March 20, 2019 eblast "Saved by the Bella!":
weeks ago, we got a call from the Durham Humane Society in Whitby. They might sound familiar to you.
That's where we picked up little Velvet just days before Christmas! That was a happy day.
This time around, it was just a preliminary visit to meet an old, very sick little beagle named Lilo. She might sound
familiar too. News about Lilo spread like wildfire on social media. She'd been replaced by a puppy and unceremoniously dumped
at the shelter by her family. Heartbreaking enough but much moreso due to the fact she was mostly blind, deaf, and prone to
pacing in circles. She fit our criteria of course and we were prepared to take her on the spot, but this is a shelter like
no other. They wanted to help with her medical as much as possible. They had her in to see a vet followed by an assessment
with a neurologist in Toronto. All the while, they placed her in a loving temporary foster home through the shelter. They
tried a treatment plan for a week as recommended by the specialist but there was sadly no improvement. Lilo likely had a serious
medical issue, perhaps a brain tumour. There was no quality of life left to offer her.
They had to make a very difficult decision. We support them with all our hearts.
is a happy side story here.
That same day we met Lilo, the staff asked
us if we'd like to meet another senior beagle girl guessed at 8 to 10-years-old, who had arrived earlier that day. Her story
was just as sad. A well-meaning young family rescued her from someone else who had posted her for sale on Kijiji. One look
at her and this family knew they had to take her if only to save her from whatever life she was enduring up until then. She
was in terrible shape. Her dull, unhealthy-looking coat was matted and smelly. Her nails were long and her ears were filthy.
She seemed to be in pain when she moved. They took her without hesitation. Sadly, her new life with this family was short-lived.
One of their children quickly developed an allergy to her and that's how she found herself at the shelter…alongside
The family had provided some veterinary care for her in that short time she was in their care, including putting her
on medication for significant arthritis in her hip, but she still badly needed a dentistry. Once again, this shelter went
above and beyond the call of duty.
Her mouth is now rid
of the painful rotting teeth that had been causing her so much discomfort.
It's time she found some stability in her life and a whole lot of love.
And while all our hearts are broken over Lilo, you might say our hearts are
now saved by this other little girl…
to the First Day of Spring, little one. We can't wait to watch you bloom.
Big thanks to the wonderful staff at the Humane Society of Durham Region for going to the
moon and back for Bella-Moon…