Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Halloween Skeleton

What happened to you, little darlin'?

Have you been trying to find your way back home? Were you left behind to fend for yourself after a foreclosure? Stolen from a parking meter and dumped far away? Did your owner die? Or did he lose his apartment and set you loose rather than tempt fate at the animal shelter? Did he give you to the wrong friend? Sell you to the wrong person on Craigslist? Where did you sleep all these nights? Where in the world did you find your water?

... And how is it possible that you can still wag your tail?


She doesn't have a name yet, but she's here at the barn. We're just staring at her a lot right now and scratching our heads and running tiny meals in to her hungry, hungry mouth several times a day.

26 comments:

  1. Bless her little heart! Thank you for taking care of her - of course!

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  2. OMG...How old do you think this poor baby is? What does the vet say? There is a special circle of Hell reserved for people who allow their animal friends to come to this. Glad she's with you!

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  3. Ohh Man, this makes me both sick and so very angry! What kind of person would do this to a dog? What a poor,poor baby...I know now that she (?) has found you guys, her life will be blessed

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  4. Thanks for your good vibes, all. Much appreciated. Oakland is such a difficult place to be a (low income) dog owner right now due to the high number of foreclosures and he difficulty in finding a rental that'll accept a dog. For that reason, we try not to assume the worst about a dog's past owner. At one point in this girl's life, she was well loved. What happened between then and now is anybody's guess. We haven't ruled out a medical condition to cause this wasting away, either. I suppose the dogs have been working hard to remind us to focus on the task at hand and not fret too much about the past or the future too. Maybe it's rubbing off - LOL. If she did have a shitty owner, they can sort this out with their Maker. We'll let you know how things look for this one and whether she'll be a longterm resident or a compassion hold.

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  5. So glad that you and Tim have her, Donna. It doesn't matter at this moment what her past was. Right now we all know she is in good hands and her future does look brighter. Thanks for believing in her.

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  6. Oh my goodness! Thank dog she's in the right hands now. Can't wait to see her get fat and shiny. Sending tons of positive vibes your way!

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  7. How about Pumpkin or Spooklin (Spooklyn for a different spelling) for a name? I'm glad she has found a spot at the barn.

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  8. I think it's the wagging tail that brings tears to my eyes. Just made a small donation for all that you do -- wish it were more.

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  9. Even after three years as a volunteer at our local animal shelter, I still cry when I see dogs that come in looking like your new girl. Thank goodness she's in a safe, loving place now.

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  10. Thank you Christina. There are some meatballs in this girl's future. We'll tell her they're from you. :-)

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  11. I'm so glad this girl found her way to you. Can't wait to see further pics of her getting fat and happy and becoming boss of the barn!

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  12. Her name should be Faith because she had a lot of it to get herself through her trials and tribulations! Give her a hug and kiss for me!

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  13. Millie - Ft Myers, FlOctober 26, 2011 at 8:56 AM

    I'm just happy that whoever abandoned her had the grace to leave the door open, here in Florida we have sick people leaving dogs locked in crates or cages in abandoned homes to die a horrible slow death. At least she had a chance...thank you for saving her.

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  14. It is sickening to see an animal like this. I don't understand how people can do this. But I am grateful that she is now in great hands and she will receive the care and love she deserves. Keep up the good work taking care of these wonderful dogs!!

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  15. Donna, thanks for the reframe. You're right; if this was neglect, karma will handle it. What matters now is that she's right where she needs to be. Looking forward to seeing updates on her improvement. Thanks for continuing to be a shining star to our four-footed friends.

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  16. Poor baby! Glad she is in good hands now! My dog was just as thin a couple of years ago due to food sensitivity and inflammatory bowel syndrome. I had all the best foods and vet care money could buy and it still took almost a year to find the right diet and build her back up again. The good news is she is as healthy and strong as can be now, and has been for two years. There could be a number of explanations for the condition of this dog. I have faith she will bounce back. Good luck!

    PS: Another red dog!!!!

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  17. Bless her sweet soul. Thank God dogs are so resilient. Thank God for you to nurse her back to good health. Gentle kisses and rubs from her friends in cyberspace.

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  18. Wow, and at this point i shouldnt be surprised at how people treat dogs. But I am never surprised at how good you guys do to bring them back to life. Thank you!

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  19. thanks for your vote of confidence anon!

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  20. Thank you for taking her - that wagging tail proves that she knows how blessed she is. I hope she ends up healthy and happy. Sarah in NYC

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  21. There's a dog at BACS currently who has the same nightmarish frame. Is it the same girl?

    The worst part is always knowing what terrible situation these dogs may have been in before this - it's a sad fact that so many dogs are in fact better off at shelters, even if for a short period of time - at least we know there they're taken care of (ok maybe even the BACS dogs are downright spoiled!)

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  22. So glad that she found you!

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  23. I love all of you for taking her in. And, I love you even more for reminding all of us (myself included) not to jump to conclusions that drive ill will torward our fellow humans. There is a benefit in life to knowing that there are bad people (really bad people) but, for the most part, humans are good. They make mistakes (some serious like this one) but that doesn't mean that people are bad. I'm heading over to make a donation to this girl or whoever else needs it. ... just for being you.

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  24. I think she's "Rosie" like Rosie the Riveter of WWII... strong and resilient.

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  25. From just another human, and none too proud to be one if this is what they can do...I say "THANK YOU" FOR ALL THAT YOU DO. There is a special place in heaven for you.

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