Chihuahuas Are The Best

Here’s part of an e-mail I received earlier this week from a friend in Las Vegas:

“I have to tell you, I deal with so many neglected and abandoned animals from my volunteer work at the animal shelters in the evenings, and their situations all just tug on your heart strings but last Tuesday I came across a special little Chihuahua. I thought it was a baby because he was so tiny so I opened his kennel to give him some attention but he was completely unresponsive. After some inquiry of the employed staff, I was told he was almost 3 yrs old, blind, unable to stand or walk and shook uncontrollably- all the result of over/in- breeding. He had been surrendered by a “breeder” a few day’s prior because she couldn’t afford the medical bills. He was scheduled to be euthanized Thursday afternoon as he had no quality of life,

I went back to that little guy later in the evening and when I reached into his kennel, noticed that his eye’s followed my hand to his tail. A couple more of my very scientific sight test, I determined that he wasn’t blind. So I picked him up and held him and after a while he stopped shaking. I put him on the ground and he sat. Wouldn’t walk but he sat and it was just plain as day that he was petrified of everything. He weighed 2 lbs!!! Every bone in his body protrudes. It was heart-breaking. I went back to my room that night and decided I had to rescue him. The next morning I contacted the shelter and told them I wanted to adopt him, medical problems and all. It was a little bit of a fight because they felt he should be euthanized but they gave in and gave me a chance to foster him. I took him back home in a basket from, Walgreen’s on Thursday night- yesterday (Sunday) he was running like a mad dog all over the back yard! He isn’t blind at all. He sees everything! He can walk…. and run and jump. He was a clear case of abuse, neglect and starvation- on the brink of death.

I’m not keeping him and have already found a home for him but I will foster him for 3-4 weeks as he was physically abused and lived his entire life in a small cat kennel with the only other dog interaction, to breed. He has allot to overcome but it just makes my heart sing to see how happy he is and that he gets a second chance.

Anyway, Chihuahua’s are the best- our 2 have really taken to the little foster dog.”

Tom from AK