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

Susan Bergstrom

Mesquite, United States

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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 opperation..my 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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