In the time it took to write that last post, I hit follower #200 on my advocacy page. I don’t feel like celebrating, though. In the same period of time, it was announced that a dog which had been attacked by another dog had died. There were so many of us following this dog’s story, I can’t even guess the numbers. Hundreds? Thousands? I don’t know. We were all over the country.
The dog’s injury was one to his face. I’ve seen the photos. His snout was literally ripped upwards from his skull. From the front, You could see his eyes with the skin and fur of his nose sticking straight up between them. His teeth and skull on the upper part of the muzzle were where they should be for the most part, but without what should have been covering them. It was awful. The dog was dropped off by the the supposed owners at a shelter, in that condition.
A vet in California had tried to perform emergency surgery after a young man volunteered to take the dog from the shelter to the vet. They sewed his face back together, and put gauze all around his head to try to get the skin to adhere to the skull again. The doctor even took him home that night to keep an eye on him. There was so much support, so many prayers, offers to help pay, you name it. So many people wanted this dog to make it.
We knew this was a serious injury, and there was a good chance he wouldn’t make it. He eventually succumbed to cardiac failure, probably from all of the sedation it took to keep him comfortable and from possibly hurting himself further.
When I got this news, I just broke down. Like he was MY dog. Like he was MY family. Maybe, in a way, he WAS. We were united as a family caring for one of their own. We all invested in him emotionally, wanted him to recover, and wanted him to know love and happiness. His death, to me, made it seem like nothing mattered anymore. Many of you might not understand this devotion to a dog, especially to one I hadn’t even met. People waited to hear about the miners (in Chile, was it?) that were trapped in the mine a while back. They anxiously waited on Elian Gonzales’ fate. This was an equivalent for those of us that fight for and dearly love animals and nature.
I certainly didn’t think that my 200th fan meant anything after this news.
It took the signing of about twenty petitions to help pull me out of this funk, as well as another WordPress writer’s post. If you care to check it out, the post is “Running Water’ on silverpoetry.wordpress.com. http://silverpoetry.wordpress.com/2012/03/11/running-water/#comment-212
I caught a rumor that this dog was actually attacked in a dog fight. Oren, as the dog became known, was a poodle, so if this is true, he was a bait dog, used to whet the adrenalized appetites of the fighting dogs before the actual match. I hope the fuckers responsible pay, even if this is not the case, even if it was simply an owner whose dog had an accident; who just drops a dog in that condition off at the shelter, not even taking him to a vet? I hope there is a such thing as Karma.