Rescue, English Bulldog Sassy
The rescue of Sassy
This is one of my favorite stories. It was a very unexpected phone call from a lady saying she had a bulldog that I might be interested in. OK, and why would I be interested? She said "I think she is the sister of your bulldog." After asking a few questions I learned they had the same parents, but she was sixteen months old and my boy was now three.. Now why was she calling me? " Well " she said " I got your number from the breeder and I can't afford to keep her any more, she needs to see a vet and I can't afford it." Of course the first words out of my mouth were, " Where can I meet you? " We made arrangements to meet at a shopping center parking lot about ten miles from my house. Two hours later I was sitting in a parking lot waiting for her to pull up.
After about ten minutes, a black car with dark windows pulled up along side of my van. I got out and stood there looking at the car. With the dark windows I could not see if the dog was in the car. The car door opened and a young woman got out and walked toward me. " Hi " I said " I'm Sandy, do you have her with you? " I was so relieved when she answered " Yes, she's in the back seat. Do you want me to get her out? " " Yes, please. I can't wait to see her. " I said. She opened the door and Sassy hopped out. She looked happy and healthy, so what could be the problem? She went on to explain that she had an ear infection that she just could not keep under control, and her tail was always infected. I looked in her ears and at her tail. Enough said, I understood. She signed the surrender form and left as fast as she came.
I pulled out of the parking lot and headed straight for my vet. she was in good shape but needed some TLC and medications. The major problem was her tail. It was inverted and was going to be an issue. It would have to be removed. I took her home, gave her a medicated bath, flushed her ears and put the medication as far down in her ears as I could get it. I remembered seeing her and she was as beautiful as I remembered her being as a puppy. She fit right in with the other dogs and was happy and playful. She responded to her medications well and was soon ready for a new home.
I thought about giving her the best home I could find. After going through my waiting list I was sure I had the perfect home. I called a family that had lost there bulldog rescue to a brain tumor just months before. When I called, I explained her condition and they understood it was just a matter of time before her surgery. They were at my door the next day. At the time they had no children, but wanted to start a family. Perfect timeing, Sassy could be there from the start. Sassy took to them right away and they loved her. They spent the night in my guest room and Sassy stayed right with them. At that point I was sure I had made the right choice. No matter how you feel, every dog needs it's own home and it's own family. When they leave and do not look back I know they are where they want to be. That does not always happen and I have had to tell some adoptive families no, this is not the dog for you. But in this case, it was yes, she is yours.
When the time came for her surgery, they brought her to me and I took her in. The surgery went well , they had to remove the entire tail. The good part was they were able to form a small tail with a flap of skin. She couldn't wag it, but a lot of bulldogs can't wag their tails. That's why they wiggle there whole butt's. She stayed with me for another week before her stitches came out. They called everyday to check on her progress. I was pleased to tell them to come and get their baby. Sassy was so excited to see her family that again she did not look back as she trotted out to get in the car and leave. I love when it is a perfect match. She would get love and the best of care. That made me happy.