Today, the 26th of September 2012, is an incredibly special day - Mr. Sooty Monster will be with my little family for 3 whole years. For those of you who don't know just how significant this is, let me fill you in:
Sooty came to me weighing half his recommended body weight, scalped and looking like a patchwork quilt from all the stitches he had. His hip bones, his ribs, his shoulders, everything poked out from under his skin and when he lay still enough we could see his heart pumping in his chest. He shivered all the time because he had no coat, he had been shaved so close that he had a film of hair covering him. This was because he had been so matted that there was nothing else that the groomer could do other than take all his coat off. His back end was very swollen with lots of stitches poking out due to operations he had done because of the neglect he had suffered. And so this bundle was delivered to me and his little face stole my heart.
Sooty was diagnosed with MVD, a serious heart problem that would inevitable take his life, and needed medication. So our house became full off pills. Sooty gets cold easily, so our house is full of jumpers. Sooty cannot get up the stairs on his own, so he has a constant lift system in the form of my 6'4'' OH who will stop what he is doing to respond to the cries at the end of the stairs. Sooty was a near to impossible case to home, so we allowed him to stay in his first home. Sooty's little heart is giving up on him so we do all the heavy lifting so that it doesn't have to. At no point has he been a burden, at no point did we ever give up on him and at no point has he stop giving back ten times the amount we put into him.
My Sooty Monster is an advocate for adoption and for unwanted dogs, he has gone through pain and sickness that the best of us would have given up at, he has taught me never to judge a book by its cover and never to underestimate what some love and care can do, and how satisfying it is to see a dog that was given a maximum of 2 years to live still looking up at me with his little face an entire 3 years later.
I fear that this will be my last Sooty post, but I won't believe it until it happens. He has had a hard time of it lately, with a hefty dose of kennel cough and sore joints, but he still troops on wagging his tail, rattling away in his little world. September 26th will be a day that we always remember, even when he is gone. When his heart breaks, so will ours.
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