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A week ago I was running with my running partner at o-dark-thirty in a local park in between some busy streets, when a stray dog accosted us.  It was in a public area where dogs aren't supposed to be, and at 5am it was apparent it was a dog that had gotten loose or been abandoned.  When we returned to the park at the end of our run, the dog was still there and barked at us again.  I was able to sweet-talk the dog into approaching me, and from it's body language it was clear that she'd been someone's pet dog.  Sweet dog who slunk over to me all submissive-like.  Unless she'd gotten out of someone's yard (unlikely, without tags or anything), it looked like the poor domestic dog had been abandoned in the park.
She let me pick her up so I carried her over to my car and put her in the back with a towel.  Took her home and had my wife look at her (my wife's a veterinarian, and all of our dogs are rescues of one type or another).  Poor little dog (18#) was scared to death, hungry and skinny, filthy after a week or several outside, and she'd piddled in the back of my car on the way over.  I gave her a bath and my wife took her to the clinic for seeing how loaded up with parasites etc she was, check for a microchip, check the lost dog listings, all that.

This is her on our lanai, after her 1st bath about an hour after we plucked her off the street and still wet from her bath:



Those are pine nettles in her fur, she seemed to have been on the streets for at least a week or two.  She poo'd in our yard and her poo was full of pine nettles, which was all she'd been able to scrounge after some bastard abandoned her in the park.

So a couple of days later, "Blanche" (named after Blanchard Park in Orlando, where we found her) has no microchip, no horrible parasites, and no sign of an owner and no lost-dog postings anywhere that could be found.  Our house by the way is chock-a-block full, we already have 6 dogs including one from a lady who's now in a nursing home after she fell and broke a rib.

Enter "Leslie", a woman I know from work.  Leslie was unfortunately widowed extremely suddenly several months ago when her husband went out for milk on his motorcycle, and was killed in a traffic accident.  Their old dog was horribly depressed after losing her master.  I showed pictures of "Blanche" around at work, Leslie wanted her, and a few days later after we checked for an owner.

All that to say, "Abbie" has a new home with a loving owner, and she loves her new mistress and companion dog, Pepper.


Leslie from work took "Abbie" home the other day and all is well with the world again.  My wife made a housecall today to give Abbie a vaccination, and Abbie, her mistress, and Pepper, who used to be the only dog in the house, are all doing swell.  Leslie and Pepper needed some pep after their loss, and Abbie needed a loving home and she's got it.

Maybe this is sappy, but I have a huge soft spot for dogs and I can't tell you how pleased I am at how things worked out swell, this time.

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    Caryn

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    That is a great ending to many deserving folks.

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    An awesomely uplifting story for all of us who have the "dog lover" gene.  Good onya'.     :clap
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    ok,  I've got one for ya. 
    first off,  I love dogs, always have, I've always had a dog.  dog had to live at the folks while I was in college for a couple of years, but other than that. .

    One of the duties of the PD is animal control.  We've had to do it and when I started, the old AC officer was a nice lady, by the book, followed the state rules, keep for 5 business days, then if not claimed, we put the dog down.   The first year, we got a CO chamber just to help keep the cost down.  price of euthanizing a dog went from $35.00 to about 0.70 cents, so the chamber was actually amortized in about 5 years.

    The old ACO retired,  tried a new one,  did not work out.  I had to run the shelter while looking for someone new, including having to run the gas chamber and put down the unwanted dogs.  I hated it but it had to be done.  I did not have the time to do anything else.

    I hired a new girl about 3 1/2 years ago.   Lots of plans and ideas, gets on good with critters,  not afraid of anything,  wanted simple stuff at first, then we started remodeling, adding runs, put in outside exercise runs, remodeled some more, then she admits to me that she had not used the gas chamber since she started.   does not remember how and she has a dog that has to be put down.   I did it for her and she was miserable the rest of the day.   

    After thinking about it, I started asking her how she was managing with all the dogs that had come in.   She had been getting them adopted out, find them homes,  fur-ever homes, as she puts it.  Then she asked to make it official.    so,  we did.  we changed operation to a no kill shelter,  this last week we sold the gas chamber for scrap metal prices, and I asked for her numbers.

    Keep in mind, this is a small town,  pop. 3000 and county wide,  under 10,000.    In 3 1/2 years, we have put down 2 dogs, both medical reasons.   She has adopted out 387 dogs.  just amazing.   That's an average of 2 dogs a week that she has been able to find a home for,  not just locally, but all over this end of the state. 

    I'm durn glad to have her.

     
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    That is great.   :cool
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    Chief- Your happy-ending story is truly great.  It was difficult to see a sad sight like this one poor, scared abandoned dog.  Having to deal with that over and over again, especially when the only thing that could be done is to put the dog down, I can hardly think of how difficult that would be.  That's so good to hear about your animal control person who has adopted out hundreds of animals and even got rid of the euthanasia machine.   :clap

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     :thumbup1 xsquidgator.

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