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post #1 of 182
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This is Bea...


My sister in law runs a trailer park that my husbands grandpa owns. Bea is the neighborhood dog there. She is the guardian of the park, and always lets anyone know if someone is there that shouldn't be. Bea belongs to no one, yet most everyone loves her. She is approximately three to four years old, and from the best we can tell is a chow-chow mix. She loves children and would often wait for the school bus to come home everyday just so she could play with the kids. She co-exists peacefully with other dogs, countless cats, and runs off any other critter that might threaten something or someone in the park. One night there was what we thought was a bobcat in a tree above my SIL's house, we never got a great look at it, Bea ran it off. She never failed in her duty to keep everyone safe. Always on alert. Always loving, always wanting to be loved. My husband and I lived in the trailer park for about a year after we got married. Bea took up with us immediately and always seemed to be sleeping on our porch, waiting for us to come out and play. She loved to play with our german shepard mix, Pooch. I thought countless times about bringing her in and keeping her as my own, but she seemed so happy the way that she was. Everyone cared for her, and she never wandered far from the park. In my mind she became mine.



Today, I got a phone call that nearly killed me. It was my SIL. She said that Bea had been hit by a car. She wasn't putting any weight on her front right leg and it was bleeding. I immediately went to her house and we loaded Miss Bea up in my truck and took her to my regular vet. They ran some x-rays and when the vet came back into the room, my heart hit the floor. She hadn't been hit by a car, she had been shot!! Square in the elbow. The joint is pretty much shattered and pieces of the bullet are evident in the x-ray. What kind of cold hearted person shoots a dog that wouldn't hurt anyone or anything?? The most loving, sweet, gentle dog in the entire world...

The vet said we had two options (3 if you count her being pts, but that wasn't an option). He could do surgery, remove the bullet fragments and piece back the bone as best he could with pins. This was going to run me 700 dollars!! I just couldn't afford it. I wish I could, but I can't, not all of it. The other option was to splint it with a hard fiber glass cast that she would wear for a minimum of 4 months and let the bones fuse back together while keeping her on antibiotics and pain meds to manage infection and pain. That alone cost me 300, and that nearly broke the bank. She's here with me now, and for now she's safe. I just hope that I made the right decision. The risk of infection is high, and the leg will never be as functional as it once was (but then again it wouldn't be with surgery either). At least she has a chance. I don't know if we can keep her long term, but at least until she's healed, one way or another she's staying here. We'll figure out the rest when it gets here.

She's still sleeping off the anesthesia (they had to put her under to straighten out the leg so they could splint it) but hopefully she'll be back up on her 3 good legs by morning.



The splint is fiberglass, and in two pieces so that I can remove it every week or two and clean under it and check the wound. He secured it with duct-tape, weird I know, but it makes it water proof, its economical and it holds the cast right where it needs to be so that it doesn't fall and cut off circulation to her foot.



If you don't mind, please keep this sweet girl in your thoughts and prayers. She did nothing to deserve this.

post #2 of 182
What a Sweet Angel

Thank you for taking in this wodnerful girl and helping her in her time of need. There are not many people in this world that would do such a thing!

I'll think about her and pray for her quick recovery. I'm sure this Sweet girl will be back on track in no time

Thank you again
post #3 of 182
Oh that sweet beautiful girl, How could someone hurt her? Bless you for helping her, I will keep her in my thoughts and prayers.
post #4 of 182
Prayers and hugs are being sent from Mississippi for this lovely dog.



Please keep us updated on how she is doing.

I am so mad right now to know that someone could shoot this dog. And the sad thing is she probably was looking at them at trusting them when they shot her.

There is a place in hell for the person that shot her.
post #5 of 182
She is such a sweet looking, beautiful girl! How could anyone shoot her?!! the sweet girl will be in my thoughts and prayers for a speedy recovery.
bless your heart for taking her into your care!
post #6 of 182
Awww, sweet baby! Sending many prayers!
post #7 of 182
Aww poor Bea. I hope she's up and running again soon!
post #8 of 182
OMG!!!!! How awful for anyone to do such a horrific thing to an animal. Bless you for helping this sweet baby ........ I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.
post #9 of 182
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Thank you all so much for your prayers! I'm a wreck right now. I'll probably be up most the night. The sad thing is, we are pretty sure who shot her. He's bragged about shooting another dog not to long ago, but the problem is that we can't prove anything. She's such a sweet girl. We've got her all set up in the spare bedroom now. She still hasn't tried to get up since we got home. She's just so exhausted. She wags her tail a little harder everytime I come in the room though. Thank you all again for all of your prayers.

I will try to keep you all updated. Maybe even daily as she progresses. I just wish I could have afforded to get the surgery for her.
post #10 of 182
It never fails to amaze me how mean people can be to animals. She's such a beautiful girl. Thank goodness she has you to take care of her. She will be in my thoughts and prayers for a speedy recovery.
post #11 of 182
Was the dog shot in a residental area? If so and reported to the police they may follow up on it and at least issue a fine to the person if caught.

A couple of summers ago someone shot a feral cat here, the cat was lucky and the bullet went right through without hitting anything vital. I still worry that someone in the area may be shooting though, as it is a residental area (if a bit rural) I will call police if I ever hear gunfire.
post #12 of 182
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Originally Posted by strange_wings View Post
Was the dog shot in a residental area? If so and reported to the police they may follow up on it and at least issue a fine to the person if caught.

A couple of summers ago someone shot a feral cat here, the cat was lucky and the bullet went right through without hitting anything vital. I still worry that someone in the area may be shooting though, as it is a residental area (if a bit rural) I will call police if I ever hear gunfire.
Its a rural area, but still within city limits and still illegal to fire a gun. It will be reported to the police (I'm not sure if my SIL has yet or not) but unfortunately they won't be able to do much. Unless someone saw the dog get shot, there's no way to prove who did it. We've talked to nearly everyone who lives in that park, and no one saw a thing, or if they did, they're not talking. One lady said she heard gunfire around 9 am or so, but when she got outside, she couldn't see anything at all.

Thank you all again for your prayers and vibes, I have a feeling this little lady is going to need them!
post #13 of 182
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We finally had a small breakthrough, she just now finally raised up and drank some water for me!! This is the first thing that she has showed any intrest in since I got her home from the vets!! Maybe in the morning she'll feel up to eating. I'm just worrying myself sick over her.
post #14 of 182
Oh my god the poor thing. I am sending vibes for her to get better.
post #15 of 182
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Originally Posted by maddensmom View Post
We finally had a small breakthrough, she just now finally raised up and drank some water for me!! This is the first thing that she has showed any intrest in since I got her home from the vets!! Maybe in the morning she'll feel up to eating. I'm just worrying myself sick over her.

Still sending prayers and hugs from Mississippi for Miss Bea and for you for tending to her.



Please keep us updated on how she is doing.
post #16 of 182
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Originally Posted by maddensmom View Post
We finally had a small breakthrough, she just now finally raised up and drank some water for me!! This is the first thing that she has showed any intrest in since I got her home from the vets!! Maybe in the morning she'll feel up to eating. I'm just worrying myself sick over her.
that's great! She looks so sweet. and she's very beautiful. she is still in my thoughts and prayers. Are you going to keep her?
post #17 of 182
I will definitely keep sweet Bea in my thoughts! lots of vibes for a quick and complete recovery, some people need to be shot
post #18 of 182
Poor girl .... How horrible. Why would someone do such a thing to a gorgeous doggie like her? She didn't deserve it! {{{{ VIBES}}} for Bea to heal quickly!
post #19 of 182
What a beautiful pup! And you can tell in her eyes that she's also just as beautiful inside - such soft and loving eyes.

Many vibes for a swift recovery for Miss Bea. And thank you for caring for her. Your broken angel has an angel of her own watching over her right now.
post #20 of 182
Poor baby. I will never be able to understand some people. I hope she feels better soon. Thank you for helping her.
post #21 of 182
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Thank you all for the continued vibes and prayers, I think she's drawing strength from them!! When I woke up this morning and went to check on her, she was up on her feet smiling and tail wagging! I put a harness on her and helped her walk outside and back in. She didn't use the bathroom, but she hasn't eaten or drank much since god knows when yesterday. I still haven't gotten her to eat anything which worries me, but I'm going to boil her some chicken in a bit and see if that might get her appetite warmed back up. She's taking her pills like a pro, and being a very very good girl. I'm very proud of her. The walk this morning really wore her out, she was panting so hard. Now shes napping again. When she wakes up later we'll try going outside again.

I think maybe she needed to pee this morning but she doesn't seem to be able to figure out how to maneuver it so that she can squat. I don't know what I can do to help her. I guess she'll figure it all out in due time. Keep praying for this girl, she has a long road ahead of her.
post #22 of 182
What a sweet doggy. Too bad some idot was being cruel. Is there a way you can get a fund going in the neighborhood going for her. That isa lot for you to pay for a community dog but everyone gave some the cost wouldn't be so high.

Lots of prayers for a sweet puppy!
post #23 of 182
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Originally Posted by Miagi's_Mommy View Post
that's great! She looks so sweet. and she's very beautiful. she is still in my thoughts and prayers. Are you going to keep her?
She is very sweet. One of the sweetest tempered dogs I have ever met.

I would love to keep her, however I don't know if I will be able too. We live in a 1000 square foot home and already have two dogs plus Madden and the birds. She'll be here for quite a while though, so we'll just have to wait and see what happens as things progress.
post #24 of 182
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Originally Posted by Phenomsmom View Post
What a sweet doggy. Too bad some idot was being cruel. Is there a way you can get a fund going in the neighborhood going for her. That isa lot for you to pay for a community dog but everyone gave some the cost wouldn't be so high.

Lots of prayers for a sweet puppy!
Thank you for the prayers!! I thought about this, but honestly the people that live out there that know and love Miss Bea so well, probably don't have any money to give. And if they did it still wouldn't be enough to get me close to the half-way mark. I could afford the rest if I stretched it, but I just don't think it'll happen. I still may check around this weekend though.
post #25 of 182
Poor girl, I can't believe that someone would do this to such a kind sweet hearted dog. Some people truely are sick. Best wishes for a speedy recovery. Your such a kind person, you did a great thing by saving her
post #26 of 182
Bless you for the care you're giving this sweet girl. Sending vibes for a speedy recovery.
post #27 of 182
I can't believe just how cruel and heartless some people can be.
Why on earth would someone want to harm that sweet little soul?

There's a special place in hell for people like that

Bless you for helping her.

I'll keep sweet Bea in my thoughts and prayers.
post #28 of 182
I hope this finds Bea doing a little better, I also hope she ate some of that chicken that you were gonna fix her.

Still sending prayers and hugs from Mississippi for you and Miss Bea.

post #29 of 182
I'm so sorry I just saw this and I will be adding Bea to my thoughts and prayers as well!
post #30 of 182
Thread Starter 
An update:

She ate and she finally peed!!!

It took a hotdog (real healthy, I know) to get her started but then she ate a whole two cups of CS dog food!! I was so excited that she finally peed, I was jumping up and down in the yard!!

She's progressed a lot as the day has gone by. The swelling went down so much I had to remove the cast and reposition it because it was sliding down her leg!! No sign of infection, the wound looks as great as I could ask for, and she's learning to get around much better on her three good legs.

You guys are the absolute best. I told her she had people all around the world praying for her, and she wagged her tail. Thats her way of saying thanks!!

Please keep the prayers coming, they most definitely are working! The vet didn't expect the swelling to go down for at least a week, and its already gone!!

Thank you all so much from the bottom of my heart!!
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