Throw Away Dogs

April 28, 2011


Mom says life is never fair. Some dogs get all the breaks. Then there’s Nellie.

Old Dog Haven put out the word that a little Aussie was on death row at a local shelter. Mom and dad talked it over and decided there was room for one more mutt in the pack.

Mom picked up Nellie on Monday. The prognosis wasn’t good. The shelter volunteer said Nellie didn’t have long to live. She was all stoved up, could hardly walk and was incontinent. Worst of all she smelled like a garbage dump.

Nellie’s first stop was the Old Dog Haven vet. He said Nellie was mostly deaf, doesn’t see well, has terrible arthritis, rotten teeth and definitely leaks out of her pee trap.

Nellie also came with an alien hair ball attached to her back leg that was the size of a grapefruit. That came off at the end of the exam. I wanted mom to bring it home so we could all see it but she said it was so hideous she couldn’t stand to look at it.

When mom drove up with Nellie we could smell her through the car. We all realized Nellie was weak and we kept our distance.

Nellie staggered out of the car. She did her business standing up because her back is so sore she can’t squat. She drank a bucket of water, ate a little meal and fell asleep for hours.

I’ll bark more about what we’re doing with Nellie, but for now I gotta bark about how this could have happened. I mean, how could somebody let her get in such bad shape? How could somebody not want to cut that horrible stinky hair ball off her leg?

It’s like nobody cared. Like Nellie was just some dirty old rag that wasn’t useful anymore. When she got old and stinky the people she belonged to stopped taking care of her. Or maybe they never took care of her.

If it weren’t for Old Dog Haven Nellie would be dead. She would have been sent across the rainbow bridge, not because it was her time, but because nobody cared enough to take her in.

Well Nellie’s luck just changed. She’s at Asherpark now. We’re gonna help Nellie feel better. She has to take some pills, eat good, walk around in the grass and get her strength back. We already told her she can join the pack.

If Nellie gets strong enough maybe somebody will want to adopt her. That’s okay too. If she goes to a good home we’ll have another spot for some poor mutt on death row.

One last thing you should know about Nellie. Even though people let her down she’s not bitter about it. She’s just grateful her life suddenly got a whole lot better. Too bad we can’t all be that way.




3 Responses to “ Throw Away Dogs ”

  1. True on April 28, 2011 at 7:08 am

    Ash, I wish little Freeway that my Mom saved after three days running literally across the Freeway back and forth until hit the third day, could come to a home like Nellie and Jack has. Mom has had all the repair work done and now he is at a re-hab home where someone is with him all day..he is kissing hands and thanking his re-hab Mom each time she is near him as he tries to understand the big old thing on his hind leg holding it together with three pins and a wire…but I knnow Mom will find him the best home she can..Aunt Carole may even have someone….never wanted since birth this little brave guy has fought to live for 8 months…I don’t get it either Ash, maybe thats why there are good people out there to help the most they can….I told,Alder, the old dog rescue in our barn he was okay too..ugly thing hanging off his eye, smelly and old and deaf..but today he gets a bath and his eye fixed..Mom makes him special soft food. Give your Mom an extra love from all of us for all she does..she has taught my Mom sooo much..tell Nellie we love her already….love your Bro Zag, Katie Jo (death row adoptee) and Little Rhett

  2. Ter on April 28, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    I want to come back as our family’s dogs. Joy wasn’t in the same condition but she had been over bred and needed to be spayed as soon as we got her. She was a bit of a whore, but she loved us and stayed right next to Ellen. We had her for too short a time when she developed cancer. Five dogs laid to rest. That’s enough. We miss every one of them.


  3. River on May 3, 2011 at 8:38 pm

    You won the doggie lottery by ending up at Asherpark!
    I want to come see you,bring you some treats,and take some herding lessons. Get well so we can run together!

    Your pal, River

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