July 21, 2001
I hate to say this, but right after I talked to you, I found another
puppy, probably four months old, who was trying to walk and dragging his back legs
behind him. (This is the pup we call Billy - click
here to see Billy.) I went to the house that I had seen him outside of
before and asked if he was theirs and what was wrong with him? The woman told me
that it was her daughter's, but they don't let it in the house and that it was hit by a
car about a week ago! They didn't even bother to call a vet or try to send him down.
She says the other dogs bite at his back legs and he hasn't been able to get around
very well. She's not interested in sending him to the vet, so I said I would and she
agreed. Help! He is all white with little floppy black ears, and a brown
spot on one eye. I know that the mother dog who lives across the street is unspayed,
about five years old and has two litters every year. I have seen three of her
litters so far. I have convinced her "owners" to let me get her spayed, so
I am thinking of sending them down at the same time. Other than being unspayed, and
always pregnant, she is fairly healthy, so she should be fine back here. I am
just very concerned about the puppy. He is very timid. He is
sweet too though. He doesn't know me well, and hasn't had much hands-on exposure
with people, but when I stop to check on him, he gives a little nervous woof and then
comes over with the other dogs that just wander in packs. Food brings him
running. He is very soft mouthed when I feed him, although he is malnourished and
quite hungry all the time, worms too I'm sure. He is hopping around a little better
with his back legs, but he definitely has some troubles in the hind quarters.
Yes - send him down and we'll pick him up from the airport and
get him to our vet, Dr Alf Burt of Marine Drive Vet in North Vancouver.
Dear Judy, Looking out the window, I am a little concerned that the plane may be delayed a bit today, because it is foggy out right now, which looks like it may burn off soon though. I will call you as soon as I know for sure. (Billy arrived and was picked up by AAS'er Vicky Tang who brought him to our vet where has been x-rayed and is resting.)
July 27, 2001
What else can you do given what goes on all the time?
Where is the mother? Can she get spayed? Four weeks! Just learning
to walk... no mother's milk...(will send puppy formula, she needs to still nurse
for the comfort it gives)... wormy... outside and on her own at 4-5 weeks!.
Tell me if we can help with this one too.
Judy, if we end up moving back to Vancouver after we are
done here, I look forward to volunteering with AAS, driving, fostering, you name it. Thank
you so much Judy. You made my day!
Of course Crystal is helping, and thank God she is. And
it's women like Crystal who keep us going - refusing to give up even when we have no
money, no time, and there's hundreds more dogs waiting for us. But why are so
many women doing this all on their own? And why do little organizations like AAS,
with tiny budgets, have to struggle to pay the bills?
TO SEE HOW YOU CAN HELP AAS TO PAY THE BILLS FOR THESE PUPS AND TO HELP AAS KEEP GOING click here
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