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A Rescue Dog Who Rescues Dogs

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Raised by 12 people in 7 months
Created July 11, 2017

My name is Lovie and I was a dumped dog. I was pregnant and living under a bush in the heat of the summer when Duck Team 6 rescued me and placed me in a foster home where I gave birth to 10 puppies. Eight survived (two girls and six boys). After they were weaned, they were adopted by loving families and my foster family (including my best fur friend Henry) became my fur-ever family. I've lived the good life ever since.

Just two days ago my family was visiting a small Texas town and, by chance, discovered two dogs who were living in a small, feces-filled and fly infested outdoor pen. The dogs were very friendly and happy to see people and be talked to and touched. They were also very grateful for the food and clean water we provided. My family talked to neighbors and learned that the homeowner had not been seen in several weeks, the dogs spent 24 hours in the outdoor pen, regardless of the rain or heat, and they relied on the kindness of neighbors for food and water. We had a hard time sleeping that night because all we could think about were the two lonely dogs in that small, dirty, stinky pen. The next day, my parents were able to reach the homeowner who had moved six hours away six weeks before and for a variety of reasons, including health and financial, had not been able to come back to retrieve the dogs. The homeowner agreed to let us take the dogs. We loaded them into the car and drove home to Dallas. We gave them baths, put flea medicine on them and found a foster who agreed to take both of them in so they could stay together. (As you might expect, they are very attached to each other.) Next week Ariat and Tonka will visit the vet for shots, rabies vaccinations, heartworm tests, fecal tests and then spaying. If the heartworm tests are positive, which is common in dogs who have lived in such squalid conditions, then heartworm treatment will begin.

Word of the unplanned, successful dog rescue spread quickly in the small town and today my family was contacted and asked to help another dog. She was abandoned and decided to make her home at a local shop about two years ago. She is very friendly and the people at the shop care for her and give her food and water, but they cannot offer her a home Because the area is not fenced in, she is tethered to a line that runs between two trees. The people at the shop want her to have a better life and, after learning of Ariat and Tonka’s rescue, reached out to us. My family agreed to go back to the small Texas town to get her and bring her to Dallas to try to find her a home. We plan on picking her up in two days and bringing her home, giving her a bath and then taking her to the vet for vetting (shots, rabies vaccination, heartworm tests, fecal tests, and, spaying if she has not already been spayed. If the heartworm tests are positive, then heartworm treatment will begin.) As soon as we have pictures of her, we will post them.

If you can help defray the cost of vet expenses for Ariat and Tonka and the sweet girl we will pick up on Thursday (name unknown at this time), it would be greatly appreciated.

And if you are interested in fostering our Thursday Girl, or have a friend or relative who is interested, please let us know in the comment section.

Thank you for helping us help Ariat and Tonka and our Thursday Girl!


xoxoxo

Lovie
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****Ariat Update****

Two pieces of good news.

First, Ariat went to the vet this morning to begin her heartworm treatment. It will be a long, three-part process that involves painful shots and very restricted/limited movement during three months of treatment and two overnight stays at the vet during Phase 2 and Phase 3.

Second, the young man who took Ariat and Tonka in and has been caring for them, is going to keep both of them!! We were concerned that Ariat's heartworm positive status would be overwhelming, but he is up for the challenge.

Ariat and Tonka are so lucky to have moved directly from their feces and fly infested outdoor pen into their furever home!

Thank you for your support!!!!!
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Ariat and Tonka went to the vet 08/08/2017 for their final vaccinations. Their lives have changed a lot since they were rescued from their feces and fly infested outdoor pen. They are both still very timid. We know Ariat, who is four, was abused. Not sure what Tonka (7 months old now) went through, but she is very protective of Ariat. It is difficult to separate them because they wiggle around trying to get back to each other. Ariat is heartworm positive, but has not started treatment yet because it is cost prohibitive. Any change you can spare would be very helpful in getting her one step closer to her treatment plan.

Thank you!!!
July 9, 2017
At the vet for their shots!
Buddies for life
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Lucy went to the vet for her spay procedure on 08/03/2017. Shortly after the procedure began, the vet called, which made us very nervous. The vet reported that after Lucy was cut open, they discovered she had no ovaries or uterus. Unfortunately, there was no visible scar and no "tattoo" that would have alerted the vet to the fact that she had already been spayed. That makes us even more curious about Lucy's history and we really wish she could talk. The vet reduced the charge from $390 to $270, Lucy was chipped and then sent home. She recovered quickly and is full of energy and ready for a furever home. Please let us know if you're interested in meeting her!

The next update will be about Ariat and Tonka.

Thank you!!!
Heading home after spay procedure
Cone of shame
My shaved belly
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Thank you to everyone who has donated towards the vetting of Lucy and Tonka and Ariat. Today is Lucy's Spay Day. She will be spayed and chipped. Next week she gets her final booster vaccination and then she will be ready for her furever home. Lucy is very playful and affectionate. She plays well with other dogs. We took her to a dog park and she splashed around in the water and played/ran with other dogs. She knows how to walk on a leash and she knows how to sit. She is also housebroken. Please share her story and help us find her a great home. Thank you!
On the way to the vet . . .
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