On Wednesday, August 26, I found this puppy (approx. eight months old) in the road with two broken legs. She is a wonderful animal and we are raising funds to cover the costs of surgery and rehab. Keep checking back for updates on her progress.
My wife Rebecca and I are musicians living in North Carolina. We have an awesome rescue dog named Domino (pictured above). Rebecca is a volunteer at the local humane society. From the Broken Puppy and all of us, thank you for your kindness!
UPDATE: Due to the tremendous response to Hope's struggles, we now feel that her medical expenses will be covered. We will not know the exact tally of costs associated with her rehabilitation until late November, but all estimates indicate that her needs have been met. Our gratitude for all who gave to her cause cannot be adequately expressed.
Greensboro residents have no doubt heard about the recent acquisition of 97 dogs from a local kennel. Many of these dogs were malnourished and disease-ridden when they were seized. They now reside at the Guilford County Animal Shelter and will likely be candidates for adoption, but the shelter is strapped for resources and not equipped for this sudden increase in numbers. This is a sad situation and many have been concerned about the welfare of these animals and the financial burden the shelter now faces. But there is a silver lining - Ellen Degeneres and her pet care company have stepped up and donated 5,000 meals for these poor dogs:
Ellen is a talented and funny actress, and also a great human being. Very cool.
Kadee (Arty) got adopted from the local shelter. Rebecca had been visiting her regularly as a shelter volunteer, and was relieved to find out yesterday that she went home with a nice family. We hope that this will be beginning of a new, happier part of this gentle dog’s life.
Hope caused a bit of drama over the weekend by getting into some birdseed. Because birdseed can be poisonous and/or cause intestinal obstruction, we had to take her to the vet and induce vomiting. She defecated birdseed for the next 48 hours. She’s doing fine now, I’m glad we caught her in the act.
A fictionalized account of Hope’s saga is included in Patricia Stanley’s “Shelter Stories From the Dog Adoption Ward,” a colorful collection of short stories on sale at the Tallahassee Animal Shelter. Hope’s story is called “On an Ordinary Day,” and though many liberties are taken, the fundamental pieces of her story are intact and sensitively retold. More information is available at www.pstanleybooks.com - all proceeds from sales will be applied to renovation of the TAS dog runs. Thanks to Patricia for including Hope in her writings and sharing a copy of her book with us.