15 year old Rocky's Return to his
You won't believe this story. Get ready to grab
the kleenex for happy tears. This all started, when I went to a shelter to get a
bichon out of there. There is news about that, at the bottom..but you HAVE got
to read this first. If not for the Bichon, THIS would have never happened.This
may be one of my happiest days in rescue. Here is what happened.
notified, of a one eyed bichon (Her eye had been sewn shut) in a local
BIchon Brigade took a poll and decided to name her "Veronica"..after the actress
in the forties, who wore her hair over one eye, Veronica Lake. Well, I got there
today, and before they even loaded Veronica into my car, the shelter officer
said, "Robin..PLEASE take this dog too.."...it was an older black lab..and it
was dragging it's hind feet. It could not get up.
The officer said to
me..."She has been hit by a car or something and they are going to put her down
today..and she is SO sweet.."
Now, I know I must have the word "SUCKER"
plastered on my forehead..so of course I took the lab. They hoisted her up into
the back seat of my car...it was THEN that I saw it..I said, "I don't know about
where YOU people come from, but where I come from...we call that a BOY
doggie"...sure enough, I had a neutered male.
Well, we get to the vet's, and
on the way I am thinking many things..things like..."This poor lab..has probably
broken his back, and I just KNOW I am going to have to have him put down..but at
least it will be with a needle and I will hold him..oh man"...On the way, I call
my friend Hope, (Hope for the Animals)..and she says," Do NOT put this dog
down..we will find a way.We will get it a cart..I will help you pay for
Well, we got to the vet's, and I go in the bathroom..and start to
pray.."Please God..send someone for this lab..oh man.."
Williams, the vet, came in and asked.."How long has this dog has been this
way"...I didn't know. She said, "Call the shelter and ask..it will help me with
my diagnosis"..so..I called the shelter..and they were all happy...it seems that
a lady had been calling every hour..asking if they had a MALE neutered black
older lab..they kept saying they did not..(They thought this was a female
)..They would never have KNOWN it was a male..unless they had hoisted it into my
car, and I had pointed out the extra hardware. After I left with the dog, one of
the oficers mentioned it to the front desk help that the dog was a MALE not
FEMALE..and you guessed it..now we had a possible owner!
I called the
possible owner and found myself talking to a hysterically grateful woman, who
truly loved her dog. He had a collar and a ring where tags had been, but he must
have lost them. Also..he had hip dysplaysia..and without his meds..he was
dragging the ground..LOOKING like he had been hit by a car! It seems that on New
Years Eve, the fireworks scared him and he unlatched the gate himself..and went
for a little walk.
Within half an hour, of this call, the whole family came
to Dr. McKinney's..and get this..this dog is 15 years old. They were heartbroken
that he had gotten away, and were afraid he was off dying, alone and scared.
After we realized the owner was on the way, the vet put him in a hot
whirlpool bath, and gave him something for the pain of his dysplaysia, all for
NO charge! When the family got there..tears were everywhere! Rocky was with his
forever family, who truly did love him. Their 14 year old daughter, had been
born AFTER Rocky had come into the family,was on the floor in his face crying up
They stayed while he was blow dried, then were off to get a padlock
and a tag with his name and address on it.
Now about Veronica..and THIS is
another miracle..today was a DAY for Miracles..we got her out of the crate. She
is definetly pure Bichon..BUT..her eye is NOT sewn shut..it was only MATTED
shut!..I screamed.."GET a warm compress!!"..and Jennifer,the vet, nods for the
tech to go do it..We soak her little eye..and the mat comes off.There IS an EYE
under there. WE HAVE AN EYE!!! I am dancin around..and the vet says,"Hold on
here..she may still be blind"..I say," Oh ye of little faith!.You get out
here if you believe that!." ( I said it teasingly, but I really was NOT
Well, after doing the test with the little flashlight..she
announces that..Veronica can SEE..in BOTH eyes!! It was an ulcer caused by
trauma to the head..(We think someone or something hit this poor baby.)The vet
said, the mat actually acted like a bandage, and kept the cornea from being
Now, when I first saw this baby at the shelter..she was lying in a
pool of her own urine..and very depressed. After we got her eye uncovered..and
bathed her..she was up waggin' her tail and wanting to BLITZ I tell you!! SHe
has NO emotional problems at ALL!! She is as much a happy baby as my Chipper!!
And...she is only one year old!! She still has puppy teeth!!!!! She will be
spayed tomorro. After we uncovered that eye..she just BLOSSOMED!!! Hey!! I think
I will rename her "Blossom"!..She will not have to wear her hair over one eye
after all,..she will be perfect. What a wonderful day. I thank God, he allows me
to do this. Oh Man..what a great day!!! I am walking on AIR!!!
Rocky's family comes to claim him.There were
many tears, all around!
Rocky's family happily waits for him to be
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