We tend to partner with smaller shelters that are smaller and get less exposure. One of our very favorite shelters in in Corsicana, Texas. They are a very small shelter but they have a wonderful staff that really care about the animals and work tirelessly to get them out to safety. So, when they call we always try to help! Recently they called about fourteen senior dogs that had been left behind when their owner died. Two of them were very small and we agreed to take them and let them live out their lives with us. Their names are Hilde and Chico. The same day they asked if we could take Bella and we agreed. But for today I am going to focus on Hilde…

When Corsicana Animal Services arrived at the home of the deceased person they learned that all of the animals were living in rusty cages. There was a roommate that was feeding them thankfully but the conditions in the home were deplorable. Sadly, this is often the case with elderly that do not have the energy or the money to care for themselves, their homes or their pets. Many do not have family that is actively involved in overseeing them so they are left to fend for themselves. I think that may have been the case in this situation. The roommate said that Hilde is twenty years old. She had lived in that rusty cage for much of her life. Her teeth had rotted out of her head and she had horrible skin caused by fleas and I later learned malnutrition. You can see the missing fur in the attached photo. She was filthy and matted and actually appeared to be deceased when she arrived. Actually, I think she was just weak.

The first thing we did was to get her groomed. Once we did this it was like she was a different dog!! She became perkier and her eyes started to show some sign of life! I think the dirt and mats in her hair were really hurting her. She was very proud to show off how beautiful she was with her hair cut too! She paraded all around the back yard with her three good legs! The fourth leg is completely atrophied from an old injury. Interestingly, in recent weeks we have noticed her trying to use the bad leg. She has a renewed confidence in what she can do! Anyway, all of the other dogs admired her new haircut and let her know how darling they think she is!

Because Hilde is frail she likes to reign supreme from the safety of the sofa. Every day we put a big, soft blanket and she curls up right in the middle of it. She watches everything that goes on around her and barks out orders to Adam when she is hungry, thirsty or wants to go out. He is happy to comply! She deserves the best! We don’t know how long we will have Hilde. We were told that she was twenty years old when she came here but we are not sure. What we are sure of is that she will have the best days that we can give her right up until the very end. We are so lucky to get to give this precious girl a retirement home!

This was Hilde when I picked her up. When I posted this photo many people thought she was dead.
Here is Hilde and Chico, who also came from the same place!
Here is Hilde today!! Her transformation inspires me to keep rescuing!

Published by Adrienne Wyse

I rescue hospice and special needs dogs on my travels all around the country!

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