In Lexington, North Carolina, resident John Travis is well-known as an animal rescuer who friends say “always has room for the throwaways, no matter what.” On Monday afternoon, Travis traveled to the Rowan County shelter and rescued a 15-year-old blind and deaf Pomeranian. His heart wrenching message to the dog’s previous owner begins:
“I went to Rowan County and got your little dog yesterday. You know … the little blind , deaf 15-year-old Pomeranian that you kept in a crate most of her life, and then dumped without so much as a backward glance as you walked out the door,” John wrote on his Facebook page.
Rowan’s home, known by friends as “Castle Doghair” is a place where the unwanted, abandoned and frightened dogs find a safe and loving environment. His friends praise him for his compassion.
“She was scared and confused when I first touched her, but she seemed to understand why I was there and she soon responded, first with a slight twitch of her tail that quickly turned into a full wag,” John continued as he told more of his story – or rather the story of an elderly, neglected dog surrendered because she was just too old.
On the way home, she slept on John’s lap and when she met the other dogs in the house, took it all in stride. As the others sniffed in typical dog greeting protocol, a few of the dogs walked around the house with her as if guiding and helping her become familiar with her new home.
“They (the other dogs) left her to sleep in her little corner of the room on what was likely the only bed she’s ever had.”
And when she woke up, it was time for a bath. According to the shelter, she had been covered in fleas, and most likely hadn’t been bathed in years. Nevertheless, she loved it and wiggled in delight over the blow dryer as her tangles were gently combed out. Having no teeth, she wasn’t able to eat the dry food the shelter offered, but when now presented with soft food, the bubbly little senior filled up her aching belly.
“John Travis She just got through with her first supper at Castle Doghair, and she was hungry. Since she doesn’t have any teeth, I had to feed her a tub of Cesar, and she licked the bowl clean…so that’s a good sign.”
“My guess is that they gave her dry food at the shelter last night, and she couldn’t eat it…so it looks like she’s gonna be a Cesar girl.
“When she was full, she found her bed and slept off the stress of the events she’d been under for the last 24 hours, and when she woke up, she found me by my scent, sat at my feet and placed a tiny paw on my leg as it to thank me.”
The Pomeranian was happy and so content to rest on John’s lap and softly pushed her head into his hand as he stroked her face and massaged her ears…
“looking up at me with eyes that can’t see … sniffing my hand to imprint my scent so she can find me again,” John added.
And then John Travis, in his home called “Castle Doghair,” addressed the final part of his message “upfront and personal.”
“I wish for you no success in your future endeavors whatsoever… and when you’re old and sick and alone and abandoned in some squalid place by your family …I do hope that your thoughts turn to this little dog, and that you have the presence of mind to connect the dots … so that you don’t have to wonder why you’ve been tossed aside. This is why. Know that her last days were better than yours.”
It is tragic so many dogs are dumped; surely our society can do better. Many thanks to John Travis and all of the other unsung heroes.
(Photo of Pomeranian via John Travis FB)
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