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Text: Mia Mattsson-Mercer
Outside my door stood a very thin girl in her too big t-shirt. By her side sat a messy dog.
The girl could not be more than seven years old that first day. When the social workers came to pick her up, she refused to accompany the assistant without her dog. One of the social workers was a big animal lover who had heard me tell how important animals can be for the humans healing.
The girl was interrogated while her dog, Duncan, laid next by her chair. She stretched and gently petted him over his coat. “He is my best friend. When my mother and stepfather argued, me and Duncan always crawled under the bed together. ”
Later I met them both, but the main character for me was Duncan.
He was calm and did not leave her side.
Bottles thrown, furniture being thrown around, punches, loud voices, followed by a spooky silence. Several times Duncan went to protect the girl. The dog even bit the man, but out of protection.
The social worker later confirmed that the girl’s stepfather had tried to get rid of the dog.
Children who come from a violent family can usually heal faster with animal therapy. The healing ability from the animals affects us humans strongly.
Over the years the girl and I have been in touch with each other and especially after the difficult time when Duncan died. Duncan fought against death to continue to protect, though his master was safe and away in school. He did not want to leave her.
We were many who were afraid of what the grief and sorrow would do to her.
But life often surprises us, I thought. You are many times fooled by your own assumptions, in advance of concrete actions of others.
Of course, she mourned. But after a while she started studying to become an animal lawyer. Her dream was to fight for animals that were not allowed to accompany the children in their new foster home. She spoke of her vision as “Duncan’s Law Firm”
She ends in the letter to me:
The way back is a lifelong path but definitely not impossible. It is a healing process on a long journey. We often wonder when we will come to the healing destination. But the wounds are also a way to learn to live, and together with Duncan I became stronger than ever.
Chris and Duncan
The most beautiful and important is to have a veterinarian(s) that you and your animals feel comfortable with.
We are pleased and happy with Vet. Spötl.
She is amazing, and all our animals are feeling that. ChaCha runs in, and if she had her will, she would stay the whole day by her side!
Picked up ChaCha from having a surgery today.
Before she came up to Germany from Italy she tried to eat herself out from a shelter fence. She broke her K9 tooth.
That was a couple of years ago and this week I discovered that her tooth stump was infected.
When sedated they took blood test to see if her values from last time were any better.
Since this drama queen never like when we brush or cut her nails, I had a request they would do that too while she slept!
Now she is acting like a little puppy of 56 kg on the couch. That's Amore!
Our beloved AWL bearded dragon Bobby, had to go to the veterinarian yesterday. I had found a fantastic reptile veterinarian only an hour away from our Animal Sanctuary.
Bobby bleeds from his mouth, especially when he eats grasshoppers!
I am the only one handling Bobby, and during his stay here for 3 weeks, nothing special has happened!
Veterinarian examined him and told me that Bobby got an old fracture on his jaw. The jaw is trying to heal!
We have no idea what or when this could have happened! The former person that cared about him said he thought he bleed from his mouth when shedding.
When rescuing animals, even with a story being told to you about the animal, bring the animal(s) to be examined by an experienced person!
When Bobby came to us a piece of his tail was gone, and several toes missing. We don’t know why…we can only guess. He has been in different homes before finally ending up with us.
For now, he will be without crickets for two weeks, and after that, another examination at the veterinarian!