Here's the story of Dove's rescue-the sweet 1 year old gorgeous Great Pyrenees/lab mix we have available for adoption. This girl has been through so much but is now happy and healthy and ready for the next phase in her life...a Forever Family! In early November we arranged to help what was reported to be a severely injured large Great Pyrenees that was down in a rural area and not able to get up. A Guardian Angel was feeding her but was worried about wildlife attacking and it was starting to get cold as winter was approaching.
Fortunately, the dog allowed the GA to load into her car and arrangements where made to meet us at the local country vet. This is when we learned she had been shot in the bottom of her right rear foot while likely fleeing from her shooter. The delicate bones in her foot were shattered into pieces and bullet fragments remained. She also appeared to be at the end of her heat cycle.
Treatment included weekly casting to allow the bones to solidify. Removing the shrapnel would be too damaging to the surrounding tissue. We named her "Dove" as she was so sweet and tender and her injury correlated with dove hunting season.
While waiting for the foot to heal and preparing for Dove's spay surgery we noticed that her tummy seemed larger than usual so we ran her in for x-rays....and learned she was pregnant with 11+ puppies!
Christmas Eve night Dove went into labor, much earlier than anticipated. After an extended period of time between the delivery of the first pup and the second a trip to the emergency room was warranted. Three more pups were born in the emergency room so she was sent home as labor seemed to be progressing normally and there was a big concern the newborns would catch an illness at the clinic.
After a total of 8 healthy pups were delivered Dove's progress came to a stop. Because we had X-rays and a head count we knew that more pups were yet to be born. Sadly we ended up losing those last three little angels and Dove required emergency surgery to remove what became a severely infected uterus...or we risked losing Dove, too. And...the all the puppies would require bottle feeding as Dove's milk was also infected.
"I've been thinking a lot about Dove's 3 little angels who did not make it. Every life matters. Thank you to everyone who is helping to save the rest of her sweet babies."
~ Sarah Toth, DSDA volunteer
Dove's puppies were given names that all mean strength or peace.... Apollo, Axel, Oz, Olivia, Paxton, Barrett, Valentina and Sage.
The DSDA Bottle Brigade swung into action and the pups never missed a feeding. They are healthy and have grown like weeds and at 7 weeks resemble polar bear cubs who will be available for adoption toward the end of February.
Dove has been through heck and back. But she has thrived with expert medical care and love from the several foster families involved with her recovery. Her long term foster mom has devoted a lot of time to Dove. She's now house and simple command trained. She has a silly personality and loves toys, puzzles, people and other dogs as well. Her foot has healed and Dove has put her past behind her. Foster mom has discovered that Dove is hard of hearing or possibly completely deaf so she is learning hand signals.
Nothing has stopped this dog from being completely amazing. Now it's time for that Forever Home!
Although every day should be dedicated to freeing dogs of a miserable existence on chains, this week is especially dedicated to that effort.
Dogs are very social creatures and over the centuries were purposely bred to be "man's best friend". Dogs thrive on the love and companionship of people. However, chained dogs are easily ignored and forgotten.
There are many excuses as to why people keep their dogs chained or tethered. Many are seen as a source of protection-a barking dog will scare off the ill-intentioned. A dog living inside will do the same.
Often outdoor dogs are ridden with parasites and not wanted inside. They develop heartworm and often the chains or tethers become tight and embedded leaving horrific and infected wounds.
Many are unspayed females who are raped over and over and forced to give birth in the dirt and often without adequate shelter only to see their pups suffer and die.
Pookie was one such tethered dog. Only the unimaginable happened and his owners not only chained him but left him behind when they moved. They left him to suffer. To starve. To die. Alone. However, as everyone knows, Pookie's ill fate was reversed the day Relle and David stumbled upon him and freed him of his misery.
Pookie has a little trouble at first trusting dogs. We are certain he was likely attacked by strays as he waited helplessly. He also had horrible heartworm and skin infections. You could count every rib.
But even after all the suffering he endured he never held a grudge against humanity - though he had every right to!
That was three years ago and look at him now! Pookie has a wonderful forever mom who keeps up his very own fb page Pookie's Big Adventures. He has a yard, and toys and human and dog friends alike.
Pookie was one of the lucky ones.
So, if you see something, don't ignore it. Say something. Chaining dogs is wrong. As man's best friend dogs deserve only the Best!
In November 2018 Jennifer from Town and Country Animal Clinic reached out to DSDA about a stray dog that had been living at their clinic for the past two months after being found running loose at the intersection of Inwood Road and Forest Lane in Dallas.
Jennifer had helped wrangle the loose dog off the busy road which also happened to be the same location as their vet clinic at that time (which has since merged with another office and moved). They had tried everything to find his owner to no avail and now needed help rehoming him. They had appropriately named the dog “Oliver” after the orphan Oliver Twist. He was in need of a forever home and they were out of ideas on how to find it. Over time the clinic staff had grown attached to Oliver. Dr. Middendorf had even taken care of all his medical needs including his neuter. Oliver was a happy healthy boy who needed a family to call his own.
At that time Oliver was estimated to be about 2 years old. Our volunteers met him several times over the course of a few weeks. We introduced our own dogs to him and observed his life in the vet clinic watching as he loved on the staff and even the clinic cat, Merry, who came to stay the year prior right before Christmas. We found a loving foster home for Oliver with a nice couple, their two teens, their own dog a female retriever mix named Izzy, and two hamsters.
Time elapsed and DSDA was having trouble drumming up any interest in Oliver. Being an adult pit bull mix in a land full of homeless pit bull mixes that Dallas is notorious for, is not an easy task. So in January 2020 the Facebook page Oliver’s Big Adventures was created to help engage more potential adopters. We set up Oliver’s activity schedule that involved the volunteers taking him on daily trips to parks and restaurants to help feed his daily posts and stir up interest.
We were so excited in May when an application came in that seemed the perfect fit. The family even had a little boy named Oliver!
After several visits with the family including an overnight stay a decision was made by them to formally adopt Oliver, although his name had to be modified due to the confusion it would cause having both a child and a dog in the same home with the same name. So Oliver was renamed “Odie Dog”. On May 17, 2020 Oliver’s adoption was finalized! But sadly, the family’s routine altered after several months into Covid Times and in October Odie was returned to us. Big tears were shed by both sides. We were fortunate that he could return to his original foster family that he had grown to know and love for the 18 months prior to his adoption.
We do know more about Oliver than ever before after having the experience in the adoptive home and having him in our program for the past two years. He is a love bug with people but can be protective of small children in the home. He is frightened of some strange noises and fast moving objects that he does not understand like certain toys. He also likes the furniture arranged just so in the home, however, he is able to be desensitized to these changes. He loves Izzy, the dog in his foster home, but we think he would be happy as an only dog.
What does Oliver need?
Oliver needs a loving understanding experienced dog owner who is home more than not.
A home without small children with unpredictable toys.
He loves going for walks and playing so someone who enjoys throwing balls for him to chase- his favorite activity!!
A fenced in backyard to watch and chase birds and fluffy tailed squirrels
Someone who doesn’t mind a clingy dog...he thinks he is a lap dog so snuggling on the sofa, sleeping in your bed and following you around is his thing. You must be ok with this!
Would be best as an only dog...even though he loved his foster sister Izzy...it takes time and dedication and a strong leader to make sure everyone is happy.
No kitties....Even though he did great with a volunteer’s kitties he does have a prey drive and will chase anything that runs so no kitties.
He is great in the car and loves car rides. Car rides are a must!
Oliver is not a high maintenance dog. He just wants to be loved and be around his people all the time.
To arrange a meeting with Oliver in person please visit us at www.dsda.org/adopt and complete our on line no obligation adoption application today!