Having a Pet Memorial Service for Your Beloved Baby and Other Ways to Honor Pets Who Have Passed

Many of us have dealt with the loss of a beloved animal companion at some point in our lives, and perhaps — not surprisingly — have had or wanted to have a pet memorial service for your departed friend because that’s simply how much they mean to us. I (JN) have experienced the loss of two beloved pets in my life: our little Olivia (pictured below)

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— our green-eyed female feline princess with attitude(!) — who, when we moved from an apartment to a house, ventured out the new doggy door to explore a neighborhood she wasn’t familiar with, and sadly, never made it back. Although we believe sweet Olivia to be still alive and bringing joy to a new family (and will always hold out a tiny bit of hope for her safe return), the loss, her absence, is equally as profound and heartbreaking as the death of my dear dog Rusty. Rusty, for whom I unfortunately never had a proper pet memorial service. Rusty, my chocolate Lab who uniquely holds the title of “My Last Childhood Dog/Brother.”😊❤ I did A LOT of growing up with him, and he saw me through a lot! Rusty fell ill and passed away while I was in college, so I never had the chance to say my goodbyes or give him the send-off I would’ve wanted to give him.

With today being National Pet Memorial Day, this got me thinking… how would I honor my beloved, departed pets? Would I make it an event and hold a formal pet memorial service for them? With my Rusty’s death being so long ago and with our unyielding small sliver of hope that Olivia might one day return, I probably would not, myself, do a formal pet memorial service. The beauty of honoring your pets, though, is that there is no right or wrong way to do so, no manner too understated or overstated. Here are some ideas that came to mind:

1. Pet parents can honor their babies who’ve passed with a beautiful, traditional pet memorial service. Start by sending out memorial announcements to all who knew and loved the deceased pet, everyone whose lives the pet touched — animals included. Choose a nice, relaxed, and quiet setting such as a private home or backyard, a secluded park, or an open courtyard on a campus such as a church or university. This can be a large or small gathering of family and friends. The pet memorial service can include remembrance speeches, poetry tributes, and light refreshments for after the service. It is likely a somber and respectful occasion out of sensitivity for the grieving. Yet, it can still remain lighthearted and even entertaining with reminiscing on and anecdotes about the pet.

2. Pet parents can organize a less formal event such as a play date with all the deceased pet’s siblings, cousins, and friends! Choose a spacious and safe location such as the pet’s favorite park or a private backyard. Get festive with decorations, include special treats like pastries from a dog bakery, have plenty of dog toys and even a wading pool if it’s warm out. Entertain your human guests with human food — have a barbecue or a potluck or a barbecue potluck! 😁 Display large photos, a collage, or a slideshow of the pet you’re honoring. Make a memorial keepsake banner in his/her name and have all your guests sign it with their handprint or paw print. ❤ Although a traditional pet memorial service can be just as much a celebration of your pet’s life, this type of send-off for your deceased pet emphasizes the celebration part! Yet, it is still equally as meaningful and loving as a traditional service. If it sounds like the kind of afternoon your pet would’ve loved and that reflects his/her spirit, then that is what counts!

3. A pet memorial service can certainly involve just you and your pet, or the token you’ve kept that represents your pet’s physical body. It can include just the immediate family — you, your spouse, your kids, the deceased pet and surviving pets. It can be as simple as a moment of silence, reflection, and saying goodbyes either separately or with everyone present. Take a long walk on a trail or at a park that your pet loved; reflect on your time together. Write down your reflections and keep it with mementos of your pet to read back upon later.

4. I mentioned above a memento, or a token you keep that represents your pet’s physical body. This can be an urn containing your beloved pet’s ashes, a shadow box memorial, a clay paw print, or a piece of jewelry with the pet’s paw print and name that you can wear everywhere. Rather than a pet memorial service, the memento itself can be the way you honor your pet, and it is beautiful! Again, there is no right or wrong way to bless up your departed companion, no manner too understated or overstated.

5. Finally… Create something! It’s cathartic! ..Write a poem about your beloved pet, for your beloved pet. Make a collage that celebrates their uniqueness as well as your time together! Or do both like I did for a great friend of mine, Professor! (see below).

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Paint a masterpiece inspired by them! Create an ofrenda (or offering) for them, a semi-permanent art installation, perhaps in your backyard. Incorporate their toys, beds, their house or crate, their gear, flowers, etc. Alternatively, make a temporary ofrenda to display during one of my favorite and most meaningful occasions, Día de Los Muertos. If you’ve never celebrated the ancient occasion and maybe you’ve had a loved one (pet or human) pass away recently, consider partaking this year (Oct 31 – Nov 2). It can be helpful in the grieving process and can help you stay feeling connected to departed loved ones. You may even decide to hold your pet memorial service during Día de Los Muertos, tapping into the sacred meaning and festive energy of the moment.

These have been my thoughts on how to give a pet memorial service and otherwise honor your best friend, and that is all for now, folks.

In closing, here’s to ALL the pets who have touched our lives over the years who have passed on or are otherwise no longer with us — thank you for spending the precious years of your life with us. We miss you. You will always be loved and never forgotten.❤ #NationalPetMemorialDay

Love,

Duck & Turtle 🐥🐢

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Don’t Go It Alone: Seeking Help And Healing After Pet Loss

Pets are family, and just like losing a relative, the experience of pet loss is sad, profound and difficult. Because most companion animals have relatively short life spans, enduring the death of a pet is an inevitable part of pet ownership.

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Pet loss doesn’t always mean losing a pet to death, either. Mistakes happen, and pet loss can mean one of our babies inadvertently getting out, running off, or getting lost. And when neighborhood canvassing, posting flyers, and calling local shelters doesn’t turn them up, we must eventually work through the loss.

However, without the appropriate knowledge and resources, working through pet loss and properly processing our thoughts and emotions surrounding the event can elude us.

That is why I’ve enlisted the help of my friend, Pet Loss and Bereavement Counselor, Ann Beyke (pictured below). Thank you to Ann for answering some questions for us (her responses are in blue).

 

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What is the best way a friend or relative can help another in the immediate aftermath of losing a pet?

Be present for them. Ask them what they need or want and check in on them. After the loss of an animal companion we may tend to isolate ourselves. Don’t stop asking a person who is mourning the loss of an animal companion if they want to go for a hike, to the movies or have a cup of coffee. Your presence, with or without words, may be of incredible comfort.

My pet has been missing for some time, and I don’t think he/she is coming back. I can’t say for certain whether he/she is still alive, but I miss him/her nonetheless; is grieving and honoring their life appropriate in this situation?

Regardless of the circumstances of our loss, honoring our pet and grieving their departure from our lives can be a part of the healing process.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

Being asked to share the journey with a person who has lost a cherished animal companion. Because I have had numerous losses myself, I understand the intense pain of losing a pet. To be there for others who are grieving is such a honor.

What’s your advice on the best way to work through pet loss?

Be gentle on yourself. Surround yourself with people who understand what it’s like to lose a best pal. Give yourself time and cry as much as you need to. Celebrate the incredible joy your pet brought you and let yourself laugh at the crazy things they did. Know that you will heal.

I’m afraid no one will understand my grief or, even worse, that I’ll be ridiculed; how can I bring up the subject of losing my pet and still feel safe and respected?

Sadly, not everyone understands what our pets mean to us and how their loss affects us. We know what’s best in terms of discussing it with people. In fact, in our social and work life, we may gravitate to those who have pets and they often provide needed support. Something as simple as, “I’ve had a recent loss,” may be all we want to say to others.

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Again, thank you, Ann, for letting us pick your brain!

Be sure to visit Ann Beyke’s website at http://petlosscounselor.com , and make sure to bookmark it so you’ll always have Ann as a resource (for yourself or for someone you love who may be dealing with pet loss).

Thanks for reading, everyone! ….Have a blessed Thanksgiving!!

~Duck & Turtle

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26 SUPER Cute Dogs With SUPER Cool Coats!

 

Hi, everybody!! Boy has it been a busy summer! We’ve gotten to hang out with lots of our furry buddy-ol’-pals from all around Albuquerque, we’ve had several special-needs pets to care for, several  gardens to tend to, and most recently, we’ve been caring for a fun brood of chickens (Daniel’s fave!). 😀

 

We appreciate you all keeping up with us, and thank you all for your likes, comments, and your overall support of Duck & Turtle!

 

We thought we’d share something fun and eye-catching this time around, something visually striking. This brought me to the idea of dog coats!

 

Dog coats have significance to us because our dog, Sangoma, is a double merle. This means that the same genes that gave him his unique and beautiful coat also left him hearing- and vision-impaired. Sango is a very sweet and special boy who quickly went from being our foster to being our third. ♥

 

Also, we were recently watching the movie Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey and were struck by how much in the wide shots the colors and coats of Shadow, Chance, and Sassy resemble our three, Ruca, Sango, and Kourry, respectively…. (Hahaha! Sorry, Kourry.) 🙂

 

Needless to say, I’ve had dog coats on the brain.

 

Here are 33 stunning dogs with strikingly unique colors and markings, some of which are the result of a rare genetic variation or condition…. all of which will leave you amazed!

 

Enjoy these most memorable and beautiful dogs….

 

…but don’t be bummed afterward because your pup doesn’t look like a super-cool masked superhero.

 

Remember: they are ALL unique and uniquely one-of-a-kind on the inside. 🙂

 

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A husky with designer shades.

 

 

Masked superhero pup.

 

 

I smell lots of LOVVVE! ♥ ♥ ♥

 

 

Puck, a beautiful Australian Cattle dog.

 

 

A Panda German Shepherd with what’s known as a piebald mutation.

 

 

An Akita pup who loves a good (two) pair of boots.

 

 

Nature’s lil’ work of art.

 

 

A doggy with a FIERCE fashion sense.

 

A camouflaged Rottweiler.

 

 

She hearts you. ♥

 

 

Bull, the Labrador Retriever.

 

 

Mustachioed Man’s Best Friend.

 

 

AWWWWWWWWW!!

 

 

Examples of a somatic mutation, which causes yellow labs to show black spots.

 

 

 

 

AWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!

 

 

Is he giving us the “side-eye”?

 

 

Pup sportin’ the “connoiseur”.

 

 

Another lil’ work of art.

 

 

A lil’ heartbreaker.

 

 

Another natural-born “connoisuer”.

 

 

Mudis, a rare Hungarian herding breed.

 

 

Pandas or puppies??

 

 

Much like our dog Sango, Zuma here, an English Cocker Spaniel, was born with genes that made him beautifully colored but also left him deaf and with a form of tunnel vision.

 

 

Awesome Bernese Mountain Dog.

 

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~ Duck & Turtle

 

 

 

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Keep Calm And Celebrate Freedom: Ways To Reduce Stress For Your Pet During 4th Of July

Hello All, since tomorrow is a major (and majorly FUN!) holiday for the U.S., we thought we’d share some ways to reduce stress for your pet during 4th of July, so that they can have an enjoyable holiday too!

 

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Of course, we humans will be enjoying grilled food, music, fireworks, and parties. But for our pets, this can be a noisy and often frightening time of year.

 

You may be surprised to know that the 4th of July is the single biggest day of the year for pets to go missing! They tend to panic and run off due to the noise and commotion associated with the holiday.

 

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So here are some ways to reduce stress for your pet….

 

…because we all know firework-popping usually doesn’t begin or end on the 4th of July, but before and after.

 

Ways to reduce stress for your pet:

 

• Keep them indoors, even if the festivities are happening at your house. Give them a room that is just for them, off-limits to your partygoers, and well-insulated from sound (a basement works great!). Be sure to put their beds and plenty of blankets or towels in the room with them so that they can burrow and make their own “pet cave” for comfort. Turn the radio on with soothing music or leave a TV on at a comfortable volume to help drown out noise from firecrackers, and close windows and blinds. Give them plenty of toys and treat them often; this should not be a timeout for them. Also, be sure to leave a fan on and plenty of drinking water in the room in case they get too warm.

 

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• If you must keep your pet outside, keep them blocked from the view of passersby. People have been known to throw firecrackers near fences with pets to get a reaction, which can have a negative effect on your pet.

 

• One of the great ways to reduce stress in your pet is by hugging them. They love you, therefore, they love your embrace, and it makes them feel secure. Of course, you can’t spend your entire 4th of July holiday hugging your pet to death! They might actually get annoyed with you 😉 But you CAN try compression garments such as the Thunderhsirt  and the Calming Cap (which will help some dogs when nothing else will).

 

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• Use pheromone sprays, collars, and/or diffusers. There is Adaptil for dogs and Feliway for cats, which can help take the edge off for many pets. They’re safe and easy to use but work best as part of a program over time.

 

• Supplements such as Anxitane and Zylkene can be a great help to noise-phobic pets. Ideally, though, they need to be started a week or two in advance.

 

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• Since exercise is one the greatest ways to reduce stress, take your dog for a long walk or hike earlier in the day, before the festivities begin. If a dog has less energy, he’ll be less prone to panic during the evening.

 

• In thinking of ways to reduce stress for your pet, keep the following items as far away from them as possible, as they can pose serious risks to your pet:

– Firecrackers

– Lighter fluid

– Matches

– Citronella

– Insect repellent & sunscreen

– Holiday table scraps (there may be too big a variety of foods to be discerning)

– Glow jewelry

– Alcohol of all kinds

 

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• Lastly, you may ask your veterinarian for a prescription for alprazolam, the generic for Xanax. It’s the best of the prescription sedatives for noise phobias. You may need to have it compounded for your cat, so don’t leave it until the last minute.

 

That’s it for now, folks!…

 

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Your pals,

 

~ Duck & Turtle

 

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Wishing everyone a festive, safe, and informed (on ways to reduce stress for your pet) 4th Of July!! Happy Birthday, USA!!! 😀

 

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Summer Safety Tips: Gettin’ You And Your Pet Prepped For The “Dog Days” Of Summer

Hello Friends, the Duck & Turtle guys here with some useful summer safety tips to help you beat the heat by keeping your pet cool & comfortable, happy & healthy.

 

We hope you’re having a GRAND summer so far! We’re only 10 days into it. But if you live in Nuevo Mexico, then, like me, you’ve probably been calling it summer for about a month just because in terms of the weather, it definitely feels that way!

 

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So, summer is here…. and what does that mean?? (For one, it means sharing some summer safety tips is in order 🙂 )

 

It means cooking outside, going swimming, running through sprinklers, the 4th of July! It also means staying hydrated and cooling out under an a/c as much as possible…. am I right? 🙂

 

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Dramatization….DO NOT try this at home!! 🙂

 

Most importantly, though, summer means keeping your pets safe from dehydration, overheating, sunburn, and parasites.

 

We humans are pretty good at fending for ourselves when it comes to keeping cool in summertime, but our pets…. not so much.

 

So here are our summer safety tips to help you help them prepare for the “dog days” of summer:

 

• Implement an effective flea and tick control program (best done in the spring!)

 

• Always have fresh, cool water in multiple spots around your house and plenty of it so that ALL your pets have enough to stay hydrated. Adding a few ice cubes to your pet’s water dish is a refreshing treat!

 

• On the go with your pet? Keep a water bottle that’s just for them, filled with fresh, cool water.

 

NEVER leave your pet in a vehicle! The temperature inside a parked vehicle can surpass 100 degrees in a matter of minutes!

 

• If you keep your pet outdoors, purchase a cheap “kiddy” pool and keep it filled with cool water in the shade for your pet to cool off.

 

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• Walk dogs in grassy areas; paws can quickly burn on hot asphalt. You may consider paw protectors such as shoes or booties. Press the back of your hand firmly against the pavement for 7 seconds to verify if it will be comfortable for your dog, and use the following table as a guide:*

When Air Temperature is:    Asphalt has been measured at:**

77°F…………………………………………………………….125°F (at this temp, skin destruction can occur in 60 seconds)

86°F……………………………………………………………135°F

87°F…………………………………………………………….143°F

**These temperature correlations represent worst-case-scenario factors: direct sun, no wind, very low humidity, and high radiant energy.

*Source: Berens J. Thermal contact burns from streets and highways. Journal of the American Medical Association; 214 (11): 2025-2027

 

 

• Summer safety tips can easily be forgotten when you’re distracted or outdoors having fun. Leave your pet at home with a professional pet sitter if you are going out to do activities that will have you in full sun. During extremely hot weather, your pet would prefer shade to sunshine.

 

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Hey! It’s me, Jarrett, with one of my great pals! 🙂

 

• If you do go out with your pet, remember these summer safety tips AND be keenly aware of excessive panting, reddened gums, dehydration, confusion, lack of muscle coordination as these are signs of heatstroke. To treat them, get them to a shady, cool place, cool them with wet towels, and call your veterinarian.

 

• Avoid “travel trauma” by leaving your animal in the care of a professional pet sitter while on vacation. Your pet remains in its own familiar, secure home environment and receives the love and personal attention it needs while you’re away. ♥

 

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Me again! With another great buddy of mine! 🙂

 

• If you do decide to take your pet along with you on vacation, remember these summer safety tips: plan your route ahead of time, locate animal-friendly lodging, and include plenty of travel time for potty breaks and exercise breaks for your pet.

 

And last, but not least….(No round-up of summer safety tips for your pet would be complete without it!)

 

Remember to avoid the heartache of heartworm by having an early detection test done and using preventative medication.

 

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Thanks for tuning in, folks!…

 

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Your friends,

 

~ Duck & Turtle

 

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Wishing you all a fun and safe summer with the help of these important summer safety tips!! 😀

 

 

 

 

 

 

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It’s Time To Thank Your Pets… Happy National Pet Week 2014!

Pets and pet lovers all across the country, REJOICE! Why? Because yesterday marked the start of National Pet Week® 2014!!

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This specially designated week was created in 1981 by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and its Auxiliary and is celebrated each year during the first full week of May. It serves to honor the many important roles pets play in our lives and to promote responsible pet ownership. For more than 30 years National Pet Week® has continued to bring together pet owners, pet lovers, and pet care professionals in a long-running tradition uplifting and appreciating the animals in our lives. This year we celebrate National Pet Week® May 4th-10th, and Duck & Turtle couldn’t be more excited! 😀

We’re excited because, for one, it gives us an excuse to celebrate and spoil our own furry brood! Maybe we’ll take them to a new wilderness trail for some extended running about. Or maybe we’ll add carrots and chicken to their dinner a couple times this week. Or perhaps we’ll buy them new toys and a new bed. If they’re really well-behaved, then they might just get all of the above! (Ssshh…Don’t tell them though) 😉

In addition to celebrating our own “babies,” National Pet Week® is also a time for us to appreciate and recognize the pets and pet owners for whom we sit. The bonds we build with the pets in our care and the rapport we establish with their owners enrich our lives in ways we never imagined when starting this business! These wonderful relationships we’ve begun to foster with both pet and owner have come as such a welcome and added bonus to our pet-sitting and business-operating duties. They truly make the work we do feel like anything but work, and we honor and thank them because they are the reason we get to do what we truly love to do!

 

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There’s absolutely no denying that pets play many important roles in the daily lives of us humans. For the visually- and hearing-impaired, they serve a very vital role as eyes and ears. For people going through hospitalization, incarceration, or rehabilitation, they serve to bring hope, joy, and optimism. For those who live alone, they serve as a loyal companion and often a means of security. For children, pets often become their very first lifelong friends. For the homeless, they provide solace, protection, and the healing power of the human/animal bond. They are public servants doing invaluable work with police departments and other agencies. They are educators teaching future generations about how to respect and care for nature’s creatures. They are entertainers amusing and impressing throngs of people the world over! They are our motivators (read: alarm clocks), our cheerleaders, our confidants, our therapists, our cuddle buddies, our trusted friends, and for most of us pet lovers, they are our children — just as much a part of our families as our human family members!

The list of how pets add to the quality of humans’ lives could go on and on, but you get my point. So, as always, shower your pets with love and attention, show them the appreciation they deserve, and take good care of their needs.

…And in celebration of National Pet Week®, do something extra special for them! 🙂

 

Here are just a few ideas:

 

• Take them on an outing to a place they can run about safely off-leash

• Look up a special treat or recipe for pets and make it for them

• Schedule a play date or throw a pet party with a friend’s/relative’s pets

• Build some extra time into your schedule to play with them a little longer

• Give them a long massage

• Treat them to a pet spa day

• Revamp their living space with new bedding, new supplies, and new accessories

• Promise to take at least one of them to the launch event for ABQ LIFT — a year-round, non-profit project to save the lives of at-risk animals while growing the local Albuquerque economy. It takes place Saturday, May 24th from 9am to 4pm at the Albuquerque Convention Center (indoors!). Over 100 product vendors, pet adoption agencies, and educational organizations will be featured. It’s FREE, it’s FUN, and pets can come!    —> (please see UPDATE HERE)

Book Duck & Turtle pet sitters for the next time you’re away from home so that your pets can remain calm and comfy in their own environment. 🙂 For them, there is no place like home.  Give us a call at (505) 410-7954 or email us at info@duckandturtle.com to obtain more info or to schedule a meet-n-greet!

 

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Thanks for reading, everyone. Happy National Pet Week!!

 

~ Duck & Turtle 🙂

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Baby’s Second Chance: A Rescue Story

Imagine if each and every animal out there in need of rescue, in need of a loving home could be so blessed as to have a caring human come to its aid.

 

Sadly, we know this is not the case.

 

There are countless animals who are callously abandoned and left to die with little to no chance of actually surviving or finding proper care on their own.

 

Baby the Doberman is one such animal.

 

This touching rescue story comes from Stephanie Legelis of Pennsylvania.

 

She writes:

 

I rescued my first animal when I was three. I begged and pleaded with my mom until she agreed. Thank God she said ‘yes’ as Franky would not have had a chance without us and I knew it from that early age. Since then rescue has been in my blood. I have saved hundreds of animals from death, but not without help. This is one such story.

My husband and I were driving between the two tunnels on our way home in Montenegro, when my husband said, “Wow, I think I just saw the ears of a Great Dane.” Now usually there was a woman herding her goats in that area, but we both had to turn around and go back.

We pulled up and admired the sea view in an isolated spot that the locals told us was the dumping ground for dogs. The theory was the location was ideal for a “quick death” as there was no food nor water, and if the animal tried to leave, most likely a car would hit them. This was the case as I had already rescued two dogs hit by cars there the spring before. Upon getting out, we quickly noticed black ears up in the air. My heart sunk as I knew what I would see. He could still stand but he was thin and his skin was appalling. His feet had swelled to three times their normal size due to Demodex Mange and he was terrified.

He Ate It All…

I had water and food on me as I always carry emergency supplies. I mixed the dry food with a liter of water and he ate it all so quickly that I worried about bloating. I knew he was severely dehydrated and assumed he had leishmaniasis (a disease transmitted by sub species of sand fly). We drove home and loaded up on more water, vitamins and food. Then, we went back to Baby to stay with him a while and work on hydrating him and boosting his trust in us.

 

We continued going twice a day until I realized he would have to be drugged as he just was too afraid. My friend helped me do this and we brought Baby to the vet. I thought he was an old dog because he looked it, but the vet took one look at his teeth and declared that he was no more than one year! Hence the name “Baby.”

The vet ran many tests on him because we assumed the worst but everything came up negative to our delight. What is appalling is that he was micro-chipped and his ears had been clipped. The vet suggested he was disposed of because of his sensitive and sweet nature.

She treated him with antibiotics and vitamins and that was the beginning. We brought him to my friend’s enclosed garden and he was thrilled. There he had a bed and food and water and began to recuperate. Days and weeks went by, turning into months before the Germany rescue team Tierhilfe Montenegro arrived.

By the time they arrived, Baby was socialized and a love bug, a complete reversal from the frightened dog of before. He loved cats and other dogs and was just a beam of joy. He is in Germany now with a loving family who continue his treatments. It has only been a couple of months and I never stop looking between those tunnels knowing it will only be a matter of time before the next dog appears.

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The saddest part, I think, was finding out that Baby had most likely been abandoned simply “because of his sensitive and sweet nature,” though there IS NEVER a reason (good or bad) to dump or abandon an animal! If one can no longer care for an animal in their custody, then he or she should always properly surrender it to a trustworthy good home, an animal shelter, humane society, or rescue group.

 

I thought it very noble of this couple that instead of simply whisking Baby away at first encounter, they waited and made it a point to go back to him twice a day to care for him and to allow him to build up trust in them. Not only did I think it was noble, but I also learned something about how to handle that situation if ever I find myself in a similar predicament.

 

Thanks to Stephanie for sharing this story. And thank you all for taking a read!

 

To get more information or to schedule a meet-n-greet, please give us a call at (505) 410-7954 or drop us an email at info@duckandturtle.com

 

To your and your pets’ happiness and health,

Duck & Turtle

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