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Cats rule dogs drool
We were lucky enough to get to know some of the dogs who were rescued from the D’Amico’s Pit in Bridgeport, CT about four years ago, and we were recently reunited with many of them when a bunch of them were found by Humane Bridgeport Volunteers (HBBV) on the property of our local dog beach, the Lighthouse. Since many of these dogs are rescue dogs and some were adopted (and have a home!), we thought we should give some other dog people out there a bit of an idea about the personalities and needs of these dogs.
When we first went to meet them, almost every dog had some problem that they’d been dealing with since they’d been born. For instance, Mollie’s eyes were very crossed, and it was so bad that when she was little, her owner had to keep her on the counter just to go outside to go to the bathroom. We thought that Mollie’s vision might be okay, but she was diagnosed with Keratoconus, which is a common cause of vision problems. Because her eyes are still extremely dry, we’re pretty sure that Mollie’s vision is going to stay problematic, it is not getting better, but Mollie’s owner has given up on it as impossible to solve. The other dogs that are very hard to read have had issues that are much more difficult to deal with and it’s difficult to know what the outcomes are going to be. (In a couple of cases, an eye problem was the only problem the dog was known to have.)
So here’s what we know about their personalities:
Jasmine and Cajun, who were rescued by HBBV from the D’Amico’s Pit in the summer of 2014, are both very friendly and love to be with their people. They have bonded with their “pack” which is currently being lead by their brother, Jamboree. Jamboree had been surrendered to HBBV by his family, his family had been working to get him adopted for some time but were unsuccessful. We do know that a lot of families in our area would be thrilled to have a dog like Jamboree, who has lots of personality and energy and likes to be with people.
Mollie and Zane are both sweet and friendly and definitely do love their people. Mollie also has very good food manners which are so important with food allergies. Mollie is the most sensitive of the three, though, and is just not able to eat much of any kind of food with texture, and her food preferences have changed drastically from when she was a puppy.
Tru and Bo are both very calm, easy to handle and great with people, but they really can’t be around any other animals, or they become very clingy and scared. At that age, this is normal, but with a puppy, being able to be around other animals is really good for their socialization. Bo also needs to be introduced to anything that moves, whether it be a cat or another dog. Bo can also be very anxious with any loud noises. These are things that have worked out for us.
While many people don’t understand why we didn’t place them in a home together when we rescued them all together, we were not interested in trying to place one dog in one home to be with another dog. We have done this before, and it hasn’t really worked out for either the family adopting the dog or the dog they have adopted. Having said that, they are each so different that when we are looking at adopting a dog, we can’t help but be concerned with what could happen to them. This is why we really recommend visiting their website, finding out as much information as possible about them, and going in together for a visit, as soon as possible. At the very least, once you meet them, don’t decide you can’t live with them.
The girls live on a farm in Indiana and have been given space and some outside run in what is really a fenced-in area. They are only fed dry food and have access to water through the outbuilding in the yard. They also each have their own cage in which they can go if they get scared and they eat all of their food. They have both gotten extremely fat and have been spayed. They are doing great with life on the farm.
Tru and Bo had been abandoned on the side of the road, in the country, by a person who claimed to not want them. The owner of the dogs is in jail, and has been charged with abandonment of a dog. As for their lives right now, they live in their cages and are fed. They are treated well, but there is no way that they are out and having a good life. Their owner can’t take care of them so they are being watched over while the owner is in jail and a court date is pending.
I truly believe in this: that people who find dogs that are so far gone that they are barely even human anymore but are still trying so hard to live and are so full of love that they don’t care what happens to them are not people who can ever own a dog. You see, they don’t know the fullness of life, the meaning of being in love. They have no idea what it means to love another life in a way that would make them die in that dog’s place.
People who have adopted a dog through the rescue organizations have all said that there are only a few times they were completely satisfied with what happened. They were the ones who were heartbroken when the dog died. It is because these people understand that having a dog in their lives is a gift, something they couldn’t give or do without.
There were people in the audience who said that they were very, very upset with the fact that the dogs are being euthanized. They argued that it would have been better if the dogs had been left to die in the middle of the country rather than taken to the euthanasia clinic.
That does seem like a heartless decision for the rescue group. I believe that there is a difference between taking an animal into your care knowing that it might not be the best decision you can make for that animal’s well being and knowing that there is a possibility that the animal will die.
The truth is that this is an animal who once was a dog. They were a good dog, they were an important part of somebody’s life. Now, they are an even better dog who is going to live a good life. The fact that there was not a better alternative seems to go against what is best for them.
When the rescue group took in the dog, they did so because they believed that they were doing the right thing. It was not their purpose to euthanize the dog or make the dog pay for her “mistake”.