These next couple posts are going to be a little different in the sense that I won't just be writing about my dogs. I'll also be featuring two other wonderful dogs that are just as true as Chico and Rue.
Animal abuse and neglect is prevalent throughout the United States, from small towns, big cities, and middle class neighborhoods. Abuse and neglect has no boundary limits or breed preferences. Although the subject of abuse and neglect is incredibly tragic, difficult to discuss, and depressing. If our hope is to someday end animal abuse, then bringing that hope to reality requires us to face this tough subject matter head on. Look at it, and learn from it. Knowledge and action will be key factors to ending animal abuse and neglect.
In prior posts I discussed Chico's rough start to life which included abuse and neglect by his prior owners. Chico's abuse started soon after he was brought home from the breeder and continued through the 1st year of his life. Unfortunately, he was sold to a family that was incapable of treating him with kindness. He was abused, and still has physical (not to mention emotional) scars from the treatment he received. Chico was kept outside in a small crate where he laid in his own feces. Due to these cramped conditions he lost muscle mass in his legs and would just drag his back end around. In addition to the horrific living conditions, Chico was physically abused. After a year of abuse, Chico was removed from these despicable conditions and Protege Canine Rescue brought him into their rescue. After spending a short time in foster care we fell in love with Chico and adopted him. The treatment that Chico received during crucial developmental stages enrages me. I find myself struggling with emotions from pain to anger when I think of the monster that abused Chico. This is not the person I want to be. My husband and I have decided to focus on Chico's future rather than his past. I have found that it is important to focus on right now in order to create a better future for Chico and our family. If we focused on Chico's past treatment, we would be bitter and angry, and we would not be much help to Chico.
A huanting picture of sun bleached Chico shortly after coming to rescue.
A partially sun bleached Chico beginning the healing phase in Foster care.
The present day Chico we have come to love.
I can't wait to share these stories with you. Hopefully together we can all speak out against animal abuse and neglect. We can rise above.
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