Annie after being
pulled from the shelter and shaved
Annie in her happy new
home with Laura, Suzanne and her 5 doggie sisters and brothers and 7
Thrust into darkness, eyes crusted and shut
a matted ball of fur, probably just a mutt.
Left alone in the cold, she shivered and shook
didn't care about eating, or how she would look.
Her life had no love, it was lonely and cold
wasn't there someone, that could be told?
The poor little girl was handed to Pat
taken to the vet, and there she sat.
Find a foster home, with love and care
came another Pat, who wanted to share.
On the road to recovery, the going was slow
everyone cared, the only way we know.
Original Poetry by Patricia Walter � 2003
Annie has been adopted by Laura and
Suzanne. She is about 10 years old, diabetic and almost blind. But she
loves her new home and has become a very happy little girl, Thanks to
Laura and Suzanne and much help from her foster Mom, Pat
Annie was left as a stray at the Pleasants County
Humane Society. She was very thin and matted when she was turned in. She
lived with two puppies turned in with her, but not related, at the
shelter in an outdoor kennel. She had a little wooden building with
straw as a shelter from the 5-degree January weather. Somehow she
managed to survive the terrible conditions until the Humane Officer
showed her to Pat W. The Humane Officer was very concerned about Annie.
Pat W. took Annie home to warm her, feed her and clean her up. She was
nothing but a mass of hard, dirty mats. Her eyes were completely closed
and cover with thick, dried black crud. A home bath would not be enough
to clean poor little Annie up. Pat W. took Annie down to the Parkersburg
Vet Hospital where Dr. Casto and Dr. Teague were most concerned about
her. Annie stayed for a day to get bathed, groomed and examined. She was
just skin and bones and her little nails had grown so long they curled
under her feet into her pads. She was not in good shape, but finally
knew someone cared about her again. She was to need 24/7 care if she
were to pull through.
Pat W. needed help to save this little girl. Cindy
at the Parkersburg Humane Society came to her aid and found her a
wonderful, loving foster Mom, Pat L. Annie started to return to health,
but then fell into a diabetic comma. Unknown to all involved, she was
diabetic and had a terrible upper respiratory infection. More days in
the vet hospital on intravenous fluids and treatment left her just a
little lump of fuzz needing more care and much more love.
The love and care paid off as she slowly gained
enough strength to start to be hand fed. Of course, Pat L. discovered
her favorite foods - bacon cooked crisp, Bologna and cheese! She cared
for little Annie as if she were her own child. Indeed Pat thinks of
her as her own fuzz ball baby. She is still very thin, but starting to
eat and even walk a little. Annie looks quite chic in her little
sweater she always wears to keep warm since her mats were shaved off.
She is almost blind and cannot hear, but she does feel love - the
wonderful love and care she received during this terrible ordeal. If
love can heal, Annie will be on her way to a second lease on life at age
Good Luck Annie! You are in our
hearts and prayers!
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