Day 9–Isobel, an amazing volunteer from Poland, has been spending time with Grace every day and said that though Grace still isn’t very comfortable with being pet, today she let her pet her back for the first time and was very relaxed.
Day 8–Today Grace had a little less energy than yesterday and spent most of the day in her tub. She accepted being pet for several minutes but we aren’t sure if that’s because she is feeling more relaxed or possibly because she was low energy and hence didn’t resist. We have had great success with dogs who remained shy for many months, so while we are sad for her sake that we can’t be better friends sooner, we are not giving up.
Day 7–Grace chose to spend almost the whole day out of her kennel today! She sat in the shade here, then in the sun there, napped with other rescues and then perched herself on a little wall in the sun shine. Her right leg is still painful from the abscess but she’s starting to put some weight on it and her balance has greatly improved.
Day 6– Today was a breakthrough. She came out of her kennel with an interest to see her surroundings and stretch her toes. She groomed herself and enjoyed the sun for a few minutes before heading back into the kennel. Her appetite is hearty. Hoping for a longer outing tomorrow!
Day 5–While over-all Grace is doing much better than yesterday, she was really nervous about being pet today. So we’re taking it really slow and just letting her get used to being around us and hearing our voices and not trying to pet her while she’s feeling scared.
Day 4–Today Grace didn’t really want to lift her head out of the tub. She’s extremely inward and timid. The infection from the abscess in her leg is clearing up and she is eating well.
Day 3–Very inward and quite flat, we brought Grace out in her tub to spend some time in the sun under the trees. It did her well and perked her mood up so we will continue to bring her out every day and make sure she gets a few minutes of time standing and moving around.
Day 2–After receiving fluids I.V. she gained some strength and accepted food. We began feeding her small amounts every couple of hours and her appetite slowly increased each time she ate.
Day 1–Grace was rescued with wire going through her mouth, tied behind her head. The wire had cut deep into the skin around her mouth and head. This photo was taken moments after she arrived and before we cut the wire free.
Rescued on February 9, 2014 with a clutch wire running through her mouth, tied behind her head, Grace was collapsed, starved and severely dehydrated. We immediately removed the wire and cleaned the infected wounds that wrapped all the way around her head. She was treated for pain and receiving vital I.V. fluids that gave her the energy to eat on her own. Grace was too exhausted even to resist wound dressing which must have been terribly painful for her. Or, perhaps what we saw was something different than exhaustion. Perhaps Grace has relaxed because she knows this is love.
It makes us sick to imagine what we believe was deliberate abuse. A kind and fast-acting man, Hitesh saw her stumbling dazed outside his house and rushed to find Animal Aid’s helpline number. He had never seen her before and had no information about who did this to her.
Grace’s condition is serious. In addition to the wounds around her head she also had a big abscess on her leg and infection to fight off. We are doing everything we possibly can to make sure she survives and recovers, but if this sweet baby does not make it, we are going to make sure that if she dies, she knows that we think she is the most precious, innocent and beautiful girl. Love does win. Her last memory will NOT be cruelty.
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