"Little Bit" Another Casuality Of A Throw-Away Society

Susan Bergstrom

Mesquite, United States

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This little guy (I call him Little Bit) showed up on my front porch about 2 weeks ago…Starved and ONCE AGAIN near collapse from dehydration.
He was actually one violent little dog in his delirium…if he weighted 3 pounds he weighed an ounce and tried to take me on and the rest of the dogs.
I seriously doubt if he had had food or water for over a week..other then field mice and bugs.
The other dogs had alerted me to something in the courtyard and when I went to investigate (cautiously)…could have been anything from a desert fox to a snake to coyote. I found this wasted away, pure white Chihuahua.

Mind you… it is now edging up to 103 during the day out here in the desert of Nevada/Arizona…this is when you go to plan “B” if you have cats and/or dogs…they either have a swamp cooled garage/indoor kennel for the next 4 months or you let them in the house. There are not many dogs and cats that survive the 123 degree temps that will be upon us in a few short weeks.

I guess my point to all of this is I now have another dog (current number is 5) and I see no end to this deplorable practice of disposable pets!
There is a moral judgement call here…there are no living shelters in Nevada..meaning all Nevada shelters have a 72 hour adopt time limit. All animals are put down if not adopted in 72 hours.
If you find you can no longer keep your pet and have had failed attempts at finding another home…is it more humane to take the animal to the shelter and let fate or destiny come into play?… or do you go and dump an animal out in the desert where it goes from having it’s own bed… to surviving in one of the most unforgiving environments?

…so I take them in…put up with the added financial and emotional responsibility…“Chula” goes this week to be fixed and “Little Bit” will be next…that is a whole other rant of mine… I just CANNOT UNDERSTAND PEOPLE who do not get their pets fixed. This is why our society is resulting to disposable pets.
But I need to get off my soap box…there are five faces lined up looking at me like I am a pork chop…time for dog food!
Since I owned my first animal…they always eat before I eat.
These photo’s of “Little Bit” are after two weeks of two meals a day, cool water and a little round bed to sleep in.
Stay tuned for “Little Bit” updates!

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