Who shot the dog???

That’s the question of the day.

Normally when someone around the house makes that statement, it means one of our mutts is out cold, snoozing in a level of relaxation we can only envy.  But today Rex’s veterinarian discovered he actually has a small bullet or pellet lodged within the muscle of his hind leg. It’s long since healed, and according to the vet, causing him no discomfort or distress. But it is very upsetting to me.

When Rex first came to us two years back, he’d been found in a heartbreaking state of neglect. We guessed he was somewhere around one year old, give or take, with a coat that was matted solid and housing a multitude of ticks. He limped slightly, was skittish and jumpy, but there was no suppressing his friendly, positive attitude. Every other dog we’ve ever rescued always arrived with a full set of baggage, but best we could determine, Rex had left all his at the airport. He’s calm, laid-back and just plain happy about life; without question the sweetest dog we’ve ever had.  And while I realize that all manner of sickening animal abuse is a sad fact of our society, I simply can’t comprehend how anyone could have ever mistreated this dog. Perhaps, as a friend suggested, it was an accidental occurrence; someone doing target practice at a fence and not realizing they’d struck a living creature. All the same, it’s sad to know this dog had been injured in such a manner, and clearly never treated for that injury.

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4 responses to “Who shot the dog???

  1. Yup, that’s me. Always trying to think of a “nicer” reason.

  2. OMG, I saw the headline and I thought somebody shot Loki! I’m glad to hear all the doggies are OK.

    It’s hard to say what exactly happened to Rex. At eleventh hour rescue we occasionally get dogs from down south that have been shot, either deliberately, or accidentally. We had a reallly great hound dog a couple years ago that was shot in the head and was missing an eye and part of his ear. It was a little disturbing to look at, at first, but he was so infectiously happy and unconcerned with his (healed) injury that you couldn’t help but smile. Same thing with the dogs that arrive with a missing leg. They don’t wallow in self pity, they just get on with their lives. Watching them is inspiring.

    Give Loki a hug for me!

  3. No, thank goodness, Loki hasn’t been shot, and all the dogs are doing very well in fact, all happy and healthy. Loki is impressive with his ability to learn; he’s very eager to please and we keep him busy with new tricks and commands. He’s grown to just over 50 pounds, very sleek and graceful, and he’s a wonderful companion to Moxy and Rex.

    Years ago, Moxy found us. When I’d first called, both to adopt Rex and then Loki, I remember saying I’d happilly take a three-legged one-eyed dog if one needed a home. It’s so true, dogs don’t seem to even acknowlege any limitations, they just embrace life and that’s what makes them so wonderful. I know groups like yours can have a harder time placing them and in their own minds and hearts, they’re just another dog wanting a loving home.

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