Pets & News
OLD MAN - A WELL DESERVED TRIBUTE
Connie our shelter manager received a call from Dog Control Officer Kathy Faulkner that she had picked up an extremely skinny and very old dog that could not walk. She truly thought the dog was going to die, we asked her to bring him to the shelter so we could get him some medical attention. When he arrived he could hardly raise his head, we took him in and set him up in a nice comfortable bed, gave him some water and started him on a rice and chicken broth diet. It took 4 days before he finally had the strength to get up to go to his water bowl. He gained some weight each week, and as time went on we found Old Man had a very funny and playful personality and he just loved the lady dogs!! When his dish was empty he would pick it up and carry it around so we knew he was ready for more food. We were all thrilled with his progress, but then the vet told us he was extremely old, blind and possibly deaf and we wondered who would step forward and give this poor Old Man a chance to live his remaining time in loving home.
Andrea Brockel came forward and took him home with her other SPCA shelter dog, she and her family showed him the love and attention he so desperately needed. Andrea said: "He had quite a bit of spring left in his step and was such a good boy. He was acting the same way the day he died, that's why it was such a shock to us that he was dying that night. It was like he was fine and full of life one minute, and we snapped our fingers and he was dying. It broke our hearts to see him go. We really grew to love him in such a short time and even though it was not nearly long enough, I'm so glad we were able to show him what a real home is like and how people are supposed to treat their pets."
Thanks for the privilege of knowing Old Man and for allowing us to bring some happiness into his life. We miss him so much!!