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Updated on November 16, 2016

Pomeranian dog Skippy

Photo of Skippy
Photo of Skippy | Source

This is the story of the role of the part my mother played in a dog rescue story pertaining to a cute little Pomeranian named Skippy.

My mother is an animal lover from waaaaaaaay back! When she was a little child, she had burials for little critters like squirrels and birds that had met their demise. Her parents supported this effort and you might surmise from this, that they also loved animals.

She and my Dad actually adopted a dog before they got married! This was in the day and age when people married first, and then lived together. They did not take possession of Happy until they married, but had chosen her out of a litter of pups that their friends had.

So they had an instant family of three when the nuptials were consummated...two two legged family members and one four legged one.

This was the beginning of a series of animals that graced their homes throughout the years.

Skippy the Pomeranian

Skippy the Pomeranian
Skippy the Pomeranian | Source

My Family

My parents generally had two dogs at a time and several cats. These animal companions came in all shapes and sizes and colors. Suffice it to say, they were each loved and welcomed additions to their homes and added what all animals do by way of love, laughter, fun and fur as well as a feeling of extra protection (especially in the cases of their German Shephards).

Fast forward......

My mother became widowed at age 55. She still had her furry friends to warm her bed and keep her company.

One year both of her dogs died within a short period of time. Heartbreaking! All animal lovers who have been there can understand the pain of losing not just one beloved dog, but both within a few months of one another.

Photos of my mother's dogs

Photo of Elliott
Photo of Elliott | Source
Skippy photo
Skippy photo | Source
Photo of Skippy at the dog park
Photo of Skippy at the dog park | Source
Skippy wants no part of playing in the water at the dog park!
Skippy wants no part of playing in the water at the dog park! | Source

Who could hurt a little dog like this?

Skippy photo
Skippy photo | Source

Elliott was a little mixed breed, part Lhasa Apso and part Poodle, was the guess on the part of the animal shelter folks where she had gotten him. He was older and getting a little confused. Yes, we were to find out, dogs can also develop dementia much like humans.

None-the-less, it was a shock when he died suddenly from having a stroke. That was the veterinarians diagnosis.

My mother called her groomer to cancel Elliott's upcoming date and here is where the story evolves...

Her groomer is known far and wide for being a great animal lover. She has offered shelter to many a waif and continually finds good homes for them. She just cannot turn a blind eye to any animal that is hurt or needs food or shelter.

So, when she was presented with a pup that had been abused, she took it in as a matter of course.

This little pup was actually dog napped by the mother or mother-in-law of a husband and wife.The wife wanted the dog and the husband did not.

The story told by the rescuer of the little dog was this: the man actually kept kicking the little pup so hard that sometimes he was vaulted across an entire room!

Just imagine how that man must act towards the humans in his life!

She just couldn't stand it, and one day told them that somehow the dog had gotten out and it just could not be found.

The groomer named the little Pomeranian "Skippy" and had him for several months trying to find just the right home for him. She would take him to her shop during the day and took him home with her at night.

Naturally, Skippy was afraid of men!

When my mother talked to the groomer regarding canceling her appointment, the groomer (who will remain unnamed due to her complicity in this rescue) asked my mother if she would be willing to take a look at this little abused pup who desperately needed a good home.

My mother's heart was open and she agreed to take him for a weekend trial.

You can probably guess the rest!

Little Skippy has become an important part of her life and now ours as well since my husband and I along with my mother now share a home together with her dog and our two cats. mother passed on to her reward in heaven and now Skippy just has my husband and myself and our two cats to keep him company. I know he still misses his "mother" as do we. Whenever we take Skippy to the dog park, the first place he checks out is where she used to sit in the shade while there.

He cannot understand why she walked out of the house one day (on her way to the hospital) and never returned. Other than that, he has fairly well adjusted to the changes in his life.

Skippy makes us smile on a daily basis with his cute mannerisms and we are very happy that he is a part of our lives.

Information about Pomeranian dogs...

My hubby holding Skippy

My hubby and Skippy
My hubby and Skippy | Source

Skippy's profile

Skippy's profile
Skippy's profile | Source

It took a while for Skippy to get used to my husband who is also a great animal lover.

Understandable since his first experiences as a little pup was to be abused and used as a football by another man!

He is still shy around other people.

We have tried taking him to dog parks to become better socialized with other dogs as well as people. We occasionally take him to Pets-Mart that allows dogs as well as people to shop there.

Not much has helped get him past the experience of being abused and his trust of people remains low.

If it were up to Skippy, we would never invite other two legged people into our home. Of course we do. Instead of forcing the issue, we just let him stay in a part of the house away from others where he is more comfortable.

What brought this entire hub to my mind was a piece on the Today Show this morning that was talking about the need for shelters to take in pets as well as people.

Many women and children that need to leave abusive situations do not do so because a beloved pet will be left behind and suffer the consequences . According to what I learned this morning, of all the shelters in existence, only about 8 allow animals to be a part of the family unit.

This needs attention and change.

Often brutality starts with abusing animals prior to it escalating to people. This is a red light warning!

I wonder if the woman whose husband abused little Skippy remained in that marriage? We will never know.

Let's hope and work towards more people shelters being opened to animals. The result will be more lives protected.

How to Groom a Pomeranian

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A law was passed down in our part of the country that takes this into consideration for future disasters like hurricanes. Animals will now be welcomed into shelters like the Astrodome and other areas that house great numbers of people during emergencies.

All the animal lovers out there ............let's contact our people in Congress and have them consider opening people shelters during emergencies to the animals that bring such joy into people's lives. And if you are financially supporting a shelter, talk to them about opening it to animals for temporary housing during periods of crisis where the animals can be re-claimed after the emergency.

What do you say?

This particular story of a dog rescue and the role of my mother has a happy ending for the Pomeranian Skippy.

Abused animals can and should be reported to animal welfare agencies. Let's all do our part to keep our eyes and ears open and do what we can to protect our furry fellow creatures.

Shih Tzu dogs all dressed up for Christmas!
Shih Tzu dogs all dressed up for Christmas! | Source

From a fellow hubber...

Photo taken in the new CAP animal shelter.
Photo taken in the new CAP animal shelter. | Source

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello thedigger,

      Skippy is not only cute but a loving member of our household. There is not a day that goes by that he does not make us smile. Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Mary,

      No problem! Actually my mother would have loved meeting you. Her dream was always to rescue animals and had she lived in the country in later years, no telling how many she would have rescued. As it was, she did a good job of it through the years. She was a true animal lover!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi moonlake,

      Skippy kept looking for my mother for quite a long time. It was heartbreaking. Of course we were also grieving her loss. It has now been about 2 1/2 years and he seems to be well past that stage. Dogs have long memories! Of that there is no doubt. Your cat must have had a bad experience with some woman in the past. Nice that it trusts your husband. Thanks for your comment and vote up.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Don,

      Nice that you rescued a dog and can now even take it into rest homes where others can enjoy seeing it and perhaps petting it. We have a friend that takes her standard poodle into assisted living places and the residents love interacting with it. So sad that there are some people in the world that take out their frustrations or are so evil that they purposedly harm innocent animals. Appreciate your comment and the share. Thanks!

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      thedigger 5 years ago from New Delhi

      Very cute doggy....

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