Hello, today I was just thinking about how much Maggie has changed since we got her from the shelter. As many of you know, she was a skinny, 36 lb., shaky dog when she came to us. And now, she is a 54 lb. bundle of health.
I was thinking about this because Jamie mentioned how nice and soft her coat is. Even the Vet said he’s never seen her coat looking so good and to keep it up. I think it’s proper nutrition and those fish oil treats we got when she hurt her shoulder.
Anyway, I was remembering how Maggie had this sore on the top of her head when we first met her. I had thought she’d been in a dog fight and that it was a puncture wound or bite mark. But the lady at the shelter said that it was from repeatedly banging her head on the top of the metal kennel. Maggie was a long-time shelter resident (6 months) and was desperate for human attention and interaction. Dogs get desperate in shelters, and will act out behavior that makes people not want to adopt them (barking, howling, banging their heads). In reality, what these dogs need is people. You can’t even see the mark on Maggie’s head anymore. I almost forgot she’d had it. Maggie will go into her crate (but not willingly), however, she refuses to go into a metal kennel. Just freaks out at the sight of one.
Maggie has been to Obedience School Basic and Boot Camp. Oh, she still will steal the odd shoe, and she still jumps all over when someone comes to the door. She’s young yet and has a lot of spirit. She’s a good girl though, and I’m not just saying that because she nearly booted Dad out of bed last night by not giving him any room. Although that gives her brownie points in my book. I don’t know how much longer the shelter would have kept Maggie before putting her to sleep. Sometimes shelters will do that. Not every shelter is “no-kill”.
I guess this blog is winding up to be a shameless plea for you to donate to your local animal shelter. They really need the money. Or if you can give puppy/kitten formula (mother’s milk replacement), kibble, dry or wet food, blankets, anything, the people at the shelter and the animals will really appreciate it. If your shelter has a clinic, they usually have a printed “wish list” of what supplies they need (tweezers, alcohol pads, etc.) None of these gifts have to be expensive. But they are very, very, welcome. If you haven’t done your good deed for today, let me suggest a donation.
Not everyone can be a pet owner. But everyone can help an animal shelter.
Thanks for reading,
Your friend, Elizabeth
(She’s a happy girl, now!)