This poor dog, a Pitbull has scars on her face and neck, missing and broken teeth, was heart worm positive and emaciated. She had been overbred and was perhaps even pregnant. Everything in my body was screaming "no!", but I was hearing my girl gush with excitement and compassion for this poor dog and I held my tongue. I had 10 solid reasons not to rescue this dog. My husband had another 10. He was very concerned about having a bait (?) dog in the house and exposing her to other children.
We had some intense discussions at home. Claire was sure she could find a home for her and that we could rehabilitate her. She would raise money to cover the vetting and she could learn about bait dogs and Molly could be an ambassador for educating people about dog fighting. Claire wants people to know how wonderful most PItbulls are.
Molly arrived late Sunday night in the rain. We bathed her and settled her into her crate. She was very happy to be out of the truck and tired after her recent spay and heart worm treatment. We just let her rest. The next day she was off to the vet for a physical. She had a lump looked at on her leg (hopefully a cyst or lipoma, not cancer) and 5 of her teeth need to be pulled. It seems she may have spent her life in a crate as a breeder. She may have been a bait dog however she only has scars on her face and neck not her whole body, so maybe she was just in a fight. She also has nerve damage to one eye which makes her tear as both eyes don't blink at the same time. Quite a history!
But most of those issues will be resolved in a month or two and she will be ready to go to a family (or stay with us). George adores her. She is a very quiet dog. I have never heard her bark and she loves making her crate cozy and surrounding herself with stuffed animals, and sleeping on them. She is gentle and cuddly inside and outside she comes alive. She loves the smells and newness of being outside. She wants to smell, mark and explore nonstop. It is like a whole new world to her.
We have a family very interested in meeting her. And we are determined to find her a loving home. She has such unconditional love and is always cheerful despite what she has been through. and despite my initial misgivings, I think she will make a wonderful family dog.