Friday, February 17, 2012
A week ago yesterday, my son and daughter were out playing in the vacant lot next door. They found two puppies about a month old. There are many feral dogs and cats in the UAE. The kids thought they had seen an adult dog that had gotten hit by a car that day. We assume it was the mother.
Well, when I saw the puppies I knew we couldn't just leave them there. One was chubby and healthy, but the other one was the runt of the litter, missing an eye and the other eye was sideways. He looked as though he was starving to death. We didn't think he would make it another day out there in the wild. So we took them home with us. A couple of days later we took them to the vet. The chubby one checked out just fine and was able to get his shots.
The vet wouldn't give the little guy his shots, because she thought the shots would kill him. She told us she didn't think he would survive. I told her that I wouldn't give up on him.
I bought some chicken livers, hearts and sheep kidneys and boiled them in water. Mashed and cut up the pieces into tiny bites. Mixed it with yogurt and puppy food. The puppies loved it and so did our adult dog:) We fed them every 3 or so hours round the clock. The little guy is so healthy looking now and beginning to look more chubby everyday. He has energy and spunk. He and his brother like to wrestle and all that stuff. Getting stronger every day.
During the last week we were looking for them a home. We found a good home with someone who is a dog person. They have kids who love and know all about dogs.
I should feel great about that, and I do. I just didn't expect to be so attached to the pups in such a short time. I bonded especially with the Little Guy. I loved the way he looked at me with his one eye, his soft cuddly fur and the way he made sleepy sounds when he was sleeping on my chest, his cute little nose and the way he always ran to me when I entered the room. I am sure going to miss him.
I know I will feel better in a few days, but right now it is rough. I am a soggy mess. I am thankful that God has given me the gift of attachment, there is such joy in that. It is the pain of separation that is hard. But I am blessed because I got to know these precious pups.