No Christmas stocking for a backyard dog

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There is no Christmas stocking for a backyard dog.  Those of us who love our dogs and treat them like family often spoil them this time of year. We boast of their Christmas stockings and their toy boxes as if our dogs were our children.

But for the backyard dog, Christmas is just another day of misery; another 24 hours at the end of a chain, often in cold temperatures and inclement weather. Coco and Blackie were two dogs who spent their lives chained in a backyard in Bowman, Georgia.  They couldn’t even keep each other company since the owners chained them far apart from each other and placed their dog houses facing opposite direction.

And to further add to their misery, their family, who lived in the mobile home on the property, would often ignore them and forget to feed them. Lynit Patterson-Sallions and her friend Steve McDonald would often take food to the dogs and give them some attention and affection which they were also starved. This went on for years until one day, the family moved out of the mobile home and left the dogs abandoned on the property in early October 2018.

Lynit and Steve were very concerned that the dogs would be discovered by the landlord and the local animal control would be called. Because there is no actual animal shelter in Bowman, the dogs would’ve been euthanized immediately. Lynit and Steve could not take the dogs in as they already have many rescue dogs living in their home. Lynit put out a plea on Facebook for a rescue to take Coco and Blackie, but due to two recent hurricanes in the southeast, rescues were full of abandoned dogs.

Lynit had no choice but to put them in boarding at Gordon Vet Hospital in Gordon, Georgia.

According to Lynit, Coco is a brown and white male approximately 5-6-year-old male and a real sweetheart. He is house trained and gets along with other dogs and cats. He also gets along with skunks and had one living in his dog house with him. They used to cuddle up to stay warm. Blackie is a 3-4-year-old male. He’s fine with people and very sweet and affectionate with Lynit.

It is an extremely urgent situation for Coco and Blackie.  They have been wronged twice; first by being made to live at the end of a chain not even able to socialize with each other. Now the same people who made them live like this have just abandoned them as if they were garbage; not caring at all what could happen to them. If it weren’t for Steve and Lynit, these dogs would’ve starved.

Any interested person(s) or rescues that can help Coco and Blackie are asked to email Lynit Patterson-Sallion at Until a rescue comes forward, Coco and Blackie must remain in boarding which costs $14 a day.

A Gofundme has been set up to keep them there.  Lynit and Steve were the Good Samaritans who came forward and helped these two forgotten dogs, yet they cannot carry the financial burden alone for caring for them.

Please donate and share.  Let these two dogs finally know what it’s like to have a real Christmas.

4 replies
  1. Adrienne says:

    The police know the names of the scum who just abandoned these poor dogs and they should be arrested and charged with animal cruelty and be forced to pay for their care until they are each adopted.

  2. pennysdachshunds says:

    What A SAD !SAD! story and Again in one of the Southern States where Animals are JUST TOSSED away like as you said Garbage !!! This apparently is A Trait Passed on from One Generation of Abusers to Their Children and down… The caring individuals that fed and did their best to help need to be commended… I hope for the almost Impossible and that these two dogs are given a Chance at a better life…


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