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Q: How far have you gone for your furbabies?

October 15, 2008 | By Nora S. | 7 answers | Expired: 2122 days ago

Nora  S.

I was reading the news article about the man that punched a shark that had attacked his dog. Have you ever helped your fur babies out of a scary situation? I want to hear stories so please comment!!!

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Kelly
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Oct 27, 2008

Nothing like jumping in the water with a shark...but just because I haven't had too :-)

I rescued my dog, Cassie, from a construction site. It took almost 4 months. Every day we were out there - rain, Texas heat, you name it. We spent the night one night because the situation was dicey & we didn't feel she was safe. I stood up to people who had spotted her & didn't have her best interests at heart (there are lots of dog fighters in this area always looking for bait dogs & fighters). She got out in traffic a couple of times & no one was slowing down so my husband & I got out in the traffic & stopped them to get her to safety. When we finally caught her, she was HW+ & didn't tolerate the treatment well so I slept on the garage floor outside of her kennel for a couple of weeks. She was completely feral & didn't trust people at all. I would get in the kennel with her every day & work with her even though she would challenge me on occasion because I was her only chance.

Other things I've done for my own animals: jumped in a creek, stepped between my dogs & a rattlesnake, & picked up a cat to protect it from a charging dog. I drove 300 miles to rescue a stray kitten that had nowhere to go so I brought her home with me. Then there's the usual sleepless nights & missed work that come with them being hurt, sick or missing. I won't even go into the injuries. I've had lots of tetanus shots & even one surgery because of what I do for animals.

One day while coming home from lunch I spotted a very large pitbull collapsing in the inside lane of a very busy 6-lane thoroughfare. My husband was driving & I just said, "Stop the car! Something's wrong with that pitbull; its not acting right." My husband stopped, let me out & then drove around the corner to park. At some point while parking, everything I said sort of sunk in & he realized where I was & what I was actually doing. He ran around the corner & found me coming across 6-lanes of traffic encouraging the pittie to follow. The dog was suffering from heat exhaustion & fear. I crawled into a brush pile to care for another dog that had been hit by a car. And I ended up in a really bad part of town in a junkyard where a bunch of scary guys wanted to know what I doing when I followed a little dog that I had shooed out of yet another high traffic area.

There's absolutely nothing I wouldn't do for my own pets or, I guess, any other animal as well. Doing things like this is how some of my pets came to be my pets.

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Ginny D.
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Oct 18, 2008

Almost lost a job to take Teeny to a vet 3 hours away, then spent over $2500 on MRI, xrays, spinal tap, to find out why he was seizuring. Never did find out what caused his little kitty brain to swell, but made sure he could take the steroids my home vet prescribed, which thankfully stopped the seizures. Two years later, he was almost back to his normal self!

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Anonymous

Oct 16, 2008

I would do anything for my fur baby, no matter how large the obsticle. Even down to relationships - when my hubby and I were dating he didnt agree with how I treat my pup (goes with me most everywhere, allowed on the furniture, etc), and I told him that if he didnt like it than he could go kiss the sky, cuz it wasnt going to change. Needless to say he saw the light and now he is almost a bigger much with her than I am.

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Emily  P.
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Oct 16, 2008

I totally would get in the water with a shark if it had my dog! A Great White, probably not, but a shallow water shark, for sure!

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Anonymous

Oct 16, 2008

Fortunatly I have never had anything too terrible happen. I have stayed up all night and missed work to be with one of my dogs when he was sick. I should hope nothing ever happens but if it did I would not hesitate to do anything to try and save my dogs.

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Screager
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Oct 16, 2008

One nite my little kitty who was only 7 weeks old at the time got his head smashed in the recliner and i had to rush him to vet at 3 in the morning and he had to stay there for a week and i had to spend lots of money and nurse him back to health. but hes doing great now and i would do anything and i mean anything for him!!

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Linda T.
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Oct 15, 2008

I don't know if this applies but I was fostering Balto, he was a very, very shy dog that took many many months for him to come out of his shell. There were a few people interested in adopting him, but when meeting him they were not sure because he would not warm up to them right away, even though I had explained that it took MANY, MANY months at my house to come out of his shell.

Finally some one came in and even though he didn't warm up a young woman adopted him. She picked him up and drove him home and when she opened the door he took off. She could not find him, it was winter, the shelter posted a reward, put it on Petfinder and I even went and drove around the area where he was lost. He was missing for 3 weeks when a person called to see who was the owner of this dog that they had found with a microchip that was registered through our shelter.

The manager of the shelter had taken the call and I just happened to be in the office at that time. She entered the number in the computer and she stood up and said, "It's Balto they found him!!!!" My heart was in my throat I was so happy.

A young man had found him and taken him home. I talked with him and aranged to go to his house and pick up Balto. On my 2 hour trip to pick him up the next day I was elated that he was finally found and I was so worryed about his condition because during his lost time we had some very bad snow falls.

When I arrived at the house it was a young couple with a small child, they were alittle afraid of Balto, unsure how his temperament was. They had him in their finished basement. When I saw him I started to tear up. He was SO thin. But when I said his name he got up and came over to me. I sat on the floor with him and talked with the young man who had found him. Then we were on our way to the shelter for everyone to see.

On the 2 hour ride to work, I had tears of joy with having him found and back in my care.

Balto has gained the weight he lost back and has found his forever home.

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