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This will be my 15th year walking in The Maryland SPCA's Festival for the Animals! My fundraising goal this year is $3000.00.
I dedicate my walk this year to Ruby-Doo! Since the march last year, we lost two more of our pets unexpectedly. One to a cancerous tumor (Emma) and one to complications due to diabetes (Teeks). Needless to say, we were yet again feeling a huge void in our hearts. Then came Eleanor Rubenstein (aka Ruby, little bit, mini-bonus, “I help”). As I’ve always said, there is most always light in the midst of darkness.
Ruby (formerly known as Becky) had a horrific past. She was owned by a “human” that used her as their breeding dog. He would sell the puppies under age (generally @ 6 weeks) to anyone that had the cash. Even breeding her with her own brother. How do we know this? During her last litter, she developed a life-threatening mammary gland infection. I’ll spare you the details, however, she was within hours of losing her life due to his neglect of the infection. The owner brought her into the MDSPCA right before closing and wanted them to “fix her” so he wouldn’t lose his cash cow. He admitted that he beat her when she got out of line, etc. Through the fast thinking of the techs at the shelter, they kept their composure and talked him into surrendering her by explaining that emergency surgery would cost him thousands of dollars at an ER vet. That was the beginning of Ruby’s new life.
The shelter immediately prepped her for emergency surgery. Then came the foster plea (insert SUCKER here J).
I couldn’t explain it but, yet again, there was something in her eyes that neither Neal nor myself could resist. We felt this was a way in which to honor Emma (we hadn’t lost Teeks just yet). Ruby has brought such life back into our home. We had to give her time to realize she was safe and would never be hurt again. It didn’t really take long. Dogs are so resilient! I’m happy to report she is a champion snuggler, fast learner, blanket stealer, heart stealer and “sometimes” we think we adopted 20 of her because she is EVERYWHERE….thus the name “I HELP”.
Probably the second most exciting news is that Maggie finally has a sister to party with. The play in the absolute sweetest manner. Our home is again full of life and excitement.
The MDSPCA receives no government funding. They are an independently run local shelter and rely strictly on the kindness of the community to continue to save lives.
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