Left: Lilly. Right: Chloe. (photos submitted)

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Big things and little things

Published 11:38am Friday, January 11, 2013

Last week, as promised, I brought Soldier up to Dogwood Farms.  When Soldier was rescued at 1 year of age he was literally chained to a stake in the ground.  I can’t say for sure, but I don’t believe he’s ever had the chance to totally run free.  When we let him loose in the large play yard, Soldier took off like there was no tomorrow.  My heart leapt in my throat as I visualized Snowy running for the first time.

I’ve never seen a dog react to love and affection as enthusiastically as Soldier, so he’s learning that if he calms down he’ll still get attention.  Meanwhile, he has plenty of treats, his beloved tennis balls and lots of space.  He’s learned that if he rolls on his back, Uncle Lennie gives tummy rubs.  My good friend and supporter Dr. Robert Jones is helping me pay for his boarding and training. Josh (bless him) always keeps my fees down to a minimum.

This week I received a call about a family who rescued Chloe, a sweet little 1-year-old Chihuahua mix.  Chloe has a large growth over her left eyelid, I know the cause but it’s too lengthy to explain.  I’d learned that their vet (not local) would not accept payments for the needed operation, which would cost $400 to $600.  After trying to negotiate with them through the family it was deemed that Chloe would be best served if I handled it through my local vets.

I visited the family on Sunday afternoon and met Chloe for the first time.  Chloe was all over me for attention while Lily, their anti-social older Chihuahua, was barking furiously.  I just ignored Lily and loved up Chloe telling Lily, “I’ve dealt with a lot more tougher beasts than you. If you don’t want any of this love, so be it.” 

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