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'Gotcha!' day

Posted 06-07-2013 at 10:10 AM by LilyLady
Updated 06-07-2013 at 11:04 AM by LilyLady (Seems that I can't count today. It's been 6 years, not 7.)

Six years ago today, on the corner of the street where we lived, someone abandoned a white dog who had recently had puppies. It was pouring down rain. That dog stayed at that corner all afternoon and overnight. She stayed out in the rain waiting for her 'person' to come back and get her. It was so hard to watch.

The next morning, she was still there. She was laying flat in the grass. My husband and I thought she had died. I asked my son to please go and check on her. As he walked up to her, she lifted her head. Then she sat up and looked at him. But she wouldn't leave that corner.

I stood in our front yard and watched her. She watched me back. I went into the house and got some dog food morsels from Chopper's (my son's dog) bowl. I laid them on the driveway where the white dog could see them. After a while, she approached the food. The whole time she kept looking back at that corner. She'd whimper often. I put out a bowl of water and she slowly drank some. She laid down in the front yard but she turned herself so that she could see that corner. At times she whimpered so much that it sounded like she was crying.

I wondered then, as I do now, if mama dogs grieve when their puppies are missing?

My son was able to get a leash on her. He took her to several shelters but they wouldn't take her in because she was still lactating. Only one said they would take her, but only to euthanize her. No room at the Inn. My son brought her back home. We kept her in the garage. Every time we opened the garage door she'd look over to that corner (two houses away) and whimper some more.

My husband and I spent that weekend walking and driving in the surrounding neighborhoods to see if we could locate her owner. We must have looked at every sign on every pole in west Houston. We checked bulletin boards in laundromats and grocery stores. We checked online. We called vet's offices, shelters, and every place we could think of where someone might report a lost dog. Nothing.

The following week, we took her to a vet to be checked out. We wanted to be sure that she didn't have anything that could be transmitted to my son's dog. She was identified as a Labrador mix, between the ages of 1.5 and 2 years old. The vet also said that it appeared as if she'd given birth in the last three weeks prior to the visit. They checked her vitals and tested her for heartworms She was severely underweight, she had bare spots in the fur on her chest, her stomach and her back. The vet said she had blown her coat trying to provide nutrition for her puppies. We were instructed to give her an egg in her dog food every day to jump start her recovery.

The veterinary clinic required a name to put on the paperwork. My husband and I were fans of NCIS. His favorite was the character called Abby. So the white dog became Abby.

Fast forward... It didn't take long for Abby to become the light of our lives. She has brought joy, laughter and loads of smiles to all of us. Some people classify Abby as a rescue and that she's lucky we found her. That's not quite accurate. As it has turned out, we're the lucky ones. She's our special, beautiful, goofy girl and we wouldn't take a million dollars for her.

So happy 'Gotcha!' day, Abby! This is the day you came into our lives and I will be forever grateful that you did.

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  1. Old Comment
    LL what a beautiful story! I don't know who is luckier.....
    Posted 06-07-2013 at 12:12 PM by George Chong George Chong is offline
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    Lily this story touched my heart and I still have wet eyes. She was meant to enter your life and you were meant to enter her life. Thank God Lily.Many more happy years for Abby Alm
    Posted 06-07-2013 at 12:24 PM by Almrausch Almrausch is online now
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    Beautiful story, Lily. My little one had also been abandoned...one of the officers brought her to the station and into the radio room. She became mine almost immediately. After getting off work, I spent about three hours bathing her, picking fleas and ticks off of her and trying to get the worst of the mats in her hair out. That was almost 10 years ago! My big one I've had since he was about 5 weeks old. He's now 10.

    Dogs are the absolute best!!!!
    Posted 06-07-2013 at 12:40 PM by I Am Woman I Am Woman is offline
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    LL what a beautiful story! We can tell now Abby is not underweight and looks healthy as can be. Thank you for bringing her into your lives.
    Posted 06-07-2013 at 04:36 PM by Jaxson Jaxson is offline
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    What a wonderful story! You and Abby are both blessed to have found one another!
    Posted 06-09-2013 at 12:36 PM by TexasGirl@Heart TexasGirl@Heart is offline

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