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The sweetness that warmed the heart: where Brown Sugar came from

Brown Sugar 's Profile
Author:Rick 2011-12-28
The summer this year was abnormally hot, so I took my beloved dog Junior to play by the river during the break. After we got home Junior wouldn’t stop shaking his ears. It turned out that water had gotten in and caused inflammation. I took him to the pet hospital immediately. Poor Junior has had a sensitive body type ever since he was young, he has quite the medical record. I’ll share my experiences caring for him next time. Thinking back to that time at the veterinarian, , I noticed a large yellow dog wagging his tail happily at everyone in the corner of the hospital, the vet had given him a nick name “Big Yellow.” A kind woman had seen him lingering in the park looking for food. She bring him to the veterinarian for TNR process ( trap, neuter, release) and also for ligation and skin disease treatment. But after medical inspection, it turned out Big Yellow was already about 12 years old and was suffering from cataracts, severe degenerative arthritis, demodicosis and other diseases. However, at the first sight, I had a good impression of Big Yellow’s friendly tail and smile, and these are the good start about his story.

After two weeks of treatment, “Big Yellow” health conditions have get better and was taken back to the park for release. Miracl happen, when I took Junior back for a follow up checkup, Big Yellow was there again in front of the veterinarian . It turned out that he had spent one week walking from the park 20km away back to the here again. With his age, who knows what kind of ordeal he had benn through on the way, probably driven away hundred times and hunger. Unfortunately there’s limited space at the veterinarian so the vet can’t take him in. But if he was to be released back to the park, he’s bound to come back again. Thus the vet and the kind woman might decide to release him somewhere even further away….At that moment, I felt so sad and speechless; the dog at the end of my leash was one that had a loving home, yet just outside the glass doors, another dog had lost all love and faces a cruel fate and is looking at me with such pleading eyes. I asked the vet to keep him for 2 more days and promised to help him find a home. However, people are rarely interested in taking in an older dog and I resorted to looking for a paid foster care home online, at least it would be a place that provided shelter.

When we arrived at the foster home, what I saw made me heavily hesitate….the thick odor of waste, over a hundred dogs under one giant metal roof and barking sounds so loud that you can barely hear. However I had no choice to but to leave him there. On the way back I struggled with complex emotions; PDA is not a shelter and had a controlled number of dogs, so I can’t break the rule and take Big Yellow to PDA. Yet, I neither can’t take hime home since I already have 4 dogs and am already overloaded. I couldn’t sleep that night worrying about Big Yellow but still couldn’t come up with a better solution for him.

Fortunately, good luck seems to shine on “Big Yellow” because the very next day morning Vivien called and informed us that a kind family decided to adopt one of PDA dog. This meant that there is now an extra space in PDA for Big Yellow. Woow, I feel so excited and it’s much much better than winning the lottery! I drove over to pick up Big Yellow at once, and started thinking of names for him on the way back to PDA. He’s got light brown fur, much like caramel, let’s call him Brown Sugar! And this is how Brown Sugar joined PDA. He slept for 2 days straight after arriving PDA, poor kid, he must be so tired, rest well!

Brown Sugar’s daily routine is like the others in PDA. When he’s taking a walk, he always concentrates on walking straight as if he’s in a hurry, and rarely looks around him. We noticed some abnormities when he squatted down to poop. He would squat for a long time but nothing would come out. This went on for two days and we took him to the hospital for an X-ray exam. It turned out there was a bezoar the size of a billiard in his intestines which the vet concluded that could be a result of eating bones over a long period of time when he was still a stray. The vet provided some stool softener and said to consider surgery if that didn’t help. PDA staff also meticulously kept track of Brown Sugar’s pooping records. Luckily, Brown Sugar had no more problems after eating the stool softener and returned the favor with his naïve big smile.

Brown Sugar’s story really inspired me; a dog’s determination, loyalty and giving without wanting anything in return, how many of human can really do the same? When can we end the cruel stories of strays? Will more shelters really stop the pain of the strays? The dog did nothing wrong and they are innocent, it’s not their fault but who did the abandon? I think a lot of people still have the incorrect idea and attitude about strays, and that is the real cause of this vicious cycle. Therefore, PDA’s dedication and goal to educate loved-dog advocacy is the real cure and foundation. This just further reinforces my determination of working in PDA!

(I’ve got the booty shake, and my tail never stops wagging!)