My name is Shadrach, and I am a dog – a BIG, handsome, elegant, and intelligent dog. No, I am not vain at all, that is just what my mom always tells me so I assume it’s true. I am now 5 1/2 years old and live a great dog’s life! I get exceptional quality food – my mom and dad believe in giving me meat, my favorite, every day – so I can’t complain. They’re always buying me toys which I LOVE to terrorize, because that’s what dogs do. I have my own big bed in my own bedroom and I love that! I have a big yard and I like to bark at and chase the pigeons and cats who dare to tread into my space. The only thing I don’t like is having to take a bath UNLESS it is with the garden hose in the yard – that is great fun! The best thing is I get LOTS and LOTS of love with hugs and kisses from my mom everyday. My favorite games are tug-o-war and chase. I am the champion of tug-o-war in my house. Chase is so much fun because I am very fast and my people rarely can catch me!
The best part of my day is going to the park where I can meet up with my dog friends and people friends.
However, this great dog’s life wasn’t always mine. My mom and dad have no idea who my dog mom was or how I came to be with the bad people. My mom’s cousin (whatever that is) rescued me from the bad people. She found out I was left alone in a dark garage to just die. The bad people didn’t want to feed me or care for me anymore – not that they ever gave me much food to begin with. Mostly, they left me alone in the yard, garage, or even a dark bathroom sometimes. My mom’s cousin knows them and that is how my mom and dad know all this. The bad man hit and kicked me a lot and I don’t even know why. I guess that’s why I still don’t like very many men. I LOVE my dad though and some other men I know from the park who live with my girlfriends. My mom’s cousin took me home and fed me but I had to live with her other dogs. They didn’t like me very much and beat me up every chance they got – which was usually every day! I was so skinny and little that I just couldn’t fight back and it was too cold for me to be outside all the time. Thank God, my new mom and dad came and got me the week before Christmas almost 5 years ago.
They spoiled me right away. They gave me good food several times a day. My mom wouldn’t let me eat a lot at once because my stomach was too little to handle a lot of food at once. I wanted to though! I kept my tail tucked between my legs while eating for a long time because I was always scaried – that’s a word because my mom tells me it all the time. After a while though, I knew I could just eat and it would be safe. I got my own little bed in a kennel where I could stay and feel safe at night – in the house!
Now, life is so good. I am big and strong now and tough. Men are more afraid of me now since I am so big and tough-looking. My coat is shiny and clean and not dull and dirty like before. My mom even gives me a special supplement that I suspect is a treat really. She puts it in a bowl and I drink every single drop because it is so good. My mom and dad really love me and I’m happy now. My only wish is that when people get a dog that they would take care of them and love them. Otherwise, it’s better if they don’t take us home with them. We depend on our people to love us and take care of us and not to hurt us. We want to live with our people forever – not just until they get bored of us. So, please, only take us home if we can always stay with just you.
Thank you, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it! Have a tail waggin’ day!
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Dr. Kim Bloomer is a certified animal naturopath and published author, consulting on canine nutrition and wellness. She hosts the internet radio show, Animal Talk Naturally with colleague Dr. Jeannie Thomason. The two are also the Founders of the American Council of Animal Naturopathy. In addition, Dr. Kim is a proficient blogger and writer on natural pet health, having co-authored the book Whole Health for Happy Dogs and authored the book Animals Taught Me That. Dr. Kim’s articles have been featured in various publications such as Animal Wellness, Natural Horse, Dogs Naturally, NM Breeze, Raw Instincts, and the Pet Connection magazines. Website:www.AspenbloomPetCare.com
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