Friday, April 19, 2013

Introducing the "I Love Lucy" Gang

Silverwalk accepted two Beagles Wednesday from the very pro-active, rescue friendly Sikeston Area Humane Society. I had them taken directly to the vet. Both are older - she is 11, he is 8 (really, not old but adult in my thinking).

Someone, a backyard breeder, a person breeding for puppies to swap, or just a very ignorant person, cared little for these lovely dogs, Lucille and Ricky. They are part of my "I Love Lucy" gang: Ethel arrived today from a gassing pound whose part-time ACO is also rescue friendly. She is much younger, reportedly "cute, cute with a 3/4 tail which didn't stop wagging." I'll pick her up in the morning after work since I don't want to bring her in and then leave...

Lucille on arrival in crate with Ricky

Lucille wants to be loved, wants companionship. She seeks me out. Her ears are long, silky; her appetite robust. She is chock-a-block full of heart-worms, intact, with a large, pendulous mammary tumor. We're starting simply: food, shots, flea/tick management, and lots of love. Her heart-worms are so dense, treating her may kill her. Removing the tumor may kill her. Spaying at this time is out of the question - last on our list. She is such a loving, kind, sweet dog I want to throttle the person(s) who used her as a breeding machine without caring for her as herself. Yet, somewhere, there was kindness, since Lucy doesn't shy away from me, she doesn't duck and cover, she seeks me out.

Lucille in yard checking pee mail

Ricky, her consort, is in much the same shape. Densely full of heart-worms, skinny, shying from my hand and yet by today, coming to me if I'm quiet and not demanding. Intact with no tumor but a horrendous cough. He has a similar plan: food, shots, flea/tick, and lots of love. He and Lucille were reported to be "bonded." I see some of that but mostly, I see them enjoying the grass, running and playing with the pack, coming into the house through the dog door without my coaxing them.

Ricky immediately showed his hunter side

Ricky smiling in crate on arrival with Lucille

I remind myself, when looking at and interacting with sweet Lucy and suspicious Ricky, they are what a sanctuary is all about - a haven for those who have no hope, whose time on Earth is limited, but whose capacity for love is beyond belief! 

6 comments:

  1. The picture of Ricky smiling is fantastic! They're lucky to have come into your hands. Both with heartworms, though, the poor dears... :(

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    1. I love that smile, too. The heart-worms are so bad, we aren't even sure we can safely treat even Ricky :(.

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  2. Breaks my heart to hear how bad of shape they are in but thankful that they have you in their lives! Thanks so much!

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    1. Max, coming home from work this morning, these two were out in the front yard and ran up to the fence to greet me. I am blessed.

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  3. Wow, I'm so happy you took those guys in! I'll bet not nearly so happy as they are though.

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    1. Thanks, Kirsten. Ricky is truly thriving; Lucy caused me concern yesterday but has since come around again.

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