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Hope, a Special Dog

Story ID:3265
Written by:Suzana Margaret Megles (bio, contact, other stories)
Story type:Local History
Location:Vermilion Ohio USA
Year:2007
Person:Deborah Parker
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Hope, a Special Dog

Hope, a Special Dog

On Our Echo this week I just wrote about feeding the birds. Usually, I only write infrequently when the "spirit" moves. Well, it has moved me
again today.

My kitchen table and sink are full of dirty dishes, pots and pans, etc.- a good sign. I cooked yesterday. The spirit doesn't always move me in this direction either, but I do love to eat the vegan fare my efforts produce.
One of the recipes I tinkered with this time was spinach enchiladas (for me, a fancy name for a filled tortilla wrap-- baked and topped with any kind of sauce). To my drained frozen spinach I added shredded vegan cheddar cheese, soy sour cream and some pine nuts for good measure. My topping sauce was nothing to write home about but the end result was delicious. Even Casey my dog enjoyed them!

Well, my dirty dishes will have to wait. I received an e-mail from Vicki today telling about the incredibly sad story of Hope. Happily though, she would find herself in a place of refuge, love, and special care. I have mentioned this refuge for very traumatic animal cases before in "Blessings -Large and Small." St. Francis Animal Sanctuary in Vermilion, Ohio is probably one of a kind. Deborah Parker who runs this caring and loving home sanctuary was asked to take in a tripod female Lab mix of 43 pounds from the Socioto County Pound. Her front leg had a large soft ball size mass at the end of the stump. Her back legs were paralyzed
and she had a dystonic bladder (no muscle which has to be expressed.)

You're probably thinking what I thought - she should be humanely put down. But Deborah doesn't think like the rest of us. She will try to do everything humanly possible to give the sad victims who come to the sanctuary every
possible chance to recover by using any and all the veternarian help which can be given along with huge dosages of loving care. I applaud her for this. Not only are the procedures expensive (she relies on our donations), but the care and
heartbreak that comes with this ministry must be tremendous.

As for Hope's condition, there was more to be concerned about. X rays were taken to check for any other fractures or trauma to her pelvis, hip and legs. They found no fractures but her colon was found to be as large as a person's wrist all the way up the large intestine and extending into the small intestine.

The vet removed 2 pounds of fecal material that he said resembled cat litter and cat feces. When he performed surgery on her bowel -- be removed yet another 2 pounds of material that he thought may have been horse manure. He also had to remove 4 inches of large intestine because that area had started to rupture. So obviously, Hope had been so hungry that she alleviated
her hunger pangs by eating animal feces.

Hope was sedated heavily because of the pain. She has IV's going and is on several antibiotics and anti-microbeal drugs to fight infection. She also has a massive bladder infection from urine collecting in the bladder and not being able to void. They have found no orthopedic reason for the rear leg paralysis.

When she was found crawling around under a trailer and taken to a pound, for 9 days- nothing was done for her as she waited to be euthanized. Somebody though thought she needed a chance and called St. Francis Animal Sanctuary. As bleak as her story is, amazingly she seems to be on the mend. Naturally,
it is touch and go, and if you are interested in her full story, please go to their internet site -saintfrancisanimalsanctuary.org. There are actually 75 pages at this site. Her story I believe begins on page 3. Deborah Parker is asking for prayers and donations--not only for Hope but for all the other bruised and mistreated animals in their care. Deborah --you are getting both from me today though I have had the sanctuary on my prayer list since I found out about your ministry a couple of months ago.

I think Hope's pictures are incredibly beautiful and I love looking into her limpid, soulful eyes. I think you will too. In whatever condition you are today, Hope, know that you are special-very special and in my prayers. So are your caregivers and anyone who does something for St. Francis Animal Sanctuary.

I think at 77 I can already read people's minds. What about human suffering some of you are thinking. Yes, of course--that goes without saying. We should help humans who are suffering too. I could not help thinking in this regard about when I belonged to Amnesty International in the 80's. There I read about a couple of cases of incomparable suffering to humans BY humans.

One account - a terrified mother and father watched helplessly as their young child was dunked repeatedly into a barrel of water to teach them a lesson. I also remember reading about a Jewish woman who was banished to Siberia
for her "sins" whatever they were. For years she "lived" each day in a frozen hell. No sentient beings should be mistreated-- be they human or animal.
But sadly humans manage to be cruel to each other and to the animals.