Nitro and I love going to the Salem Rotary Dog Park everyday. Here are some photos from this last week taken at the Dog Park.
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Last Tuesday my other dog blog, Deaf Dogs Rock Facebook page was swamped with posts from concerned DDR fans because someone had backed out of an adoption of a white deaf Doberman puppy at the Chesterfield, SC. shelter. So many people where worried that the puppy would be put down especially since it was not only deaf but also it was blind in one eye. Since no one stepped up to save the puppy I decided to go to South Carolina myself on Tuesday morning. I started out on my rescue journey by getting in my car at 5:00am on Tuesday and driving from Salem, Virginia to Chesterfield, SC. What a long and winding road, literally. It was 250 miles each way and I ended up being in the car for over 12 hours. I did pick up the deaf 11 week old puppy named Lorenzo and brought him back to the Franklin County Humane Society. I was lucky the folks at FCHS were willing to send in rescue pull papers so we could get this pup to safety.
He will now go into foster care and so far we have received 3 or 4 applications from interested parties. I hope Lorenzo finds a great home with people willing to teach him ASL sign commands and build a strong foundation where he can mature and grow up to be a wonderful Ambassador for deaf dogs all over the world. A big shout out to Inglath Cooper and Anita Scott for helping me get this boy to safety.
After I left the Chesterfield Shelter, I got about 15 miles down the road when I spotted what I thought was a dead baby deer until I saw it move. When I took a closer look, I saw a starving puppy eating trash on the side of the highway. A tractor trailer had just passed the dog and barely missed running over the pup. I didn't really have the time or energy to deal with another rescue, but I couldn't leave the dog on the side of the road. I immediately turned the car around and parked near the dog. I got out of my car and got low to the ground with some dog treats. The little dog started to run away until I got low to the ground and started making several really high pitched noises and then the little dog turned around and crawled over to me. I threw the dog some biscuits to draw him a little closer to me and then as soon as the little guy was within my reach, I snatched him up.
I originally thought he was a puppy because he was so skinny but then I realized he was a young adult male dog. I had my husband call FCHS to tell them I was bringing in an emaciated dog I found on the side of the highway and for them to be ready for two rescue dogs to be admitted. The little dog was a scared starved two year old dog. I spent the whole drive giving it small morsels of food until it came off the front floor board of my car to sit next to me so I could give him lots of belly rubs. This little dog turned out to be a total sweet heart.
He was getting neutered today so I went by the Humane Society to love on him and take a couple of pictures of his sweet face. The FCHS named the pup Chester. He will be going to a foster home at the end of the day and will be up for adoption soon. Here are some photos from this afternoon. I am hoping someone adopts this little dog and spoils him rotten so he will never ever have to eat trash from the side of a highway ever again. He is so lucky to be alive!
Lexi, Nitro, Bailey, Tallulah, Chris and I would like to wish you a very Happy Easter and we hope you get time to spend with family and friends this weekend. Happy Hopping!