Old, Ugly--the "One-Eye Love"
Phoebe, above, was dumped at a local shelter during the night. When I met her I thought, "Oh, no! This dog will be here forever." She was older, missing one eye, had a limp and isn't exactly a beauty queen. But she had the sweetest, most loving personality! We figured her to be a Corgi/Blue Heeler mix.
We put her up on Petfinder and assumed she'd be there forever and live the rest of her life in a shelter. One day, not long after, an email came from a woman in Kentucky who is involved with a Keeshound rescue group and has about 8 dogs of her own. She said she came across Phoebe on Petfinder(who was originally named Jackie. Get it? One-eyed Jack?)and something just tugged at her heart. She takes in a lot of older Kees as her own through her rescue work, but thought she'd try to help get Phoebe in a Corgi rescue or other rescue group. She just couldn't get her off her mind.
To make a long story short, she decided to keep Phoebe for her own, and Phoebe was driven to Kentucky to meet her new Mommy. That dog is now spoiled rotten and has a wonderful life with Susan, her husband and a pack of brothers and sisters. I get regular updates. Phoebe goes almost everywhere with Susan. It makes me want to cry every time I think of her, because I am so happy. I wish all dogs and cats needing homes had such a happy ending.
When my dogs go to heaven and I have room for another, I really want to adopt a senior dog, maybe one on the ugly side that I figure no one will want. They are the ones that need us pet lovers most.
On a related note, I got an email from a Pet People reader who wanted us to discuss care of elderly pets--especially using more homeopathy and natural products and medicines. Are any of you familiar with alternative care for pets? She said:
"I was wondering if you might think about an entry on disabled and older pets. I am particularly interested in homeopathic remedies (if there are any out there) to help my dog Boo see better. Our 16-year-old American Eskimo/Spitz is adorable, deaf as a post, and about half blind. He also absolutely refuses to come in the house unless it is thundering. I actually have to go out and pick him up to bring him in and give him a bath, or if we are leaving and storms are predicted. If we try to keep him in the house, he cries, barks, gives us the "you don't love me" look, and scratches at the door. He was an inside dog for the first few years, but one day just refused to come in. After a month of trying to catch him for an hour a day, we gave up. Obviously, bringing him in for the remainder of his life is out of the question, as he would be miserable, and we are afraid it would hasten his death. He runs and jumps like a puppy most of the time (minor arthritis in one paw), has had no major medical problems, and isn't allergic to anything."
I have a friend who is into holistic medicine for herself and her pets. She has a diabetic cat that has never been on insulin, but I don't know the details of homeopathic remedies for animals, though I do believe in alternative, natural remedies when possible. My friends does go to the vet regularly, but always tries the least toxic and least invasive remedies first, which I think is great.
My vet has told me to aviod harsh cleaning products and chemicals in the house because of Scooter's seizures. I bought Don Imus's "Greening the Cleaning" products and am working my way to a more natural cleaning routine. How about you all?
posted by Sandy at 4/09/2007 10:08:00 AM