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Meet Prince, the sheltie.

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Sep 22, 2007 02:47 |  #1


This is my Mom's dog, Prince.

He was an abused dog that the wife brought to the vet to put down at her abusive husband's command. The vet took the dog, gave it care, and offered him to my Mom knowing she'd love him and give him a good home.

He had a broken leg that healed itself. He cannot make bowel movemnts without pain because of the damage done to him. He was afraid of men when she got him, and would growl at me and bare his teeth unless I approached him VERY slowly. Even then, he wasn't comfortable with me petting him. He just didn't trust men.

A month ago, my son and I spent the night at my Mom's house. Not having cable at my house I sometimes take advantage of my trips to Mom's by staying up late and watching her TV. (She lives out of town. I dont' do it often.) Sweet Prince would follow me from room to room, laying at my feet wherever I went. I ended up laying on the floor for an hour petting him while everyone else in the house slept.

He's gone from a feisty, fussy dog who would nip at people who made him uncomfortable to a sweetie who loves and trusts everyone he meets.

Sadly, he'll be put down soon. Maybe in less than a month. My mother has spent a fortune on medicine on his enlarged heart and abuse-damaged colon. His heart is so enlarged that he's having trouble breathing, and although he's still a loving dog you can just tell his quality of life is going downhill fast. It was love that gave him a new home and love that gave him a better life. Mom had him for about half of his life. It'll be sad to see this little guy go, but it is his time.

He even managed a smile for my camera.

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Sep 22, 2007 03:16 |  #2

Sweet, sweet photo. We're adoptive "staff" for two cats and I can't imagine how anyone could be cruel to an animal when all they want is love and affection with no reservation for giving it in return (ok, so maybe it's not quite so freely given by cats, but that's a different discussion...)

I think Shelties are great dogs. We have family friends who've had them for years and I still get a kick out of teasing them that they have to stop leaving their Collies in the dryer for so long because they keep shrinking.

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Sep 22, 2007 03:56 |  #3

Most shetlands are exceptionally nice animals. Glad you and yours managed to give him that for the better half of his life. Sorry to hear about his impending passing. Very sad story.

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Sep 22, 2007 07:09 |  #4

Well, now I've had a good cry. Thank your mom for giving Prince a chance to know happiness and love. Dogs are the most amazing creatures. They really ask so little of us, and give so much.

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Sep 22, 2007 07:16 |  #5

i hate when people abuse animals, my last cat i got he as at the same foster home as my black and white cat who no one wanted cause he has a deviated septum. but this cat was horribly abused, he was dragged on purpose behind a car........he has a messed up side of his face he can't see well out of that eye he's had lots of surgery to get to the point he is now.....but i tell ya he's the sweetest cat i have ever owned. the woman was getting out of foster care and just gave him to me cause she knew he would have a good life. I named him phantom cause of how his face is. i have a picture if you like to see him.

but i'm so glad that little sheltie got to finally have a good home.

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Sep 22, 2007 23:10 |  #6

I won't even tell you what I think should be done to people that abuse animals. Even with all the vet bills, Prince made your mother's life better and she made Prince's life better. I applaud your mother.

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