Hey everyone, I'd like to introduce myself and tell you my story. My name is Papa dog and to say I had a rough start to my life is an understatement. I was abused and neglected, left to fend for myself on the streets, find my own food and water and to do what it took to just survive. Someone did own me, yet they didn't care what happened to me. I suppose you could say he just liked telling others he had a German Shepherd, who was a guard dog, yet he didn't want any of the responsibilities that came with owning a dog like me. Then one day while I was roaming in traffic, I became very weak and had to lay down in the middle of the road, where I almost got run over. All of a sudden, an angel appeared and she helped get me out of the road. She didn't want me to get hurt, or something far worse. My angels name is Kayla, aka mommy. She knew something was wrong and she took me to the vet. We found out I was underweight, heart worm positive and my teeth weren't very good, what was left of them. After taking me to the vet, she then took me home. She helped me fight to get better and also stronger. It didn't take long until I started to really bond with Kayla, along with her husband and their kids. Before you knew it, I was also starting to feel like part of the family. I also became friends with their other dog and she's really nice to me. I pretty much moved in with them and they treated me better than anyone ever has. I felt pretty special and still do. The person who claimed he owned me knew that I was with Kayla and her family and he didn't care. He deserted me and wanted nothing more to do with me. Kayla said she was never going to let anything happen to me ever again and even though I hadn't been with her very long, I knew we was sincere and that I could trust her. Despite everything I had endured prior to my angel finding me and taking me in, I didn't let it stop me from being loved and loving her in return. From this moment on, I have been with Kayla and her family, which are now my family and Kayla is my new mommy. They have been taking such great care of me and making sure I have everything I need and even more. But I'll admit, sometimes I feel sad because I know this puts a financial strain on mommy and daddy as they weren't planning on getting another dog, then I appeared, but I also came with 'baggage' so to speak. Mommy and daddy never hold this against me but they always tell me it will be ok, but seeing mommy worry, we'll it makes me worry.One day I watched as mommy and daddy started packing everything up. I refused to leave mommy's side as I didn't know what was going on and I wasn't letting her leave me. They kept talking about moving. I wasn't quite sure what this meant, I just knew things were changing and I didn't want to lose the family I finally had and who treat me so kindly. Imagine my surprise when she didn't leave me, instead I was put on an airplane, never been on one of those before, and I travelled for a long time. I wasn't sure what was happening, but when they finally got me off of the plane, my daddy was there waiting for me, but no mommy. When dad and I finally got to where we were going, my furry sister was there to greet me. I was so excited to see her and spend time with her. Even though I was tired, I made sure to let her know I missed her. See she flew out before me, as well as daddy. Mommy still wasn't there and neither were my human siblings, but dad said they would all be they're soon. Do you know what it's like for a dog to wait for their family? What might seem like 5 minutes to you felt like 5 years for me. Then the day arrived that my mommy and human siblings arrived and I was overjoyed. My family was all together again. But I have to be honest, we didn't know if that would last. You see, the person who was very mean to me and who claimed he owned me, yet never came for me, decided he wanted me back and he wasn't very nice to my mommy. We were very scared that this bad man was going to show up and try to get me back. Thankfully, mommy said that wouldn't happen and she had some very nice people helping her and they said they would do whatever it took in order to keep me safe and with my mommy. I know the cops were involved and that made everyone nervous, but guess what, after a lot of time and stress, this very nice cop talked to mommy and he agreed that mommy could keep me and he said that I was her dog, not this bad mans dog. That person wasn't very happy when he found out that the case was closed, which mommy said that means something good for us, and he tried to bother us again, but that nice cop stepped in, helped us and that was the end of it I know mom sill worries that he might try to do something, but I won't let that happen. This is my family and I'll always protect them and help them, just as they do for me.
Which brings me to something else I want to share.I've always been very attached to my mom, but she thought this was strange. So she recently asked a nice group about my actions and what they made of it. Most said it sounds like Papa (me) is trying to alert you to something and they asked if mommy had any medical condition, which she does, but we weren't sure if that was the problem or not. So mom did go see the doctor just in case. Apparently a vet is different from the type of doctor mommy went to. She has some problems with her thyroid and a couple other issues she needs to work out. I said I'll always protect my mommy and I mean it. Mommy will have to undergo further tests and procedures, but I know she will be ok. Unfortunately, that presents a problem. You see, the financial toll this is taking is making it almost impossible for mom and dad to put food on the table for all of us. Then there's the added expenses of my medicines because I'm heart worm positive, so I need medication for that, I have skin problems and need medication for that and some other problems. This isn't because of my mom and dad, this is all because of that bad man who didn't take care of me. Mom and dad are doing everything they can to make ends meet and to provide food and medicine for not only me, but for my furry sister and my human siblings as well. Sadly, they cannot afford any of that right now and need help. Mommy tried an organization that's supposed to help provide food for dogs and cats during times like this, but they weren't very nice to mommy and barely gave her enough for a little dog, let alone 2 big dogs and I'm already underweight as it is. That's funny saying since mommy helped me gain 38 pounds already. They gave mommy a tiny sandwich bag with a little food in it. Mommy knows every little bit helps, but she should not be treated poorly because we've hit a rough patch and she had to reach out for help. She's never asked anyone for anything before, but now we have no choice. Without help, my sister and me won't be able to eat, nor will I have my medications that I need that help me feel better, especially because of those nasty heart worms and it will be hard for my humans to eat as well. So I'm asking if you could find it in your heart to help us. Every dollar helps and we will be forever grateful and I promise you won't regret it. You will be helping a family who has hit a rough patch and just needs some help to get through it. Mommy always says me and my sister, along with my humans siblings will eat before her and daddy, but we also need them to be healthy so they can take care of us and mommy needs to stay strong so she can get better. She saved my life and I want to do everything I can to help mommy and daddy. Anyway, I know I barked a lot, but I'm a happy dog and I wanted to share some of my story with all of you nice people. So again, if you're able to help me and my family, it would mean the world to me and I will thank each and everyone of you. Thank you again.