We rescued one dog, Benjamin, who had a horrible skin condition and suffered with a high fever. No one wanted to foster him and not even the vet assistants wanted to hold him. That’s how my hospice idea was born but it wasn’t until several years later it came to fruition. Inside our basement garage, my husband built two big pens that we used for these souls that we wanted to help, but couldn’t let in our house or among the rest of our dogs. It became something like a hospice.
Abby had a lot of nosebleeds, and we applied different treatments but nothing we tried helped her. Eventually, an x-ray was taken and it showed the hidden results of an old injury. Probably hit by a car, one of her canine teeth had broken off and gone through the gum and jaw and up into her nose! The wound had healed in her mouth, so nothing was ever seen during her many physical examinations. Poor Abby! But a great team got it out after 2 hours of surgery.
At the gas station we looked after some dogs that we had spayed and released. They were happy there. One day I got a phone call from the gas station’s boss. There was a gorgeous dog tied up, wearing a pink collar and with a leash. You could tell right away that it was someone’s pet. She had been tied up in the dark, alone by herself, for more than 12 hours. I picked her up, this sweet little female dog that was lovely and happy despite her plight and seemed ok with me, a stranger.
I found out that Lucy had a microchip and I called the registration office, which gave me the owner’s name and phone number (back then they did this). When I called, I got the definitive answer: No, they didn’t want the dog back!
No way, I couldn’t leave Lucy in a cage. She was a pet! She would not take that kind of condition.
That was how I met Martina. That day our friendship started, and since then Martina and her partner Pio, have helped AWL and me (and my family) a lot. They are integral to AWL’s success and operations in the Naples area. And they are a true friendship through all these years.
It’s always heartbreaking when they leave us, but we take comfort in knowing she was a lucky dog. However, the luckiest are those who knew her. She taught us hope despite being abandoned. Lucy made sure I met Martina and Pio, and many years of hard and loving work rescuing would continue thanks to her.