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August 24, 2013

Maleah Stringer: Home gets love and helps redeem others

Poor little Homer came to us on August 15; he had been abandoned.

At first glance he was a walking nightmare. Horribly matted, bald spots, nasty teeth, nails so long he could barely walk, a tumor and let's not forget all the fleas who had taken residence under those horrid mats. Of course he was not neutered. And he smelled as bad as he looked. Not something you wanted to scoop up and cuddle — until you looked in his eyes and saw the beautiful forgiving spirit.

Homer, a Shih Tzu mix, is estimated to be 8 to 9 years old. Volunteers spent hours on him trying to remove painful mats. He didn't get nippy or grumpy; all he wanted was belly rubs. This speaks to the character of this beautiful little dog. After all that humans have done to him; he still trusts us not to hurt him and simply wants to be loved. And some would say "Oh, he's just a dog."

Hair of the Dog in Carmel volunteered grooming and bathing. He looks like a completely different dog. He is now at Chesterfield Animal Hospital where they are beginning to access all his health issues after years of neglect. He needs to have a tumor removed and numerous teeth extracted.

Some might say there's too much wrong; the veterinary bill will be huge. It's best to let him go. You could save lots of other animals with the money you will spend on him.

Yes, some might say that. Or you might say, that after all this sweet little dog has been through at the hands of humans, he deserves all that we can give him as long as it is in his best interests. He is our redemption. How we treat him is a mirror of our humanity. This beautiful little spirit matters.

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