EDITION OF WEDNESDAY, JUNE 7, 2018 (PetPowellPress) -- Each day we find ourselves facing challenges. Do we adopt the semi-feral cats currently dining on the porch? Do we teach the dogs to work their cellphones first or their new laptops? Do we buy extra lottery Texas tickets?
These are not some of the enormous challenges in the lives of rescuers.
We do have a challenge to tell you about, however. We’re going to present a touching story of a dog name Chablis, a distemper victim who has many people in her corner. This photograph is of Chablis being held. She can walk, as you’ll see in a video. She’s been fighting this awful virus and it’s aftermath like a champ. Please read on:
TWO MYSTERY DOGS
AND A BLIND KITTEN
The challenge in this item is “Can we help these two dogs get back to where they belong?” We learned about them in an email from Sydney Busch of the Friends of the Animals at Cedar Creek Lake. A couple of wander-up dogs. The question: “Do you know who these beautiful, seemingly well-cared for dogs belong to?” I do not. Maybe someone reading this does. If you do, email Kaylin Morton at email@example.com. She reported Wednesday that “no one has claimed them yet.”
Sydney also sent the note about this kitten. This blind kitten. The note reads, “Found on the side of the road, this tiny little one needs a caring family NOW...Rescuer cannot keep her (not sure of gender)...contact Gail at number ... .NOW PLEASE!” The number is 903-904-8048.
THE RED OAK PRESSURE
We’ve mentioned some of these before. We’ll mention them again in this edition because they need mention. They need mention because nobody is adopting them.
The cute cat photo features the baby kitten Chaplin and the older kitten Zander.
The email that acc- ompan -ied these photos reads, “CAN ANYONE HELP THESE GUYS!!! WE HAVE KITTENS WHO ARE IN DESPERATE NEED AND 2 PUPPIES!! OMG PUPPIES! HOW SAD IT IS WHEN YOU CAN'T EVEN GET SWEET BABIES OUT OF THE SHELTER! CAN ANYONE HELP EVEN ONE!!!! HELP!!!!!!!!!! SO URGENT - IF YOU ADOPT OR RESCUE YOU TRULY SAVE A LIFE.”
The connection? It’s the determined Laura Macias at firstname.lastname@example.org or (call or text) 214-949-2726.
The Heeler or Heeler mix puppies -- maybe 4 months old -- are Max and Jax. They arrived together and are regarded as really sweet.
These next two dogs have been written about before. Matt is a Belgian Malinois (or maybe a mix) who came in as a stray and is described as an “absolutely wonderful dog. ... intelligent, sweet and loving.”
The one that mystifies me is Batman. Look at him. Handsome. And he has a really sad story. He is the only dog left from a cruelty seizure. Some jackass -- pardon my entirely accurate French -- left Batman and three other dogs in a motel room in their cages without water or food for an entire week. The other three dogs have been adopted or rescued. Batman,“a wonderful, sweet dog who would make a great companion” and “who loves toys, loves to play,” can’t get a nibble.
He can get the needle if no one gives him a chance.
STILL PUPPY SEASON;
MESQUITE MAY HAVE EVIDENCE
Among the many animals waiting in the Mesquite Shelter is this girl Molly, about 3, who arrived as a stray on May 31. We learned of her in a note from Mesquite volunteer Judi Brown who wrote, “She’s got pretty black and white markings which sets off her hazel eyes. She appears to be smiling in many of her photos. It looks like her nipples are filling with milk so she may be pregnant. Molly is very sweet and a little shy. She does want to make friends and chooses to remain in close proximity to her human friends. She’s gentle and calm. She’s well mannered and doesn’t jump on you. It’s obvious she wants to please.” She weighs 40 pounds (for now). Her # is 38712371 -- use it when you call the shelter at 972–216-6283 or email email@example.com .
& A RED COLLAR RESCUE
We don’t know how this story is going to turn out. Chablis the Dog is being treated for distemper. Most distemper cases end horribly. But Chablis has heart. And people with heart.
Distemper is awful. A distemper outbreak will cause shelters to euthanize the entire dog population to stamp out a viral infection. An animal with distemper suffers awfully.
But distemper, now and then, inspires heroic actions to save a sweet dog. That is the case of Chablis (left in a healthier moment), currently a Red Collar Rescue dog in Houston. Our Houston tipster Alexandra Kelsey forwarded a note from Steven Halpert, an attorney who is also with Friends of BARC Inc. (BARC is Houston’s animal services.) Halpert was genuinely moved after meeting Chablis at a vet clinic on Memorial Day. He’d been asked to visit “this angel,” he wrote, by Charlotte Liberda, the founder of the non-profit Red Collar Rescue. Halpert wrote, “You can’t prepare yourself for what this little darling is going through, but you know that she is willing to fight with every ounce in her body to stay alive because she knows what’s waiting for her on the other side of healthy.
"I haven’t been able to get her image out of my mind since I met her. She has lost so much weight because feeding her is a difficult chore.
"Charlotte and one of her trusted volunteers have to visit her every 4 hours to make sure she’s syringe fed with a mush concoction, then walked when it seems impossible for her to even muster the strength to move. They rub her legs and arms to get them going, and after a while, she stumbles down the hall in a zigzag fashion, knowing exactly where she’s going in the clinic. Seeing her get a head of steam will melt your heart!” [YOU CAN SEE CHABLIS WALKING -- attempting to walk as she knows she once did -- in this video sent by Charlotte.]
He writes hopefully, “Chablis has distemper, and it’s in the neurological phase, but she’s at that cusp where if she can just get stronger, she can possibly beat this insidious disease.” [LARRY ASIDE: This, ladies and gentlemen, is an example of a reason for making sure your dogs get distemper vaccinations. It’s an act of love.]
Charlotte sent us this note after I asked her about the dog’s condition -- she is devoted to this dog. “Chablis is fighting to live with every ounce of her emaciated little body! While at the shelter, she was exposed to the distemper virus. This is an incurable and often fatal disease that affects the respiratory, gastrointestinal, and central nervous systems.
Chablis appeared bright and alert when we rescued her on 3-26-18, but the virus was incubating in her body, and despite everyone's best efforts, she could not fight it off. The last 10 weeks have been filled with highs and lows as Chablis struggles to over come the effects of this disease. The neurological issues cause her muscles to constantly twitch, making standing and walking a major feat. Yet, she musters every bit of strength to get up and walk when encouraged. She may fall, but she is not deterred.” [That's from Chablis' video -- she's a very determined girl.]
In one of the photos you can see a tube sticking out of the neckerchief -- that is Chablis’ feeding tube. Distemper’s affect on her muscles has made it difficult for her to eat. Thus, she’s lost a ton of weight since the onset of the viral infection.
“We visit her daily and she knows she is loved. We will not give up on her! Your thoughts, prayers and donations to help with her medical care are greatly appreciated.” (Donate to Red Collar and Chablis HERE.
The attorney Halpert, finished his situationer on Chablis with this touching passage: “Please say a prayer for Chablis! This girl has got to know how many people love her and are pulling for her. She will enjoy a phenomenal life if she can just muster enough energy to keep fighting this horrible disease.
“And say a prayer for Charlotte who burns the candle at both ends 7 days a week. Besides a demanding full time career, she cares for a large number of animals and ensures they each go to only the best furever homes. Red Collar Rescue has always stood for excellence in the rescue community.”
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