Monday, April 11, 2011

Saving Star

I've been pretty much out of pocket for a while now and feeling pretty down. I did a post several months ago about a moma dog and her puppies that I was trying to rescue.... after spending many months feeding them and trying to gain their trust I was first able to rescue 2 of the first set of puppies and take to the shelter, there were 3 but one of them just disappeared, then there were 5 new puppies born, one of them died during the cold winter months, and one followed it's mom to the little store on the Hwy, yes the Hwy, and I was told that a really nice lady took the little puppy home with her, and later I was able to rescue the other 3 puppies and take to the shelter.

This is the sweet moma dog
I thought that she was a older dog when I first saw her when she looked so bad, she looks so much better in this picture..... but come to find out she is around 2 years old.

This is Daisy, one of her puppies from the last litter, at her new home at the shelter!
These were from the 1st litter. They are all at their new home at the shelter!
1st litter
2nd litter
2nd litter
2nd littler
2nd litter.... 2 puppies will be going to their new homes this week, and i will post about it soon! They are going to wonderful and loving homes.... YEA!!! We will have 3 of her puppies left to find homes for!
This is the moma dog, a neighbors dog and the older puppy that came up missing!
You can see in these pictures how bad her skin was!

Look at that sweet little face!

One day when I was feeding them the police officer came by and said "so your feeding the town strays" and I told him I had been feeding them for months to try and gain their trust so I could get them to the animal shelter that I work with (a no kill shelter) and he told me there was a lady that lives in Austin Tx that had been coming thru on business and would feed the moma dog every time she came thru and that if anyone could catch her that she would love to have her! He told me that when I caught her to call him and he had her number and would give it to me! By this time the moma dog is really starting to getting attached to me, she has started getting really close to me, wagging her little nubby tail, and actually was so excited to see me one day that she ran and jumped on me! I decided it was time to give her a name, so I decided to name her Star! I also knew it was time to try and rescue her before we had more puppies on our hands, so my husband and I took a large dog crate to where I had been feeding them, we took it out and put food in it and stepped back, shortly she went in the crate we hurried and shut both doors, I felt so bad she was finally trusting me and her I am locking her up, but I knew it was for her own good, and she would be so much better off. She went to the shelter for the night and one day, it was very stressful on Star, she was not use to being locked up in a Pin, so I got her into the vet clinic the next day to have her spayed and her shots, her first round of medicine for her skin, checked for heart worms which she was negative for "YEA" just all of her medical needs. meanwhile I had already talked to the Susan the lady in Austin that wanted Star, she decided that she would come down Saturday and pick Star up. I had a really good feeling about Susan from talking with her on the phone, she told me that she fell n love with Star the first time she saw her!
So we finally get to meet in person.... Susan arrived about 3:15 on Saturday, she brought a friend with her in case we needed help getting Star from one crate to another, but she went in just fine! I have to say that Susan was one if not the sweeties person I've ever meet in my whole life.... I think the fact that she fell in love with Star when she looked so bad and was in such bad shape, during the winter months her skin would literaly be bleeding, her eyes looked infected and she was so thin, but she loved and wanted her anyway, that's my kind of person! I would pray during those month's when she looked so bad that she would make it thur the cold, snowy , and very windy nights, and that God would keep them warm..... and each day that I would go back to feed them, she was always there waiting for me.
One of the first things that Susan ask me was how much was Star's medical expenses, she wanted to pay me for all of them... I told her that I had no intention of her paying for any of it... but she wanted to do this, not only did she pay her medical bill. The next thing she said is that she brought a gift for me and for Walter the police officer that brought us all together! The next thing she said is that she brought a camera and I told her that I had brought one to, so then we start taking picture of everyone with Star!
This is the sweet gift that Susan gave me, and told me that I could think of Star when I look at it!
Susan is so very thoughtful... a gift never crossed my mind, She already gave me the most wonderful gift.... in the fact that she was going to give my sweet Star a wonderful home and wonderful life!

This is Susan with her friend and Star in the middle.
Susan with the police officer and Star! They took several picture of me with the Susan and the officer and Star, but I never like my pictures, so I decided not to put it on! After all of the picture taking, and us all visiting I went ahead a left, because as happy as I was that Star was going to a wonderful home I couldn't help but be a little sad that I wouldn't be seeing her everyday like I had been doing for probably the last 6 or 7 months, but knew I could keep in touch with Susan and even go down to visit her! Susan called me the first night and told me that her and Star had gone for a walk and that she was doing fine... I was so happy and grinning from ear to ear! We talked several more times thru the week, .... at the first of my post I mentioned that I have been feeling down for a while now, how could such a wonderful story turn so bad, I called Susan on Saturday and she was crying and said that Star had been hit by a car, and that the vet said he could do about 5 surgeries on her, but that she would be in pain the rest of her life, so Susan made the decision to have her put to sleep. When I think of what all that sweet little dog had gone thru and was doing so much better and on the way to a wonderful life, and then this happened.... Star was staying at Susan's friends house while Susan was gone out of town for the day on a business trip, and she was not happy being inside so her friend took her out in the back yard to walk her, Star pulled off the leash and got out of the fenced back yard and got on the highway, the neighbors and animal control where all looking for her, but she made it to the Hwy and was hit! Susan and I have tried to make sense of it all, but we just can't! I said that I have been feeling down, but it's been more than that, even to the point of depression. I'm feeling better now, I haven't posted much in a while due to all that has been going on, I was so excited to share with you about Star until things turned bad, it's been very hard for me to write this post, but still felt I needed to do this post in memory of my precious STAR/TAWNY.... gone but never ever forgotten! I will love her always!


My Blessed Serendipity Life said...

Oh I am so sorry for the sad news about Star, but Star was obviously very much loved and I am sure she will be missed. We love our animals deeply and I am sorry for the hurt you may be feeling.


Pamela said...

Oh dear Daphne i just do not know what to say to comfort you. This is so very sad and i can feel your pain. I have no idea why something like could happen.
This is truly heartbreaking and i fully understand you being distraught over it...who wouldn't.
Please know i am thinking of you and Susan.
Much blessings
Pamela xoxo

Sweet Magnolias Farm said...

I read every word of LOVE and can tell you that Star will never be forgotten. Every time I hear the word star she will come to my mind. I know what it is like to love animals so deeply. Sara and I both love our Maggie and Scout with your same devoted love. You showed what Love really go beyond what is easy, self-sacraficing and long suffering. You did all that you could. There is no easy answer as this was as much a part of lifes questions as is the reason she was born. Im sure their is a jewel awaiting your crown. Time and prayer will heal your heart.
Sweet Blessings, Abbey

Kasia said...

What you did was so so beautiful.... Sometimes what the world gives us, our fate takes away... so much caring and love went into the story... And Im sure the happy days she spent with you and Susan will be her best. Its too bad there is not many people out there like you... These kinds of stories touch me so deeply... My parrot was in a similar spot. I took her in from someone who abused her... She had no feathers, and a couple of her toes were missing.... She was vicious to everyone and cockatoo bites HURT! But after 2 years (thats how long it took her to trust me) after many painful bites, loud screams and attacks, she's my best friend. We love each other dearly.
With Star, I'm sure she started out in a family that must have thrown her out. Bad bad people, and maybe when she broke loose she was trying to get back to you...?
Im so happy I found you on here, everytime you post there is inspiration and goodness here. You're a lovely person, and I only wish I could help. As for Star, all dogs go to heaven. :')

Hugs and well wishes,

Sassy Marsha said...

I am crying as I type this. You and Susan saved Star and showed her love and compassion. She died knowing she was loved. She brought you and Susan together for a reason.

My Hannah and Kodak are playing with Star at Rainbow Bridge. They are all waiting for the time that we will all be reunited.


Draffin Bears said...

Dear Daphne,

I was so sad to read the story of Star and for the pain you must be feeling.
Sending hugs and comfort to you and Susan at this sad time.


Anne Lorys - Fiona and Twig said...

This post just makes me smile all over!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

I am so sorry your story about Star did not have a happier ending! :( (((hugs)))

Bella said...

Hi Daphne,
Oh this just breaks my heart! Stars life may have been to short, but she was loved, better to love and lose than never love at all :-)) And those puppies... you have given them a wonderful gift, forever homes full of love:-) It may be hard now, but you have done a wonderful thing!
sending you a big hug,

Tallulah's Antique Closet said...

The two of you did more than anyone ealse probably would have. I know that Star was very happy with all the help you two had done for her and her pups. I see the happy face she wears in her pics. Thank's for sharing your story.........TALLULAH'S

ShantyGirl said...

Daphne, I am so sorry about what happened to Star and can completely understand that you would become depressed about this. You did so much taking her in and finding happy homes for her pups. Sometimes things happen that just don't make sense that just are not fair. Praying for you

The Cranky Queen said...

Daphne, I am deeply saddened by your story. I know that you have asked Why so many times. Life is not fair...I hope that you are feeling better and that you dont allow your depression to take over your life. I have been in that deep dark place before, and it is hard to dig yourself out of...You seem like a kind person and a true pet lover...Just remember, All Dogs Go To Heaven...I do believe that,Blessings, Tiff

Silver Cowgirl said...

I'm crying, too as I read all of the sweet comments and words of support, Daphne. Wow, people are so kind. It frustrates me to not know the WHY but I do believe we'll have answers one day. In the meantime, you met a sweet, new friend in Susan...there's a reason and a plan. But, I know that right now your heart is broken and I pray that God will send his healing power to you. You know Zorro and Bruiser welcomed Star to heaven. That's a fun thought, huh? :o) Love ya! ~Lynda

trash talk said...

My heart is breaking right along with your huge one. I agree with Marsha. She knew she was loved and not just by one person...but by two beautiful women.
I'll hold you all in my prayers...especially the friend who was taking care of Star at the time. That must have been so hard for them as well.

Vicki said...

Just breaks my heart, Daphne. Hugs.

Daphne Nicole & Lynda Cade said...

I want to thank each and everyone of you for your precious comments, they touched my heart so much.... and meant the world to me.... I love the part where some of you say "ALL DOGS GO TO HEAVEN" I believe that too, it's makes it all easier to bare!
Big hugs~~~ Daphne

Shabbylishious said...

A heartbreaking story. I smiled so much when she got a new home and tears came when I read the end. Nothing can replace a good friend, and nor should they. And a nook in our heart will keep the memories, love and fun safe.

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LaurieAnna's Vintage Home said...

I love you my precious friend.

LaurieAnna's Vintage Home said...

Remember what I told you, Star will be waiting for you at the Rainbow Bridge.

A Vintage Chic said...

Oh, Daphne...I'm just so sorry. What love you showed those sweet pups and their will be so blessed for this, my friend.

Wishing you peace and comfort today...


Myrna said...

Oh Daphne! My heart just goes out to you!! What a beautiful, poignant,heartbreaking story. How difficult it must have been to share it, but I am so glad you did. You are in my prayers, sweet friend.

Paula said...

Dearest Daphne,
All I can write is, I wish the world held more souls like you. Hearts that cared so deeply for our furry-footed ones that get left behind are sorely in need. You are an angel. Though at times, there seems to be much sadness no matter how much we do do help along these furry souls in need. I truly believe out lives are richer for having reached out in their time of need. I am deeply sorry for your sorrow, for my heart aches for you. Caring for any life is never easy on our own hearts, minds, and souls. No matter the outcome. I wish you peace, my friend. May comfort find you in the wags and purrs of those left behind.
Love, P.

Tarnished and Tattered said...

I loved you before girl, but now your my HERO! Dog rescue is my no one cause, I'm obsessive about it. I am in tears over your story. I was so so excited that you finally got Star & that she didn't have heart worms was a miracle. I don't understand why this story ended this way either. The only thing I can guess is that Star was a wild thing & could never be happy sheltered. Even by a precious soul like Susan. I'm sure she is in heaven running the fields with no cares in the world. Please don't be down sweetie, you are doing such amazing things in life.
PS I hope the pups are all with good people now.

Daphne Nicole & Lynda Cade said...

I want to thank each of you again for you sweet comments, the tears came as I was reading them, but I want you all to know that your comments meant so much to me and you have helped me get thru a very difficult time. It's so wonderful here in blog land to know that I have such sweet friends I can turn to to when I am down and you lift me up! Thank you all.
Big hugs~~~ Daphne

Nene said...

Daphne, my heart goes out to you, I don't know what to say... other then God allowed this precious Dog's life to live longer with you apart of her, saving her and being the Angel you were to Star. All I can think of is YOU are making a Difference in this Life to help in anyway you can. That is a Gift to have... and you are a HUGE BLESSING!!! lOVE AND Miss you friend. Nene