I’ve had my heart wrenched a couple of times this week. I’ve definitely had a couple of moments that hurt more than others. Sometimes it’s the things that hurt you that motivate you more to do your best at what you feel passionate about. In my job with the rescue I’m used to hearing sad stories and helping to solve difficult situations, but at my job with the doggie daycare I don’t expect that. A few weeks ago I received a phone call from a very distraught woman looking for help with a couple of dogs. After listening a bit more I realized I related to this woman very well. Her mother was recently taken to the hospital and slipped into a coma. She went in for surgery and when she came out she remained unresponsive. My family and I had experienced a similar situation just months before so I found my heart really going out to her. The woman was calling me to help her find a place for her mother’s dogs, Nickie and Natalie. At the time she called, her mother was expected to wake up after surgery, spend a few days in the hospital and then recover in a rehabilitation center… again a very similar situation to the one my family was in recently. Nickie and Natalie loved this woman very much and were incredibly attached to her and as she was to them. They had a hard time being separated from her and this woman didn’t know what to do. They didn’t like other dogs much but she needed help making a decision in a difficult time. I spoke with my boss and we agreed the dogs had to come to stay with us. Nickie and Natalie arrived a couple days later and the woman who dropped them off was emotional and incredibly thankful. Nickie came in with a small infection that we helped treat and got him back to new. The two didn’t do well out with dogs so we had to put them in a smaller room where we all did our best to visit them. I went on vacation for a few days and came back to work to find they were still there and when I saw them that day I noticed a serious change in them. I had been gone for a few days but they didn’t seem like the same dogs. They went from happy-go-lucky to quiet and reserved. All of a sudden they just seemed sad. I did my best (as did the other employees) to try to bring them up but in my observation they just didn’t seem like the same dogs. We received a call early last week that the woman who dropped them off would be coming to pick them up! I was thrilled!! The whole time the dogs stayed with us I told them it wouldn’t be long. I told them their mom would recover and get better and they would go home and help her heal! What I didn’t know if the woman had passed away the weekend I was out of town. The dogs were picked up Thursday and were taken to a foster home until a permanent home is found. This one hurt my heart. I go back to the many times I told these dogs they would go home and I knew that if only these dogs could get to their owner that they would all heal one another. I firmly believed that.
I know the goal of Healed by the Hound is to discuss the positive stories that need to be told. And to show times that animals and humans can heal one another. I don’t like to post the sad stories because I want this to be a place to go to laugh and to be happy but this story was one that had to be told. This little family should be shared. I’ll say prayers for these dogs and the woman who passed away every day. I hope with all my heart that Nickie and Natalie find a home where they can be themselves again. Where they can experience the love they had before and give it freely, as they should. If I hear any updates on these two sweet dogs I’ll be sure to update here. Now go hug your fur babies!