Sunday, August 14, 2016

Save Spot the Stunning Super Dog

Look at those ears! 
UPDATE:  Spot is safe!  See latest post.

I went to meet a dog yesterday.  Not just any dog -- an absolutely beautiful dog who has less than a week to live unless someone helps him.

I have been following the Paws 4 Life page on Facebook which is a group that is helping save animals at the Caddo Parish animal shelter; they have rescued and transported many dogs from Caddo to other states where they can find safe, happy homes.

One dog that has not been so lucky is Spot.

Spot was abandoned by his owners and is a heartworm positive Lab/German Shorthair mix.

He is a stunning dog.

Spot only has a few more days to live.  As I write this, he has perhaps until the 19th before he will be euthanized -- he is already on borrowed time.  He was on the list for this past Friday, but someone has put up $400 in pledged money for his heartworm treatment.

All he needs is one person to step up and say he can live with them while he receives treatment.  That's all.

I had hoped I could do it; that's why I went to meet him.

Steve and I met the rescue volunteer at Caddo Animal Control on Monty Street.  We brought Jazz with us because if Jazz and Spot got along this would be a done deal.  I was very nervous because I really wanted it to work.  Jazz is a very timid dog, even at home where he is very comfortable -- he's a mama's baby and well, he's just timid.  We have had him since he was six weeks old and was found abandoned by a dumpster; he was riddled with all kinds of worms and very sick and dehydrated, but he survived and thrived.  That was seven years ago.

As we walked to the meet and greet area where Spot was, I saw him standing at the fence watching us - I literally gasped and a tear welled up.  He is so beautiful.  I mean, really.

We walked into the gated play area and Spot loved Jazz.  He was all wiggles and tail wagging.  Jazz
was terrified.  It was nothing Spot did -- Spot just wanted to play!  But Jazz just isn't accustomed to other dogs much and was nervous.  We stayed in the play area and we all tried really hard to make this friendship happen, but in the end, we decided we couldn't bring a dog home and put Jazz in a situation that would make him nervous.

Perhaps in time or in a different meeting situation they would have hit it off.  But we had no way to know for sure.  As much as it broke my heart, we had to leave Spot there.

So look:  all he needs is a roof -- someone to take him in.  The rescue has the money for his medical treatment.  There are no expenses to you.  NO EXPENSES.  This dog needs a quiet home where he can rest while he is treated.  In all likelihood, he will have to stay at the vets office for a few days for treatment for his heartworms.  But then he needs a quiet place to come recover.

When his treatment is done, he can easily be adopted out.  You don't have to keep him.

He just needs someone to give him a chance.  To give him shelter.

If you can help Spot, contact the Paws 4 Life page via Facebook.  Message them.  Or call Caddo Animal Control at 318-226-6224 and tell them you want to help.  They can put you in touch with the right people.

If you can't foster Spot, please share this post on Facebook and with everyone you can -- the more people that see it, the better the likelihood that someone who can help will see it.

This dog has so much potential and will make someone a lifelong loyal friend if only given a chance.

Update:  88 shares in just a few hours!  Thank you!  Keep it going!  #savespot

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