first I thought the best I could do for her was to try to
give her a better life for whatever little amount of time
she had left. But in Spring of 2015 I took her to LeAnne
Duffey at Southern Vet in Smyrna and after an examination
and x-rays, LeAnne believed her life could be saved, so I
had the two remaining cancers cut out. Fortunately those
masses had not spread or attached to any bones, so the
surgery was successful. With the appropriate medicines, her
other problems were eliminated as well.
I then put her on a very
specific diet, for in her illness she had been reduced to
less than 50 pounds. Her ribs were pronounced and her waist
was far too thin for her breed. Her diet was a mixture of
dry small bites with Pedigree meat and Alpo lamb stew with
Extra Virgin Olive Oil as "gravy". This also changed her
coat from a rough, course feel to a soft, silky feel.
I have kept her on that diet
now for a year (as of February 2016) and she has reach 60
pounds and she is strong and very happy now. Given the cold
weather, she may actually have a few pounds of fat, but that
will be burned off when the weather warms and we spend more
It seems that she somehow
knows that I saved her life... at least her loving devotion
is extremely pronounced at this time, far more than when she
first warmed up to me. A year ago, while just starting to
recover, she seemed to want to have her own space on the
sofa, but now, she wants to be in constant physical contact
with me at all times. I don't know to what else I could
attribute such a pronounced change toward constant loving
She will have many years of
happiness and love here at the lake... and I am grateful for
her total devotion. She is a wonderful companion and travels
with me constantly, even just around town.
She now also has a wonderful
Scalia Antonia. This bundle
of energy will provide the Belladonna with years of joyful
play, and some much needed exercise for burning off those
love handles she has acquired over the last six months!
Gypsy immediately took to
Scalia and has started teaching her not
only how to play, but how to fight for a bone or food, how to
roughhouse with a toy and dig out the stuffing, how to work a
chew stick with her back teeth, how to wrestle, how to fight her way out of
a corner, and how to chase after a dog that steals her rawhide
or food. It is amazing to watch, and I realized she is teaching
this little puppy survival skills, and doing so in an aggressive
but loving way. Amazing!
Gypsy also has repeatedly gone
to check on Scalia when I have put the puppy in the large
pen for some nap/quiet time. Gypsy will often lay on the
floor in front of the pen looking at Scalia and will wait
there until I let the puppy out. The mothering instinct that
was always so strong in the Belladonna is fully present in
her behaviors now that Scalia has joined the household.
There are so many
animals that need homes with loving people,
so please don't
buy from a breeder, rather find and
give a loving, forever home
to a sheltered dog.
This is a non-profit animal
rescue organization. So many
animals and so much evil in
the world... if everyone would
find a way to support those
who bring life to the
world would be less painful.
adopt a rescued dog.
You may not change the whole world, but
you will certainly change THEIR whole world!
Watch this video to see
of a sweet dog starved
grown up with
Poodles and having
rescued one in the early
1990s, seeing this video
brings a tear for sure...