A touching story sent in by Suzann Reeve. (Sue and her husband, Don, have a winter home in San Carlos, Sonora State, Mexico.)
In her words.
In mid January of this year my gardener Lorenzo and I were taking my latest rescue dog Mora to the vet for her puppy shots here in San Carlos. As we left the vet’s clinic rather than take the main highway we drove the back way home. Within a short distance a very skinny, fur-less small animal crossed in front of the car.
It was so sad looking and obviously feral. I immediately jumped out the door to offer help to this frightened and homeless little dog. We filled water and food bowls and put them down for the dog, then backed away just to see the dog give them a brief sniff before running off down the road. This little pup was scared.
I drove further down the road and put the food down again, and got back in the car and drove another half block. Then the pup sniffed the food again, took a quick bite or two, then spied some people and took off again. This went on for 15 or 20 minutes longer as we waited pulled up in the parking lot of the water company. Waiting for the dog to come our way.
The dog indeed did come our way but then darted inside the water company building. I ran to block the other exit while Lorenzo stayed at the entrance. The dog turned and ran back toward Lorenzo, who was able to capture the dog. Unfortunately, the dog was so frightened that it bit Lorenzo several times and then proceeded to defecate on his foot!
I passed a towel to Lorenzo who immediately wrapped it around the dog and we plopped the dog into a box in the back of the car.
Back again to the vet’s clinic and had the vet come out to check the dog.
It was severely dehydrated, starved, and had a double case of mange. She had bleeding, hole ridden ears, very little fur on her body and was just one giant scratching machine! We were able to wrestle an Ivamectin shot into her (by now we discovered she was female) and then back to the house.
Lorenzo built a brick enclosure for her behind the garden shed and made a very comfortable home where she would end up living for 4 months in a safe and comfy sleeping kennel, a front yard in which to sun and a side yard to do her business. From the very beginning, she was house trained and very meticulous about burying the evidence!
Her first night there was filled with glorious stars and the milky way so we named her Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, hence Lucy. She rarely uttered a sound.
We gave her wonderful food 2 times every day with added chicken, veggies, rice and coconut oil, as I do not care for Ivamectin to cure mange. We also gave her gel filled vitamins. Poor Lucy scratched so much that we began to put Aloe Vera gel on her sore spots, which were many. She actually had holes all the way throughher ears where the mange had eaten through the skin. We applied the Aloe Vera at least 5 times a day.
For the first month she was too sick to move; she would barely come out to eat and would go right back in to her kennel to sleep.
After she began to heal we took her out on a leash to walk her around several times a day and spent lots of time with her, talking to her and telling her she would be well soon. After several months she finally graduated to a large sleeping kennel next to the other dogs’ kennels and able to play outdoors with them; Lucy played with them all day to her heart’s content.
Eventually Lucy was taken to Tucson and then on to Central California to a wonderful foster home in mid April, where she still resides today.
I had the pleasure of being reunited with her several weeks ago in July at their home. My heart was pounding as I entered their yard and called her name. Would she remember me?
I was overjoyed to see that not only did she remember me, but flung herself into my arms and did not leave me for 25 minutes! She kissed and hugged me, talked to me and told me how grateful she was that I had saved her precious life! This is one special pup who went from a scared and dying dog to a healthy, intelligent and loving dog whom I will never forget.
In the months she has been separated from me, her memories of her rescue and her time of recuperation at our place in San Carlos have done nothing but strengthen and develop into a strong love for all of us who participated in her new change at life.
It is so rewarding to bring these little animals back to health and a happy life, more than I can ever say. Their ability to come back from near death and disease is nothing short of a miracle.