Penny’s story starts with an ad on Craigslist in the pet section. I try to keep up with the animals posted through rescue on the site as well as lost or missing pets. I was scrolling through on my lunch break Friday afternoon and I saw an ad for a female Doberman that was recently added to the listings. The picture listed with her spoke volumes. I stared at her in the sad little corner of the muddy dog pen with the plastic kennel, and saw the eye I learned to look for a long time ago in my horses, the kind eye. It was cold and getting colder as I left work for the day with the sad little shivering Doberman burned in my brain. By the time I got home I showed my kids her picture. They are a part of every decision we make to rescue an animal. They know it’s extra work and extra rules to remember, more poop scooping and reinforcing good behaviors that we want to see. Both were on board so then I had to figure out what to do. With Christmas this close funds were even more limited than usual and he was asking $150 for this sad little dog. I finally got him to agree on $60 if I could pick her up that evening. I knew she was sad, but I didn’t know she was in such rough shape. When the Cadillac Escalade pulled up and this confused little bag of bones came pulling along nearly choking herself I knew I had made the right decision. She was just so painfully skinny. He told me she was 16 months and had a litter of puppies already. I kept the small talk to a minimum and swapped the leash for the $60 in cash and left as fast as I could. She hopped right in and off we went. The smell permeated every crevice of my car and when we got home she got 3 good baths to get rid of the stench and the dirt.
She ate a good meal and then a second. She slept the peaceful sound sleep of that first safe night in a warm bed. Probably the first time she was ever shown that kind of comfort. She has seen the vet and will be spayed as soon as she is a bit heavier and healthier.
She has settled down and is acclimating well to house living. She is smart, and funny, and such a gentle spirit. She has so much love to give and she is so willing to learn. And to think she was stuck in a 10×10 dog run with no one to pay attention to her or love her breaks my heart.
But my heart isn’t hers. Hers is a resilient, loving and happy heart that lives in the moment and knows she is loved today. Her life before is just that, and she is only looking forward to brighter happier times from now on.
Penny will have a Merry Christmas
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