Please note: The dogs in ODH's Final Refuge care are not adoptable due to medical reasons and all are in permanent homes. Your sponsorship supports the veterinary expenses for these dogs - and we thank you!
Dear Satchel, a lab mix, was found as a stray and ended up in a shelter. She had been lost long enough that most of her skin had the appearance of scar tissue from all the damage done being on her own.
After spending two months waiting to be adopted and finding no takers, it was thought she was unadoptable. Old Dog Haven then suggested we take a look. Poor Satchel was brought out and was just terrified. Shaking in fear the entire time, she huddled in a corner and would not give eye contact. We sat on the floor and cooed at her. Waiting – for we knew despite the work still needed, she was ours.
It’s been a tough journey – ‘Sweetie’ as we call her because she is, inherently so, came with continued tearing at her skin enough to cause wounds on top of wounds (despite the good work done at the shelter). Seen by a skin specialist, antibiotics and allergy meds recommended along with frequent special baths began (oh yes, did we mention Sweetie is afraid of water?). Our dear girl started to settle and grow hair where there wasn’t any. All because of Old Dog Haven’s belief that old dogs need a chance.
She continues to build on hope and trust. Slowly, Sweetie is integrating into our large furry brood (funny, she loves our old blind teacup poodle winding his way underneath her). With the help of my dog-savvy teenage grandson, she’s overcoming her deep fear of young men. And she’s as crazy about us as we are about her.
Sweetie may never be able to let go of her terrible fears, she might never be completely trusting – she has a scar across her shoulders that looks like some leash had been left to embed itself into her skin. But for us, to see her wiggling like her front and back are going to fly apart when she sees us, it’s all worthwhile.
For those who contribute to Old Dog Haven, you never know who you are going to help – perhaps a sad looking, fearful stray like ours. Thank you is not enough for what you do.
Update: Satchel (she’s still Sweetie to us) has been thriving under the care of ODH. Her hair is almost all the way in. A beautiful honey-colored brindle. She still has the scar across her shoulder but no one looking would be able to tell. It shows me how far this girl has come. Took a year of work but she’s blossomed into a very trusting and happy baby. Loves being in her goofy little pack of four. Eagerly awaits her fur buddy sister to alert that strangers might be crawling over the fence. Dashing out like a house afire to see if they can catch one (alas not yet).
Sweetie still requires care for her skin issues but the flare are less due to meds, prescription shampoo, and continuing monitoring by our allergy specialist. All provided by donors of ODH. During the summer, she suffered a CCL (a tear of the ligament). Again, pain meds to keep her going strong. Sweetie doesn’t run like a greyhound anymore, but like us, she enjoys her walks, sniffs, and when it snows, a quick romp among this ‘white fluffy stuff’.
How cool is that?
Satchel (aka Sweetie) is sponsored by:
- Armondo Ponce of Los Angeles, CA In honor of my girl Sixx (12/31/2020)
- R.C. Painting & Sons Inc. of Redmond, WA - Lifetime Sponsor
- Mary & Robbin Lawson of Bellevue, WA in memory of my buddy, protector and friend Cowboy. And Schweitzer, Willie, Stubbs, Cinnamon, Lady, Major and all the dogs who have come into our lives. So many memories, not nearly enough time. I loved you so. (12/31/2020)