My soft hearted daughter is dog-tired...literally. When a stray puppy was found in her church parking lot, nobody would touch it...probably because it appeared to have mange...and it looked somewhat like a pit bull. Hmmm. Knowing it would suffer and die, my daughter took it home, with the blessing of her equally soft hearted husband. And so her adventure as a doggie nurse began.
She always loved nursing things, even as a child. Her daddy was consistently her patient as she would play doctor. She delighted in helping me to bottle feed two orphan kitties. And then as a young woman, after related medical training, she would assist the Indian doctor way up in the mountains as they treated poor tribal people. Once she called home to jubilantly announce, "Mom, today I got to treat all the orphans for lice. It was great!" Getting the children dental help and treating their scabies was exhilarating for her. While teaching in Taiwan, one of her best memories is assisting her friends in ridding their rooms of bedbugs...and their heads of lice.
So it should have been no surprise for me to hear the excitement in her voice while speaking of the relief this pooch received when smeared all over with green sulphery medicine. Wearing a t-shirt to help prevent scratching and to keep the medicine on, "Sugars" was quite a sight when I saw her.
Her dedicated doggie nurse is constantly washing bedding in steaming hot water, bleaching the floor and feeding, medicating and walking Sugars. A trip to the vet established her age as 10 weeks, and her breed as a Sharpei-Terrier mix, probably part pit bull. She is SO sweet...despite her afflictions.
None of the animal rescue places can take her yet, but there are some good leads. In the meantime, this grateful little pooch will have the best of care. Even though dog-tired, my daughter is a little trooper, and will stay at her nursing post with a smile until deliverance is at hand for Sugars.