Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Another friend has crossed the bridge.
Callie started life in a puppy mill. She was kept in a tiny cage and forced to have puppies every year. She wasn't allowed to keep her puppies with her long enough and she had no human friends to care for her. Puppy millers don't think of dogs as living, feeling animals, they're just money making machines to them.
When Callie was finally saved from the mill, she found a home with E and J and they got her a puppy to love. She accepted Brody immediately. He represented all those puppies that she had wanted to play with and teach and snuggle with. He thought of her as his new Mom.
Callie was afraid of people, but through the patient hard work of E and J, she conquered her fears enough to stay in the same room with us and not hide.
Unfortunately, as is the case with mill dogs, Callie never had good veterinary care and suffered from many health problems. Her ears drooped from poor nutrition and her tail had been broken. She had skin problems and cancer, but she was a strong little girl who battled back each time, until the problems became overwhelming.
Last night Callie died after one last bout with cancer. We're so glad that her last few years were happy ones and that she had a chance to learn what it felt like to be safe and loved. We will all miss her tremendously, especially Morgan, who considered her a friend.