My last post was about the new dog. Here is her story. My wife saw the news story on WRAL Thursday night. We then got online and found the info for the Edgecombe County Animal Shelter, where the dogs in the news story were taken. I called first thing Friday morning. I was told that the dogs were all adopted out but to call Dog Days Inn in Tarboro. That is where the Pekes were taken. My wife called there and left a message.
About 6PM, we got a phone call from Dog Days Inn. The owner of the salon/kennel talked to me for a while and we got along fine. She asked if we could come that evening so that the dog would not have to stay in the kennel all alone. All six other Pekingese were adopted out already.
We drove to Tarboro and got to see this beautiful Pekingese girl. I can not believe that the shelter was going to euthenize all seven Pekes until Dog Days Inn stepped in and took all seven.
They were abandoned for about three weeks. Seven of the Pekingese died and the other seven plus one yellow lab were surviving by eating the dead seven. They were only found because of the odor complaints from neighbors. When found, they were malnourished, dehydrated, and had decaying flesh, feces, and fleas all through their fur. Animal control had no intention of adopting them out. They had already started the process for euthenizing them.
The Dog Days Inn owner, Teresa, took all seven Pekes to a local vet near her kennel. She had x-rays and full examinations performed on them all. She also got them all their vaccinations, including rabies, started them all on worming treatments, and eye drops, since some of them had eye abrasions. Our dog had problems walking at first, but the vet found no medical reason for this other than malnutrition. After a day of eating and drinking, she started to improve. By Friday night, she was walking around just fine. Now she trots around the house, jumps on furniture, and down from the bed all on her own.
Teresa at Dog Days did not want a penny for all of her trouble and expense. She did, however, turn down some potential owners, since she did not like the person or their situation. She knew that we had Peke experience and were looking for another, and we got along fine.
We took her to PetSmart in Garner yesterday to get food, shampoos, a colar and leash, and all the other new doggie things. We had some left over from the last dog, but we knew what she ate, liked for toys, and what shampoo was best for her. For the new dog, it was all unknown. She fond some admirers at the store and we got to tell her story a few times.
She is territorial and funny to watch. The cats don't like this concept, though, and have been pretty scarce. She is sitting at my feet right now and barks at the cats if they come close. She is very attached to us right now and gets a bit of anxiety when one of us leaves the house. She does travel well and has started playing some.
For all of Friday night and up until late Saturday night, we did not have a name for her. We usually find a name quickly, since most pets we have name themselves by their situation, actions, or looks. We just didn't know what to call her. Last night, we settled on Daisy.