Sunday, December 6, 2009
My Furry Sister
Macy is an elderly, deaf, Cocker Spaniel. She will be 16 years old January 7th, 2010. Macy has been a part of mom's life since she was 2 years old. Mom purchased her from a breeder who had used her for breeding. Mom deemed that as a rescue.
When Mom divorced her first husband, he took Macy and refused to allow her to have him. About 4 years later, Mom found out Macy was emaciated and chained to a tree with no shelter. Mom was livid. She prayed and tried to be polite, however it is hard to be polite with some people.
Upon request, their answer was no. Mom prayed. She was so upset and concerned, but needed to be sure she handled herself appropriately. Mom sent an email with the stipulations of what would happen if they did not surrender Macy or seek proper medical treatment, etc. As a last resort, Mom let the offender know she would pursue the "thousands" of dollars of past due child support if provisions were not made for Macy to receive the life she deserved. Within 3 days, Mom had her sweet baby girl back in her arms.
Upon receiving Macy back, she met many obstacles. She was severely matted, her mouth oozed with puss, and she had mammary cancer. She only weighed 13 pounds. Within a few months, Macy endured several surgeries and slowly gained weight on her new regimen of holistic dog food and special treats. She is now back to her normal cocker weight (32 pounds). Now, Mom has her on a diet. It is hard for us to put Macy on a diet, because she acts as though she is starved all the time. We all feel sorry for her, but we do not want her to be over weight, either.
I wanted to tell Macy's story, because since coming back to live with us she has also endured surgery for peripheral nerve cancer. She is beginning to stumble a little and act her age. We all know she is getting up there in age, but Macy doesn't like for us to call her old. She has been back with Mom for 3 years, now. We pray she will have many more years with us.
Macy rarely participates in Dog Therapy. Mom says she has earned the privilege of sleeping and lounging around all day. She loves everyone and would have been an awesome therapy dog. She is a real sweetheart!
Woofs and Wags,