Dumped at the gates of a rescue centre, filthy, emaciated, terrified and confused, this is the story of Tulip and her tragic companion.
Animal Carer at HULA, Daizy, describes the night she found the two frightened dogs:
“I was carrying out my evening duties, making final checks on all the resident animals and ensuring everyone was happy and had everything they needed before bedtime.
I noticed a dog crate left in the car park so went to move it. I didn’t expect to see what I saw inside.
Two tiny dogs, barely more than skin and bone, were silently staring out through the bars, with vacant expressions.
In all the time I’ve spent working with animals, I’d never seen dogs so thin. It was a horrifying image that I’ll sadly never forget.”
With the local vets closed for the evening, Daizy did what she could to help the dogs through the night until they could receive medical attention.
She cleared a room for them, set up a soft comfy bed for each of them and gave them food and water.
However, it soon became apparent that neither dog really understood the concept of a bed or any other home comforts.
Daizy watched on devastated as both dogs walked around and around in circles, unsettled and confused, not allowing themselves the rest they so obviously needed.
It didn’t come as a surprise that neither dog had been toilet trained prior to their arrival at HULA, but what was shocking was that they’d choose to lay in their own faeces and urine, signalling that this was something they’d previously been forced to do.
As soon as possible, both dogs were rushed to the vet, who advised us that they had clearly been extremely overbred.
The vet guessed that they had probably both lived their entire lives in a crate, and walking in circles was a habit they’d built whilst restricted to such a confined space.
The hardest blow came when the vet explained that one of the dogs wasn’t going to survive. Covered in large tumours, she was in a lot of pain and her condition wouldn’t improve. Mentally, she was completely broken, unaware of anyone or anything around her. To allow her suffering to continue would be an additional cruelty on top of all those she had already suffered.
Daizy describes the heart-breaking moment:
“I knew what the vet was telling me was the right thing to do, but no matter how many times you go through these situations in our line of work, it’s still so hard to come to terms with.
You become an animal carer to make a difference and to transform lives. More than anything you want to take away the harsh cruelties of an animal’s past and replace it with a future filled with happiness. So when you realise one can’t be saved, it’s utterly devastating and it stays with you for a long time.
I held this little dog, whose name I didn’t even know, and whispered words of comfort and love to her as she peacefully passed away. That was all I could offer her. I hope she’s free and at peace now.”
Thankfully, the second dog who we’ve since named Tulip, was given a better chance of survival. Whilst the road to recovery would be tough, she had hope.
Suffering with tumours like her friend, Tulip required extensive surgery to remove 5 lumps in total. She was prescribed regular eye drops for a painful eye infection that had been causing her problems. Her rotting teeth needed immediate dental surgery, which resulted in the removal of the majority of her teeth, and her matted fur was in such a dreadful condition that it all had to be shaved back.
Throughout it all, Daizy remained firmly by Tulip’s side, attending every vet appointment, administering all medication and grooming her regularly to ensure her coat grew back as it should. Most importantly, Daizy introduced Tulip to love and kindness, teaching her every day that she didn’t have to be afraid anymore.
Six months after she was found abandoned in the car park with her friend, Tulip left HULA and her friend Daizy, and embarked on the most special of journeys as she finally found a place in a loving forever home.
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