Tuesday, March 18, 2014

A Lucky Dog & St. Patrick's Day 2014

March 17, 2014 ~ "May your troubles be less and your blessings be more and nothing but happiness come through your door! Happy St. Patrick's Day" When I posted this quote this morning on my Facebook page little did I know how a lucky dog would create such happiness. 

 When we got to the shop this morning this pretty girl had gotten her leash snagged on a Bobcat bucket in our parking lot. Brandon pointed her out to me as the guys brought her in to warm up but then tied her to the bucket thinking someone would come looking for her. When Brandon told me about her I couldn't leave her out there tied to a bucket laying on the concrete so I went out and got her and brought her inside the shop. She had 2 collars on. One of them was a regular collar and the other was one of those choker style that dig into their neck with a small leash. She was so happy to see me and her tail was going crazy wagging back and forth. We removed the choker collar first thing and then got her some fresh water and gave her some Science Diet Senior dog food (this is what my older puppies eat and all we had) and she ate it up like crazy. I didn't want to give her too much at once as I didn't want her to get sick. All day long I would spend time with her in the shop. She would stay by our sides until she ventured in the front reception area. 

  Brandon saw that she made the best of her situation and climbed into a chair. She looked so cute but I had her come into our office (where we would be working) and covered a chair with a blanket for her to climb into. She was content being here with us. I posted the two pictures on Facebook in hopes to find her owner(s) and had over 65 shares of the photos but no one ever called. It was so sad to see her perk up each time the door would open hoping it was her family. 

After a long day and no calls and lots of love from so many people in our community sharing her pictures on Facebook we had an offer to have her scanned for a micro-chip. Amanda Burke (a volunteer with Boone County Animal Care) came to our shop and used a magic wand to see if this girl had one. At first it didn't look good but then she found one! She quickly started entering the number in her phone and on the computer. This would lead us to the micro-chip being owned/installed by Central Missouri Humane Society in 2005. After a few text messages and phone calls we would learn that they couldn't access the micro-chip in their system. Good news was that with Amanda's help we determined that she had been spayed which was a good thing! We didn't know what to do and we didn't have anywhere for her to go. (My dogs didn't need the added stress of another dog and this dog didn't need the added stress of my two dogs) Brandon posted an ad for a lost dog on Craigslist to try and reach the owners in the event they didn't have Facebook. (Brandon has a heart of gold when it comes to dogs.)

We had dinner plans with the Spicer's!  
Doesn't Alexis make a super cute little leprechaun? (Love the green)
Happy St. Patrick's Day! 

We tested the waters with the dog and left her at the shop while we had dinner. We stopped back by the shop and let her go potty before leaving her for the night. (Luckily she hadn't had any accidents inside) She did great and we got to the office at 5:30 AM (Tuesday March 18, 2014) to take her out to go potty and no accidents! We gave her some food and fresh water to start the day. 

I called our veteran's office (Horton Animal Hospital) and made an appointment for her as she had a nasty puncture wound on her chest that looked infected and I really wanted to get looked at. They checked her over good and said she was 68 lbs and had no fever which was a good thing. They cleaned up her wounds and gave her a shot of Penicillin and oral antibiotics for 10 days and thought that should do the trick. I asked about shots and they said right now we just need to focus on the infection first then in 7-10 days we could bring her back and give shots.  I had a good friend that was willing to help me out with a temporary home and I took her over to her house to see how she would do with her dogs. She put her dogs outside and we introduced them through the glass door and immediately this dog went to an aggressive mode. She even busted her lip on the door and I knew this wouldn't be good for my friends dogs or this dog and brought her back to our shop. I didn't want any dog or human stressed out or hurt and thought it's probably so much change over a short period of time. (I really hoped that this dog wasn't used as a fight dog with the older scares, newer healing scars and now the fresh wounds on her chest but we have nothing to go on at this point.) 

Once I got her back to the shop she seemed happy again. She was content just being the only dog and here with us. She would lay in the chair in our office or on the rug in the sun. She is really a great dog and follows us around everywhere! I knew we couldn't keep her and now on day 2 of trying to find her family was stressing me out. I had a lunch meeting in town that I was running late for and as I got to I-70 I get a phone call from Brandon stating that her owners have called us and she is going home today and that her name is Lucy! This seriously was the best news of the day! What a relief knowing that with the use of social media we were able to get this pretty girl home! 

At 2:00 PM her dad came to rescue her and said that his wife was very upset because they couldn't find her. They got her from the Central Missouri Humane Society and have had her for several years. When she takes her out for a walk she likes to run off which is why they had the choker collar on her. She took her out for a walk Monday morning and she got away from her owner and got her leash hung on the Bobcat bucket at our shop which is how we ended up with her. She lives about a mile and a half from our shop and I am so thankful for everyone's support and love for this beautiful girl and helping get her back with her family.... It's a great day! I know everyone will sleep much better tonight! 

Please Note: 
If you have a dog or cat that has a micro chip please register/update it each year. If your pet doesn't have a micro chip please have a tag for their collar with your name and information on it. If this dog had either of these we could have got it home a lot sooner.  

For more information about finding lost pets, looking for a lost/missing pet or adoptions please visit the following organizations as they were instrumental in helping us finding Lucy's owners:

Boone County Animal Care
Boone County Animal Care is a 501c3 non-profit animal welfare organization formed to address the alarming euthanasia rates in our region by integrating education into all aspects of our activities, prioritizing customer service and offering a modern adoption experience. BCAC is committed to helping all cats and dogs regardless of breed, age or physical condition; to treating our community members as potential advocates; and to being proactive in addressing the issues that cause animals to be abandoned. Boone County Animal Care is a 501c3 non-profit animal welfare organization located in central Missouri.
Mission:  Boone County Animal Care is dedicated to helping pets find and stay in loving homes in order to decrease the rate of euthanasia in the region.

Columbia Second Chance
Second Chance was founded in 1985 as a privately-funded, all-volunteer organization dedicated to "seeking first-class homes for second-hand pets." Through the kindness of our volunteers and our foster homes, we care for animals of all types, either on a temporary basis while we search for a new, permanent home, or on a long-term basis while the animal is treated for illness or injury. At no time are animals euthanized just because they don't have a home - all animals have a home at Second Chance. Animals are accepted on a space-available basis. Our mission is to provide for the benevolent relief of unwanted animals. The organization will provide food, shelter, medical assistance, and general relief to those animals that have been made homeless through the acts or omissions of people; to provide this care for each animal while researching and approving permanent adoptive homes; to educate the public regarding the health, exercise, and general needs of these animals, as well as to the necessity of spaying and neutering as a means of alleviating the burden of unwanted animals; and to do every act as may be necessary to aid and assist the community in providing quality, permanent homes for these animals and to promote the goals and gains of this mission. Come Grow With Us
For twenty five years, Second Chance helped the homeless pets of Columbia in several locations throughout Boone County. In 2010, we moved just west of the Missouri River, 10 minutes west of the Providence exit on I-70, into a modern building of 6000 square feet on over 30 acres of scenic views, including a small pond. The location allows CSC to house the majority of our adoptable cats in spacious new Kitty Kondos, which were built during phase one of our construction project. Plans are also being developed for Puppy Pods for CSC's adoptable canines, which will be constructed during phase two. The new building already features a finished lobby, an upstairs loft area for storage and administration, and an apartment for our Adoption Center caretaker. Of course this exciting new venture would mean nothing without your help. CSC is counting on our dedicated group of volunteers and supporters to continue doing what you do best so that our new facility can fulfill all its potential for the growth and development of our wonderful organization. It's thanks to all that dedication that CSC has grown so much and we hope will continue to grow far into the future.

Columbia, Missouri Lost & Found Paws
 This page is dedicated to spreading the word about Lost and Found pets in the metropolitan area of Columbia, Missouri. The page has been inspired because of the people I have met over time thru lost and found situations. Initiated on 9/18/2011.

Cities we cover: Mexico, Moberly, Boonville, Centralia, Hallsville, Harrisburg, Fulton, etc...


Hey Lucy... your dad is here to pick you up! :)

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