Lil' Bit And His Blanket #2...Tough Three Weeks by Susan Bergstrom

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Well since we last looked in on Lil’ Bit… he had made a trip to Best Friends Haven For Animals…started going through training to become a house dog and not a wild aggressive little Taco dog!
All was going well and then the little rascal decided to follow his nose one day and disappeared into the desert for over 5 hours. He was gone in a blink of an eye and no way could a person find this foxy little guy…especially in 110 degree heat…needless to say it was a tense 5 hours and we just had to hope for the best…

They told us at Best Friends that it would be hard to break this habit of ranging out, following his nose and neutering was of the utmost priority. It had become a survival instinct even if he had a full bowl of food. He had pretty much gone “Native” during the months he had survived in the wilds of the desert…a huge challenge on our part to take this habit in check.
The very next day he was scheduled to have the neuter husband says that he ran away on purpose…wanted to keep his little bag a jewels…LOL!!

Well… he did return but upon very careful inspection…standing back and out of range of his huge teeth…it appeared that he had been mauled by a really big animal or a Hawk had tried to pick him up and carry him away. There were 5-6 puncture wounds across his lower back, hips and thighs.
It was going to be impossible to tend to him..he was in a heightened state of aggression and badly wounded.

So fast forward to today…he has survived (how I don’t know) as he would allow no one to get close to him for the last three weeks…I would set food down and back away and he would eat every last bit…was drinking water and we would see him maybe twice a day come out from under this huge storage chest in our garage. No signs of rabies and no signs of infection …once again it is truly a miracle this little dog has survived yet another monumental life and death event.

He does come in the house now…he still stays well away from myself and my husband…but I will catch him like this capture…from under his blanket just staring at me…
Lil’ Bit and I had became very close…he sat in my lap most every day while I was either at my drawing board or computer.
He his SLOWLY coming around…the pain of what happend to him must have been horrific…I could only offer soothing words and all the water and food (with ground up baby aspirin) he could eat…
Thanks for taking the time to read…send some good thoughts to Lil’Bit…

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I enjoy a full time career as a working Fine Art Artist and Natural Lifestyle Photographer.
To me, my art and photography is the best way to express what I see around me.
I also teach both mediums and I host 3 and 4 day Art and Photography Workshop Retreats through my private studio on my desert property in Nevada/Arizona.
I formed Elbow Canyon Fine Art & Photography Retreats several years ago to offer my students a unique one-on-one instruction.
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  • Appel
    Appelover 5 years ago

    Aaaah, poor Lil’Bit!!! I hope he continues to heal both physically & emotionally! You have great patience and I hope it will someday be awarded! Awesome pic by the way!!!!

  • Thanks Ann…one day at a time I guess again…

    – Susan Bergstrom

  • ritaagostinelli
    ritaagostinelliover 5 years ago

    My goodness….my eyes began to well up as I read your recount of what happened to Lil’Bit and how he is yearning to be close to you and your husband but stays gaurded not to be hurt… He I am sure is becoming aware daily that he is in the most loving and nurturning home that he can be in!!! Slowly, as you say, he will come around… Your capture is sweet and sad at the same time ~ after knowing what Lil’bit has gone through! Susan …you and your husband are amazing and giving people… thoughts and prayers are with you both that Lil’Bit finds the comfort zone which he needs with your family, which he so desires and so that you all can enjoy his sweetness. :))

  • It is sad but I know he will heal emotionally and mentally, it will just take time…he comes a little closer each day and I know he is starting to rationalize that I don’t want to or intend on hurting him. I am the giver of food and soft words…Thanks for taking the time to read, I appreciate it…

    – Susan Bergstrom

  • raymondoantonio
    raymondoantonioover 5 years ago

    Perseverance and love and patience will bring LilBit around!! Trauma can leave physical and emotional scars that time and the aforementioned can heal! Great shot and he is so CUTE!!!!

  • Thanks! This shot actually makes it look like he has a sailor hat on…LOL…but thanks for your kind thoughts and yes…Time is all it will take…

    – Susan Bergstrom

  • Lori Peters
    Lori Petersover 5 years ago

    Lil’ Bit will have my prayers. My heart just breaks looking at the picture. I can’t imagine how he survived in the desert for 5 days. A coyote could kill him in 2 seconds. I think he wants to trust you but it is just too hard for him right now. He did come back. That is a good sign. xo

  • No Lori it was for only 5 hours that he was gone …this all happend to him within those 5 hours and it has nearly been a month since we have been able to pet him…in time I’m sure…in time…Thanks for viewing and i appreciate your thoughts…

    – Susan Bergstrom

  • WayoftheWarrior
    WayoftheWarriorover 5 years ago

    The dude is a Warrior………….

  • LOL…If you only knew!!! Thanks, most excellent comment…

    – Susan Bergstrom

  • Lori Peters
    Lori Petersover 5 years ago

    Thank goodnes it was only 5 hours. My eyes aren’t what they used to be. Our neighbors dog got out and was attacked by a coyote by the school just up the street. There is a paved trail for people to walk and some people saw it and scared the coyote away. Tasha still has 2 bald spots where the bite marks were. We live inside the city. In the desert, there are many things that could have killed him. I sent up a heartfelt prayer for him. xo

  • Thanks my friend…

    – Susan Bergstrom

  • Barbara Manis
    Barbara Manisover 5 years ago

    Poor baby. My heart goes out to Lil’ Bit.I’m glad he has you and your husband to look after him!

  • Thanks Barbara…the things that the higher power sends us!

    – Susan Bergstrom

  • Barbara Manis
    Barbara Manisover 5 years ago

    By the way, really great capture!

  • Thanks…just could pass it up…

    – Susan Bergstrom

  • Oncemore
    Oncemoreover 5 years ago

    I so hope that he heals….gets his surgery, and Calms down some. When we got Lucky “fixed” it was the best thing for his temper and moods…sometimes, it will work…so hoping for your sake, and His, that it does, Susan…:)

  • You and me both…I know it will help some…but dealing with a fear based dog is quite the trial…! Appreciate your thoughts…

    – Susan Bergstrom

  • Pam Wilkie
    Pam Wilkieover 5 years ago

    What great hearts you have. I send my love to Lil Bit and hope he comes through this, and that you and your husband do too. xx

  • I feel all will prevail..but it will be a long road for everyone…he is just a couple degrees from being a wild desert Fox…thanks for your thoughts…

    – Susan Bergstrom

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