Saving Our "Spirit"
On Friday evening, July 27th, I was contacted by an observant citizen about a dog that had mysteriously "appeared" close to her family's home in a semi rural portion of Navarro County, just outside Corsicana, Texas. Initially this citizen was only wanting contact information for reputable Bully rescues. "Easy enough" I thought to myself... A request I could fulfill within minutes and simply move on to the next. I was sure to finally make it to bed before 1:00 am.... Or so I thought.Little did I know I was about to witness first hand, the cruelty so callously bestowed upon one of the most innocent and loyal creatures God placed in our stewardship. Mind you, dogs (and cats) are dependent upon us for everything. We as humans are their very lifeline... Their caretakers. And this was what we had to show for ourselves??? I was sickened by what I received in pictures over the next few minutes. My heart was broken.... Literally, it hurt. How could anyone be so cruel??A million thoughts ran through my mind. Of course the who, what, when, where & most importantly, WHY?? It seemed inconceivable to me. After worrying all night long (not a minute of sleep!!) about the condition of that poor dog, Saturday morning dawned with a course of action... The dog had taken refuge under the carport of an old abandoned house. Those same Good Samaritans checked on her during the night and supplied her with food and water in hopes of keeping her there. Thankfully it worked. The dog was so weak, we were able to "capture" her without incident. I have never, in all my years of rescue, seen a dog in this condition. I can't even imagine what this defenseless and defeated soul has endured. Actually, I don't think I even want to know.In response to posting pictures and a plea for help on Facebook during the night, local veterinarian Dr. Scott Barham answered the call. He opened his clinic Saturday morning just to care for our girl. As soon I got her situated in the floor of my vehicle, (I had nice blankets for her on the seat, but her preference was the floor) we headed straight for the clinic. She actually settled in for a nap. She was completely beaten down and exhausted.Upon arriving at Dr. Barham's office, we began to learn more... Covered in fleas, sores, blood.... This dog was such a lady. She never offered to bark or growl... Truthfully she could barely stand. With outside temperatures over 100 degrees, I'm confident she was close to giving up. I asked her to please hang on... I promised her I'd do everything in my power to help make her well. I assured her there's more to life than what she's obviously experienced, and that if she'd stay with us, I'd prove to her there are good people out there.This brave and beautiful girl has since been named "Spirit". Behind that broken and tattered body of hers is one of the most amazing spirits I've ever seen. She wants to live. She has the will to survive... And she deserves so much more than what she's endured.Besides the obvious neglect, severe malnutrition and dehydration, Spirit has mange. She's also heartworm positive. Currently she's taking an antibiotic and a steriod for skin infections, itch and inflammation. Dr. Barham found hookworms, roundworms, and tapeworms. She's a very sick girl, but such a gentle soul. If we can get her well, she'll eventually need vaccinations, spay surgery... And she'll be in boarding for quite some time. Donations are welcome and appreciated, but please don't feel obligated. We're just as grateful for your prayers.If you'd like to follow Spirit's story, find Project Pawz on Facebook and look for the album titled SAVING OUR "SPIRIT". We'll be updating there as frequently as we can.Naturally our goal is for Spirit to rally and emerge healthy and strong one day. Dr. Barham is "cautiously optimistic" and so are we, however we do realize there are many hurdles on Spirit's road to recovery. We're committed to tackling them a day at a time, as long as Spirit agrees. So far, so good!!THANK YOU.Sincerely,Lynn GatlinProject Pawz
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