This beautiful Dobergirl came to us from a rescue angel who saw her in deplorable conditions. She was chained on a heavy chain, living in a hard-dirt and dead-grass yard, with a tiny hole broken out of the side of a chip-board shed where she could crawl in under a low shelf for shelter.
She was lying on the hard pack, curled up in what might best be described as a fetal-like position, and nothing in her body language acknowledged the presence of the person standing near her, taking pictures. Her eyes looked past to the distance, lacking the hope to engage. (No matter how much of this stuff I’ve seen over the years, my eyes still tear up when I write about it.)
Thankfully this person was able to persuade the “owners” to let her have the dog seen by a veterinarian, and, ultimately, promptly brought her to Elijah’s House.
On intake examination, it was discovered that she had heart worms, intestinal worms, skin problems, a possible mass on her liver, and fused, arthritic vertebrae that affected her walking. Of course all this – radiographs, possible sonogram, and heart worm treatment – costs a significant amount of money, so any donations you are moved to make on her behalf will be greatly appreciated to help defray these additional costs resulting from years of neglect.
Our veterinarian put her on antibiotics and anti-inflammatories, which have helped all around. After two a follow-up radiographs, the vet now thinks she had a secondary reaction to the heart worms, causing the infected liver and inflammation.
So once again, here’s a lovely Dober that has been badly neglected, and we’re blessed with the responsibility to restore her to good health and find a proper home. And I do mean blessed.
While we hate what has been done to so many of the Dobers that come to us, we love that we can make life-changing differences for them. As angry as we get at what some have been put through, our joy equals and exceeds it when we see their lives turned around and them going home to the type of homes they should have had from the beginning. It’s what keep us doing what we do.
Our volunteers have shared the following comments:
“Valentina is a bundle of pure joy and sweetness! She is docile, loving, and beautiful to boot! She rode very well in a car and walks well on a leash! What a delight!”
“I haven't even met her yet, but based on her past history she deserves a loving family and secure home. I hope some kind soul will find it in their heart to reward her with this, and I am sure they will be blessed tenfold!”
So if your heart is open to a lovely girl who’s had little but misery to this point, make an appointment to meet her once your application is approved, and see if she may be the one to brighten your home for years to come.