Do you know a dog like Diamond?
We hope that Diamond’s devastating story, here below, will make you all think twice when you see a neglected or abused dog. If you can’t help, please contact someone who can.
Perhaps you have seen her tied to a tree in your neighbor’s yard. You would be able to recognize her. Her teats hang low because she had a couple of litters of puppies before she was 18 months old. They all died.She is skinny because she has never been fed enough and her coat is dull. She iscovered with fleas and ticks and doesn’t have enough meat on her bones to support herself, much less a litter of pups.
She has never seen a vet, has every known worm a vet could diagnose and yet you say nothing. You say nothing because she is just another dog. She isn’t yours. You would never treat one of your pets that way. You walk by every day and see her, laying in the dirt with a sad expression in her brown eyes.
Well, she died today. She died, not because no one said anything. She died because no one said anything soon enough. You see, she had the nastiest kind of worm; heartworm.
She was rescued several months ago from abysmal conditions in north Florida. She was stick thin and had just had a litter of puppies. She was high positive for heartworm. So we took her in and loved her.
She had the most gentle of dispositions, despite her luck in life and she was nursed back to health by very dedicated and caring people. Her name was Diamond. A diamond in the rough if you will and I loved her. She was so scared when I first met her and it took several visits for her tail to begin to wag when she saw me. She was hand shy and always scared she was going to be hit, but she only knew gentleness by our hands.
She was treated for heartworm and we thought the worst was past. We are admonished by people who know, to not exert dogs after heartworm treatment. Short walks, no excitement, and a calm environment. Diamond made it past that. The problem was the filariasis, which are the dead worm larvae. They can cause embolisms or simply shock when they are passing through the blood system and the dog can die.
So, despite all the love and care in the world, Diamond died today. Did you know her