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Helena Handbasket @ennuideluxe
Storytime: A few years ago, my daughter and I went for a walk through the neighborhood. She saw something under a bush, and stopped me
Helena Handbasket @ennuideluxe
I saw a lump of greying fur under the bush, in a body that was bony and misshapen. I told my daughter that the dog was dead.
Helena Handbasket @ennuideluxe
She was sad, but stalled for a moment, asking who owned the dog, and what we should do. I didnt know the answers.
Helena Handbasket @ennuideluxe
As it turned out though, I didn't have to. The greying, bony, misshapen dog lifted its dead, and weakly wagged its tail in our direction.
Helena Handbasket @ennuideluxe
My daughter shrieked. I was... shocked. Never had I seen an animal that looked worse.
Helena Handbasket @ennuideluxe
Despite me telling her to be careful, as it was a strange dog, she called it to come out from under the bush.
Helena Handbasket @ennuideluxe
It took the old guy 20 minutes to come out. He was extremely underweight, obviously elderly, and had been hit by a car at some point.
Helena Handbasket @ennuideluxe
But he was happy, and so was she, and they started walking back to our house together.
Helena Handbasket @ennuideluxe
I was not that pleased. What if the dog was diseased? Or vicious? My daughter was 8, and had a firm understanding of right and wrong.
Helena Handbasket @ennuideluxe
Taking him in and caring for him was right. Anything else was wrong. If I didnt take the dog in, she would be moving out, I was informed.
Helena Handbasket @ennuideluxe
Well, so that was that. She was right, and the old dog came home with us.
Helena Handbasket @ennuideluxe
We fed him, and laid several blankets on the floor to make padding for him dislocated hip and bony joints. Then I made a vet appointment
Helena Handbasket @ennuideluxe
The old dog was my responsibility now, and I was going to do my best, but I didnt expect him to live through the rest of the afternoon.
Helena Handbasket @ennuideluxe
He ate, he drank what seemed like buckets of water, and settled in for a nap.
Helena Handbasket @ennuideluxe
He was covered in fleas and ticks, but I couldnt use chemicals because he was too weak. Manual removal it was.
Helena Handbasket @ennuideluxe
He was covered in fleas and ticks, but I couldnt use chemicals because he was too weak. Manual removal it was.
Helena Handbasket @ennuideluxe
I started what turned out to be 20 hours total of tick removal. The old dog had been eating the ticks off his front paws to survive
Helena Handbasket @ennuideluxe
I took him to the vet the next morning,a nd she was surprised at the sorry old guy next to me. Shocked he was still alive.
Helena Handbasket @ennuideluxe
She checked him out, and he was a mess. He weighed in at only 50 lbs, when he should have been 80 or so. She wished me luck
Helena Handbasket @ennuideluxe
then thought to check if he was microchipped or if there was any way to tell who his owner is. When the scanner beeped, I nearly fell over
Helena Handbasket @ennuideluxe
He had an owner. And the owner was still registered in the database. She tried to call, but the number was out of service.
Helena Handbasket @ennuideluxe
She gave me the name and number, and wished me luck in not only finding the owner, but also in making it through the night with the old dog.
Helena Handbasket @ennuideluxe
I did a few name searches, and contacted a few people on facebook who had that name, asking if they had a dog of Old Dog's description
Helena Handbasket @ennuideluxe
-- or where they live in Oklahoma. I got many no's, but finally, later on that evening, I got a yes. Only, the guy wasnt in OK. He was in VA
Helena Handbasket @ennuideluxe
After comparing photos, it was exactly the same dog. Somehow, the dog had managed to travel 1000 miles to end up under a bush by my house
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