition she was in when I received her and because of what had been done to her. Again, this is not for the faint of heart. Here is her story:
I “rescued” Gypsy from a garage sale. I am looking around and next thing I know I have a puppy, “Little Gypsy Girl”, dropped into my arms from over my shoulder. She instantly snuggles into my neck and starts to actually coo, moan, and wimper with pleasure!!! Well, I take a hold of her a little better and pull her out of my hair where I can get a better look at her. I see that she is also a bit thin, I can see and feel her ribs, and she is filthy and crusty. Yet, she is sooooo cute and seems sweet. I am now being asked if I will take her home! She’s free!!! Now I have a few questions. Has she had her shots? NO. How old is she? 10 weeks. Who is her vet? She’s never been to a vet. What food do you have her on? Whatever is the cheapest. Does she have any health problems? No. Is there anything wrong with her at all? Not that I know of. Okay fine, I take her.
Now the REAL story begins. I get her home and give her a bath because she is covered in mud. An hour or so later when she is dry I notice that at the base of her tail and her right hip and leg are all crusty. Okay, I missed a bit, bath time again. Two hours later she is dry and still crusty. Now I am investigating further. What I found was gravel imbedded her leg, hip, and back at the base of her tail. I spent the next couple of hours with tweezers pulling gravel out of her small hide. The more I pulled out the worse the smell. She has a MAJOR infection. As it turns out it is gangreen!!! BIG problem!!! Once all the gravel is out of her rear end I rebath her, clean the wounds, and medicate them. The whole time all she is doing is trying to cuddle and give kisses. (A few whimpers as well.) During the baths I discover that she has a free floating broken rib and a terrible hernia!!!! Next I weigh her, 8 pounds 3 ounces. This is a labrador mix puppy that is 10 weeks old, she should weigh a LOT more. I give her food, water, and love.
After all that I had had to put this poor little puppy through what happened next amazed and surprised me. It also touched my heart. When my spouse arrived home that night this little creature (whom I had had to basically torcher for hours on end in order to help her) was finally asleep in my lap. When she heard the key in the lock she jumped up onto the arm of the chair we were in and let out the deepest, loudest, most ferocious bark I had ever heard. She sounded like an extremely angry adult Rotweiler!!! When the door opened she both growled and let out several more very deep loud barks. My spouse thought maybe I had lied and got a large breed adult dog that was vicious, that bark certainly could not have come from a half dead 10 week old puppy!! Yet it had. She was doing everything from barking and growling to standing right over me….she was trying to protect me. We were both stunned.
Anyway, after more investigation and talking to authorities I found out she was one in a litter of at least 7 puppies. Of those puppies she is the only servivor. I have since found out that the people who gave this little wonder to me allowed her and her littermates to be run over repeatedly by their children on go carts, practically drowned them, starved them, did not let them have any shelter, and only the Lord knows what else was done to these poor pups. What I do know is that Gypsy never grew much, she was stunted. With proper food she did quickly gain weight, she weighed 13 pounds after only 4 days in my home. That is a five pound gain in four days. She has thrived in every way (except growth) in the past 18 months. She is one of the most loyal, trusting, loving creature. I wouldn’t give her up for the world and to think that she almost wasn’t allowed to be. How can HUMAN BEINGS be so IN-HUMAN!!!???
The point to this story is, please folks, if you are not going to spay or neuter your pets, please be responsible for the litters they have. DO NOT abuse those that are defenseless. The world will be a much better place for everyone if we all put ourselves in the other position. Whether dealing with an animal, insect, person, or other living creature, treat them as you would want to be treated. Think before you act or speak. BE KIND, BE LOVING, BE HUMANE!!!