Spike - My Project Dog of the Day

iVillage Member
Registered: 11-01-1999
Spike - My Project Dog of the Day
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Mon, 07-23-2012 - 10:53pm

I went to the shelter this morning to groom and bathe a badly-matted cocker on the EU list.  He was the worst matted mess I had ever seen.  A volunteer friend and I took him outside and started cutting through mats with barber scissors.  Then we were going to shave him the best we could and bathe him. 

Cocker before picture:

 Today's project dog with me.  He got rescued before we could finish grooming him.

People came from a rescue group and rescued him (even though he tested heartworm positive), before Barbara and I were finished.  They took him to a professional groomer and posted his AFTER picture:

"SPIKE"--male/neutered--cocker spaniel--4-5 yrs old

They have named him Spike.

Community Leader
Registered: 11-21-2001
Wed, 07-25-2012 - 12:27pm

Wow....what a little TLC can do!!  He looks like a different dog.

I'm so glad that rescue group was able to take him....I hope the heartworm problem gets cleared up and he gets a wonderful forever home very soon!

Laura
iVillage Member
Registered: 11-23-2005
Thu, 07-26-2012 - 1:13pm

I have a question for you, when volunteering at a shelter, how do you NOT want to bring home every dog you like???  My local shelter I see dogs that have been there for months even years and I wonder what is wrong with this dog why can't it get adopted, I wish I could afford to have more dogs, but with 2 dogs now and the vet bills, I couldn't afford more dogs.  I wish I could!

 

iVillage Member
Registered: 11-01-1999
Thu, 07-26-2012 - 8:43pm
suzmom1 wrote:

I have a question for you, when volunteering at a shelter, how do you NOT want to bring home every dog you like???  My local shelter I see dogs that have been there for months even years and I wonder what is wrong with this dog why can't it get adopted, I wish I could afford to have more dogs, but with 2 dogs now and the vet bills, I couldn't afford more dogs.  I wish I could!

 

Nothing stays at a municipal kill shelter for months.  I have had favorite dogs, but I don't see them long enough to bond with them.  My intent is to volunteer at the shelter only two days a week, so that doesn't happen, and so I don't burn out.  I have been fortunate so far that all of my "favorite" dogs have been adopted, and none has been euthanized.

Like you, I can't afford to own even one more animal.  I do so much want to adopt Roly, my foster, and that would put me at four animals in my house.