We’ve had a great time this week sharing the final portraits of our Spring contest winners. Both of these dogs were rescued from horrible abuse and neglect and it is very hard to see where they started but so wonderful to share in their happy endings. Unfortunately, these stories are all too common and it can be hard to see the photos and read the tales, but it is so important for us all to be aware of what is going on in all of our communities. We at Jimmydog are dedicated to fighting animal cruelty, neglect and abuse in anyway we can and awareness is the first step. Lucky’s foster mom took the time to share his whole story with us and we want to share it with you. Even though the beginning is very hard, please take the time to read it and share in his happy ending. If you see an animal suffering anywhere, please report it immediately to your local authorities. We are their voice and you can be a hero for an animal as these dedicated people were for Lucky.
From Lucky’s foster mom. “He came across my email the day after he was pulled, bones protruding from his body, in a low income neighborhood. Intentional abuse. His two siblings lay near death next to him and were euthanized. The animal control officer stepped in before they were to euthanize him, and said ‘not him, he can make it.’ The Charlotte Mecklenburg animal care and control sent out his picture, and the horrible condition he was in, advanced heartworms, extreme malnourishment, and other infections
in the hopes some rescue group would take up his cause. (See photo album of Lucky to see how he looked when he was first rescued.)
I’m rescue mom (Susan) and I called and said I’d take him. I sent his picture to Dr. Hedrick at Davidson Animal Hospital and asked him if he could save him for me. He texted back, be glad to help. Get him here now. Lucky weighed 21.2 pounds and should have weighed 65. He had been starved, was diseased with infections and full of parasites. I asked Barry Carter a rescuer to help me get him to DAH (we are in Charlotte). Barry stopped everything and got him there. I named him Lucky and Dr Hedrick did everything he could but the infection was all over him. He called me at 2 am and said we’ll have to give him the first heartworm treatment as the white cell count is so high this would be one way to help reduce the fever killing him. There were so many things wrong with him and yet, he always wagged his tail. He was in ICU for five almost six weeks. Right after thanksgiving Dr. H said he would live and texted me the photo from which we had the portrait made. The best text of my life! In his Thanksgiving picture, he is so thin but eating his beloved magic cornbread which Dr. H fed him to give him carbs.
He was at DAH for four months, fighting all sorts of disease, and then finally I started to find him a home. I have so many rescues and I wanted him to be an only child so I reached out to another rescue group and they had one good application that I would consider. They helped me find his forever mom who brought him cornbread to meet him. The last photo is the new healthy Lucky with his new Forever mom!
I am not a non profit nor a rescue group, I just knew he was mine to cover and find the entire list of people who were going to love this boy back to life. It was so worth it even though the vet bill was high, and their was so much love from so many from – Barry Carter, Animal Control and the officer, Dr. Hedrick all his staff and others. You cannot buy that. They loved him back to life.
So hard to let him go, but he is living happily with his new Mom, several cats, and is allowed on all the furniture and sleeps with his mom. The first night he was up and down on the bed he wasn’t sure if he would get into trouble, but by the next morning, his mom found him sleeping with his head on her pillow. Lucky came into our lives last October, less than a year ago. Hard to believe that neighbors less than eight feet away watched him dying every day and said nothing. The silence almost killed him. Your portrait will be the cover of his ebook to tell his story. He’s just a simple dog, with a huge heart and the will to live.
I am forever grateful for the portrait. It will help tell his story. We want people to get it, and this portrait will be part of the mechanism to help people understand they need to speak up. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I have no idea if Lucky remembers how cruel people have been to him, but it’s the love that has been showered on him count. Dr Hedrick and his staff saved him and made his heart whole.”
Our Spring Portrait Winners, Lucky and Chief were both rescued from horrible lives of abuse and neglect. In their honor, we’ll be donating $50.00 of any portrait commissioned by the end of Aug to the non-profit of your choice. Get your holiday shopping done, support your favorite cause, and help more pets find their guardian angels to have the happy ending these two did.
Today we’re very excited for you to meet Chief, our other Spring Portrait winner! Like Lucky, Chief was rescued from a life of neglect and abuse. We’re honored to be part of their remarkable stories.
“Our gorgeous boy was rescued from Long Island Bulldog Rescue after being tied to a tree for hours and brought to a shelter where he was almost put down. He has an amazing soul and brings joy to everyone that knows him. We will cherish this forever!” — Mia Yaron
Meet Lucky! Rescued from horrible abuse and neglect who truly became one of the Lucky ones. Saved by an extraordinary caring group of people, he is now happy and healthy and one of our Spring portrait winners. So happy to be part of his journey and celebrate him through art. Please see earlier post for more about Lucky and we’ll be sharing more about his amazing journey this week.
Is the summer heat getting to you? Check out Jimmydog’s Water Babies board on Pinterest. Photos and Todd’s paintings of dogs lounging by the water, taking a dip or enjoying hydrant spray are sure to cool you off! http://www.pinterest.com/jimmydogdesign/