imageMy friend and I found this guy today in a deplorable condition. We named him Mikey,  scooped him up, and brought him to two different vets for advice. Many hours and hundreds of dollars later I learned he has a skin condition that is contagious to humans (not to mention he has two horrible ear infections and he is at least 15-20 pounds underweight).

Since my niece has a new transplant and no immune system and I am on immunosuppressive meds for RA, my new friend is again homeless.

I can’t stop crying or looking at the millions of pictures I took of him today. For a very short time I touched his beautiful heart and he mine. I am hoping against hope my friend can rescue him on Tuesday and her friend can watch him for six weeks of treatment. If that works out then he can have a real home and a real family. Until then, he is in a shelter and that doesn’t always go very well.

I am heart broken. I never knew how much this rescue business hurts. God bless all those who do it. It is unrealistic, I guess, to think we can save them all. Wouldn’t it be great if it were possible?


      1. It’s not your failure at all. You have nothing to do with the fact that he has health problems which could impact you and your niece, your failure would have been ignoring that fact and letting the pair of you become extremely unwell. This is emotion talking, and emotion is an illogical and incredibly powerful thing that distorts fact. You did everything you could for that dog and I have no doubt that if you phone the shelter and explain the situation they will give him right back to you once he no longer presents a risk to your suppressed immune system. You saved him, that is in no way a failure. You did what right now is best for you both. You may not have done what is easy, but you did what is right, and that is in no way a failure at all.

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    1. I know that, and I know there is nothing you can do to stop emotion, I just decided to side with the fact of the situation and try and drown out your guilt a little bit. You gave that dog a future, you saved him from circumstance, and you’ve given him a chance. After his treatment is finished, I hope to see another photo of him curled up on a chair somewhere in your house, or right by your side. Either of these places are where he belongs. It’s an incredibly distressing situation and I can’t begin to imagine how awful you must feel right now, but please just know that you did good, for that dog and for your health. He’ll wait for you if you wait for him. You don’t have to let him go. It isn’t goodbye, it was just “see you soon!”

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    1. So there is a p.s.

      Someone I know will keep Mikey till he is better. My friend and I went today to adopt him. He is on 7 medications, will have a final exam, get up to date on immunizations and get microchipped. He is officially mine. Can pick him up Sunday. Bought hom toys, foid, collar, leash, blankets, and soon he will have a home at my dad’s house. Happy Day!

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  1. I used to volunteer at an animal shelter and the dogs who came in… It was terrible. I won’t break your heart further with their stories, but Mikey is very lucky to have you!


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