Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Macha´s Story

Macha´s story begins as a puppy on the street five or six years ago. She was found wandering the street full of Mange (A skin disease found in many mammals. It is caused by a mite that burrows under the skin) A kindhearted woman, who volunteers her free time to the ANPA, took her in and cared for her until she was well. She was unable to keep her because her elderly mother has a severe allergy to dogs. Her story continues on the street for another three or four years where she becomes pregnant. This is around the time I met her because I feed the street dogs and she came to me to eat. I watched her belly growing larger and full of movement that meant life, trying to gain her full trust so she would come to me when it was time for her to give birth. When the time came she went to the woman who cared for her when she had mange. Sadly, every one of the ten puppies she gave birth to were dead. The poor little mommy was heartbroken. Understandably so. About a month later some veterinarians had a spay/neuter campaign and we split the fee to have her spayed. Neither of us wanted to see her suffer again. I took her in after the operation because she could have contracted a life threatening infection. A month or so later I noticed she had some mucus leaking from her nose. I thought it was just a cold, wiped her nose and forgot about it. About a week later I noticed that the mucus was now tinged with red (blood). Deeply concerned I took her to the woman who previously cared for her. She, also very concerned, began helping me look for a vet that would give us a free exam. Needless to say, there weren´t any. One vet told me to give her amoxicillin, so that´s what I did. There wasn´t any improvement, so after seven days I stopped giving her the pills. She had started walking towards the right, and sometimes in circles. She started getting little tremors in her face and legs. She had also lost a shocking amount of weight, yet was eating, drinking, defecating the same. In the last 2 weeks of the illness, it had lasted more than a month, I had to carry her outside to use the bathroom four or five times a day so she wouldn´t soil herself. During one night, at around 1 in the morning I heard a kitten crying outside my gate. It woke me up, so I went outside to investigate. There he was, a gray little fuzzball with yellow eyes. So I brought him in and gave him some milk. He was only about a month old. Over the next couple of days he began interacting with Macha. I was concerned because she was so sick and he would go onto her bed with her and play with her tail. To my complete surprise, little by little, she began to improve. Interestingly, the kitten (who we named Smokey), began to suckle her nipples looking for milk, and she let him. Of course her milk dried up long ago but I think it comforted them both. Four months later she treats him as her own. She takes care of him, and they play together a lot. They´re mother/son and best friends. Macha is a great joy to us. She´s a gorgeous white and tan smoothly blended together. She´s a mixed breed dog with one blue eye and one brown. She is wonderfully tempered, loves affection, to eat and to play. She´s quiet, has a lot of self control and is super smart. We love her and her cat/son Smokey.
Her´s is just one of the thousands of stories about dogs living on the streets unvaccinated and not spayed/neutered. I am very grateful to have been able to give her a loving home, and I am very grateful that I have been able to share a story with a happy ending when so many end so, so sadly.

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