The Little White Dog

Lucky!

He doesn't really know how to eat in the bowl.  This is the first day.
He doesn't really know how to eat in the bowl. This is the first day.
I have mini kid couches the dog kids like. Ten days later, he is a little rounder.
I have mini kid couches the dog kids like. Ten days later, he is a little rounder.
This is the 10 day 'fat' version of Lucky...Still no real belly.  We washed him but are waiting for the March 2nd grooming apt.
This is the 10 day 'fat' version of Lucky...Still no real belly. We washed him but are waiting for the March 2nd grooming apt.
His thank you face...
His thank you face...

Day One,
My daughter was late to school again today because of her mothers 'antics'. Today, her mother had to dart out of a running car in the morning car line, in jammies, to save a little white dog from getting hit. The plan was simple. Grab the dog, read the collar, take him home. This little white boy was light as a feather. I could feel every bone in his body. I know that he is white, tho he looks pink and brown and is covered in natures debris. He is also limping. He doesn't like to use his back leg. All I can do is sigh.

Lord, I think to myself, I have four dogs already. Besides that, my heart and I are currently 'under construction'. 1 of my dogs and I are having serious relationship issues. I said that four was more than enough but I can't leave this dog out here all alone to starve or get hurt. So of coarse, I take him home to my crew. The first thing I do is get the poor thing some food. It's obvious he hasn't eaten in weeks. He looks at me in disbelief and eats in the weirdest way. I would think he was counting his bounty and saying thank you with every bite because he kept looking up at me, touching his nose to my leg. Then he officially meets the crew. They all seem to know that he is weak and unfortunate. Even my moody old man doggie looks at this dog with pity. There is such a big difference between the size of my crew's healthy bellies and this little hollow dog.

I think to myself about what he must have gone thru and how long he was out on his own. From the look of his body and nails I can tell that this little dog has been out there too long. I can see and feel bones that I didn't know dogs had. His nails were brown and curled back into his paws. I think even without the help of on-coming traffic he would only have had a few days or a week tops of life left in him. With finances low and my own cross to bear, do I have what he needs to get him to health. What if I fail and he dies? Can I deal with it? I think that I can because even if for a few days or weeks, he would have a loving home, but this is hard to analyze for me right now. Who is this doggy? Where did he come from? What was his name? How old could he be? I don't know anything about him. I don't even know what breed he could be. He is certainly not a shitzu like the rest of the clan. I am sure when my daughter gets home from school today, she will name him Lucky.

10 days later...
Today I am happy to say that Lucky's belly is no longer concave. It will take a while for his bones to be filled, but he is a sweet boy. He doesn't jump on the coach or bed. He doesn't bite and rarely barks. He loves relaxing. He shows his gratitude everyday. He is struggling with potty training, but I guess it is to be expected when the world is your bathroom. I did the responsible thing and let a few trusted locations know that I have found him incase there is a sad and responsible owner. It turns out that there is an owner but apparently not a responsible one. It turns out that a woman claims that her dog was stolen. When I asked how long ago, the middle person mentioned that it was recent. I don't need 5 dogs! I just wanted to say that before I say that the time frame was not enough to explain the dogs condition without assuming neglect. So, even while contemplating what the best course of action will be with the one little monster I have, it would appear that I am blessed with a 5th. We think he may turn into a maltese once he is healthy and his hair grows back in. Right now he looks like a cute and grateful, partially used fuzzy q-tip. Sigh... This is a happy, but slightly overwhelmed sigh, not a bad one.

about the monster...
My monster is cute but extremely high energy. He will be one in a couple of weeks, so I am hoping he will grow out of this craziness soon. Honestly, I think my others are too old for him. He is not happy with the relaxed life the other 4 have. The yard is not enough for him. He wants to go, go, go. I think he needs to be the only dog child in an active family. We wants a child that will throw the toy a zillion times and that will rough house with him, not minding the occasional innocent, playful bite. I think his spirit wants to be taken on rides and long daily walks. He would love to be with a jogger or runner. He is well taken care of. He will be fine forever if he stays. I just think I want more than fine for him. It is just hard to process. Even tho I want what is best for him and I want him to be happy, it feels a lot like giving up. I have issues with that. I don't give up. I don't like it. I have, however seen the consequences of stubbornness before. We will see what more time does. Failing and quitting are things dealing with ego. I am not that into ego, so if time passes and I can't adapt to what he needs I will do what is best for him. This happened because we didn't meet before he came. He needed a home, my husband wanted another dog, and I wanted to surprise them both. That is not the way to choose a dog child.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

aaawwww.. you know the pictures really helped visualize this hub thanks :) Frank


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Fennelseed 4 years ago from Australia

'Lucky' is so lucky that you came along when you did, Moms-Secret and what a beautiful, grateful boy he is. Your story speaks heaps, however of the deep natural compassion within you. I love your way of writing of your 'crew' and I can tell they are a very happy bunch.

My mother decided at 80 years of age that she would like a puppy so she adpoted a maltese-shitzu 'monster'. Poor mum struggled for a few months to train her but she just had way too much energy for Mum. She started doubting herself and felt very silly for taking on a puppy at her age. She also felt that she had failed and reluctantly found a family with 3 very active children to take Bella in. Six months later she suprised us all by announcing a new arrival - Charnee, another Maltese-shitzu. Charnee is a delight, so placid and much more obedient.

I guess what I am trying to say is please don't feel bad if your monster needs another home. It is not about failing, just about fit.

A lovely story from a beautifu caring lady, my votes and best wishes to you, dear Moms-Secret.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

I am glad that you rescued this little guy. If the monster doesn't fit in, give him to someone who will cherish a high energy dog. A family with kids sounds about right. It is not admitting defeat, it is just bowing to the inevitable. The new baby sounds like he fits and will be healthy in a few more weeks. Then you can decide if you want to keep him or let him go to someone else. He just needs someone to spoil and love him. He sounds pretty relaxed and easy going.


lisbeth 4 years ago

He is sooooo cute. Lucky is really a lucky dog jejejeee...


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Moms-Secret 4 years ago from Central Florida Author

Thanks for coming to meet Lucky, Frank.


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Moms-Secret 4 years ago from Central Florida Author

Thank you so much Fennelseed. Your comment is full of beautiful compliments that humble me and warm my spirit. I have not decided about my monster, but your mother's tale is inspiring.


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Moms-Secret 4 years ago from Central Florida Author

I am really happy to say that Lucky's spine does not poke out anymore! That was a big accomplishment for him and it kinda freaked me out to see every bone. The monster has some really good qualities. We will take it one day at a time with him. I am the right family until we stumble upon the right one for him. Thank you for commenting. Always nice to see you Becky. That is my sisters name, by the way. :)


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Moms-Secret 4 years ago from Central Florida Author

Lisbeth, you finally get to see him. I can't wait to see you.


rstlawre 4 years ago

He is a Maltese. In my lifetime I have had 3 of them and my latest "Tyler" looks just like Lucky, just a little chunkier. If you do decide to keep him you will not regret it. They are one of the most loveable and loyal dog breeds. I commend you for your actions in saving his life. Only a kind and caring person would do so. Lucky will not forget this act and will love you until his dying breath. That's how loyal the Maltese is.


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Dog Advisor 4 years ago from www.facebook.com/Family Dog Advice

Moms-Secret--you are an amazing woman for all that you do for our 4 legged family members. Is your whole crew rescued? I bet they are. I, too, rescued a little white dog off the cruel cold streets. She was 7 pounds all bone at 1st vet visit. She is now 17 pounds 3 years later. Lucky and my Daisy look very similar, but Daisy is a poodle mix with? Maybe Maltese? What do you think rstlawre?


rstlawre 4 years ago

Dog Advisor...Daisy sure is a pretty girl and she sure is Poodle. She could have either Maltese or Bichon Frise blood lines also. One thing's for sure, you have a very pretty girl there. No matter what the mix.


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Moms-Secret 4 years ago from Central Florida Author

I am really excited about him. He is just such a sweet, grateful boy. Beside that, my daughter wants to keep him. I mentioned March 2nd to her but she didn't hear me say that it was a groomers appointment, and she had the saddest face and asked if that was when the rescue people would take Lucky.

I didn't tell her he was staying, but I am pretty sure he is.


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Moms-Secret 4 years ago from Central Florida Author

Wow, what a compliment. Thank you, Dog Advisor, I am very honored. Really, all I did was pick up a dog in the street tho. My crew is a 'blended' family.

Copey is 13 - 14 years old. He is a gorgeous, gray shitzu. He walks with a trot step like those arabian horses. He is very regal and I do not think he believes he is old. Oh, and he snores. He came to me with my husband in 2007. He is not a rescue but loves having a mom :)

Rusty is 10 years old. He is a red and blonde shitzu. He was purchased for me as a christmas present. He is my baby and has been with me from the start. He is very sweet. He is a great boy. He is very quiet and loves the sofa, even the one he is not supposed to be in. He thinks I do not know he sits there when I am not home. HA! Moms know everything.

Mincha turned one this month. She can be very sweet. She has bad girl problems. She likes to dig and get all dirty. Thank goodness she is a black shitzu. She has a gorgeous little face that has saved her a bunch of times. She chews shoes, books, and furniture. She hates getting 'time out' in the kennel. She is a drama queen who's lip quivers when she cries and whines. My husband told me that nobody wanted her because she was the runt and that she was getting beatings from the other puppies. The owners were going to give her to a rescue if they didn't find a place for her.

Tobey is the monster! He will turn one next month. I call him my discontinued model, outlet clearance puppy. He is a black and white shitzu.

These two were so young that they do not have the spirit of rescue puppies. Separately, the dogs behave better. Together it becomes an episode of bad dogs gone wild. They are totally bad influences on each other.

And then there is Lucky...


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AnnaCia 4 years ago

This is a very good hub. You are one of those angels who do not have to think twice when it has to do with doing the right thing. You did not think twice to embrace, love, protect and care for a little one. It is always refreshing to read stories like this one.


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Moms-Secret 4 years ago from Central Florida Author

Nice to meet you AnnaCla. I don't know how to thank you for your beautiful compliment. I have always wanted to leave behind a strong, loving legacy. You made me feel like I am close. :)


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

Lucky certainly was lucky you found him and he seems so very grateful. How sad he didn't know how to eat from a bowl, I don't think he'd ever known love and kindness before.

Thank you for sharing and voted up.

Best wishes Lesley


dogmad 4 years ago

What a beautiful story. I also love dogs and have 3. I had a little dushund puppy and she was very lonely as I work during the day. So I got her a little friend - another dushund puppy. In the meantime I had to do some renovations to the house as to make it more safe seeing that I was alone - my husband passed away 6 months ago - and had to take the dogs to the kennels during the day. I then discovered this little female dog - mixed breed - in the kennel next to theirs and her time was running out as they could not find a family for her. So I just could not bear the thought if this little animal - so healthy and lively - being put down. I took her. Now I have energy and volume in the house. If the doorbell rings the whole pack is there to welcome who ever. When the phone rings they are all there - looks as if they are waiting for someone to get out of the phone. The trip to the kennels is something. They all want to sit on the front seat - which is OK - if only they stay there. But Suzi puts het paws on my one shoulder and her nose in my ear. Mitzi is quite fat - she jumps into my arms as I hold the stering wheel and Benji is screaming right from his belly - so pearsing that you can hardly see straight. I would not like to see this picture as it must be scary. This happens twice a day!!!!! And will be continuing for another two months!!!But I love them dearly.


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Moms-Secret 4 years ago from Central Florida Author

Good morning Lesley. Always nice to see you. Lucky is a little angel. He says good morning every morning and he is behind my every step. He seems to love me in a different way than my other dog kids do. If I wake up a few times in the night, he gets out of bed to check on me right away. What a funny, sweet, little guy. My Copey is at the age where he does not get up for anyone. He has a favorite, fluffy pillow that I have to lift him off to go out in the morning. He is really milking the 'old doggie' title. He heres me calling. It's okay tho. He is very huggable and he is old so I don't mind. :)

Thank you so much for your faithful comments and voting!


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Moms-Secret 4 years ago from Central Florida Author

Nice to meet you dogmad! I so loved reading your story. My troop is so big that a few that road trips of any size require a couple of kennels in the back seat. It is the safest way. Besides, Copey never liked rides and gets anxiety, so a kennel with a cozy blanket inside is ideal for him. I do find myself in need of more kennels tho. :)

I can visualize your car trips. It made me laugh. God bless you for saving a life.

I am so sorry to here about your husband. My husband died about a month after yours did. I know the hardship. The dog kids really help in not allowing us to linger lost in nothingness. They keep me busy, that is for sure. I wish so much good for you and yours. Many Blessings.


dogmad 4 years ago

Thank you for your blessings. Realy need it. Sorry to hear about your husband. It is a very difficult time in our lives but as you said the dog babies gives us some purpose.

Blessings


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Dog Advisor 4 years ago from www.facebook.com/Family Dog Advice

Moms-Secret I also wanted to let you know that I have some research notes that may help with Mincha's little digging bad girl behavior. I did the research but haven't written about it yet. I'll make it my next hub. I was able to form some great ideas. I am working a series on health and grooming right now but am at a stopping point. I will start work on it soon and I hope it will help 'bad girl' become 'good girl'


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Moms-Secret 4 years ago from Central Florida Author

That sounds wonderful! The kids are all doing well. They are not driving me too crazy the last couple of days. It is almost like the little monster knows I wrote about him and is trying a bit harder. Lol!. I would read anything that helps me lower their badness level a bit. I really appreciate it.

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