Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Between Here and Heaven

A little blind, a little

She'd rather sit in your lap and avoid a walk. No dog parks. No play dates.... just quiet, and gentle moments left. There was a time when she was lovely, and her owner proudly displayed her like rare china. But now she's old, her fur sparse, skin rough and thickened like the hide of an elephant.

Someone with a kind heart saw her wizened little face and just wanted her to have more time and a loving home for the last moments of her life. The person offered to take her if no one else would. When I called to check I was told the little dog was scheduled for euthanasia. They couldn't find her. After searching, she was found. So I asked the supervisor to please hold her. He put in an IP for me, I said I'd pick her up the next day... There was a home that wanted her.... someone was interested... someone cared....

I planned to pick her up after work.... at around 3:00. I had everything ready.... I had pulled out the small crate, and picked out a little blanket. It was one of my softest.... pink with little black puppy paws.... I figured pink for a little girl. At noon her new mom-to-becalled to check on her. She was told that she had been euthanized.

So now I'm holding this little blanket to my face and I can't stop crying. I know it sounds silly. Some people would say it's only a dog, and it's only a little old dog at that... she would have died anyway....

But she still had time, and someone that would have loved her until the very end.

Impound No: A4023240
Impound Date: 8/21/2009
Euthanized: 9/2/2009
Sex: Female
Age: 12 Years, 0 Months
Location: Heaven


  1. This is utterly the saddest thing I've heard in a long, long time.

    I'm so sorry, I feel the pain of this loss.

  2. I'm so sorry... poor little girlie deserved so much better. I hope the kind soul who wanted to adopt her is able, at least, to save another wonderful pup's life instead...

  3. Not the first time this has happened, just no right. I would be feeling the same as the person who tried to adopt her.

    If only they would shut down the puppy mills then there would be a better chance of having no kill policies.

  4. This happens at the shelters. I have lost 2 Bassets I put rescue IP's on one at Baldwin a senior and one at Downey a 4 yr old. I was given the last day I had to pick up by the desk person at the shelters as I called the back line to put my rescue IPs and neither shelter honored that agreement. One was due to space with no call, to rescue and the other because she bit a kennel aco, she was pts. I called to say I was on my way and was told they were euthanized. I have learned that after I call to put an IP or a CTA I get them ASAP on the date they become available. never never wait pass that day. I am so sorry for this little girl. Seniors are my favorite, even though I track the shelters everyday for Bassets the first I pick up are the seniors, to live the rest of there lives with kisses and hugs a warm bed and a place to stroll at there very own ranch