posted by Michel on Mar 9

Recovering after sterilisation in our garden

Recovering after sterilisation in our garden

Nabas enjoying a decent meal

Nabas enjoying a decent meal

Sadly enough, not all the animals that we try to save make it. Another one of our beloved guests has slipped through our fingers and died last night. Ginny. Poor little Ginny.

She had a tough life by the looks of it, of only around 2 years. Completely emaciatiated and her little body covered in mange. She had probably been hit by a car judging by her rear hind leg’s limp and the fact that she lived near a very busy road where drivers are not known for their compassion towards other living creatures, human or animal. We tried to give her the best possible treatment. Tried to feed her so she would regain her strength. But all to no avail.  Perhaps the (heart)worms got to her, or some horrible virus, we really don’t know at this point. We’d like to think that we gave her a happier life than the one she had known before: we took her to the beach on many occasions and allowed her to make new friends. She had some good and tasty meals too at first. Alas, her appetite dwindled a few days ago and she died on the morning she would have been taken to the clinic.

Farewell my dear, dear Ginny. At least you knew some love and proper care before you died. We won’t forget you, ever!

An equally sad story is that of our sweet old timer Nabas. In fact, it was Nabas who alerted me to the deplorable state that some local dogs were in as I was driving through her town. So eventually we managed to take Ginny and Jackson as well. Nabas was neglected and left to fend for herself by her owner. When she arrived at our kennel, she really enjoyed the dog food that we gave her. We cleaned her up and although she was clearly not used to being handled, she was a friendly soul. It turned out she was almost completely blind, had numerous smaller tumors as well as arthritis. Still, she enjoyed the regular meals, more comfortable housing and attention she was getting.

So all in all, it didn’t come as a surprise when we heard that poor old Nabas had died. I felt sad, very sad, that we didn’t get to her a few years ago so that we might have given her a better life. In the end, she was only with us for a month and we can only hope that during that time, she felt much better.

Rest in peace dear Nabas!

Ginny shortly after she arrived in our kennel

Ginny shortly after she arrived in our kennel

Nabas having a deserved rest in her kennel

Nabas having a well deserved rest in her kennel

3 Comments to “Farewell Ginny and Nabas …”

  1. Beth Sizemore Says:

    Mich! These dogs are what is haunting me all the time. People are just mean to the bone when right infront of their faces they see the worst condition of the dogs and instead of being compassionate, the more that they ignore or are abusive to these poor dogs. I spiral into depression when I get back from my trip to the Philippines. It never fails. I go there not to enjoy but to help, and using your words, ‘these poor souls’.

  2. Michel Says:

    It’s the dilemma we face too Beth, every time! I console myself with the knowledge that there’s no way we can save them all, but there’s nothing stopping me from trying. I’m talking cliches here, but every life that we save counts. So don’t give up Beth and count the succesful saves. That’s what motivates me. Oh, that and those super-grateful eyes of course …

  3. Nena Hernandez Says:

    Well said Mich and Beth. Rescuing, even in the U.S., where conditions appear so much better still caused me to spiral in depression. But it was rescuing that made me eventually get off anti-depressants (proxac) when I would look at the faces of those beautiful creatures we did save. In my mind, I constantly repeat the mantra that “I can’t save them all, but for that one I saved, it means everything for them…in most cases it means their life.” What we are all doing is really something for the future, way after we all have gone, and for the future generations thereafter to follow through with the legacy we have left behind.

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