A lot can happen here in a week. The roses can come into bloom,
Bees can find heaven in lavender again,
Grape leaves sprout from dormant canes,
And dogwoods –
and dogs – can blossom.
Desta was a stray found gorging on cat food left outdoors. A Good Samaritan captured and brought the clearly emaciated “puppy” to Homeward Bound’s vet. The “puppy” turned out to be a one-year-old, growth-stunted Golden who had clearly had an encounter with something unfriendly – most likely of the moving vehicle type.
Her skull is concave in spots as a result, and her limbs were pencil thin when found. Her tummy was engorged – the result of eating all that cat food. The tasty treats can wreak havoc on even a healthy dog. Desta required immediate care.
There’s no way to know how long she was out there on her own, but it had to be a while. Our Doc fixed her up and called us. She arrived last weekend, weak and terrified.
We bathed her and began loving on her, but had to carry her to the garden. She was too terrified to walk on a leash.
We put her within eyeshot of Cooper, an 11-month old that had been surrendered to a shelter for exhibiting some of the fears you usually see in feral dogs. He too could be a runner.
As it turns out, they were each others’ best medicine.
Alone, they were frightened little pups that would probably bolt at the first opportunity. Together, they could be brave.
We let them play together in the sunshine until they both collapse from exhaustion.
Part of that play includes socializing them to humans and just look at the progress in just a few days!
A lot can happen in a week.