Written by Rebecca Dysievick of Ontario, Canada
While on vacation in Belize, I came across a little dog who was kept behind our rental cabin. She was the owner’s dog and was not shown much love or attention. She was kept tied to a raised shed away from the family with a low sided box to lay in and dirty bowls for food and water. She was half the weight she should have been and absolutely looked depressed.
When approached, she would barely wag her tail and her eyes lacked all happiness. I started saving food from my meals and brought it to her after nightfall when the family wouldn’t see me. When I approached with my flashlight, I could hear her little gums snapping at the hoard of mosquitoes she couldn’t escape from.
One night we had a very strong rain and wind storm. I lay in bed wide awake thinking of her outside. I jumped out of bed, went outside, unhooked her leash and brought her in our cabin for the night. She quietly curled up on the bed and didn’t make a peep. I was smitten and it was so hard to put her back by the shed the next morning, but I didn’t want to anger the owner.
I Had to Find A Way
A couple of days later, after speaking to the head of the local animal shelter, I eventually bartered with the owner of the property to let me buy her from him. I told him she was in poor health and needed medical care. He, of course, was only interested in money. I paid $100 for her.
I will never forget when I undid her leash and scooped her little bony body up into my arms. My heart was racing after just having confronted the owner, and my eyes welled up with tears as I walked away with her. She stared right up into my eyes. I told her she was going to be okay. I brought her to a local vet on the island and had her vaccinated and started on dewormers. He made up papers for her that were needed to bring her back to Canada.
I washed her in the ocean, which rid her of some fleas and picked a tick off of her ear. I had to cancel my flight with my original airline and re-book with another so I could take her in the cabin. After two flights and a six hour car ride, she arrived home with me.
She was diagnosed in Canada with heartworm, which would have killed her if left untreated. She is now living with a great family who have helped her gain double her weight! I’ll always remember her sweet little face. More Great Photos Here
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