Duke….TLC And Then A Home

Duke….TLC And Then A Home

Foster Melissa writes from The Farnival June 24th:

For all my chattering about walking and socializing dogs, Duke defies all my advice. This poor pup lived alone in a fenced backyard and ate human scraps because his family couldn’t afford dog food. When Donna first met him, he had been so infested with fleas that he had to spend a few nights at the vet. Now, his fur is so raggedy along his haunches that it looks like he has mange. The back of his legs are bald, the skin discolored and flaking.

Last night, Mason and I drove over to Judy’s house to meet Duke and snap some pictures. Judy is another one of ICHBA’s foster moms, and Duke’ll be living there until he’s adopted. Even though that dog has basically been ignored since birth, he is one of the sweetest animals I’ve ever met, a gentle giant that greeted us with a wagging tail and soft nuzzles. Mason and I will start leash training Duke soon, but we’re going take it slow at first. Right now, Duke needs more TLC than exercise.

Duke at six months

Duke at six months

 

FROM ICHBA:  This is a prime example of a big heart over ruling reality…this family loved Duke along with their 2 other dogs but have never been able to afford to protect them against fleas, worms, or parvo/distemper.  As you read, often they couldn’t afford dog food . 

When ICHBA sponsored the family with financial aid and transportation to have their the dogs “fixed” , I learned that Duke spent lots of time tethered in the yard while the two smaller dogs were inside dogs.  I asked that Duke come into our program and let us find a home for him but the family refused.

8 months later I get a call from the family.

Duke, undernourished and flea ridden to the point of giving himself a buzz cut because his skin is so irritated, is now with I Could Have Been Adopted                 

                            The reality is that sometimes we can’t afford to have a big heart

Comments are closed.