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Thursday, October 1, 2009

Bonnie & Clyde

Four weeks ago Saturday, Clyde (on the left) and Bonnie showed up in our yard. It appeared that someone had dumped them and they were left to fend for themselves. We noticed that Bonnie was favoring her front left paw, not putting weight on it Upon closer inspection, we found that there was a huge gash in it. We scooped them up, jumped in the car and drove to our vet. Saturday at the vet's is a circus since it is a walk-in day. Four and a half hours later we brought them back home with medications. The vet said it looked as though Bonnie's paw had been caught in a trap but the wound was some days old and he wanted to let it heal by secondary intention rather than suture it up. Antibiotics twice a day for fourteen days was the answer. They also had worms, so an additional three days of worming medication was needed and on top of it all they each had fungal infections in their ears, so another fourteen days of ear ointment for good measure! Quite soon, we discovered that Clyde is totally deaf.

They are the sweetest little couple and totally devoted to each other. We asked the vet to check for a microchip, but of course, there was none. Yesterday, they both went in for their spay/neuter party. Bonnie had to have a little more extensive surgery as the vet found one of her ovaries was necroted. He believes it was cystic. Her convalescence will take a little longer than usual. Between Richard and I and my daughter who lives next door, we now have two new family members. They have taken to crates beautifully and enjoy their dog yard here. We've kept them sequestered right now but hope once they heal from surgery we can introduce them to the rest of our pack. Between us all, we now have six rescued dogs. I'm hoping we can fully integrate them, but if not, Richard has spent the last several weekends putting up a new dog yard at Sarah's. She wanted one there anyway and this was a compelling reason to do so.

I hope to have more pictures later. Sarah generously gave me permission to use this pic that she took to share. I'm so glad Bonnie and Clyde found us as they each had special needs that others might not have cared about. They are wonderful dogs, full of love and trust even during their darkest hours when she was limping on three legs and Clyde couldn't hear danger. I hope we can be a beacon of light in their lives. I also hope others will consider taking in those who have been discarded, neglected or abused. It's not the creatures who are unlovable, it's the humans who are incapable of loving. It has been years since our two miniature dachshunds whom we loved passed away. Since that time we have adopted into our home dogs who need a second chance and have found so much love through them. I doubt very much that we will ever own any other kind of dog than those who need a second chance at life. I just can't bear the thought of one suffering and hoping someone will see their potential, only to be turned away or euthanized.


Sue said...

Bonnie and Clyde are beautiful and so very lucky. However they got there, they certainly arrived at the right house. What wonderful caring people you are to take them right in and give them help.

Thank you for stopping by my blog. May I post pictures of your two new family member on Dogs-N-More? We enjoy welcoming new adoptees.

quitethecrow said...

Hi Sue...I stopped by your lovely blog and told you to go right ahead and post any pictures of our family that you would like. I so enjoyed all your dog stories and the wonderful photos! It looks like you have your hands full.

LuLu said...

Bonjour! What a couple Bonnie and Clyde are and what wonderful names they have! And your white kittens, I just LOVE white cats! And the story of your other dogs and the bad treatment they had suffered... How lucky they are to have crossed your path! And how lucky you are to have such companions in your life now! You seem to have a life similar to mine, a good life! Have a great weekend! Hugs, LuLu

Stacey said...

Beautiful post. Wonderful dogs. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and inviting me to yours. I am so thrilled for you and Bonnie and Clyde. They are so lucky to have found you! A very inspiring story--I hope more people find their way here and read this!

Sue said...

Check out

I think you'll see some familiar faces.

snippetgirl said...

OH me, i am in a pile of tears after reading this. You guys are my heroes! Those two precious creatures are so lucky to have found you. I can't imagine how anyone could have abandoned them, but then again, i always say that. THANK goodness they made their way into the lives of a compassionate and selfless family like yours!!! Thank you for saving them and providing them with all of that medical care...shoowee, that is amazing. You are the best!
Please give Bonnie and Clyde (and all the kitties) lots of hugs for me!
xoxo Carrie

Poppedijne said...

ou are a fantastic lady and your husband and daughter too!! These boys are indeed very lucky that they where dropped near your home. I think the person who dropped them knew you would care for them or devine intervention led these dears to your door. In each case I have to congratulate you for taking such good care of these dogs. They don't have an indearing head and if you are not a true dog person probebly they would have strayed until they where run over or died from disease. Thanks to you and your family these animals will have a happy Xmas.

Sara's Sweet Surprise said...

I strolled over from Poppedijne...where I saw your comment mentioning Bonnie & Clyde and just had to come by. I wouldn't have wanted to miss A-L-L these wonderful stories. I didn't stop reading till I came to the bottom of the page. I cried, I laughed my heart was deeply touched, because of your love and devotion there will be happy endings for these poor abandoned animals. I'm so happy there are kind, caring people like you. "THANK YOU!!"
I've had the wonderful opportunity to rescue and raise two of my kitties. Angel is still with me after 15 years. She came into my life at 4 ounces. She brings me unmeasurable joy each and every day!

Please come by for a visit.
Sweet wishes,

aliceinparis said...

Bonnie and Clyde are so lucky to have found you! I hope that they are now well ensconced into your family and doing well. Thank you for being so kind hearted:)

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful story, I am so pleased you found Bonnie and Clyde.
They sound so much in need of your love and devotion.
We had a staffy Duke. He lived to 17 years old and when he died, just before, he lifted his head and howled. My mum and sister saw a light shine in his eyes, then his body dropped back on my sisters lap.
We believe that his soul left his body at this time.
He is missed so much.
My mum as another dog now called Monty.
We have Alfie, Monty's brother.
Dogs are just so wonderful and you sound like you have the biggest heart!
Thank you so much for your warm and caring message about Abi.



Anonymous said...

Sending love to you and your sweet little doggies!