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Friday, July 27, 2007

Can You Spare a Dollar?

I usually won't post topics like this, because there are too many of them. They happen every day at animal control. But I decided to post this, one, to try and help this dog because for some reason it especially touched me, and two, to discuss why these things happen SO MUCH. This is from a Humane Society Actionline. Maybe you or someone you know can help:

"A Clarksville family thinks this is appropriate living conditions for their 5-year-old dog, who they adopted from a Humane Society on the east coast as a small puppy. When he got "too big," he was chained up outside and replaced by a little Pomeranian that gets to live indoors. Dollar is desperate for grooming, training and TLC... but our very limited foster resources just don't allow for this type of commitment. :( We have only 48 hrs. from the date of this email to come up with a game plan, or Dollar will be taken to the county shelter and more than likely be euthanized.

"Dollar weighs about 80 lbs. We're guessing he is a Bernese Mountain Dog mix. He is very friendly & personable,but having been chained since at least 2005,he jumps up and is very excitable, which is surely his desperation to be able to run,play and be free. He is not neutered, not current on vaccinations and has not been kept current on heartworm or flea prevention either.

If you or someone you know would like to invest in a different future for Dollar, please reply to this email ASAP. Thank you.

The Humane Society's e-mail is:

As I said, there are hundreds of "Dollars" out in our community. HE is such a beautiful dog. He looks like he has some shepherd (maybe Australian?)in him as well. I keep thinking of the life he should have had, that of a loved family member with proper vet care, play, love and appreciation. Not the life at the end of a chain.

Why don't people THINK before they get a dog? How big it's going to be? Why don't people bother to neuter or train or give vet care to their pets? Why do they even want a pet, only to chain it in the yard?

All Dollar needs is a trip to the vet and groomer and ATTENTION and love. Big dogs are harder to find Foster homes for as well, says the Humane Society. They could help so many more if more families who are able would offer temporary care for bigger dogs.

We can't help them all, but maybe someone can help Dollar and give him a wonderful life, instead of an end at the county shelter and the city dump.

posted by Sandy at 7/27/2007 03:41:00 PM


Blogger Skeeter said...

Dollar resembles one of K9-Rescue (Amy) dog!

Poor pitiful thing. Look at how happy he looks to be on a chain. Imagine how happier he would be off the dam chain! People just kill me with their excuses as to why they don’t take care of their animals! If you are not willing to give 15 years (if not more) to a pet, then you do not need a dog or cat! I would love to give Dollars owners an ear full from me! I would like to put them on a chain in the backyard next to Dollar and see how they like it! Argggggg… I hope Dollar finds a new loving home soon!

I also hope the Pom is being properly taken care of as well. Just because it is in the house does not necessarily mean they are being good to it either! Shots, grooming, etc?

Friday, July 27, 2007 8:20:00 PM  
Blogger pearcehart said...

It just breaks my heart! I wish we had the room and the energy! ALMOST makes me wish we had kids who could play with him. Dogs NEED companionship so much! They are pack animals and NEED to feel part of a pack. It's so sad....

Saturday, July 28, 2007 1:40:00 AM  
Blogger Skeeter said...

Is there an update on Dollar???

Monday, July 30, 2007 9:52:00 PM  
Blogger Stacey said...

Here is part of Amy's latest email on the topic:

"We had an overwhelming response to our email pleading for Dollar's freedom. Some offered to pay for vetting, many offered prayers & tears, and most couldn't physically take him in - which is oh so common amongst animal lovers. We all have full houses!

But, in the midst of all the emails we found an extraordinary woman who agreed to take Dollar & provide him with a wonderful new home... we just need to get him vetted & transported to Cookeville, TN where she will meet up with us. We're hoping to accomplish all of this on Thursday of THIS week. We don't want this boy to spend another HOUR living like this, but Thursday is the best we can do..."

Tuesday, July 31, 2007 8:56:00 AM  
Blogger Skeeter said...

I Love happy endings!
Again, I wish I were there as I have an extended cab truck and the spare time so I would personally take Dollar to Cookville.
I am sure that Dollar will feel like a million dollars with his new home!

Tuesday, July 31, 2007 10:07:00 AM  
Blogger B said...

25 bucks towards the gas from us! This stuff always happens when my time is tied--I can't drive him up-but we'll make sure somebody's got the juice to get him there

Tuesday, July 31, 2007 10:27:00 AM  
Blogger Stacey said...

B, sometimes I just want to HUG you!! What a good son you are.

Tuesday, July 31, 2007 2:56:00 PM  
Blogger B said...

AHHH Shucks

Tuesday, July 31, 2007 3:09:00 PM  

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Sandy Britt, an animal welfare advocate and volunteer with Clarksville rescue organizations, takes care of three dogs: Zoe, Scooter and Peanut; two cats: Catfish and Tarzan; and one husband, Glen, and according to him she takes care of them in that order.

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