||Austin, Texas, USA|
found "Freeway," (I named her that because that's where I found her),
abandoned along Interstate 35 just north of Hillsboro, TX on a very hot
August afternoon two and a half years ago. She must have been hit because
her right eye was almost closed, and she couldn't use her right front paw.
She just limped on that leg with her right paw turned under.
An old college buddy of mine who is a veterinarian said that had we not
picked her up that 100 degree afternoon, she probably would have been
dead by that evening.
Three days later she gave birth to a litter of 6 puppies. I guess she
had been abandoned because she was pregnant. All of them were black as
coal with silky coats, just like their mother. Four of them were
stillborn, and the other two just lived two days. Like I say, she was
very dehydrated, dirty and malnourished when I found her.
The happy ending to this story is that she has recovered completely from
her ordeal and has become a loving and loyal companion. Her eye healed
completely after it was sewn shut for a week and I applied eye drops to
stop the ulceration. She also regained complete use of her right front
paw and leg. No more puppies though! She has been spayed. Her favorite
activities in no particular order are: chasing cats, chasing squirrels,
tormenting a cocker spaniel named "Pookie," going for a walk, sleeping
on the sectional sofa, running "figure 8's" in the living room, and
disemboweling stuffed toys!
She's a survivor, and has become a very important part of my life!
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